sderdiarian

sderdiarian

Lives in United States MA, United States
Works as a Landscape Architect
Joined on May 22, 2009
About me:

Director of landscape architectural design for a planning/engineering firm based in Massachusetts and with offices down the east coast.

My interests include sailing (Catalina 27), watercolor painting (mostly landscapes), photography (mostly landscapes), music, autocrossing my Miata and travel.

Favorite photo haunts: Stony Brook Nature Sanctuary in Norfolk MA, mid-coast Maine shore/harbors, Corkscrew and Ding Darling preserves in FL, St. John USVI.

I've enjoyed photography since the late 70's using compact/lightweight SLR's. My first, a fondly remembered Konica TC ('77-84) with 50mm Hexanon lens I toured South America with, followed by an Olympus OM2S ('85-02) with various lenses, and last a Minolta 5 bought in 2003 on the eve of the digital deluge.

My first digital camera was a Panasonic FZ3, an amazing little superzoom at the time of its intro, followed by a Panasonic TZ5 and Olympus E-510 DSLR (a natural choice given the SLR's owned earlier) . Enjoyed the E-510 for its small size, sturdy build, nice handling, excellent IQ, and great JPEG colors.

Followed it with an E-620 DSLR to solve the E-510 blown highlights. I shot with both cameras along to minimize lens swapping (14-42, 40-150, 9-18, 70-300) and compare IQ. I ultimately preferred the E-620's features/handling. Also tried and sold an E-PM1 (unusable LCD in native 4/3's).

I now exclusively use an E-M5 with 12-50mm, Pan 20mm/f1.7 and 75-300mm MkII zoom. I love the E-M5 and convenience of small mFT lenses which fit in my jacket pockets. I've now sold all my 4/3's equipment as it was gathering dust.

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