Category: PA

Which Lens/Camera?


I prefer prime lenses since they are smaller, lighter, and make it easier to operate my camera with one hand.  I usually pick one and mount it on the camera before I go out.  Currently it is often the Olympus 17mm f/1.8.  I pick it since it is one of the smallest and is fast and has an effective 35mm focal length.  The only problem is that sometimes it is too wide.  I made the above picture when I drove by and saw the fisherman out in the lake.  He is hard to see in the above view, so I cropped and upsized to extract the following view from the above picture.

The day I made the above was a time when I wished I had the 14-150mm zoom lens mounted, but I was driving around and didn’t want that lens hanging from my neck strap as I drove.  As a possible remedy to using a heavier, larger zoom lens, I have ordered a hand grip for the Olympus PEN-F camera.  After it arrives, I will experiment with using the hand grip and a wrist strap and carrying the camera, with the lens mounted, in a small bag.


I often wish for a good, affordable, small, not too heavy, silent camera with image stabilization, a large sensor, lots of megapixels, and a small lightweight fast wide pancake prime lens on it.  If I had those I might only need one lens and one camera and then could crop-zoom to create the image desired.

Ricoh GR II at Gettysburg

I recently acquired a Ricoh GR II camera and since I needed to go to Gettysburg to get a new driver’s license, I took it along and made a variety of test images.  These were all standard color jpegs and I changed some of them to B&W using LR CC after I returned home.

The bottom-line is that I like the camera.  It is small and easy to carry and has excellent image qualities.  It would make a good travel camera to record your memories.  Now, I need to see how I might use the effective 28mm lens.

Through the Windows

While I spent an hour on the bus going, and another returning the other day, I took some pictures through the windows.  I used shutter mode and set it to 1/1000 sec.  While that took care of most of the motion effects I still had window reflections to contend with.  Since there is really no way to easily remove them I decided to embrace them and not worry about them.

Colonial York

The Men’s Group at Homewood at Plum Creek toured the Colonial Complex on Market Street in York, PA.  We were divided into two groups.  My group first visited the Colonial Courthouse.  If you aren’t familiar with York’s role during the revolutionary war, click here for a brief summary.  Below are a few pictures from inside.

Don’t forget to click on a picture, in each group, to view in gallery mode.

We then crossed North Pershing Avenue to go into the Golden Plough Tavern.

Adjoining the Tavern is the Gates House.

Pennsylvania Capital

The Men’s Group at Homewood at Plum Creek toured the capital of our state so I went along and used it as an opportunity to see how a Nikon 1 J5 camera with the kit CX 10 – 30 mm lens performed as a small travel camera.  I thought it did OK.  My only problem was that I could have made good use of a faster, wider lens.

If you are interested in the history of the building along with other pictures, information, etc. I encourage you to go to this site.