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Tamron announces 16-300mm zoom for Canon, Nikon, Sony DSLRs

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Japanese lens-maker Tamron has announced a zoom lens covering a whopping 16-300mm! (You can order it at Adorama.) Tamron is producing the unit for Nikon, Canon, and Sony, Maxxum cameras. Aperature range for the lens is f3.5-6.3 (minimum range is f22-40).

I’m curious to see a review or two on this product to get a feel for what the performance is like. I don’t see one on DP Review yet, but I assume there will be one there soon. You can read the company’s press release about the product here.

If you’re a Nikon user, Nikon makes an 18-300, which you can get here -> Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX Nikkor Lens.

And, again, you can order the Tamron lens here at Adorama).

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Random photos. Hope you like them :-)

Black and white photos

A few black-and-white photos I took in recent weeks (or months). Hope you like them! Click on an image for a larger view.

That was film, this is now! A new camera from Nikon that I want so bad I’m afraid I may do something illegal

I only really got into photography a couple of years ago. But, as a reporter and the son of a camera lover, I’ve long had a soft spot for the art/craft. My first “real” camera was the sweet, sweet 35 mm Nikon FE2 that my dad gave me back when I was in college. Back the the film days, that was an great piece of equipment.

But things change. That was film, this is now. Everything is digital these days, and I love it. The cost savings and the convenience of digital is awesome. Sure, the darkroom was fun and cool, but I’m happy to give up the nostalgia for all that’s gained with digital technology. Still, I can’t help but feel something special when I look back at my old vintage-looking, silver-and-black FE2.

Well, now, Nikon has come out with the Df, a high-end, full frame digital camera with a vintage look. Maybe it’s stupid to care about what a camera looks like, but putting high-end, digital technology in a package that looks a lot like the old school stuff is just so cool. I mean look at this:

Here are the details if you’re interested in learning more - http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Products/Product/Digital-SLR-Cameras/1526/Nikon-Df.html

I love this like a little kid loves a cute puppy. My fear is that I may be tempted to kidnap a dignitary or the child of a wealthy family and hold them for ransom … oh, say, maybe $2,749.95, which is the cost of the body only. Yeah, it’s pricey.

Photos of leaves in black and white … and color

I’m on a real leaf-photography kick lately. I seem to be shooting a lot of them. They have all those cool, minute veins and little, random holes and interesting, diverse colors. Plus they’re everywhere.

Here is some fruit of my leaf-shooting labors. I hope you enjoy them. You can click on each for a larger view. If you like them here’s another leaf-photography blog post (well, I guess the post is there whether or not you enjoyed these, but you probably wouldn’t want to click on it if you didn’t like them). And here’s a link to tons of my other photos.

Took this one in my front yard.

I’m not sure where I took this one. Might have been on the way to Ada, Minn.

Took this one out behind my house.

Not sure. Maybe also on the way to Ada.

In my yard, here in good, ol’ Fargo.

This one looks all metallic!


Sunset photos and a crazy light bubble around a leaf

We got a beauty of a sunset a week ago (Oct. 25). I didn’t know it was going to be so fantastic that night when I set out with my camera, but I’m glad I was there to snag some shots. Hope you enjoy these colorful pics. Click on an image for a larger view; the sunset shots are much better if viewed larger. If you enjoy these images, you can check out some of my others, here.

I was out with my tripod in a field taking pictures of a truck that was parked in this field (the one in the background in this photo) when I was caught off guard by the arrival of a second one (the one in the foreground). I wonder what he thought of this random photographer guy out in the field :-) Glad he came along though. Makes the picture much more interesting, I think.


I was struggling to find a subject to set in front of the beautiful sunset that had developed. This little creek or slough or whatever helped me out with a pretty little reflection. Fun stuff.


I love reflections. The window of a minivan may not be the first place you think of when you look for beauty, but it certainly offered up a lovely reflection on this evening.

I’ve never had lens flare appear so perfectly for me that I can recall. Thank you, sun, for this crazy light bubble!