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Jim Corbett’s Hunting Tigers In India Books — A Huge Endorsement.

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Click to ENLARGE. My shelf of favorite paperbacks — with Jim Corbett’s “Man Eaters of Kumaon” definitely on there.

It was indeed quite the coincidence that I saw, when looking through Amazon Prime Instant Video, that there is now a movie, “India: Kingdom of the Tiger“, based on Jim Corbett’s mesmerizing books.

Just last week, on my near daily run, I had been thinking about Jim Corbett and his books. I was wondering whether I should go back and read them again and whether one of the kids might be interested. We are not into hunting BUT I was totally hooked on Jim’s books when I was around 12.

A partial list from Amazon.


My very precise autograph when I was around 12. Click to ENLARGE.

I had them all, in paperback, in Ceylon. As I had said before one of the few highlights of my days growing up in Ceylon was that my adoptive father totally indulged me when it came to books. He a great lover of books. I could get whatever books I wanted, even if it meant they had to be ordered through London. IF there was a series of books, as with Jim Corbett or Enid Blyton, he would get me the whole series. When we left in 1967 I could not take my beloved library of books with me. Hence why I just have ONE Jim Corbett from that collection, my favorite “The Man Eaters of Kumaon”.

I am probably, time permitted, going to reread “Kumaon”. I might them get the others. I am trying NOT to buy too many books of late. Just have too many. Even thinking of getting rid of some I have!

My two shelves of favorite books, one for small paperbacks and the other for larger books.
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Olympus Stylus SZ-16 One Heck Of A Point-and-Shoot For $149 (or even less).

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OlympusDeanna now swears by this $149 Olympus Stylus SZ-16 we got from BuyDig.com. She thinks it is the BEST point-and-shoot she has ever had. She loves that she can take good, IN FOCUS pictures with it, in ‘IA’ intelligent mode, while she is a passenger in a car. When we were in Arizona, in April, (where I did all of the 1,490 miles we drove in 5 days), Deanna shot hundreds of pictures while we were moving. Most came out well. So we have a good record of the road trip thanks to this little camera.

It is a 16 MP (megapixel) camera with a 6.16 x 4.62 mm (1/2.3″) sensor. That is a small sensor BUT it takes very decent pictures especially IF all you intend to do with them is display them on the Web or look at them on a screen.

That it has a 24x zoom, with a max. f/3 aperture is a bonus. The autofocus is good and it does panorama.

Deanna took these two pictures with her Olympus. Click to ENLARGE. As you can see it is NOT bad at all. There is good detail. Yes, you will not get a very good LARGE print but that is not what these cameras are for.

The sensor in this camera is surprisingly small. But you can’t argue with the quality. Here is a comparison. So the APS-C sensor in my much, much larger Canon T3i, is of course, much, much larger. 

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Bottom line: For $149, with free shipping, it is hard to beat this Olympus, for practical use, especially when travelling, for all-round versatility and very good image quality. After we got back from Arizona Deanna managed to lose her Olympus with a 32GB memory card in it. We searched for weeks. We now think that somebody took it! Given that she previously had a Panasonic I got her a new Panasonic ahead of our trip to Acadia in June. She hated that Panasonic — and that is another post. She returned it to Amazon telling them she didn’t like the picture quality. Then she ordered another from BuyDig.com. Olympus used to be a STORIED name in photography. In the 1970s I owned an Olympus Reflex camera. Loved it. Now after Deanna’s experience I am going to start looking at some ‘larger’ Olympus camera.