It's better to not cart every last piece of gear you own around. I'm fairly bad about dragging most of my gear with me if I'm driving somewhere, but if you aren't careful, this can really get into your way. Like my friend who was complaining that he dragged a bunch of camera gear around but didn't take a single shot.
There's a world of difference between a weather-sealed professional camera or a waterproof camera and a normal camera, but any reasonable camera should be able to be taken to the beach for a few hours without breaking.
The last monitor I actually purchased was a 15" Sony CRT sometime in the late nineties. Since then, I've obtained progressively larger CRT displays, culminating with a 21" Sony Trinitron, for free. But now my most recent CRT is starting to act up...
I've been out and about, which is why I didn't post about this earlier. Ricoh is offering a new system that allows the user to swap out a lens-sensor unit.
I'm not sure what to think of the Ricoh GXR. Clearly there's an advantage here. With a big-sensor prime lens and a small-sensor zoom lens, you don't have anything big and bulky... But the engineer in me figured we've got a few cranks of Moore's Observation (you know, the one that says that CPUs get twice as fast every 24 months?) such that the usefulness of the GXR as a long term system purchase isn't likely to be great. But, on the gripping hand, I should also note that my PC still has serial ports, even though it can go many times faster via USB, so maybe it's less of an issue than I think.
I am, however, very much impressed by how quirky Ricoh is allowing themselves to be. In a world of look-alike digital SLRs, it's nice to see some variety.
Galen Rowell is one of the links on the long chain of truly inspirational wildlife photographers. If Ansel Adams was the master of the super-sharp black and white print, Galen was the master of the 35mm Kodachrome and Velvia slide, taken while messing around up in the mountains.
I thought this story was worth sharing, about this while I drove through Bishop, off to photograph some of the same scenery that he'd photographed when he was alive.