Monday, November 28, 2011

Pentax DA 35mm f/2.4 AL Review

SMC Pentax-DA 35mm f2.4 AL Review
November 2011, Carl Garrard
Pentax DA 35mm f2.4 AL Lens Review
Introduction- The budget 35mm f2.4 is compact lightweight standard equivalent lens for all Pentax DSLRs (as of the time of this writing). As the name implies, it has a relatively bright max f/2.4 aperture and 50mm equivalent (in 35mm terms) field of view. This lens is for the budget conscious or those who like a good bang for the buck. Pentax denotes that this lens is good for beginners who want better picture quality from a prime lens without having to spend a lot of money to do so.

Pentax 21987 DA 35mm f/2.4 AL Lens for Pentax Digital SLR cameras

Saturday, November 19, 2011

36mp? Enough is Enough!

36 Megapixels? Enough is Enough!
November 2011, Carl Garrard

Rumors have it (or leaks if you believe like me) that Sony are set to introduce a new 36mp sensor for the A900 replacement. The recent experience I've had with the new 24mp APS-C sensor from Sony is cause enough to give me pause on the thought of a full frame camera having this much resolution. Why? For several reasons. First of all, the cost of the production of camera will have to increase for development of the new chip. Secondly the file sizes are going to be monstrous putting massive loads on your storage card, hard drives, and image post processing time. More...

Sony Alpha A900 24.6MP Digital SLR Camera (Black)

Pentax K5 DSLR Review

Pentax K5 DSLR Review (Updated 11-20-2011 New ISO 51,200 Gallery)
October 2011, Carl Garrard

Pentax K5 Best Price Check

Pentax K5 DSLR Review: In the past ten years or so I've used and/or owned many digital, film, and digital SLR cameras-  more perhaps than I'd like to count or share. In that time very few cameras truly rise up as my overall favorites. They've come in large and small packages, expensive and inexpensive alike. Price or size has never been a necessary determining factor in a design. I admire cameras of all makes and sizes and prices.

Few of those designs, and I mean very few, have taken ahold of my imagination and photographic spirit the way the Pentax K5 has. This extensive review explains why the Pentax K5 is truly a special camera to me, and why it is my vote for DSLR of the Decade.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Pentax K5 Limited- Totally Worth It

Pentax K5 Limited- Totally Worth It
November  2011, Carl Garrard

Not so long ago someone offered some advice, warning me that purchasing a K5 Limited is a waste of money and not worthwhile. Although I can see the logic in that advice for most circumstances, I don't believe that advice holds in this particular one. Being that the K5 is the most impressive DSLR overall that I've used in the last 10 years It's quite unlikely that I'll find another camera that will take it's place anytime soon. Although some cameras may perform better than the K5 in certain specific categories or circumstances, I don't think any of them will make a better all round camera than the K5 does for my needs.

Pentax K-5 16.3 MP Digital SLR with 3-Inch LCD (Black Body Only)

Monday, October 31, 2011

Ricoh GRD IV Review- Exclusive!

Ricoh GRD IV Review- Exclusive! (Updated 11-4-2011)

October 31st 2011, Carl Garrard
Ricoh GR DIGITAL IV Check Prices
Ricoh GRD IV Review- It's indeed a spooky Halloween, a mysterious black camera arrived for testing and evaluation- the newest GR Digital from Ricoh. I am admittedly a huge Ricoh GRD fan, and by that it makes me more critical than most might be to changes in the design. Ricoh's last GRD, the GRDIII was the most impressive of the series overall that I've used to date (and I've used all of the digital GR Digital models). The GRD IV promises progressive improvements along with being the first camera ever to have Sony's new 1.24 Million Dot White Magic LCD screen which claims a 50% reduction in power consumption.
Ricoh GR DIGITAL IV US 10 MP Digital Camera with 1x Optical Zoom and 3-Inch LCD screen (Black)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

On a Gloomy Day

On a Gloomy Day

Sharing a trio of images shot prior to a pending storm. I had a brief moment to get out today while running errands, and found three different subjects to compose. I chose the K20D for the tool to use, and set it up a black and white infrared filter/blue toning filter combination in camera. These images are direct from the camera. All were made with the 50-200mm f/4-f/5.6 WR telephoto lens with the same settings and display very different moods. Pentax K20D 14.6MP Digital SLR Camera with Shake Reduction (Body Only)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Pentax K20D Review

