Fanboy Confessions: Xume Adapters

I like photo gear as much as any photographer, but what I really love is gear that makes my work as a photographer easier or more fun (or both!). Well, I’m only slightly embarrassed to admit that I’ve become a bit of a “fanboy” for Xume Adapters. These clever magnetic adapters enable you to effortlessly attach a filter to a lens, and then remove that filter just as easily.

If you’ve ever attached a filter to a lens, you know how frustrating it can be. You know what I’m talking about:

“Why do those threads need to be so small?!”

“Why won’t the filter go on?!”

“How am I ever going to get this @&$%*#$ filter off?!?!?!”

Well, all of those frustrations magically (well, magnetically) disappear with Xume adapters. You attach a lens adapter to your lens, then attach a filter holder to a filter. Both of those parts have a magnetic ring, so attaching a filter is as easy as placing the filter against the lens. There’s even a magnetic lens cap available for 77mm lenses!

It is worth noting that because the Xume Adapters place the filter further away from the lens than would normally be the case, there is a risk of some vignetting caused by the assembly with wide-angle lenses at an effective focal length of less than about 24mm. But for any longer focal length, I consider Xume Adapters absolutely indispensable. I predict you’ll agree 100% if you test these adapters just once.

Here are some links to Xume Adapters in the 77mm size:

Set of 2 Filter Holders (77mm): http://amzn.to/2va5QG3

Lens Adapter (77mm): http://amzn.to/2vceli3 

You can also see the Manfrotto Xume Adapters in action in an episode of Tim Grey TV here:

 

Solar Eclipse from NYC

While I wasn’t able to travel to a location that would have enabled me to see the “totality” of today’s total solar eclipse, I was able to see a partial eclipse from home in New York City. The moon covered about 70% of the sun from our vantage point.

Here’s a photo I shared on my Instagram feed:

Using a special Solar Filter (http://timgrey.me/grey-tse-filter) I was able to capture both still photos and videos that even feature sunspots. Scattered clouds did threaten to ruin the show, but I actually found that the clouds passing in front of the sun and moon added an element of interest.

The photo and video clip shared below were both captured with the Tamron 150-600mm G2 lens (http://amzn.to/2vXWjAI) set to a focal length of 600mm using a Canon EOS 7D MkII (http://amzn.to/2wia4g3). With the 1.6X cropping factor of the camera’s sensor, that translates to an effective focal length of 960mm.

And here’s a brief video clip I published on the Tim Grey TV channel on YouTube:

I look forward to seeing some photos and videos from those who were able to experience totality today!

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