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Jon Sienkiewicz Blog Posted: Jun 11, 2009 0 comments

The House of Representatives recently passed the so-called “clunker rebate” bill that provides robust monetary incentives to folks who upgrade from a gas guzzler to a more energy efficient vehicle. There are conditions of course (it’s a government program after all) and as of this writing it hasn’t passed through the Senate, but if it’s signed into law, some lucky car buyers may get as much as $4500 back. I think it’s a great idea, despite the fact that it rewards those who sinned against the environment in the past by driving socially irresponsible vehicles.

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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: 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 13, 2009 0 comments

The Consumer Electronics Show (affectionately known as “CES”) is an annual gala event where manufacturers show off the best gadgets in the world. Held in Las Vegas right on the heels of the New Year’s holidays, more than 100,000 people are said to have attended CES in 2009. I was one of them.

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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: Dec 19, 2009 1 comments

Bargain of the Month

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Jon Sienkiewicz Blog Posted: Dec 21, 2008 0 comments

We often jokingly say that something will happen “as sure as the sun’s gonna rise tomorrow.” It’s comforting for humans to turn to nature to find consistency and reassurance that things are normal. Every year, either on December 21 or December 22, the part of the world I live in experiences Winter Solstice. It’s a time for celebration, as witnessed by many cultures from the ancient Romans (Saturnalia) to the Hopi Indians (Soyalangwul).

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Jon Sienkiewicz Blog Posted: Apr 20, 2009 0 comments

Contrarian

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Jon Sienkiewicz Blog Posted: Oct 30, 2009 0 comments

Test Your Image Stabilization System

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Jon Sienkiewicz Blog Posted: Jun 22, 2010 3 comments

Striker

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Jon Sienkiewicz Blog Posted: Dec 03, 2008 1 comments

A short time ago I was shooting with a Tamron 18-270mm zoom lens on a Canon EOS 40D and discovered something very surprising. When I reviewed the images of some leaves that were backlit against a bright sky I didn’t see any DPF. You know what DPF is, of course: Dreaded Purple Fringe. It usually inhabits the contrasty edges that separate highlight and shadow areas in some digital images. I’d upload an example, but I know you have plenty of your own.

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Jon Sienkiewicz Blog Posted: Sep 07, 2009 1 comments

Update your firmware.

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Jon Sienkiewicz Blog Posted: Apr 28, 2010 1 comments

Wi-Fi Trouble

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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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