Kit Lens

When I got my Nikon D5500 a few years ago I included a  kit in the purchase that gave me two VR lenses (18-55) and 55-200) for an excellent price (about $400 Canadian.) There are some reviewers on the Interweb that might fault me for my choice here; the so-called “kit” lenses get slagged for lower ...

Mighty Mississippi

One of the best things about living is Almonte is the Mississippi River that flows through downtown. No, not that Mississippi – this one is the minor Canadian version. A couple of weeks ago the river was roaring with the spring run-off. Now the upper falls are trickling as the new membrane weir from the small ...

The 15-Year Cycle

Seems to me that instead of measuring human lifespan in the 3 score and 10 metric we should use the 15-year cycle – use a cat’s lifespan instead. For example, it’s been nearly 14 years since our home in Almonte looked like this, and we’ll celebrate 13 years in the place in July. That’s time ...

Analog Man – NOT!!

Great song, great album – you can even get it on vinyl. Does it apply to me – an analog man in a digital world? I don’t think so. I suppose there are lots of ways to go analog today – write with a fountain pen, read books, drive an old car, use a Daytimer or ...

Legacy Glass, Digital SLR

After I got my Nikon F80 film camera in 2002, I collected a fair number of compatible Nikon autofocus lenses for it. I had a couple of zooms, and some really nice prime lenses ranging from 24 mm up to 300mm in all. I kept those lenses and the F80 camera body even though I ...

Industrial Marketing

Having worked in the food industry as long as I did, I got pretty familiar with consumer marketing – how to sell Maxwell House Coffee, Jell-O, Becel, Hellmann’s Mayo – but how do you flog a water heater? That lies within the purvue of Industrial Marketing and it’s quite different. I thought about the differences lately ...

Fail

This isn’t so much a post about photography as it is about how a technology-driven company can make products that are a marketing and financial disaster if they don’t understand their customer. Nobody can dispute Nikon’s place as an optical and camera giant. They started out in the 1940s by knocking off Leica rangefinders, created ...

Chillin’ and Grillin’

BBQ season isn’t a year-round thing up here in the Valley. You are lucky if you make it from May to October most years. That said, we do get a lot of use out of our gas grill during that time. I’ve had a natural gas BBQ ever since we moved to Georgetown in 1979 and discovered ...