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Christmas and Stocktaking


Dear Readers,

As Christmas is approaching and the year is closing, we take this opportunity to thank you for your regular visits during the year.  May you have a Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with actions and colours!

Now, in case you're interested, here are the "stocktaking" info about GX Garnerings:

- it started a month after the purchase of Ricoh GX200 by the author in the summer of 2008;
- as of last night, GX Garnerings has recorded 205940 hits and roughly 5 000 pageviews over the past 30 days;
- this is the 885th daily post;
- the most interesting countries of visitors is "undefined" which was shown a spot in the ocean when, to tickle the curiosity, tracked down.

(a map showing the visitors' countries early this year)

- cameras field-tested and/or reviewed since the birth of GX Garnerings included Ricoh GXR full series, Panasonic GF1, Samsung NX series, EX1, Canon S95, Ricoh GX200, and GRD2 and 3;

- cameras scheduled for field tests at press time include, hopefully, Panasonic GF2, GH2, Fujifilm X100 and F300(?), and Nokton lenses for MFT (??).

With best regards,


Marco said…
Hi Nevin,

I read your blog on a regular basis :-). Thanks for sharing all these wonderful pictures and insights.

Happy Holidays to you and your family!

Nevin said…
Thank you, Marco. Merry Christmas to you and your family too!

(to readers: Marco's site is worthy of your visit. He is a great photographer living in Ireland. )

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