Category Archives: Essays

Reconnecting with camera gear

From time to time I fall into a habit of only using certain lenses and overlooking other ones that are in my bag. Recently I was out doing some extension tube testing and I only brought my 1 Nikon 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 with me as this is my ‘go to’ lens for this application. I hadn’t used this lens as a regular telephoto zoom for quite a while. Circumstances led me to Bird Kingdom where I ended up using the 1 Nikon 30-110mm without extension tubes to capture some bird images. The experience reminded me of the importance of reconnecting with camera gear we may not have used in a while. Continue reading Reconnecting with camera gear

Is photography therapeutic?

Countless millions of people around the world enjoy photography for a variety of reasons. For some it is simply an enjoyable hobby. Others find it to be stimulating from a creative standpoint. Many people enjoy it as it helps them create a treasured family record of special events, as well as every day occurrences. A question popped into my mind recently: Is photography therapeutic? Continue reading Is photography therapeutic?

Ignore ‘Must Have’ Gear Advice

Like most photographers I’ve experienced bouts of GAS (gear acquisition syndrome), with some of it induced by listening to the advice of others. I don’t know what your experiences have been. Mine have led me to the conclusion that the best thing for me to do is to simply ignore ‘must have’ gear advice from others each and every time I hear it. Continue reading Ignore ‘Must Have’ Gear Advice

Take a pass on a new Nikon 1 V-Series?

For a number of weeks now, some of my contacts in the Canadian commercial photography business have been telling me that they are hearing that Nikon will be making a number of very major announcements this fall. While no one knows for sure what that may entail, many contacts are expecting new APS-C and full frame mirror-less bodies from Nikon. Whether an updated Nikon 1 V-series is in the cards or not is still anyone’s guess. By the fall of 2016 it will have been over 2 1/2 years since the V3 was announced. Many Nikon 1 owners have been getting frustrated waiting. This causes me to wonder whether a lot of previous Nikon 1 owners will take a pass on an updated Nikon 1 V model even if one is introduced. Continue reading Take a pass on a new Nikon 1 V-Series?