Canon SX50 HS Review

While I never claim to be a photographer I am always looking for something to make my life easier.  Cheryl bought me this camera for Christmas 2012 and I have to say so far so good for a “Superzoom”.  Read an experts view because that I am not. 😉  If you look at my most recent post from January 15, 2012 you will see some of the pics this can take.  The zoom is amazing to be honest and any wild life you see I take means the bird etc are usually FAR FAR away.

Oh No, Not Another Superzoom!

OK, I admit it. I have a soft spot for so-called Superzoom cameras and have reviewed quite a few of them on these pages over the years. I have looked at even more than I have reviewed, and found most (read – all) wanting, usually in the area of image quality.

The new Canon SX50 HS was announced at Photokina in September, 2012, started shipping in October at a SMLP of $480, and by early November had dropped to $369 at some US  retailers. This means a drop of at least -20% during its first month on sale. Who knows how many of these ended up as stocking-stuffers by Christmas. Continue reading “Canon SX50 HS Review”

Amazingly Creative Drawing Vs Photography


This wonderful work has done by a very talented Belgian painter, illustrator, portraitist, caricaturist and photographer Ben Heine. This creative artist was born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He Studied graphic arts and sculpture and I also have a degree in journalism. Lets take a look at some of his awesome works that he calls “Drawing Vs Photography” or “Imagination Vs Reality”.

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Chrome Niko Camera Bag

SOURCE Motorcyclist, September, 2012
Chrome Niko Camera Bag
Chrome Niko Camera Bag
By Joe Neric, Photography by Joe Neric

Chrome is renowned for making cool, functional and tough messenger bags and backpacks, and now the San Francisco-based company is branching out into more purpose-specific products. The Niko is Chrome’s crack at a camera bag, and for someone like me who rides motorcycles and shoots photos, it’s just about perfect. If you’re a professional photographer and think you’ll want to carry more gear than you see here, however, this isn’t the bag for you. Continue reading “Chrome Niko Camera Bag”

Did Apple redefine photography with the iPhone?


Could smart phones be the answer to photography equipment consolidation?  We know that in order to document a trip we seem to bring a ton of electronic gear.  Too much we believe…could these phones, specifically the iPhone help to minimize the need for a camcorder, digital point and shoot and even a DSLR? 

Thanks RichardM a BLOG reader for this link…I said would be nice to have the iPhone H20 proof, shock proof, dust proof etc…and Richard posted this link  LIFE PROOF CASES CLICK HERE

One of the interesting facts we learned from the Steve Jobs biography is that he planned to revolutionize photography, and he may well have achieved that. Walter Isaacson wrote about Jobs, saying, “He had three things that he wanted to reinvent: the television, textbooks and photography. He really wanted to take these on.”

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PANASONIC TS3 – Practice Pictures

Still testing out the new camera we got for our trips.  This is just a test picture post.  Feel free to share comments and remember I am definitely not a photographer although would like to be one some day.  🙂 None of these picture shave been edited.

While Cheryl had to work today and while I was supposed to be doing chores, I decided to head to a local park and take pictures.  It was a beautiful day here and just couldn’t resist going for a walk in Kanaka Provincial Park.  Located in Maple Ridge, BC right along the Fraser River.

Kanaka Park Grainy Look



Typical Wetcoast


Sneaking a look at the Fraser River





This was taken directly into the sun





















Golden Ears in the Back ground - Mts near our house


















Panasonic TS3 Point & Shoot Camera

Our summer trip ended up killing my other Panasonic camera.  The one that took almost 99% of the pictures.  I brought the camera back to the store I bought it because it was new before left on June 29th.  Told them where I went and that it was my fault the camera died.  Panasonic gave me a new one anyway.  Great customer service. 

So, I will be selling the Panasonic DMC-FH25 since it’s new and got myself a Panasonic TS3 waterproof camera.  I think this is the type of camera that would work better on the bike doing one-handed moving shots and now I can take pics of the rain that we often ride in.

Salmon stream by my house

Today I was just playing around taking pics getting used to grip and trying out the HD 1080p video function.  Here are a few non motorcycle pictures of my dogs and a little stream near my house where Salmon spawn and Eagles come every fall early winter.

***If you click on the pics they get larger and you can really see that this camera takes some nice high resolution pictures.  Please so far.


I have to practice not covering the mic with my finger and get used to the lens being easily covered up my fingers as well…




Close up grass
Foggy Morning

Salmon Stream


My short test video set to HD 1080p.  In the above picture you can see where the mic is.  Easy to cover if not paying attention.  So far I like this camera.  Not much bigger than the one I took on the trip just a little heavier.  So, I will try it out this weekend on our 2 niter to Tumwater, WA to go see the Gerbing folks.

Would love to hear about your own set up and cameras that are being used out there.  We also bring a more powerful camera when on a trip.  Canon Powershot SX30 IS.

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