Pentax K20D Review
October 2011, Carl Garrard 
Pentax K20D 14.6MP Digital SLR Camera with Shake Reduction (Body Only)Digital SLRs)

Pentax K20D Review: Introduction 
As the bargain outdoor/weather sealed camera hunt continues there's no way we can leave out Pentax's K20D DSLR. Today the K20D can be had for about what it will cost you for a new high end compact camera. Seems to me that if you are a photographer that likes to take your camera outdoors in weather, this is another no-brainer proposition when you consider that fact. At roughly $300-700 dollars used (in varying condition) the K20D is a STEAL at this price range.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Interpreting Raw Data From Studio Images

Interpreting Raw Data From Studio Images
October 2011, Carl Garrard
Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 (Win/Mac) [OLD VERSION]

Some of you may be considering one of the new Sony cameras using the 24mp sensor, and some of you have either seen or processed some of the available raw images. While others may not know what to think of all the back and forth comparisons and "warm" topic threads out there on the internet.

I started this thread to help those who may be confused by all this data and debates out there. I have just a few quick and simple things to say, truths that hold water you can count on. Besides that, I have experience using the new sensor on 3 different cameras and have used them in non studio settings that produce not only a more extreme range of light, but very uneven light as well. I've used them at all ISO's and evaluated as such.

Pentax K200D Review- Weatherproof DSLR Package Bargain!

Pentax K200D 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera with Shake Reduction (Body Only)Digital SLRs)


Pentax K200D Review- A Weatherproof DSLR Bargain!
September 2011, Carl Garrard
Got weather? Not much money? Like photography in the wild stuff but afraid to take your equipment? Just look left. How about a Pentax K200D and 18-55mm WR lens for under $500.00? Interesting isn't it? Don't believe me? I'm sorry, but it's true. Very recently I had the urgent need for a weather proof DSLR system again, and since I buy and sell a lot of cameras- I was simply "out" of a weatherproof option when I needed one badly. Not one to sit on my laurels it was time to get something quickly.

Friday, September 2, 2011

2011 Enthusiast Camera Review

2011 Enthusiast Camera Review
September 2011, Carl Garrard

Just a quick look back at all the new camera announcements so far this late Summer, starting in July of this year. Here are my initial impressions/rants based on features, timing, and overall value for the money. You're opinions of course may vary. Remember not to take this article too seriously, but read between the lines at the same time!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Canon SX230HS - Review and Shooters Report

CANON SX230HS Review
July 2011, Carl Garrard
For the life of me I don't recall the last time I wrote a review on a true point and shoot camera. I was compelled too with this Canon for several reasons that I'll outline in the review. Lately I've lacked a bit of motivation in reviewing cameras for two main reasons: Gear lust is a bad thing and photography is much more important to me. The other reason is quite frank: manufacturers are really producing way too many me-too cameras with similar features- they are almost clones of one another as is the output. Boring.

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Retro-Virus

I must have a bug. Hi, welcome to my first official soul bearing rant here on P-C.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Leica Digilux 2- Still A Contender (Updated 7-14-2011)

Leica Digilux 2 Review- Still A Contender
Leica 'Digilux 2' 5MP Digital Camera with 3.2x Optical ZoomPoint & Shoot Digital Cameras)

Ever a fan of rangefinders and rangefinder styled cameras, it was inevitable that I'd end up with the Leica Digilux 2- the sister camera to Panasonic's LC1 (to which I also have owned several samples). I've been on the hunt for one for a while now, but I've always felt the price too expensive when compared to the LC1. Both cameras hold incredible value and are still very expensive for the most part on the used market. Patience, they say, is a virtue. I tend to think patience is a decision- but that is beside the point.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Review- Sigma 18-50mm f2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM Lens

Review: Sigma 18-50mm f2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM
King Of The Budget Zooms?
May 2011, Carl Garrard
Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 SLD Aspherical DC Optical Stabilized (OS) Lens with Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) for Sony Digital SLR Cameras

