Transit and Trails Adventure through the East Bay – size does matter

November 28, 2010 § 1 Comment

Sensor photo by Andrew Magill

Gear Talk

Sensor size does matter.

This is probably the most important but least uttered pair of words for the average camera consumer.  The devil’s in the details right.  Yes, and by the way, those details don’t get any better if you’re collecting light (a photographic image) at 10.1 MP or 14.1 MP or 39.1 MP on a 7.6 X 5.7 mm sensor typical of most compact cameras.  Yup, that Nikon Coolpix 8000X you just paid double for (because it now has 14.2 MP) is nothing more than smoke and mirrors.  Get this – the sensor is only about 5 x 3.5 millimeters. Yup, that’s the size of  pluto on a clear night.  Tiny.

Do yourself a big favor, if you’re interested in a new camera, then read thisRead it again in case you skipped it.  [Yes, that was the same link twice, but I was always taught to ask twice.]

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Transit and Trails Hike: SF Civic Center to Muir Beach and back

November 23, 2010 § Leave a comment

Many folks hiking the new Diaz Ridge Fire Trail

So there’s this really cool trend that my car-o-phobic friends have started.  Well, they’re not completely anti-car, actually they just believe in using the car ALOT less than the average American does.  Let’s call this movement Transit and Trails.  The basic idea is that the public transit system (especially in the Bay Area) can connect the average weekend warrior with quite a few really cool spots.  For instance, you can go to the TnT site and find a trailhead, or a featured hike, and then it will help determine how to use public transit to be car-free for the journey.

We’ve ridden the three highest peaks in the Bay Area (Ham, Tam and Diablo – The Triple Threat) in one day using the transit system.  It’s great for one-way bike rides – say Tracy to San Jose.  It’s also nice for getting to nearly any East Bay Regional Park.  It’s great for one-way hikes like the trip we just completed from the Marin Headlands to Muir Beach and ending in Muir Woods.

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