Featured: 'North Cascades and Olympic National Parks' by Tilman Paulin

Aug 14, 2014 - 3:01 PM - by Tilman Paulin

We did a 10 day trip in northern Washington in July. Day hikes in North Cascades National Park and a few days in Olympic National Park on our way back home to Oregon.

Wonderful places... took way too many photos :) Gear-wise I kept it "fairly minimal": Olympus EM-1 with the 14-54mm and the 75-300mm. And a hiking pole with small ballhead as monopod.

Sauk Mountain: after some miles on a steep gravel road and a fairly short (but steep) hike you get rewarded with views like these:

Sauk Mountain by tilman paulin, on Flickr

Mt Baker Wilderness (Artist Point): at first we were disappointed when we heard that there was still way too much snow to hike, but we still had a fun day up there.

Mount Baker by tilman paulin, on Flickr

Untitled by tilman paulin, on Flickr

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Featured: 'Herons (some BIF) with Nikon V3 and 70-300CX' by The Smoking Camera

Jul 15, 2014 - 4:46 AM - by The Smoking Camera

A few images of black crowned night herons on the edge of a marsh here in Hawaii. Used the Nikon V3 and recently released 70-300CX lens (189-810mm equivalent). The setup weighs less than two pounds so I was able to handhold for a couple of hours. Burst rate is 20fps with continuous focusing and the camera does a reasonable job of tracking. Hope you enjoy these.

Joe, The Smoking Camera
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Featured: 'Sigma DP2 Quattro Test Shoot Pics and First Impressions' by ggibson

Jul 11, 2014 - 2:51 PM - by ggibson
My test shoot DP2 Quattro arrived the other day and I've played around with it and grabbed some shots--enough to give a first-look impression of the camera and the images it can produce.

The camera itself is a strange, modern design, that much is plainly obvious from just looking at it. I think Sigma wanted this camera to look as different on the outside as they feel it is on the inside! Ergonomically, the design is pretty poor, in my opinion. The "grip" does not really fit the hand well, and is shorter than I would really like it to be to get a firm hold on it. It's usable enough, but don't imagine that it conforms to your hand in some unforseen way. On the plus side, the dials are relatively accessible with one hand (more the front dial than the rear) and operate with nice clicks. In fact, despite the awkward shape, the camera feels extremely well-made. The material has a coarse, but high-quality feel to it, and the camera has a nice heft to it. Unfortunately, the weight of the Quattro combined with the unstable grip means it's pretty difficult to operate one-handed. That's fine though, since this is not a run & gun camera...

So what's it like in use? Pretty much like all Sigma cameras have been, in my experience (I had a DP1X at one time). Slow to focus and slow to take the shot, and slow to take the next one. In practice just for walking around, the shot-to-shot is fine, but compared to anything else on the market this camera doesn't know what "burst rate" is. Make no mistake, this camera will dissappoint you many times if your subject is moving around at all. Like all Sigma cameras, this camera asks if you would please slow down and just take your time?

If you do move at Sigma's pace however, the camera will reward you with what can only be described as stunning image quality. Rich colors, amazing details, and creamy "bokeh"! The 30mm f2.8 lens on this camera is incredibly sharp and provides nice... [Read More]
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Tutorial: Add the SC Mobile Version Shortcut to Your Phone / iPod Homescreen

Jun 22, 2014 - 8:17 PM - by Amin Sabet
We are phasing out the site app in favor of a mobile site version, which is the default site version when visiting from a phone or iPod.

To add a link to your phone or iPod homescreen so that the mobile site can be launched like an app, follow the directions below.

For Android phones:

1) Visit SeriousCompacts.com in your browser (I am using Chrome here) and tap on the menu button. Mine is circled in red; yours may look slightly different in a different browser / phone.

2. Tap on "Add to homescreen"

3.1. Change title to something short like "SC"

3.2. Tap on "Add"

4. All done. Your shortcut appears on the homescreen, where you can move it or add to a folder.

For iPhone / iPod:

1. Visit SeriousCompacts.com in your browser (Safari) and then tap the icon shown below:

2. Tap on "Add to Home Screen"

3.1. Change the name to something short like "SC"

3.2. Tap on "Add"

4. All done. Your shortcut appears on the homescreen, where you can move it or add to a folder.

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Panasonic Announces Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Digital Camera

Jun 12, 2014 - 7:35 AM - by Amin Sabet
Today Panasonic announced the FZ1000, the latest in their long, well-respected line of megazoom cameras. It is the second megazoom with a 1" sensor and costs far less. Compared to the Sony RX10, the Panasonic has a much longer zoom (25-400e vs 24-200e), significantly slower lens (2.8-4 vs 2.8 constant), and lower price ($899 vs $1299)

  • 20.1MP 1" High Sensitivity MOS Sensor
  • Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 16x Zoom Lens
  • 25-400mm f/2.8-4 (35mm Equivalent)
  • 4K QFHD Video Recording at 30 fps
  • 0.39" 2,359k-Dot OLED Live View Finder
  • 3.0" 921k-Dot Free-Angle LCD Monitor
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • HYBRID O.I.S. 5-Axis Image Stabilization
  • Light Speed AF with LUMIX DFD Focus
  • ISO 25600 and 50 fps Continuous Shooting

Panasonic DFD Focus is making very strong impressions with the GH4. You can read more about DFD at Imaging Resource: http://www.imaging-resource.com/PROD...ic-gh4TECH.HTM

For a long time I've been thinking of picking up a megazoom to complement something like my E-M5 plus Pana Leica 25/1.4 or Leica M plus 35/1.4. A two-camera bag that can pretty well do it all without lens changing. The FZ1000 certainly has my interest.

Pre-order links:
B&H: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...al_camera.html
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Featured: 'Vivid Sydney with the GR' by nickthetasmaniac

May 24, 2014 - 3:32 AM - by nickthetasmaniac
Hi everyone, it's been a while...

Here's a collection from last night's opening for Vivid Sydney, all shot with the GR and Gitzo tripod.

Please check out my blog for the rest: http://peopleandotherstrangecreature...d-sydney-2014/

We abandon them daily in the wasteland of the past. Because even though I have told you that I am walking to remember, this isn’t completely true - we must embark also on journeys of forgetting. - Paul Salopek

EM5 with Lumix, m.ZD and Voigtländer glass | Ricoh GR | Pentax MX with SMC-M 50/f1.4
walking | photography | travel
an exploration of place - 365 days with the Ricoh GR
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