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Notes on current lenses

I’ve been paying attention to which lenses I’ve been using the past couple of months, since I started shooting regularly again.  And no real surprise, it comes down to just one: the Lumix 35-100mm f/2.8 (which for those of you worried about relative focal lengths, is the m4:3 version of the venerable 70-200mm).  I’ve been […]


A few quick thoughts on the new OM-D E-M1

This is hardly new news, but I wanted to share a few quick thoughts on the newly announced Olympus OM-D E-M1. The short version is: I won’t be buying one. So there, if that’s all you were wondering, you can move on to the next post. If you’re looking for a few more details, however, […]


If I could only use one lens…

…it’d be the Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4.  Of course statements like that are kind of stupid, since no one lens is going to be perfect in every single situation and a 25mm wouldn’t be all too helpful when, say, trying to photograph eagles up on the Plank next winter.  But as a general feeling it […]


The Goldilocks Dilemma

A couple of weeks back I caved and ordered a new photo bag. The problem was that my little Domke F-10 was just a little too small – perfect for one body and 1-2 extra lenses, but nothing more. And my canvas messenger bag and BBP insert was a little too big – great for […]


Photoshop CS6

I finally gave in and upgraded to Photoshop CS6. It’s been installed for about two weeks now and I’m slowly becoming more comfortable with it. It’s funny, since it’s essentially the same program, just updated and re-designed, but each time a I move up to a new version, I feel like I’m all thumbs for […]


A new ship

The search – and research – is finally over and I’m the proud owner of a brand new kayak! I came home earlier this week with a Wilderness Systems Ride 115 and have already gotten everything ready so that I can take it out over the weekend. Turns out the Ride wasn’t even one of […]


Spring birding with the Olympus 75-300mm

It’s taken six months, but I’ve finally been able to take the Olympus m.Zuiko 75-300mm into the field for some solid birding work. It’s the first good evaluation I’ve been able to make of it under these conditions; birding was the main reason I bought it, but my timing was off, with it arriving at […]


Thoughts on a few photography books

I have always been a voracious reader of books – loved them as a kid and still do today.  Bookstores are some of my favorite places in the world – real bookstores, that is, which means the smaller, quainter ones that actually have character.  B&N, BAM, Borders, and the like do not count. Photography meshes […]


Messin’ around with macro

The Leica 45mm macro lens is gone and I’m back to just my Takumar 50mm f/4 macro. It’s an all-manual lens on an adapter, but given how often I really shoot macros, combined with the very manual-esq nature of the shooting, that’s not a problem. Plus the Takumar is incredibly sharp and pleasant to work […]


Some thoughts on m4:3 lenses

There’s been several new lens announcements for micro 4/3 lately and I just wanted to share a few thoughts on them. Sadly, none of these announcements are very exciting, at least not directly. But here’s the recap: 3 new Sigma lenses (19mm, 30mm, & 60mm f/2.8s) 1 new Tamron lens, a 14-150mm a Olympus 75-300mm […]


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