Ipswich Wildlife Sanctuary 1/13/13 Black and White

What a treasure.  If you haven’t been you’re missing out on a great adventure outdoors in your own back yard.


Beautiful Industry- Captain Joe and Sons at Dusk 5:00PM 11/24/12

Shot with my trusty Sony NEX-5N.


BTW right now Amazon has a great deal on memory cards.  For a 32GB Class 10 SD Card for only $19.99.

Considering Apple charges you an extra hundred dollars for a jump up from a 16GB iPad to a 32GB iPad, that’s a great deal.

Imagine that, SD card storage is THAT cheap that you can buy two times the amount of storage that comes on a stock iPad for less than $20.  Anyway if you’re buying a camera it’s always good to have a couple extra SD cards so you can leave one in your computer to edit your photos off of and rotate in your spare to the camera so when you leave the house with the camera in a hurry you don’t pound yourself in the head when you get to that birthday party because you left the memory stick in the computer.  I always rotate mine and have a stick in my computer and swap it out on the spot with the memory stick that was in the camera.

Anyway here’s the deal if you want one (they’re normally $32)-

Transcend 32 GB Class 10 SDHC Flash Memory Card

The Holidays Are Coming- You’re Gonna Need a Camera Let Us Help You Decide Which One Best Fits Your Needs

I’m going to give my recommendations based on several categories, but invite you our readers to ask questions and hope our other contributors who have other opinions than mine can chime in with their suggestions as well.  Please feel free to ask a question in the comment section if you would like more information about which camera is best for you.  Add your comments if you have other recommendations as well. We’re here to help!

Best Point and Shoot Sub $200-

Olympus XZ-1 Digital Camera

It has a super fast 1.8 lens and will allow you to capture great photos in low light.  This camera for this price is an excellent value.  It is limited by a not huge zoom but the picture quality is going to be better than anything else in its class for this price.  There are larger zoom cameras out there for this price but these cameras are usually used indoors for birthday parties and such and that fast 1.8 lens is going to capture those moments about 100 times better than a slow point and shoot with a long zoom. 

You can get it on Amazon No Tax Here



Best Point and Shoot Super Zoom-

Marty’s Canon SX40 HS 12.1MP Digital Camera with 35x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

What you get here is a very versatile camera that when you have decent amount of light will get you across the Harbor and into someone’s bedroom.  In low light the picture quality will fall apart but for those vacationers who want to zoom in on the action this is a great camera for the price-

Get the Canon SX40  for $349  here


Best All Around Value Sub $500-

Sony NEX-5N

Here is a Gallery of Photos I’ve Taken With Mine

The Camera I use is currently being offered for $478 with the kit lens.  I bought one for the Mrs I like mine so much.  It has a large sensor and a ton of cool features in a relatively small footprint.  You can fit it in a jacket pocket but not a jeans pocket.  I like it’s light weight compared to a full sized DSLR.  The lenses for it can be slightly more expensive compared to the full sized DSLR’s like father Matthew’s Sony A65 (an awesome camera in it’s own right).  More lenses are being announced for the NEX series it seems monthly and the prices have been coming down on them.

I would buy the Sony NEX-5N with the kit lens and if I had a little extra pocket change the Sony 35mm 1.8 lens for incredible low light performance in a light weight package.

I paid $689 for mine just a year ago and at the price it is being offered right now, I wouldn’t hesitate a second recommending it.

Buy it here no tax and no questions asked return policy from Amazon-Sony NEX-5N





Best Value DSLR-

Father Matthew’s Sony A65

Here is a Gallery of Photos Father Matthew Has taken With His

The Camera Fr Matthew uses takes pictures that speak for themselves.   It’s a beast and coupled with the 18-135mm lens you‘ll have an incredibly versatile piece of kit to take incredible photos or video.  If I didn’t care so much about keeping things lightweight I’d buy the camera he uses. 

