Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Walk the path, sit the rains

Today I went for a walk rather late, when it was already getting dark, and I needed to use ISO 500 to be able to take photographs. Well, this was partly due to thick clouds, and it started to rain. Tomorrow there will be rain also.

I haven't had time to look at all the recent announcements of new cameras, but it seems to be getting crowded in the advanced compacts category. Sony RX1/RX100, Olympus XZ-2 iHS, Fujifilm XF1, Canon PowerShot G15/S110, ...

Choices, choices - it is good that I don't need a new camera right now.

(Posting title is from the poem Endless Streams and Mountains by Gary Snyder.)


Francesco said...

I like the bokeh in "View".
Having the intention to buy a new camera (with more controls and better ergonomics than in my actual compact), I am also confused by vast number of choices (and by the vast number of sometimes conflicting reviews).

Juha Haataja said...

@Francesco: Wet windows are good for generating interesting distortions in a photograph.

Anyway, it is clear that camera technology is not sitting still, but it remains to be seen how much there is real progress and how much is just new packaging and a lot of marketing.

Francesco said...

I agree with you. Sometimes I ask myself: if that "old" camera worked great e.g. two years ago (sometimes is less) and my needs are not changed since then, why not having the possibilities to buy it (also for a more convenient price). But the market is so organized that you can hardly find "old" camera models. Remember the times of the old film cameras, where the models were the same for years.

Juha Haataja said...

@Francesco: Indeed. While I was shopping for my first SLR, it took a long time to make the choice, looking at the Canon, Pentax, Olympus and Minolta models. Finally I decided on the Minolta XG-1 because I wanted to learn aperture priority; and I did learn.