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Many people have inquired about the pictures that we have taken and what cameras we used.

The answers are actually quite straightforward. Prior to the Italy trip (in September, 2002) all photographs were taken with ordinary 35mm film cameras. We had two:  a Canon and an Olympus. Photos for the website were scanned from prints and then edited.

In 2002, we purchased and used our first digital camera, an Olympus Camedia D-510 3.2 Mpixel camera. This digital camera was used in Italy and our Holland trip in 2003 along with the Canon 35mm film camera. In Holland, we met someone with an exciting new digital camera, a Canon Powershot G2.

In July 2003, we ordered the then current model Canon Powershot, we received the G3, a 4 Mpixel camera which we used for a few years.

In December 2004, we ordered the Canon EOS 300D Digital Rebel SLR, a 6.5 Mpixel body with two lenses, the 18-55mm and the 75-300mm telephoto lens. These were in preparation  for the Galapagos trip. With this addition, we shelved all our film cameras.

In November 2005, we added a small Canon Ixus 40 (4 Mpixel) to our camera collection. In May, 2006, we bought another Canon Ixus (the 5 Mpixel Ixus 55).

In April 2010, we replaced both Ixus cameras with two Panasonic Lumix ZS5 (a.k.a. TZ7), 12.1 Mpixel mega-wide, ultra-zoom (Travel Zoom) cameras.

With the digital cameras, we now take thousands of pictures on each adventure. For example, in the Galapagos/Ecuador and Peru trip, we took a total of 1145 pictures, in Alaska,  almost 1000, and more than 2700 in Russia. We shoot all pictures at maximum resolution and then after culling and editing (cropping and sizing), the pictures are posted to web pages.

We have finally learned the "trick" to taking good pictures:
Take a lot of pictures and edit them ruthlessly - some of them will turn out to be good.


Current Photographic Equipment
camera system lenses accessories
 Canon EOS 300D Digital Rebel
 18-55mm and
 75-300 zoom lens
 2 & 1 GB, 512 CF memory
 3 x BP-511 battery +
 universal charger
[2] Panasonic Lumix ZS5
(also known as TZ7)
Leica ultra-wide, mega-zoom
4 x 4 GB SDHC, 4 x BCG-10 batteries
+ universal charger


The following equipment has been used to capture pictures for this website. Each has been superseded by newer, more capable equipment and taken out of service. Employing the "trickle down" theory of technology, each camera has been recycled and given a new life with a younger relative.

Previous Photographic Equipment
 Canon Powershot G3
 Canon Ixus 40
 Canon Ixus 55
Olympus Camedia D-510


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Jerrold Patz "Jerrold Patz"  patz travel