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Some new gear

Some of you care about this more than others but I bought an Olympus OM-D E-M5 II the other day.

I don’t really need another camera but if I am going to start posting a daily video, I wanted something that would do a good job.  I have a couple of video cameras but I wanted something better with a larger sensor and a better lens.  I also wanted good sound so it needed to be able to have an external microphone.

Yes, my Pentax K3 takes video but it is compressed and doesn’t focus well at all.  It looks like the video was taken with a potato.

I looked at a Canon EOS Rebel T5i as well.  It’s cheap right now, a good camera, and Canon has the Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 pancake lens.

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 II takes good video, amazing stills, has a port for an external mic and has five axis image stabilization.  Perfect for video.

It’s very similar to the Olympus OM-D E-M10 II that Wendy uses but it has a flip out screen and has the external microphone port.

It is also much smaller and lighter than my Pentax  If we are going to hike at Lake O’Hara next summer in Yoho National Park, I am going to have to lose a bunch of weight.  I see no point of losing weight and then bringing all sorts of weight with me back up those peaks.  For that a lightweight kit of a mirrorless camera and lenses makes a lot of sense.

That being said, I may bring my Pentax and a Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM with me.  If I am ever going to want an ultra wide angle lens, it will be for that trip.  There is the Olympus  M. Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm F4.0 – 5.6 but it isn’t as wide (I know it looks wider but it isn’t, trust me) and it is expensive.

This means for video, I will be taking a Nikon Keymission 80.  it is a camera that is literally designed for video while hiking.  I will pick up one this spring before we go.

Best of luck with that wall

A short video showing the satellite images of the U.S./Mexico border.  Good luck building that wall and even more luck keeping it secure. 

What does the southern border of the United States actually look like? And in that sense it was a very simple gesture to try to see the border in aggregate. If you were to compile all 2000 miles and try to see it in a short space — what would that look like? In another sense it grew out of the discourses as you suggested. The way migration is talked about in our contemporary moment and in particular the way migration is talked about in terms of the southern border of the U.S. So part of this piece is a response to the way migrants and borders are talked about in our politics. And it’s also just a way of looking at landscape as a way to think about some of those things.