July 4 2010 - Photo Jottings

July 4 2010


Happy Independence day folks.  Hopefully some of you will be able to vacation out west in the national parks this week, and this summer.  Although you may not have a choice, you should try to avoid Yosemite valley and the Grand Canyon south rim village this week unless you love traffic jams and hoards of people.

I forgot to include a homepage link to the Minolta AF 80-200mm F/4.5-5.6 shutter cap review, which I finished a few days ago, so here it is.  This lens is better than the 35-80mm, but neither one is worth buying if you have other, more modern zooms, like the kit lens or 55-200mm.
I mention in the conclusion that the 80-200mm might be good enough to use for emergency purposes if you can get it for next to nothing.  It’s very small, so it wouldn’t take up much room.  It also might be a good lens to take with you when you’re doing a photo shoot in a place where you think you may be attacked or robbed—I had to take pictures of a house in a bad area of town (from the security of my car) one time for a domestic dispute case, and should have taken something like this lens, (I took my CZ 16-80mm and used it at 80mm).
I put the April homepage entries into the archives in case you’re wondering what happened to an article or review.
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