Late spring in our garden

Summer doesn't officially start until the solstice on June 21, so even though it feels very much like summer outside, we can still call it spring. Here is a gallery of photographs taken recently in our garden (on the 9th) with my PEN E-P2 and the 12-50mm lens, which does double duty as a macro [...]

My Olympus PEN E-P3

I purchased this PEN E-P3 just a few days ago, to add it to my collection of Olympus PEN cameras. As I mentioned in my previous post, I now have all the PEN models except the PEN-F. I love PEN cameras because they are the smallest full-featured cameras out there. Yes, there are smaller cameras, [...]

My Olympus PEN E-P1

Several days ago, I purchased a PEN E-P1. I've been thinking about a number of years of collecting all the digital PEN cameras that Olympus has made. I'm not referring to the PL (Pen Lite) or PM (Pen Mini) camera lines, which were launched alongside the regular PEN cameras in an effort to provide lower-cost [...]

My two new Olympus lenses

I've recently purchased two new lenses for my Olympus cameras and I like them very much. Not only are they mignon, but they're wonderfully sharp, they focus quickly and they offer me something I didn't think I could get from MFT (Micro Four Thirds) lenses and cameras: bokeh and handheld photography in low light. Yes, I've [...]

Winter photos from our garden

It's been a hum-drum winter, I've said it before. It barely snows, and when it does, it melts right away. The temperatures hover between 0-10° Celsius, so it's neither warm nor cold, just kind of annoying. I don't know where the winters of my youth went, but I hope they come back at some point. [...]

A walk through town before daybreak

To celebrate the acquisition of a new camera (well, the acquisition is new, the camera isn't), I took a pre-dawn walk through town. It was cold and somewhat rainy. Water got on my lens a couple of times and I'd forgotten to bring a lens cloth, so you'll see some weird light artifacts on some [...]

The best full-frame camera out there right now

I have been doing research lately, because I want to purchase a new camera (maybe a couple of them, not sure yet), so I thought I'd put together my thoughts on full-frame cameras available these days. Before we get started, I need to make it clear from the get-go that there is no absolute best [...]

Olympus Stylus TG-2 iHS

I saw this camera when it first came out, in its 1st generation. It was dropped onto concrete then stepped on. Worked like a champ afterward. Now it's even more rugged, it's got built-in GPS, it looks even better and performs even better. What's not to like about it? Buy it here: Olympus Stylus TG-2 [...]

Olympus OM-D E-M5

The award-winning Olympus OM-D E-M5 is a groundbreaking camera with a rugged, quality build and classic looks. Voted best camera of 2012. And this one comes bundled with the whisper-quiet 12-50mm zoom lens, great for filming in HD. Buy it here: Olympus OM-D E-M5 16MP Live MOS Interchangeable Lens Camera with 3.0-Inch Tilting OLED Touchscreen [...]

Cameras I’ve used so far

Updated 11/16/12 with new cameras.  I thought it'd be fun to go through the meta-data for my photos in Lightroom and see what cameras and lenses I've been using since 2006, when photography became more than an occasional hobby for me -- indeed, it became an obsession, and now it's my daily occupation. There are [...]