Bom dia. Buenos días.

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Vámonos!

Torri n’me recently took a two-week tour of Portugal and Spain. We had great weather throughout the trip and everywhere we went the food was really good.

13 cities in 13 days. A whirlwind.

Lisbon. Sintra. Cascais. Evora. Merida. Seville. Jerez. Gibraltar. Marbella. Ronda. Granada. Toledo. Madrid.

13 cities in 13 days. A whirlwind.

It was jam-packed with all sorts of activities and city-by-city tours. We visited historic palaces, cathedrals, and synagogues. We saw Roman ruins, Muslim and Catholic architecture. Took a horse and carriage ride. We witnessed a Flamenco performance. We had a guided tour of an equestrian school. We even sampled Port and Sherry in two different cites.

My last-day favorite was a slow, lengthy stroll through the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum, where art that I’d only seen in history books was right in front of me. Awesome.

I brought along three cameras – The Panny LX100, Olympus XZ-2, Sony RX100m3 – and my iPhone 8. Talk about an extended photo stroll!

We had a great time.

I put together an album on Flickr with all my fave shots. Take a peek…

Rusty shutters #8.

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Olympus E-PL3.

October 2011.

This camera holds a lot of awesome memories.

The E-PL3 was a gift. Or rather a reward, I suppose.

When I worked at Santa Clara University I was chosen as what amounts to the 2011 “Employee of the Year” for our division. I didn’t see it coming and being chosen totally blew me away. Something I’ll always remember and cherish.

There was also a cash bonus that came along with the award. Nice.

Torri and me planned a trip to Italy, happening later that same year, and I wanted to bring along a new digital camera.

The bonus from the award paid for the E-PL3. It got plenty of use on the trip.

I chose the E-PL3 over the Olympus PEN E-P3 because of the sleek, more modern appearance – they’re essentially the same camera.

I added the Franiac grip and the versatile VF-2 viewfinder, but one of my favorite features is the flip-up rear display. So handy.

The Olympus 17mm ƒ/2.8 gets the most use, but I have a healthy collection of M43 lenses and have used the Lensbaby Composer Pro/Sweet 35 combo and the 25mm ƒ/1.4 Pentax CCTV lens on this camera.

The Olympus menu system isn’t my fave, but I manage to get around without too much trouble.

This is definitely one of my fave shooters that still gets a lot of use.

Resolution: 12.3 megapixels
Max image size – 4032 x 3024
Display: 3in LCD @ 153,000 pixels
ISO: 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800
Shutter Speeds: 60 sec – 1/4000 sec
Metering: Multi-segment, center-weighted, spot
Dimensions WHD: 4.3in x 2.5in x 1.5in
Weight: 9.35 oz
Power: Lithium-ion rechargeable battery
Memory card: SD/SDHC/SDXC

 

Going small.

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A tale of two bags.

I’ve been using Courierware camera bags for quite a while – at least ten years.

Specifically the Incognito. I have two, a medium size for my TtV rig and a Mini for my daily carry. Both are great, durable bags that are still in excellent shape for as much use as they get.

The Mini is the perfect size for a mirrorless camera and an extra lens, or a couple of point-and-shoot cameras. These days I’m carrying the Panny GX8 with the Olympus 12-40ƒ/2.8 Pro attached and my trusty old Panny LX100. Plenty of pockets, inside and out, for a small notebook, biz cards, pens, pencils. Both were ordered with plastic clips, not velcro.

Plus, Eric at Courierware was able to sew up a 15″ handle for me, and I added a black fuzzy seatbelt cozy to the main strap. Very comfortable. Happy customer. The Mini gets a lot of use.

I’ve been on the lookout for something new. I wanted an even smaller bag to carry while traveling. A sling that’ll hold two or three point-and-shoot cameras, but not be totally obvious as a camera bag.

I found what I was looking for in the Peak Design Everyday Sling 5L.

The 5L checked off all the boxes: small, light-weight, flexible, adjustable, plenty of space for a small notebook, biz cards, pens, pencils, mobile phone. And at $99 US,  it’s really a decent price.

I like that the strap is not just adjustable, but padded. The 5L has a built in handle. There’s a nifty pair of velcro “FlexFold” dividers that make it easy to cordon off space for lenses or other accessories. Quite trick, this feature.

The bag, with the strap pulled in shorter rests in the small of my back, and it has what amounts to hinges at both ends of the strap, allowing the bag to fit snuggly at any length. Great idea.

Let the strap out longer, swing it around in front and you have easy and secure access to the contents. The flap opens outward from the body creating a ledge of sorts.

And it comes in black canvas. A must.

A test walk this weekend is in order.

There are bunches of reviews on YouTube, if you want to get an idea of what this nifty bag is all about.