The Best of Christmas Sitcoms
My Top Ten list would not be complete without:
All in the Family - Christmas at the Bunkers
Andy Griffith Christmas episode
Dick Van Dyke Christmas episode
Mary Tyler Moore 1st Christmas episode...
Remember when Black Friday was on Friday?
Imagine what will happen if the stores are allowed to stay open all night Christmas Eve until lunch time on Christmas Day! This year, more than 50,000 restaurants, bars, convenience stores and...
My Dog Sam
Dear Abby, I too was picked on when I was a child and I too turned to our dog Queenie. She always gave me love and she always listened. Bless you.
Funny, I just bought an E-510 a couple weeks ago. It came with a 14-42mm "kit" lens and I picked up a 40-150mm Olympus/Zuiko from Fry's for a steal compared to Best Buy and Wolf/Ritz. Definitely a good buy. I got mine on sale at Circuit City that is still going on as far as I can tell from their site.
Just before the cruise I purchased a Nikon D80. That's quite a switch for me because I've always been a Canon guy. Quite honestly, I've been very stubborn. I have stuck to my manual 35mm cameras for decades -- mostly Canon F-1's with my trusty collection of lenses (favs were 85mm portrait lens and 24mm wide angle).
Anyway, I'm blind in one eye and can't see out the other and over the years I've lost many a great shot due to my lack of focus. So for a while I've been contemplating updating and started shopping for a DSLR.
For the better part of the last year I've tested and shopped.
And I was shocked to have finally settled on the Nikon.
I could have gone with their D300 or whatever it is called but I couldn't justify the expense for the ability to shoot 5 fps or higher. I don't need that kind of speed. The D80 had everything I was looking for and felt good in my hands.
And I have to admit that I love it. I'm still learning how to get the creative control with it I want. I shot 400 pictures of the kids on Saturday and only ended up with about 30 usable photos. Of course, I was shooting kids and that's like herding cats.
But the best part was the performance of the camera.
What makes photography all different these days is the software. There is a lot you can do to compensate for poor conditions with software and I find the Nikon software really easy to use. I'll see how things print up today.
Next year my wish list has plenty of lenses on it. I bought it with an 18-135mm lens, but honestly, I don't like zooms much. A set focal length is much sharper, even in this digital age. But Nikon lenses are really expensive, so I'm going to have to save up.
When I first decided to dive into a dSLR, I really, really wanted to go with a Nikon. Olympus wasn't even on my list at first; it wasn't until I really started to do my research and compare what was available to the list of features I wanted that I started looking at the Evolt line. The e-510 certainly isn't the perfect camera and it has it's quirks, but the 4/3 standard lenses are some of the best dSLR specific lenses available (even though I have mixed feelings about the 4:3 image sensor format), it has what is often regarded as the best dust reduction system available, it's relatively light and compact (as are the lenses) while still retaining a very sturdy feel, and the feature that probably won me over was the "Live View" LCD feature.
I've been completely spoiled by point and shoot digital cameras, and I was rather hung up on the fact that most dSLRs require that you use the viewfinder. In retrospect, considering how quickly I adapted to using the optical viewfinder 99% of time, the feature isn't as important as I believed it to be at the time of purchase, but it still comes in very handy for certain shots and also allows for some neat features that really aid in composition.
And yes, digital photo editing is a terrific tool. I've never used Nikon software or even the software that came with the Olympus, but I've been using "The GIMP" for years, which is essentially a freeware version of Photoshop.