Dave Pardue Operations Manager/Production Editor

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I fell for photography when I turned 15 and have been in love with it ever since. I had a big passion for working in the darkroom back in the day, even had a little one in my high school bathroom (I don't think my Mom appreciated the smell though) and remember spending whole weekends processing images to my heart's content (lots of burning and dodging!). My first 35mm camera was a little Olympus Pen, and I later got a Nikon SLR rig, both of which served me well for many years.

By my 30's music had taken over my life and photography took a backseat, until my Dad gave me a Nikon D40 DSLR as a gift in 2006 (What a camera!). That and having kids rejuvenated my love affair with photography, as did the incredible developments in post-processing. In 2012, I was fortunate enough to be invited to the headquarters of IR where I began working part time doing layout work for them. Within a few months I began doing camera reviews as well, cutting my review teeth on the neat little Sony HX30V and the imminently cool Fujifilm XF1.

In late 2013 I became the Operations Manager for IR, which keeps me fairly busy most of the time but still allows enough time left over for reviewing cameras. Below are some of the reviews and articles I've done for IR over the past few years. Feel free to email me with any questions about the cameras I've reviewed or the photos captured with them (or anything photography-related for that matter!) and many thanks for being a part of the IR community.

-Dave P


Some of the articles and reviews on Imaging Resource by Dave Pardue:

Why stick a $1000 lens on a $500 body? Well... lots of reasons!

Caffeine Priority: Chasing dolphins at dusk with the Olympus E-M10 II

Fujinon 90mm f/2 WR: Initial impressions from a most impressive lens

Shooting with Underwater Housings: Warning - it is HIGHLY addictive!
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How to photograph fireworks: It's a lot easier than you might think

Nikon D5500 Field Test II: The Best Indoor Sports camera for under $1000

Fujinon XF 50-140mm f/2.8 Initial Gallery Impressions: A versatile partner to the X-T1

Olympus knocks it out of the park with the amazing E-M10 II (Field Test Part I / Part II)

Sony HX90V Initial Gallery Impressions: To boldly go where no smartphone has gone before

Nikon L840 Image Gallery: See how far a few hundred dollars can reach in the 855mm world

• Canon 11-24mm f/4 Initial Gallery Impressions: See this ultra-wide zoom with the 5D Mk III

• Rocket Man: How launch photographer Ben Cooper captures amazing shots of rockets in flight

Fujifilm TCL-X100 review: Is this partner to the X100/X100S the new king of teleconverters?

• 35x35: We take the Sony 35mm f/1.4 Zeiss Distagon and the A7 II out for a gallery sampling

• Resolution Wars: Can a 16mp Four Thirds camera out-resolve a 36mp full frame?

The Art of Capturing Aurora: An interview with photographer Jeremy Gray

How to photograph indoor sports on a budget: A primer for beginners!

Sony A5100 Field Test II: Catching fire and motion in low light

Best Superzoom 2014: 8 competitors, 2.5 clear winners

(On the music side, please check out my album "Mrs. Lightning's Valentine" which is available for streaming on Spotify. There's a duet with Kim Carnes ( of "Betty Davis Eyes" fame), another with Melodie Crittenden (of "Bless the Broken Road" fame) and a whole host of phenomenal musicians on the album, most currently touring with big-name acts around the world. If you like it, please share it with your friends, and thanks for listening!)