The Tamron Mobile Learning Center


Tamron’s Mobile Learning Center is making an official tour stop at Kenmore Camera. Get your photo questions answered all day. Test drive the latest in Tamron technology. Take free mini-seminars and then try out Tamron lenses with our organized photo shoots. Specials on Tamron lenses for all attendees. Giveaways at the end of each mini-seminar. Don’t miss this fun opportunity to learn and put your new skills to the test.
No sign up required. FREE for all attendees.


Photo Tips and Techniques from Tamron’s Photography Tech Team



Seminar 1: 10:15AM – 11:00AM
FREE for all attendees

Whether you are in a secluded natural setting or in an exotic city, these simple techniques will help you get that one-of-a-kind photograph. In this session, we will cover everything from capturing a stunning sunrise to exposing that perfect nightscape, including what to pack when you are traveling. We will cover the conventional way to shoot amazing images and then look at some great experimental methods. And we will even have time for a live shoot to hone your photo-chops.

Note: Bring Your Camera – Hand- on Shooting (11:15AM – 12:15PM)



Seminar 2: 12:30PM – 1:15PM
FREE for all attendees

With an entire new world only inches away, it is no wonder that more and more people are getting the bug for macro photography. During this session, we will start by defining macro basics and then discover how subtle movements can mean better results. Learn how to identify unique subjects, reduce background distractions and make sense out of an abstracted scene. We will also cover all of the equipment you need to create macro images with impact. And finally, there will be a chance to put those new skills to use with a live macro shoot.

Note: Bring Your Camera – Hands-on Shooting (1:30PM – 2:30PM)



Seminar 3: 2:45PM – 3:30PM
FREE for all attendees

Understanding light is the key to great photography. When it comes to photographing people, knowing how to look for and manipulate light is a skill that often takes years to master. But once you start to see it, you can’t un-see it! In this session, we will teach you a few shortcuts that you can replicate virtually anywhere, with anyone. And we will even have a live shooting station, so you’ll walk away with a real hands-on experience.

Note: Bring Your Camera – Hands-on Shooting (3:45PM – 4:45PM)


The Kenmore Camera Summer Sale Event


Yes, you heard correctly. Kenmore Camera is having a STORE-WIDE Summer Sale on Friday June 3rd and Saturday June 4th. We will have GREAT DEALS across the entire store. Deals on cameras, lenses, tripods, bags and much, much more!

Not only that, but the Factory Reps will be on hand to answer your questions, and we will have FREE classes from Industry Manufactures (see below.)


Mark your calendar! We hope to see you there!

A Day with the Panasonic Lumix GX85

I have sitting before me the brand new Panasonic Lumix GX85 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. Panasonic was nice enough to drop one off for us to play with, and we are excited that we have been given a chance to get our hands on this camera before it officially arrives in stores in mid May.


First impressions out of the box, is that the camera feels solid. A little heavier than I expected, especially when it supposedly does not have a magnesium alloy body. The compact size fits my hands nicely, and when paired with the Lumix G 12-32mm Vario lens, this camera is in no way a burden to carry.

I had a chance to shoot some photos and play with the camera for a day or so. Out of the box, it is easy to use. I just threw it in Program and starting taking photos. Very simple. I played around a little, shot in Aperture Priority, and Shutter Priority, used the menu, changed scene modes, recorded video, etc.. and I have to admit, that even though I have owned a few Panasonic cameras in my time, I still found myself stumped a few times trying to figure out how to navigate some of the functions and operations of this camera. However, by the end of the day, I had most of it figured out.

Something to think of though. Give yourself sufficient time to use the camera, get the feeling of it, how to navigate the menu, and use the functions, before you make a final decision on what you think. Depending on your experience with Panasonic, or cameras in general, it could take a bit of time to get comfortable with everything.

One thing I really loved was the Viewfinder. It was great being able to shoot and compose my shots while looking through the electronic finder. Now, Sure, I wish it was optical, or a hybrid finder, but just having it at my disposal was fantastic. Bright and easy to look through. The best way to shoot. I did find hard to break my habit of using the LCD screen though, too many years of shooting on my iPhone I guess. All ILC Mirrorless cameras should have viewfinders in my opinion.

