Jon Sienkiewicz

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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Jul 06, 2013 2 comments
The importance of a comfortable and secure camera strap is often taken too lightly. If you’re serious about your straps, check these out
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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Jun 29, 2013 1 comments
The only thing better than owning a high-end compact camera is owning two of the same model. At the risk of sounding extravagant or greedy, let me explain.
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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Jun 20, 2013 1 comments
Shooting Soho with a Yellow Camera.
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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Oct 16, 2012 Published: Sep 01, 2012 21 comments
It’s a good thing that early photographers didn’t have to pass through airport security with their flash equipment. The pyrotechnics they used to light a scene would surely have merited more than a pat down. Many years ago, long before the flash tube or flashbulb, a century or so before the Flashcube, cameramen used a flash powder called thermite.
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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Feb 17, 2012 Published: Jan 01, 2012 1 comments
When Olympus and Panasonic launched the Micro Four Thirds system they offered adapters that enabled the use of regular Four Thirds lenses. Smart move, because it immediately expanded the library of available glass. The goal of Micro Four Thirds is smaller and lighter SLR cameras. The unanticipated benefit is compatibility with tons of lenses we all thought we’d never use again.
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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Dec 12, 2011 Published: Nov 01, 2011 0 comments
When I say filter, your first thought may be a Photoshop plug-in. That’s natural, especially if your first good camera was digital. But folks who cut their photographic teeth shooting 35mm film know all about the light-bending qualities of glass screw-in filters. Physical filters were once the best (and sometimes only) way to get certain types of creative shots. Although still as effective as ever, they’ve fallen from favor for several reasons.
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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Jun 10, 2011 1 comments
Partly because I own some great Minolta glass (including a 17-35mm G-series zoom) and partly because one of my best friends in the whole world, Mickey Iwata, a former PMDA Technical Achievement Award winner, is in charge of the Sony Alpha DSLR/SLT accessories, I bought a Sony Alpha 55.
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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Jun 24, 2011 Published: May 01, 2011 1 comments
“Can you use a tripod and IS at the same time?”

Almost 20 years after the dramatic success of the first autofocus 35mm SLR, the Minolta Maxxum 7000, Minolta introduced “body integral” Image Stabilization (IS) to the world in the DiMAGE A1, and the game changed. Advanced photographers recognized the value of stabilization. That was back in 2003, but it wasn’t the first attempt to quell camera jitters. Previously, IS had been performed optically. Minolta did it in the camera body by physically moving the sensor to counteract camera movement. We called it Anti-Shake, and I was a member of the team that brought it to market.

Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Feb 01, 2011 3 comments

We all need a second camera, one that travels with us when the heavy artillery stays at home. There are many premium models to choose from, and most yield results on par with their larger brethren—under certain circumstances.

Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Jan 01, 2011 11 comments

Long before the Mind of Minolta popularized autofocus SLRs with the introduction of the Maxxum 7000 there was the XD.

The year was 1977 and Minolta Camera Company, Ltd. was riding high. Fueled by the success of the SR-T series and the inimitable XE-7, Minolta launched the XD family, beginning with the XD-11 (labeled simply XD in Japan and XD-7 in Europe). The XD-11 was the first...

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