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Jon Sienkiewicz Blog Posted: May 13, 2009 0 comments

Olympus was kind enough to lend me a 150mm f2.0 Zuiko lens for some personal shooting. I recently bought a new E-520 at an incredible price because it’s a discontinued model. Even so, it has a rich feature set, Image Stabilization and weighs slightly more than a well-dressed chicken taco. It also offers Live View, Dust Reduction and Wireless Flash. On close-out, this DSLR body cost me about the same as a high-end point-and-shoot.

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Jon Sienkiewicz Blog Posted: Mar 06, 2011 7 comments

Here’s a new accessory that definitely falls into that “Why didn’t I think of that?” category. Olympus’s MAL-1 Macro Arm Light is a pair of bright LEDs attached to the end of flexible, gooseneck arms. They connect via the camera’s accessory port/hot shoe, and are powered by the camera (no extra battery needed).

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Jon Sienkiewicz Blog Posted: Oct 24, 2010 1 comments

Weighing in at just over 1-lbs but packing more features than many bigger, heavier cameras, Panasonic’s new Lumix DMC-FZ40 might make you think twice about that heavy load of gear you’ve been packing. Here is a camera you can carry around all day and never get tired.

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Jon Sienkiewicz Blog Posted: Jan 31, 2009 0 comments

Can you take a shot like this? Of course—it’s not difficult.

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Jon Sienkiewicz Blog Posted: Jan 25, 2009 0 comments

I read George Schaub’s review of the Olympus 25mm f2.8 pancake lens on Shutterbug.com and, faster than you could say “Zuiko,” I bought one. This was only the second time in my life that I purchased something because I read a positive review about it. The only other time was many years ago when I bought a Bolens Mulching Lawnmower. Sadly, that adventure ended abruptly in tragedy when the mower impaled itself on a hidden iron survey stake one week later.

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Jon Sienkiewicz Blog Posted: Jan 17, 2010 0 comments

Pentax K-x

It could be that the good people at Pentax have gone batty. They put way too much stuff in the new Pentax K-x camera. It’s priced slightly above the most expensive compact cameras (in the sub-$600 range with a Pentax 18-55mm zoom lens) and is offered in three colors (red, white and blue) plus basic black.

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Jon Sienkiewicz Blog Posted: Aug 07, 2009 1 comments

Above images where shot by Kerrick James using a Pentax K-7. The top image is without HDR, the middle using Standard HDR and the bottom with HDR set at Strong.

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Jon Sienkiewicz Blog Posted: Oct 02, 2009 1 comments

Photo Plus Expo

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Jon Sienkiewicz Blog Posted: Nov 07, 2010 2 comments

You’ve probably never thought of a pumpkin as being particularly shiny, but in fact, like many other common objects, their surface is glossy enough to produce glare. Glare is a photographer’s worst enemy. Glare appears as areas of blocked highlights that are completely devoid of detail. Remove the glare and the entire surface of the pumpkin appears in full rich color and lush detail.

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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Jul 27, 2014 0 comments

Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera systems promised us lenses that are more compact but fully featured. That promise has finally been fulfilled—and it took Tamron, the master of the All-in-One Zoom, to make it happen.

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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Aug 04, 2013 5 comments
What every photographer should own; add to that list an inexpensive collapsible reflector.
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Jon Sienkiewicz Blog Posted: Nov 24, 2008 0 comments

To the best of my knowledge, there is only one word in the English language that lacks a vowel: rhythm. Rhythm is something I sure don’t have, but cameras do.

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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Aug 11, 2013 0 comments
We all know how big a tomato is. If we see a photo of a GIANT tomato sitting all by itself, we have no idea that it’s bigger than its cousins. To convey the perception of size one must position the tomato near another object of known size—say, an egg or a walnut. Same is true about cameras.
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Jon Sienkiewicz Blog Posted: Feb 10, 2010 0 comments

If you shoot video with a DSLR or camcorder that uses SD memory cards, be sure to use a card that is fast enough. Since the introduction of SDHC, cards are labeled with a Speed Class that indicates the sustained data transfer speed. Class 2 cards deliver a sustained read/write speed of 2MB per second. Class 6 operate at 6MB/sec. It’s an easy standard to understand.

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Jon Sienkiewicz Blog Posted: Jan 16, 2011 7 comments

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