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OK, so it’s not spring, but it is time for a good cleaning.

In an effort to simplify my photographic life, I have decided to reduce the size of my photography kit.

I am offering for sale three great cameras that I have used over the past several years. You have seen their images and videos many times here on GMG. They are all in excellent shape and in full operating order.

PANASONIC GX 7 –  $525.00

This is a mirrorless, micro four thirds system 16MP digital camera. It features full HD video recording, tilting EVF and touchscreen, in-camera stabilization, built-in flash, wireless connectivity and tough magnesium body. It is compact and light and is perfect for travel and street photography.

The 20 mm f1.7 lens is outstanding. It allows for wonderful low light shooting and moody blurred background images. This is a micro four thirds lens, so double the focal length (20mm)to determine the full frame 35 mm equivalent (40mm).


FUJI X E1 –  $525.00

This inter-changeable lens camera is for the photo enthusiast or pro looking for a compact unit that produces photos of amazing quality. It is intuitive to use with as much or as little manual control as you desire. It has been superseded by the X-E2, but remains in high demand. Comes complete in original box, with battery charger, extra battery, cables and owner’s manual. There is a tiny ding that is barely noticeable.

  • 16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS Sensor
  • EXR Image Processor
  • 2.8″ 460k-Dot LCD Monitor
  • 2.36m-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 24 fps
  • TTL Contrast-Detection Autofocus
  • Up to 6 fps Shooting and ISO 25600
  • Film Simulation Modes
  • Magnesium Alloy Body

XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS Lens (27-82 mm full frame 35mm equivalent) is the only lens I used on this camera. It renderS sharp and clear images and is image stabilized.



Like new HCX 920 Panasonic HD camcorder. Included are: 2 battery chargers, 2 EXTRA batteries, 6:9 lens hood (plus the original small hood),original CDs, manual, cables, cloth bag, shoe adapter and original paperwork and box.

This is an extremely versatile camcorder for experienced and beginner shooters alike. Settings run the gamut from fully automatic to completely manual. (Takes decent stills, but if that is your interest, I recommend either of the other two cameras I have for sale.) Choose from 6 resolution settings, enjoy excellent in camera image stabilization and these additional features:

The WiFi-enabled X920 3MOS BSI Pro HD video camcorder offers the utmost in shooting flexibility. Enjoy professional grade HD video you can share from anywhere. Discover its bright LEICA F1.5 12x optic system with a manual focus ring and electronic viewfinder for professional control in an easy to use design. When you’re on the go, Shoot & Share lets you connect via WiFi using the Panasonic Image Connect App.

Check out all of the rave reviews on line.


Contact me at if you are interested in any of these or if you have any questions.





Fred Sends Out A Smile

Sometime in the Autumn of 2014 I loaned a camera to Fred Bodin. He asked lots of questions and enjoyed fiddling with the camera. Months went by and Fred was in and out of treatment. A few times I asked him if he had taken any photos with the camera and each time he said he hadn’t.

Yesterday, Barbara and I visited with Janet. She found the camera (with a note that simply said “Marty”) and returned it to me. When I got home I imported the file that was on the memory card. Fred had taken a photo on January 19, 2015.

Here it is.


Right back at ya, dear friend.

Fred’s Sister,Barb (“Painter Barb”) Submits

Obituary For Fred D. Bodin

(July 28,1950 -August 28, 2015)

A wise man once said, to be a good friend there are two qualities needed; to be interesting and to be interested.

Fred Bodin had both these qualities. He was interesting, having created and lived the life he wanted as an entrepreneur and artist. And he was interested, having a deep appreciation for all things in life including his community, the persons in his community, his family and his friends.

Fred, age 65, was born in New York City on July 28, 1950 and grew up in Massapequa Park on Long Island with his parents and little sister. It was there at the age of 13 that Fred started his professional photographic career. He took pictures off the TV of The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show and sold the prints to desperate teens at school. He made a small fortune!