You can buy this combo for $1198 at Amazon here or with the kit 18-55 for $998 (I’d suggest the 18-1356 for that much more versatility with that longer zoom.


There are a TON of lens options for this camera and as a second lens I’d buy the Sony 35mm 1.8 (Sony Alpha SAL35F18 A-mount Wide Angle Lens)  these small wide primes are soooo much fun to shoot with.  You don’t need it right away because the Sony A65 is so capable in low light to begin with, but once you shoot with a fast wide prime you’ll understand what I mean about fun.


Janet Rice Takes My Advice and Buys The Sony NEX-5N Here Are Her Photos

Janet Writes

Thanks for the recommendation. I am having fun and hopefully will get better with practice!



Here’s the camera- The Sony NEX-5N which I paid over $650 for last year and now can be purchased for $498 with no tax and a no questions asked return policy on Amazon.

I can’t recommend this small powerhouse of a camera enough.  Love mine!

My Camera- The Sony NEX-5N Severely Reduced To Insanely Cheap Price On Amazon $478 with the Kit Lens

I bought one for the Mrs a couple of weeks ago without the Kit lens but for this deal it is ridiculous.  Listen to me- If you have ANY interest in photography this camera has the best of all worlds and I can’t think of a better camera for the price than this one.  Small size,  awesome low light capabilities,  huge sensor $478.  For just a little more than a good point and shoot you get DSLR performance in a small package.  COMPLETE TOTAL NO-BRAINER THE CAMERA TO BUY!

Here’s the link to it on Amazon where you don’t have to pay any tax on it and it ships within days.



Gloucester At Dawn Good Harbor Beach and Thacher Island 6:32AM 9/15/12


Taken with- you guessed it my NEX-5N which I paid over $250 more than what you can buy it for as of yesterday.

Here are some of the sets I’ve taken with mine click for photos


Here’s the link to buy it at the ridiculous discount that was offered yesterday. $498 with the 18-55 lens

A new version of the 5 series has been announced which includes wifi but won’t be out for two months and is listed at a price of $748, the NEX-5R.

I’ll take my camera at that discount and in fact I did, buy it for the Mrs for her birthday.  Shhhhhh. Don’t tell.

This is the new one which is available for pre-order-

Sony NEX-5RK/B 16.1 MP Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens and 3-Inch LCD (Black) by Sony


The Camera I’ve Been Using This Past Year Just Got A Huge Discount On Amazon From $698 to $498. It’s What I Use To Take All Those Gloucester At Dawn Photos Like This One! Gloucester At Dawn Good Harbor Beach Life Guard Chair 6:34AM 9/15/12


My NEX-5N which you’ve witnessed this past year and what I attribute to a huge portion of the fun I’ve had taking photos.  it has a huge sensor in a compact form and I can’t recommend it enough. And for the price they slashed it down to it is an absolute NO BRAINER!

It was $698 and they cut $200 off on Amazon.  I’m telling you don’t even think, just buy it and you’ll be psyched you did.  I’m getting one for the Mrs. as soon as I finish typing this.  I haven’t seen this deal any where else so I don’t know how many are available at that price but if it’s still there grab one with the kit lens.  You’ll be happy you did.

Here are some of the sets I’ve taken with mine click for photos


Here’s the link to buy it


Video taken with The NEX-5N

To Show You I Put My Money Where My Mouth Is Here Is The Order I Just Placed With Amazon For The Mrs-


Gloucester At Dawn 4:47AM 6/23/12 Good Harbor Beach From Joey C and 5:15AM 6/23/12 From Christy Juckett

click photo for larger view

I was here a half hour before Christy this morning.


Hi Joey!

It was an awesome sunrise! Enjoy the day~ Thanks, Christy


Video Interview- Meet Goetemann Artist in Residency Program Artist Of The Month Ekaterina Smirnova


Check out her work at the Goetemann Artist in Residency Studio (GRS) at 51A Rocky Neck Avenue.

Check out her website here- www.katapostrophe.com