Nikon D7000

Grace & Adrien’s Wedding

Here’s the video from Grace & Adrien’s wedding back at the end of February.  The end shows a bit how this image was created.

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Nikon D7000 Pelican Case

Pelican Storm iM2075 - Closed CaseI’m planning on doing a lot of sailing this summer and when I’m on bigger boats than my Laser I want to be able to have my Nikon D7000 DSLR close at hand.  I can’t use the camera while I’m actually sailing, but there will be plenty of downtime while aboard when there is no splashing and I could easily pull the camera out if it were handy.  I plan to use the camera for both stills and video so I’ll need to have extra batteries and a Sennheiser MKE400 Shotgun Microphone. To make this work, I need:

  • A hard case that would absolutely protect the camera no matter what was thrown on top of it
  • A waterproof case that could take some splashes, rain or even a little water over the bow
  • A case that is as small and light as possible to save weight and space
  • A case with a handle so it could be tied into the boat or tethered in place

I found the Pelican Storm iM2075 for $45 that was just the right size for Nikon D7000 and a 17-55mm lens without the grip or my side-plate mounted microphone holder.  It’ll fit the camera with the lens hood, plus the microphone, 3 EN-EL15 batteries and a couple of AAA batteries for the microphone.

Completed case with camera and accessories in place:

Pelican Storm iM2075 - Camera and accessories

Basic case with foam:

Pelican Storm iM2075 - Open Case

The case comes with two pieces of foam blocks.  I cut one of them roughly in half to form the bottom of the case that the camera will rest on.

Pelican Storm iM2075 - Cut Foam

Used toothpicks to plot the size of the camera on the foam on the uncut block foam:

Pelican Storm iM2075 - Pinned foam

Remove the 1cm x 1cm foam squares for a custom fit around the camera:

Pelican Storm iM2075 - cut foam

Put 1/2 of the foam in the bottom of the case, and then cut 2 of the 1cm blocks at half of their height so that the AAA batteries are sitting on foam and not the bottom of the case where they’ll clank and make noise:

Pelican Storm iM2075 - AAA batteries

Put the customized piece of foam over the flat piece of foam and put the Camera and batteries in place:

Pelican Storm iM2075 - Camera in place

I then added the strap to the camera and placed the Sennheiser mic alongside the camera:

Pelican Storm iM2075 - Camera and accessories

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Wavelength Practice Day

This video clip from a day of practice on Saturday aboard Wavelength – a 37′ C&C sailed out of Fishing Bay Yacht Club.  About halfway through the video are some clips when a squall came through with gusts of 28knots and hail.

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Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000 with Sennheiser MKE-400 and Grip

This week I upgraded to a new Digital SLR camera.  The Nikon D7000 finally does decent video with stereo sound at the right price.  Last summer I bought the Nikon D3000 when my then 6-year-old D70 needed replacing.  I knew that would only be a temporary camera until Nikon came out with the right camera for me.  In addition to the camera I’ve also gotten the vertical grip and a Sennheiser shotgun microphone.  I’m looking forward to both the better quality photos and the better videos this camera will make. The point-and-shoot camera really wasn’t cutting it for a lot of the videos I wanted to make.  I’m going sailing this weekend and will have a great opportunity to try the camera out.

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