His career continued from there as a photographer for his high school’s newspaper. While attending Alfred G. Berner High School he also did freelance photography for The Massapequa Post. All of Fred’s early creative endeavors earned him a full scholarship to Syracuse University and subsequently a degree in photojournalism, 1972.

After graduating, he settled in Boston developing a freelance photography business and then capturing a rare opportunity to intern at the Museum of Fine Art’s Department of Photography. It was at the MFA that he was able to learn fine artistic skills of darkroom work enabling him to print museum quality images of such masters as Ansel Adams and Jerry Uelsman. He used these skills to aid him in becoming a very successful freelance photographer in the Boston area. His expertise in photographic technique was highly sought after by many major photographers. Over the years his clients included Yankee Magazine, Houghton Mifflin, Little, Brown Inc. and Stock Boston.

Fred first came to the Gloucester area in the early 1980s. He came to focus on writing a book about freelance photography and to explore the possibilities in a place where he felt a tremendous connection. During his time in Gloucester, he made many friends and became active in various artistic associations. He fell in love with Cape Ann’s history, culture and community. After publishing two books, he began teaching part-time at Essex Community College. He also showed and sold his work in a Rocky Neck cooperative gallery. A short time later, he ran his own gallery on Bearskin Neck in Rockport.

His discovery and purchase of a collection of historical glass negatives (late 19th and early 20th century) by the late Alice Curtis led to a new adventure in Fred’s life. The new historic photographs allowed him to blend his love of Gloucester with his mastery of photographic printing. He opened a new gallery, Bodin Historic Photo and Fine Arts, on Main Street in Gloucester. The Gallery remained an icon on Main Street for 30 years.

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For Fred Bodin

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This photo reminds me of Fred. Obviously, the hand’s firm grip on the rigging captures Fred’s immense inner strength, determination and fortitude. But beyond that, as the darkness creates a mood of mystery in the photo, I always found a bit of mystery in Fred  Although we spent many hours together, (especially during the last year and a half) Fred didn’t speak much about his life. We mostly talked about cameras and gadgets. We shared our opinions on photography, both as a technical skill to be mastered and as an art form to soothe our souls, inflame our passions and inspire our thoughts. Much of Fred was a mystery to me.

We often talked about the importance of Fred’s work and our moral duty to preserve the past. His collection of ancient glass negatives allow us a visual connection and visceral contact with the past. I told him that what we do on GMG is much in the same vein. The tiny slices of time we post will, I fervently hope, be preserved so that 150 years from now people in Gloucester will have the same opportunity to travel backwards in time and pay us a digital visit.

Finally, this photo hides the subject’s face. In a sense we are all anonymous; we all hide our faces. The strengths, weaknesses and characteristics that shape us; that bundle of quirks and mannerisms, visions and quests that are the mold into which our bodies fit are what we are and are what we will remember when our loved ones pass away.

For the past several years, Fred and I attempted to locate a twelve foot high boulder that appears in one of his historic prints. We were able to piece together the approximate location from visual information in the photos and from handwritten notes that accompanied them. But, by the time we were ready to venture into the woods on foot to further our search, Fred’s declining health intervened and we never found the boulder.

This search was Fred’s idea, his adventure, his attempt to enter the old photo and be at the same place where it was created. It seems just too sad to pursue this exploration and journey without him. But the memory of the excitement it stirred in Fred will always be with me as will his friendship, wisdom and mystery.

VIDEO: Aboard Thomas E Lannon to Greet Schooner Columbia

The Schooner COLUMBIA arrived in Gloucester today. COLUMBIA is a 141 foot steel hulled replica of the original fishing and racing schooner that was built in 1923 and called Gloucester its home port. Columbia will be berthed at Maritime Gloucester through the Schooner Festival with runs from September 4 through September 6.


Many thanks to Capt. Tom Ellis, Capt. Heath Ellis, Kay Ellis and the crew of THOMAS E LANNON for their hospitality and warmth.

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