January 7, 2004
For Christmas we went with our good friend Winslow to Sri Lanka to get a tan, and get away from the shopping frenzy.
November 15, 2003
When I was in Africa I got caught with my pants down. Not literally, but I was ill equipped photographically. I have a Nikon D1, which is a great but aging digital camera, but I only owned a single lens: a 24-170 mm zoom. That lens proved to be inadequate out on safaris and in the close quarters of bars. I ended up buying a 500 mm zoom while there so I could get some decent wildlife pictures. It's a good lens, but it is absolutely huge.
For Sri Lanka I'm taking a page from the boy scout handbook: I'm going to buy a wide angle lens and a compact zoom with image stabilization. Or, so I thought. Canon makes the perfect compact zoom lens but not for Nikon lens mounts. The Nikon wide angle lens I've been eying comes-like everything for my camera-at a price (even the flash for this camera was over $400.00). Nikon makes an image stabilized lens similar to the Canon, but it is twice as long and three times the price. In fact, a little digging shows that I could almost buy a new Canon body and lenses to match my existing Nikon gear for the price difference in lenses. More...