Today’s image is from this day two years ago. We were driving back from an lovely few days in Dartmouth and I was playing with the Sony NEX 7 which I had hired for the trip. I reviewed the camera here; it remains one of my most-viewed posts. I was thinking of buying a compact system camera and the Sony was on the shortlist. It was a powerful little camera, and I enjoyed using it. However, I actually ended up buying the Fuji X-E1 because I preferred its dials and buttons rather than the more menu-based operation of the Sony.
In other news, I am pleased to be supporting Guildford Green Belt Group with my images. Here’s the New Years card they sent to their supporters:
Two very contrasting images here. Shows your diverse range of talent.
Thanks, Jen. 🙂
Testing comments. In case it works, thanks for the reminder of your reviews. I’m still looking for a substitute in those instances where I don’t want to lug around 25 pounds of gear.
It works! I love my Fuji. Of course, there are many more Fujis to choose from now. My business partner uses Olympus and loves it so much he’s sold all his DSLR kit.
Not sure I would give up on my full rig except for a truly exceptional smaller camera (that usually means more money than what I want to spend). I do like my long lenses (animals, birds, etc), and I’ve not seen offerings in the ranges that I would like (200mm+).
Yeah, my DSLR is still my main camera. I love the Fuji as a travel and street shooter though. I have three lenses for it, the 18-55 kit (too good to be called a ‘kit’ really), the 14mm f2.8 and, now, Samyang’s 12mm fisheye (which I love!).
There is a very small percentage of shots I take in the 50-70mm range, and even the many 100mm shots I take, most are with my macro lens. My workhorse remains my 70-200mm, and even then I often dip to my 80-400mm. With both are often shooting in the upper ranges (makes sense, otherwise why carry them).
The point-and-shoot have those kinds of zooms, but viewfinders, RAW, manual control are all lacking or irritatingly difficult to use.
Plus, I find them difficult to use other than for snapshots, although, realistically, I’ve not invested in getting the most out of the one P&S I do have. But I bought that mostly for the video capability . . . which I also seldom use, but keep meaning to get into.
I can’t recommend the Fuji for video. But I do love the fact that it handles like a DSLR, with full control and nice RAW files.
That is an impressive long exposure! Hand held? Really amazing.
I’m currently umming and ahhing about buying a compact system this year. Currently have a Nikon D5000 which has been good to me, but feel like an update. Sony have been producing some really lovely mirrorless cameras these days.
I do love that first shot!
The Canon PowerShot is my on-the-go pocket camera. It has a view finder, which is rare for such a small digital, and controls help me easily “go manual” which I love. It doesn’t eat batteries either and uses two AA’s which one can easily pick up at a corner store anywhere in the world. It has passed the “Shannon test” (being dropped and still working from 4-ft height), something I hope to never do with my more expensive set-up.
Since most of what I shoot is way far away, I am almost never without the DSLR and big lens (to 600mm). My biceps are looking quite buff with the use. Ha! Happy New Year, Rachael. Glad you’re back to a regular project.