Jon Sienkiewicz

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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Jul 21, 2013 0 comments
It used to be fun selecting film and developer combinations back in the Dim Ages of Photography, before digital happened. You can enjoy nearly the same experience today by processing images with Alien Skin Exposure 5.
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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Jul 13, 2013 1 comments
After one of their most dramatic marketing build-ups in recent times, Leica unveiled the X Vario camera on June 11. I was fortunate to get a working sample—for just a few days—and put it through its paces. Here are my impressions.
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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Jul 06, 2013 1 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 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.

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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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