Review: Always in search of a great lens deal for DSLR shooters, I stumbled upon a Sigma for the Alpha Mount that I had to write and tell everyone about. For those of you that don't know the price of this lens, that's perfect. For now we're going to talk about a relatively new lens from Sigma that has quite an impressive specification. And during the time you read this review ( you are reading, right?) I want you to estimate a price in your head of what you think this lens should retail for.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Kenko 1.4x TELEPLUS PRO 300 DG Review

Kenko 1.4x TELEPLUS PRO 300 DG Review
May 2011, Carl Garrard
Kenko 1.4X Teleplus 4 AF Extender for Minolta/Sony

Every once in a while you run across a piece of photographic equipment that ends up surprising you. The Kenko 1.4x Teleplus PRO 300 DG teleconvertor is one such piece of equipment. Affordable at about $219.00 retail, this teleconvertor gives you near pro teleconvertor performance for just a fraction of the price. Before you go out and buy one though, you'll need to know a few things about this bargain optic that will give you much more versatility from some of your lenses.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Canon G12 Review Final

Canon G12 Review
April 2011, Carl Garrard
Canon G12 Review: Canon's G12 is a fixed lens, enthusiast level, 10 megapixel large compact camera (oxymoron alert). It boasts 720p stereo sound HD video, a 28-140mm f/2.8-f/4.5 lens, optical image stabilization, raw recording, electronic spirit level, 460k pixel vari-angle LCD screen, robust build quality (metal and plastic both), ISO 80-3,200 standard sensitivity range, rangefinder styling, optical viewfinder, a plethora of external control, and many more items worth mention. It retails in the US for about $419-499.00 currently.

Canon G12 Best Price Check

Monday, March 21, 2011

Samsung NX10 Mini Review

Samsung NX10 Mini Review
March 2011, Carl Garrard

Brief Overview

Sales Chatter- Samsungs' NX10 DILC  mirrorless camera was first to the photography market that incorporated a APS-C sized sensor. Along with that 14.6mp sensor they included 720p HD video, a 3" AMOLED screen, a 921k electronic viewfinder, ultrasonic noise reduction, and a host of good features and very good external controls and handling for a price w/kit lens at $699.99 USD.

Progressive Photography Journal

Progressive Photography Journal
March 2011, Carl Garrard

Hello all. Welcome to my progressive photography journal. I'll be updating this journal as I take new photographs that I feel are worth sharing with my readers. Camera equipment and photography mediums will both vary as desired, and be reflected with each photograph. The purpose, or I should say goal- of this photo journal is to share with readers my recent photographic work and techniques, with hopes that it might even help to inspire others to stay active and invigorated about photography.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Minolta Maxxum 9 Review

Minolta Maxxum 9 Review
March 2011, Carl Garrard
*All images of the Maxxum 9 were shot with the Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D
Minolta Maxxum 9 Professional 35mm SLR Camera (Body Only)

Why not review a film camera? Certainly the Maxxum 9 still breathes life, and it is one of the finest film SLR's ever to come from Minolta's design team. This is also the SLR that set the bar for many Alpha cameras to come after it. Therefore the Maxxum 9 deservedly should continue to be commemorated and celebrated. Part of me also wanted to cut my teeth with a film camera review for the first time; and to do so on a film camera that is arguably one of the finest SLR's ever designed - I find it an honor. Yet before we get going though, I wanted to share a couple of thoughts about film and film photography in general which has much to do with my initial motivation to pick up the Maxxum 9 in the first place.

Welcome To Photographic Central

Hello Readers,

Welcome to Photographic Central. Photographic Central was created so that I could post any relevant or interesting Equipment Reviews, Photography Articles, and Photographic Industry analysis all in one easy to find central location.

My current experiences have generated writings for,,  and I also run my own freelance photographic business, with many of my images posted at

Some of you will find my name familiar, and some of you will be new to my musings and written work. I'd like to welcome all of you to my new website, and I hope that you like what I have to share.

Thank you for visiting Photographic Central.


-Carl Garrard
Editor, Writer, Photographer, Outdoorsman