My New Camera

P7100 f5.6 1/4 ISO 400

P7100 f5.6 1/4 ISO 400

I have to admit, this was a difficult choice to make. Both the LX5 and the P7100 are great cameras. But which one is the right one for me?

Thinking about why I was looking to buy a ‘point and shoot’ camera in the first place helped me make my choice.

First and foremost I was looking for a walk around camera and something that I could take on vacation without feeling limited. After numerous vacations spent hauling my D300 all over the place I want to lighten the load…I want the controls of an SLR, but I want them in a small package.

After a lot of thought I picked the P7100. Here’s why:

- 28-200 zoom. I shoot long more often than I shoot wide. The lens I use most often on vacation……18-200.

- Viewfinder….I wanted to have one. In fact I only own one camera without a viewfinder. (Strangely it happens to be my other vacation camera the Pentax W90)

- Flip out screen. I like waist level finders and the flip out screen is essentially the digital version of one.

- The P7100 is a slightly bigger camera that feels more comfortable in my hands.

-Two control dials that I found more comfortable to use. You can never underestimate the value of how a camera feels when you hold it. That’s why buying a camera sight unseen is risky.

P7100 f5.6 1:4 400

P7100 f5.6 1:4 400

As you can see I’ve already picked up the camera and I’ve been playing around with it quite a bit. There’s enough stuff packed into this little guy to keep me entertained for quite a while.

BTW, the camera chose the settings for the moon shots…I used it’s night exposure mode….all I did was to limit the ISO to 400 and lower.

One last shot for the hell of it….no night mode in use here though :)

D300 ISO 1600  f 2.8 1/50

D300 ISO 1600 f 2.8 1/50

….after all it is silhouette week for the POTW52 crowd.

Niagara at Night: night photography.

NIagara at Night

Niagara at Night

Just spent a couple of days at the Falls and as you can see I had a room with a view….a really, really great view. Unfortunately there was no balcony for me to shoot from so I had no choice but to shoot through the window. Shooting through glass creates a few problems primarily reflections and exposure but at night focus also becomes an issue as well.

NIagara at Night

Niagara at Night

The usual advice when shooting through glass is to use a polarizer, which I didn’t have with me and would it have been difficult to use at night anyway. Advice number two is to use black cloth to block out reflections….didn’t have that with me either. What to do?

Niagara at Night

Niagara at Night

I got as close to the window as I could with my trusty tripod, turned all the lights off in the room and put on my lens hood. Even with the lights off I still had to watch my angle and shoot with the lens zoomed in a bit to avoid reflections and showing the dirt on the window. The window washers don’t make it up to the 24th floor very often.

Niagara at Night

Niagara at Night

In post all I had to do was pull my black point in a bit and voila! Night shots at Niagara.