Image quality wise, it looks good. There were some tricky lighting situations I shot in that the camera tended to overexpose the highlights, but that is par for the course, and it was nothing that couldn’t be compensated for if you wished. Now, I didn’t get a chance to shoot it with any other lens than the 12-32mm it came with mind you, but the images for the most part were clear and sharp. I was happy with what I saw. I shot all my images hand held, regardless of poor lighting or not, and I shot most of my images without flash. That being said, the image stabilization works pretty good. I didn’t notice much motion blur caused by my lack of a tripod or due to low light shooting inside.

I shot a little 4k video and it was fantastic. The focus kept up for the most part, a little lag here and there, when moving the camera from subject to subject, but crisp and clear, and the sound picked up very well. I wish I had shot more video to be honest, and I never had a chance to test the 4K Photo mode. Oh well, there is always a next time.

Anyway, I hope this helps in some small way. Keep in mind, these are just my quick opinions on a camera I used only for a day or so, and I by no means even scratched the surface of what this camera can do.

If you are looking for one of the Panasonic GX85’s, once they arrive in store, come on down and get your hands on one and see what you think.

For your viewing pleasure, below are some samples of what I shot. All JPEG images. None of these have been tinkered with in Photoshop, or any software, outside of the camera. Enjoy.

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The Tamron Tailgate Tour is coming

It’s hands photographic instruction from Tamron. The Tamron mobile learning center is coming to town and will be stopping by Kenmore Camera on Saturday June 18th, 2016. They will be here from 10am to 5pm and be offering FREE photographic mini-seminars, answering your photo questions, and allowing you to test drive the latest in Tamron lens technology! No registration required. Free for all attendees!

The 2016 Tipa Awards


Every year since 1991, the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA), hands out awards to the most influential photo and imaging products found in markets from around the world. Every year some of our favorites get awarded this highest accolade and this year is no different. That being said, not everybody hears about these. So, for fun, we thought we would list for you some (but not all) of the award winners.

Congratulations to the following:


The Canon EOS 5DS & 5DS R – Best DSLR Professional / High Res

The Canon EOS 1D X Mark II – Best Photo / Video Professional Camera

The Canon Powershot Elph 360 HS – Best Easy Compact Camera

The Canon Powershot G5 X – Best Expert Compact Camera

The Canon imagePROGRAF Pro-1000 Printer – Best Photo Printer


The Fuji X-T10 – Best Mirrorless CSC Entry Level

The Fuji X-Pro2 – Best Mirrorless CSC Expert

The Fujinon XF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR Lens – Best CSC Telephoto Zoom Lens


The Leica SL – Best Premium Camera


The Manfrotto 190GO! Carbon Fiber Tripod – Best Tripod


The Nikon D500 – Best APS-C DSLR Expert

The Nikon D5 – Best DSLR Professional / Action

Nikon SnapBridge – Best Imaging Innovation


The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II – Best Mirrorless CSC Advanced

The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870 – Best Rugged Camera

The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm F/2.8 Pro Lens – Best CSC Wide Angle Zoom Lens


The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 – Best Superzoom Camera

The Panasonic HC-WXF991 – Best Camcorder

The Panasonic Lumix G 25mm F/1.7 ASPH Lens – Best CSC Entry Level Lens

Pentax / Ricoh

The Pentax K-1 – Best Full Frame DSLR Expert

The Ricoh Theta S – Best Design


The Sigma 20mm F/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens – Best Professional DSLR Lens

The Sigma 24-35mm F/2 DG HSM Art Lens – Best Wide Angle Zoom Lens

The Sigma 50-100 F/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens – Best DSLR Telephoto Zoom Lens


The Sony A68 – Best DSLR Entry Level

The Sony A7R II – Best Mirrorless CSC Professional

The Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II – Best Full Frame Compact Camera

The Sony FE 85mm F/1.4 GM Lens – Best CSC Prime Lens

The Sony HDR-AS50 -Best Actioncam


The Tamron 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC Lens – Best Entry Level DSLR Lens

The Tamron SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD Lens – Best DSLR Prime Lens