Category Archives: camera tips

Canon SX230: an awesome GPS geotagging camera! [REVIEW]

As you may have already read in my mini-review, I’ve been having fun playing with my mother-in-law’s snazzy new camera, the Canon Powershot SX230 HS. Canon SX230 HS Review & Sample Photoshttp://www.jdhodges.com/review/cameras/canon-sx230-hs-review-sample-photos/My mother in law recently purchased the camera and my wife has one of its predecessors, the SX210. Overall Canon has made some nice enhancements to this latest model and it truly is a splendid little camera for walkabout photography. Its main draw being that it packs an amazing

Canon SX230 HS Sample Photos

Today I had the chance to take the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS for a stroll. My mother in law recently purchased the camera and my wife has one of its predecessors, the SX210. Overall Canon has made some nice enhancements to this latest model and it truly is a splendid little camera for walkabout photography. Its main draw being that it packs an amazing zoom range in a relatively small package. Overall I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

Nikon DSLR camera recommendations for early 2011

When friends and family ask me for camera recommendations I post the info to my blog in the hopes that it will help others too… Here’s a recommendation for Nikon DSLRs: Summary of recommendation: #1 – A very capable companion: Nikon D7000 Pros: good image quality, excellent ISO quality, fast focusing, +1080p video, smaller size and lighter weight (than D300s) Cons: may be pricier than the D90 without drastic improvement Deciding factor: if you find a good price and you

Simplicity and Photography. It’s not about the gadgets.

Two links to Ken Rockwell’s site, both of these articles resonant with me. Regarding the first article, as a somewhat gadget obsessed dude that also like photography I can empathize. I know that some of my best photographs were with relatively ancient cameras; and some of my worst photos have been with the “latest and greatest”. The second article is similar to the first one,  except going into a bit more of what really makes for good photography. Article #1

Choosing a system: Nikon D90 vs. Olympus E-620

The ever-wonderful Jes is in the market for a new DSLR! She sold her entry level Canon DSLR and is ready to move up to the heavy-hitting power of a Nikon D90 (or similar). So Many Choices! Anytime a friend is considering a new camera purchase, it always gets me thinking about the different DSLR systems. Here is are just a few: Canon (full frame, non-full frame), Nikon (FX, DX), Sony (full frame, non-full frame), Olympus (four thirds, micro four

Small tripods

Small tripods (some tiny, some tabletop, some misc.) I’ve been looking for a great travel tripod to use with my Olympus E-P1. So far I haven’t found the perfect match. However, I have found some cool tripod stuff… Sweet looking Leica tripod: Turn a tripod into a laptop/notebook desk: “Table top” tripods One of my favorites: Amazon.com: Manfrotto 709B Digi Table Top Tripod with Ball Head Also cool and functional, will probably support quite a bit of weight: Amazon.com: Cullmann

Cool camera straps for the E-P1 (neck, y strap, shoulder strap)

[photos for this entry to follow later] I didn’t bring a strap with me for the E-P1 on our two week Colorado trip. That meant I either: (a) carried the camera handheld (b) kept the camera in my backpack, a Lowepro CompuDaypack (<$40 new on eBay) which has a quick access compartment for the camera (c) kept the camera in a pocket of my cargo shorts (not many DSLR like cameras can fit in a pocket!) All three worked fairly

Ask J.D. – Nikon D5000 or Canon 500D?

One of my favorite professors, Muthu, is taking an extensive trip this summer and he has been looking for a new DSLR to take with him. There is a related post discussing Canon 500D vs. Panasonic GH1, but the GH1 doesn’t look like it will be released in time for his trip. So today Muthu emailed me the following question: J.D. Need your opinion. Nikon and Canon have released their DSLR with video capabilities. Any suggestions or recommendations? The pricing

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