I’m in the market for a new camera. I’m also in the market for a new PC and as I’m 36 possibly a convertible to drive through Paris… Life is getting expensive. But that’s good because it only means I have more of it to live with. Anyway, I’d pretty much consigned myself to DSLR and spending… Well, FPS is an issue for me and has been since I failed to get a shot of a pelican just entering the water in Florida three years ago. So that means a grand roughly. And if you’re gonna spend a grand then why not 1200? And that way penury lies.
But what about this… Any thoughts. The spec looks good. The FPS is good, the 28mm wide-angle is good and 15x optical is great – that range would seem to obviate the need for several lenses and they cost beaucoup for DSLRs. As someone brought-up on a Pentax Super-A I couldn’t give a flying one about “face detection” but anything more sophisticated than a pinhole these days seems to have more modes than London, Paris and Milan… My brother’s Nikon seems moderately more complicated than the flight-deck of the Death Star. It’s got a mode specifically for children skipping. Not hopping – that’s a different mode and it automatically calls out the Paedofinder General and supplies him with your exact location via GPS.
All I really want is a light meter, focus control and to set aperture and exposure but then I am old skool. I was taught photography at university way back in the ’90s when things were primitive (it was a mandatory part of a physics degree – and yes it involved dark-room stuff and loading 35mm film from a big roll – not cartridges – by touch in the pitch blackness). My brother’s even newer camera doesn’t even have a view finder and it doesn’t need one. You could tie the bloody thing to a shoe-lace and whirl it around your head and it would still take the perfect shot. But where is the fun or artistry in that?
And that’s another reason not to go DSLR. If I’m going to drop a grand on something I don’t want to be thinking two years hence that I wish to drop another grand on something even more whiz-bang. You know – something that also makes the tea or whatever those wizards of the Far East think of next. I mean 150 quid is something I can spend and not get upset that it gets out-moded but over a grand… Well, I’d want it to voice-coach me through shots sounding precisely like Ansel Adams. I’d want it to take that piccy of Half-Dome without leaving Cheshire.
Any advice will be appreciated and there must be some f-stop philosphers reading this tripe. What I’m really curious about is… Well… I almost caused a riot in a camera shop when I asked about manual focus (the old Pentax coming out again) and whilst this machine has what it calls “manual over-ride” I don’t think that’s the same thing. But I would like to set the focus automatically and then re-compose and get a different light-meter reading if you see where I’m coming from. Because I don’t always want to focus on what is at the centre of the image. Anyone who has used an auto-focus camera to take a pic of a cute bug or beautiful flower through grass will know exactly where I come from here.
Anyone has a proper review of this camera then they get a CC in Z virtual cigar. Deal? I did find one but it was in Thai which was about as much use to me as an ashtray on a motorcycle.
PS. It also uses SD which is good. I have many SD cards. Why do Canon DSLRs still use CF? I thought that went out with the sodding Vikings.