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I'm married to Bart Bouricius and since I retired we will be spending much of each year in Costa Rica. Bart is an experienced climber and canopy structure builder and a long time member of NTS. I stay on the ground unless he hauls me up on one of his walkways and I take measurements and photographs, mostly from the ground. I'm a skilled photographer and photo editor. I have an interest in general botany (I have a masters degree in plant physiology) and nature and ecology in general, particularly birds and orchids. I like being outdoors, particularly in the forest.
by Connie Lentz
Thu Dec 19, 2013 1:39 pm
 
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Costa Rica Big Trees in our neighborhoud

Bart and I have been exploring the area around our coffee farming village and we've found a few big and interesting trees.

Bart Strangler Fig Marcos Trail eMail.No1981.jpg Strangler Fig Bart_Panorama email1.jpg BartsStranglerFigBackside.eMail.No2003.jpg Tachuelo Tree- Zanthoxylum ekmanii.eMail.2018.jpg Spines of Tachuelo Tree- Zanthoxylum ekmanii eMail.2021.jpg
by Connie Lentz
Sat Dec 21, 2013 1:54 pm
 
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Re: Has anyone ever used a Fujifilm FinePix XP 85 camera?

Everything in photography is a trade-off. As a 45 plus year photographer who started in the dark ages of non-automatic 35 millimeter cameras I have used equipment from Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Olympus and even Kodak and Polaroid and I've played with larger format cameras. I could have retired a long time ago if I had the money I'd spent over the years. I do mostly nature photography of very tiny subjects (macro photography) and long zoom photos of birds. I've never had much use for wide angle lenses, which are smaller and easier to manufacture and are usually on point-and-shoot cameras. When a camera says it has a 10x zoom what you need to know is the 35mm equivalent focal length. I currently have a Canon Digital Rebel SLR ( with a so-called APS-C sensor) with lenses ranging from 28mm equivalent to 300mm, a Canon 780is (tiny and lives in my purse), an Olympus Pen ILC lite E-PL6 camera which I regret buying (because the long lens I bought with it does not have manual focus) and Nikon Coolpix 610 super-zoom. My husband (Bart Bouricius) uses a Nikon Coolpix P510 (also a super-zoom). As I've gotten older I prefer the lighter super-zoom to my SLR and assorted lenses in the field though it has it's limitations. I rarely if ever use my smart phone camera.
Bart uses the super-zoom to take pictures of the leaves and flowers on the canopy emergents he photographs in the tropics, for identification, and also for general views of the trees. In the tropics the problem is not so much getting a wide enough angle to shoot the whole tree, it's finding a spot with an unobstructed view.. It's all about what you want to do with the camera. Like Erik, I think you will be disappointed with the small sensors on compact cameras when trying to make enlargements much more than 8x10. They have poor dynamic range, meaning that they can't capture highlights and shadow well and the a fore mentioned noise. However if you are hiking and carrying a lot of weight a small camera may be all you want. Pay attention to the battery life and be sure to carry extra, charge batteries. Again, it all depends on what you plan to do with the camera. No camera does everything well. Zip lock bags are a great way to protect cameras from rain and mud, although you still can't take most of them underwater.
I've gotten most of my camera buying advise from http://www.steves-digicams.com There is a real Steve and he has been doing reviews since the dawn of digital photography. The web site has gotten more commercial but if you pay attention to his pros and cons, and to his final assessments (does he call the camera decent or amazing?)
I'm sure that whatever camera you buy it will do many things well-the only question is whether or not those are the things you most want to do.
by Connie Lentz
Fri Jan 22, 2016 11:12 am
 
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