Glenn Charles


Photographer/Videographer specializing in Life Style, Travel, and Aerial Imagery.  FAA 107 Certified for sUAS flight operations throughout the US.  Fully insured.  Videography work is limited to Aerial productions.

Based in Maine (May-December) and SWFL (Jan - April). Available for travel year round.

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Quick Q Update

After two weeks with the Q I can say without a doubt it is the real deal; all the reviews were correct; it is the best single lens compact camera I have ever shot.  Amazing build quality, stunning IQ and lightning fast AF all in a small compact body.  For the most part, I have put down my M240 and have only been shooting with either the Q or the Monochrom.  With the release and now readily available set of reviews on the SL, I am beginning to re-think my overall kit strategy.  More on that at another time.

I had previously mentioned that one of the only negative things I had to say about the Q was the way it was held in the hand.  Leica's little thumb indent helps, but the body still has just a bit too much heft to make that a stable platform for holding the camera.  There are a couple of options for remedying this including buying Leica's own grip; buying one of the JB Camera Design grips; and adding the new Thumbs Up adapter.  

I currently have these Thumbs Up adapters on my M240 and my Monochrom, so going that route was a natural first step.  The adapter arrived yesterday in the standard beautiful packaging. The adapter itself is meticulously machined and fits the Q like a glove, giving the hand a rock solid hold on the camera.  While I will still add a JB grip, this is a great first step and enhancing the feel and ergonomics of the mighty Q.  

The 'Beer' Slinger

I can't remember a piece of bikepacking kit that has had this much interest in quite some time.  So in the spirit of helping others out, I will not only showcase what kinds of camera gear the Slinger can hold, but also all of its other wonderful utility.  First up, Beer, in the form of a Growler.  As you can see, there is plenty of room for a full size growler.  Oh yea, this is gonna be killer.

Growler Details: 11 inches tall and 12 inches circumference at its widest point.

Fuji X-T1- A Winner


Fuji X-T1, 23/1.4, ISO 640 shot on a mini tripod

More to come when I have a good internet connection, but my read on this camera is very positive.  Shooting it for 5 days, in a mixture of conditions has given me a good feel for what it is capable of doing.  I would certainly not hesitate to recommend it for an adventure based camera, especially with the 23/1.4, and the 56/1.2, both of which are spectacular.  Jason would add that the 35/1.4 is a must have as well.  Once I obtain a better internet connection I will post a full writeup as well as more shots.

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Nikon AW1

Not much time to play with the little guy.  Lots to like, a few things to dislike.  For instance, I love the motion control of certain menu items.  One handed navigation is awesome.  However, they stopped a bit short with it, and did not do it everywhere.  It is sort of a 'Modal' type control.  None the less, very innovative.   Focus is snappy, metering is great, and what isn't to like about 60 FPS!!!

The camera feels solid and with the Rubber Housing in place their is a bit of extra grip over the shiny metal surface. I think even though it is priced silly, it is a worthwile addition. I am annoyed with Nikon for changing the battery and now, attempting to look at some images, I learn they have changed the NEF format so LR does not recognize the images. 

The good news is the JPEGS look really nice out of the camera.  They have clearly done something to the JPEG engine since the V1 because these are very nice and useable.  Here are just a couple of quick grabs. 

Nikon V1 + FT1 + Nikon 70-200/4

I have rented the 70-200/4 for the Gales event where I plan to mix shooting it on the V1, the AW1 and the D800.  Having just unpacked it and taken a few shots on the V1 I am very excited.  Reading Thom Hogan's lessons learned report, I am convinced that I am going to get some really nice shots with this combination.  Combined with the light weight, 60FPS and wonderful Nikon AF Tracking, well, here is hoping for a successful event. 

Details to come as the gear gets put to the test along with a follow up post on how I see all of this kit coming together to create a flexible and robust 'System' for the Adventure Traveler.

Nikon V1 + FT1 + Zeiss 50/2


I am very much enjoying the little Nikon V1, a camera that I think is highly under rated.  It is small, light, fast, and flexible.  The images that come out of the little beast have a character to them that I just love.  This is especially true of the Jpeg B&W that the camera renders.   


Having just received the FT1 adapter in time for the Gales event and the Nikon 70-200/4, I am playing with the FT1/Zeiss combination to see what types of images I can make.  There are definitely some issues, such as a bit of chromatic abberation and some color fringing, but in general, I love what I am seeing. While the B&Ws that come out of the camera are very nice, taking a moment to process the raw files through Nik is producing images that I am extremely pleased with. 

Currently I have the camera set to shoot Raw + Jpeg in B&W mode.  Since LR does not recognize Nikon Raw profiles, you get the Jpegs in B&W and the Raw files in Color.  This results in not only a way to 'pre-visualize' in B&W but the flexibility to just grab the small Jpeg files in the field and use them w/o any editing.