Lumix DMC-TS3 At First Blush

This wild rose shot is one of the first shots I took with my new Panasonic Lumix TS3.  I just set the camera on “normal” mode (as soon as I figured out where to do that!) and went out the door. The shot is about as un-edited as possible. It’s cropped and re-sized for the blog, otherwise it’s just as it came out of the camera. As paddlers our first concern is often how “waterproof” a new camera is, but what’s the point if they don’t take decent pictures?   I took the camera to my favorite haunts and shot a lot of images that I’ve shot before.  Same subjects, same spots, same cloudy weather.  I can easily find comparable shots I’ve taken with my digital SLRs, various compacts and even old Waterproof Optios.   At first blush, I’m pretty content. Continue reading

Best Waterproof Camera Today?

Of course this is junk! (water getting in…) Don’t get me started on Pentax… No, we’ve moved on but it’s been a couple of years since I’ve bought a new waterproof compact camera and I could use your advice.  What’s working for you these days? Cannon? Fuji? Lumix? Olympus?  Remember what we’re shootin’ for here.  Fits in a PFD pocket, easy to manage with one hand, handles light well and can produce sharp images on lumpy water.. What say you experts?

Pentax Optio – (insert curse here)

Is something wrong, she said – Well of course there is
You’re still alive, she said – Oh, and do I deserve to be
Is that the question?
pearl jam

Is not the Optio by Pentax the biggest shaft ever put to a paddlers hide?  I’m on my 3rd.  The W60 is the first one that actually stayed working for more than one season. Working, just long enough for the lens to do it’s impersonation of the record from Monty Python’s Hungarian phrasebook sketch. “I will not buy this camera, It is scratched.”  Of course it is.  There’s no freaking lens cap!  Great plan for a camera that’s supposed to put up with what outdoor folks can throw at it.. Seems obvious doesn’t it? (insert curse here) Continue reading



“Derrick, you could start a war with the opinions coming from Trangia defenders and the new school “cooking with gas” users.” – Gnarlydog

Luckily I tend to walk up to the edge of starting wars now and then, but even when we’re talking about cook stoves, cooler heads prevail.

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“…Makes you think all the world’s a sunny day…” – P. Simon

Thanks for the comments on the new design. The new menu uses a technology called “flash” so it reloads each time a page is loaded this is why it seems to close and make you reopen menus. 6 of 1. . . .

Well, tomorrow is day one of Canoecopia. I was intrigued by Carl & John’s Paddlin in Madison’s posting on their website,;

“**If you are going to be in Madison for the Paddlesport Expo on March 11-13, 2005, you should know that 1) We will not be there (Only 3 miles away) 2) Wilderness Systems, Necky Kayaks, and Mad River Canoes will not be there either… “

hmmmm, form your own opinions. . .

Again, I think Mary and I will be on cash registers tomorrow evening and most of Saturday but you can never tell. I do hope to get a chance to sit in a Valley Qajariaq when we’re there. So how do you pronounce it? Well, we took to calling it the “kwigybo” which is Bart Simpson’s definition of a Big Fat Balding North American Ape.

I also took time to order a new camera today. (thus the title) As many of you know I am always running around with a camera in hand. However, when I head out into the water I suddenly had to put my digital down and switch to a disposable waterproof model. Usually the results are mixed to say the least. So today I broke down and ordered a Canon Powershot S1 IS along with the corresponding waterproof case. This should allow me to get some good quality on-water shots now too. In addition there are some other great features that other kayak/photobugs might enjoy. A 10x zoom, image stabilization and up to 30minutes digital video. So now I just have to wait for it to arrive. (I can hear my clock ticking very slowly. . .)