How Long Does it Take to Break Down a Campsite?

Jun 26, 2012 View Comments by

On last fall’s trip to the Pennsylvania Wilds, I timed how long it took to break down my campsite. After several days of doing it, I got pretty fast – it took one minute and eleven seconds! Watch: Ok, I lied. It took much longer than that. My DSLR (Pentax K-5) has a time-lapse mode, […]

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This is How I Roll

Jun 19, 2012 View Comments by

I’m getting ready to leave for my next assignment – a trip up to the Canadian province of Quebec with a 2012 BMW R 1200 RT. What cameras and lenses to bring is always part of the puzzle. The BMW’s got a pair of decent-sized panniers, but I don’t consider that an invitation to pack […]

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Geotagging on the Road – Part 2

Dec 08, 2011 View Comments by

In the last issue we discussed how and why to geotag your photos. In this segment we’ll be touching on methods of geotagging while you’re on the road. Writing GPS coordinates of a photo’s place into the digital file helps to present, archive and/or relocate the motive and put it into an informative context. Only […]

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Digital Camera Accessories for the Digital Rider: Sigma Lenses

Nov 06, 2010 View Comments by

Sigma is one of the largest third party lens makers, making lenses that fit on Canons, Nikons, Pentaxes, Sonys, and more. Good quality zoom lenses are often the difference between a good point-and-shoot and a good dSLR. There are size penalties, obviously, but if getting the shot is ultra important, dSLRs mated to nice lenses […]

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Digital Camera Accessories for the Digital Rider: Vanguard Alta Tripod

Nov 05, 2010 View Comments by

Carrying a tripod on a motorcycle is a photographic challenge. The one that you really want to bring is often too bulky for panniers or top cases. Luckily, companies like Vanguard make ultra-small and ultra-light tripods perfect for motorcycle travel. This tripod is for… …ultralight flyers …carbon fiber freaks …low-angle/macro shooters This tripod is not […]

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Digital Camera for the Digital Rider: Casio EX-FH100

Nov 05, 2010 View Comments by

Casio’s been introducing interesting high-speed consumer cameras for a couple of years now, with high-speed modes as high as 1,000 FPS. That’s right, Virginia, one-thousand frames per second. This camera is for… …neat slow-mos of you and your budding carving it up …sharing videos on YouTube and photos on Facebook …taking travel snapshots This camera […]

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Digital Camera for the Digital Rider – Olympus Concept Camera

Nov 04, 2010 View Comments by

Olympus is highly regarded as a camera lens maker; their Zuiko zoom lenses are some of the highest quality. This concept camera promises to combine the small size of a point and shoot with quality Zuiko glass. It’s due in 2011 This camera is for… …Olympus fanboys …people with patience …people that want the highest […]

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Digital Camera for the Digital Rider: Casio EX-H20G

Nov 04, 2010 View Comments by

Credit to Casio for trying to carve out interesting niches. This camera incorporates a built-in GPS and motion sensor that records the location of every shot, indoor or out. This camera is for… …hyper-detailed travel bloggers …geocachers and GPS hounds …tech geeks This camera is not for… …the Museum of Modern Art …replacing your GPS […]

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Digital Camera for the Digital Rider: Pentax K-5

Nov 03, 2010 View Comments by

Full disclosure, after years of shooting Nikon cameras, I now shoot Pentax because they make small, rugged dSLRs. The K-5 is most likely my next camera. Even as small as it is, you’ve got to be a dedicated photographer to take a dSLR on a motorcycle trip. This camera is for… …those willing to carry […]

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Digital Camera for the Digital Rider: Pentax Optio W90

Nov 02, 2010 View Comments by

Another competitor for the World’s Toughest Point-and-Shoot, the Optio W90 is not shy about its intentions. A beefy strap with carabiner, funky color options, and special LED lights for close-up/macro photography help the camera stand out from the crowd. This camera is for… …mounting on the fork of your BMW GS …taking pictures of the […]

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Digital Camera for the Digital Rider: Olympus Pen E-PL1

Nov 02, 2010 View Comments by

Olympus is one of the leaders in a new class of cameras that may ultimately supplant dSLRs – providing near-dSLR image quality in near-point & shoot sizes. The E-PL1 is the latest in the line, fitting a friendly user-interface within a capable little body. A clever collapsible kit lens makes it easy to pack. Interchangeable […]

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Digital Camera for the Digital Rider: Nikon Coolpix P7000

Nov 01, 2010 View Comments by

For those old enough to remember what old film rangefinders look like, this camera presses a lot of aesthetic buttons. With sophisticated controls for the advanced photographer, it also has easier “set it and forget” it modes for those coming from more basic point-and-shoots This camera is for… …dSLR owners that don’t want to bring […]

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Digital Camera for the Digital Rider: Olympus Stylus Tough

Nov 01, 2010 View Comments by

Latest in a long line of drop-proof, water-proof, and generally fool-proof cameras, the latest Stylus Tough 8010 can also take up to 220 pounds of pressure, so hypothetically speaking you can probably run this over with the front tire of many motorcycles and still get the shot. Warning though, do not try this at home, […]

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Digital Cameras for Digital Riders: Sony NEX-3 and NEX-5

Nov 01, 2010 View Comments by

The same company that shrunk the home stereo into a box the size of a paperback in the 1980s has done it again, putting the guts of a dSLR into a photocopier and making copies at 50%. The NEX series of cameras is improbably small, especially when you consider that they contain the same sensors […]

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Digital Camera for the Digital Rider: Casio Exilim G EX-G1

Oct 31, 2010 View Comments by

This camera is for… …slipping into your jacket pocket. …taking photos from scenic overlooks. …sharing photos and videos on Facebook. …4″ x 6″ prints. …butterfingers and bike messengers. This camera is not for… …Poster-sized prints. …Misty dawns and other low-light situations. For more information, visit the Casio website.

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