If the Maxxum 5000 was a Crystler Reliant then the Maxxum 7000 is a LeBaron. While both are still k-cars, the 7000 certainly does it with a little more style. While the 7000 marked a major shift in how cameras operated and how a photographer operated them, gone are the dials and leavers of the old generation, screens, buttons, and autofocus now dominated the market. Now the 7000 was not the first autofocus camera, but it was the first autofocus system built that way from the ground up. (Canon, Nikon, and Pentax had built an AF system that used old systems). The Dirt Make: MinoltaRead More →

It ended with an explosion, but this is how it started, the sun creeping up over the historic fort, the trees, earthworks, masonry redoubts and blockhouses, tangled abatis, and rows of white tents. This was the scene early Saturday morning as near 1100 military reenactors started to crawl out of their tents and start to put on their uniforms, ready to put on a show the likes the site, or the neighborhood had ever seen. You see this year marks the 200th anniversary of the bloody siege of Fort Erie, the last major campaign on Canadian soil during the War of 1812. Sure there wasRead More →

One of my other hobbies is reenacting the War of 1812. This largely forgotten war, expect for those who live in Canada, and the parts of the US that were touched by the conflict that ran from 1812 to early 1815. For the most part people see the battle demonstrations, the flurry of men and women dressed in red, green, and blue. The belching smoke and flame from massed musket and rifle fire, the din of the cannons. So for Week 33 I’ll give you a peek at what happens behind the scenes when we aren’t out on the field, there’s a good chance thereRead More →