Anger Management Issues…..

Anger Management Issues....

Anger Management Issues....

Apparently this guy is having a bad day….or maybe it’s just spring that’s got him all riled up?

Anger Management Issues....

Anger Management Issues....

Anger Management Issues....

Anger Management Issues....

Now this guy had the right idea….every time the angry dude came his way he moved to another location…

Anger Management Issues....

Anger Management Issues....

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.

Nikon P7100

P7100

P7100

Next up, the 7100.

First here’s dpreview’s take:

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/4333175133/buyers-guide-enthusiast-raw-shooting-compact-cameras/4

The good:

- has a viewfinder

- has a flip out screen

- longer zoom – 28 – 200 equivalent

- two control dials for manual shooting….big dials

- larger camera – feels better in my hands – this could also be a bad thing though if you’re looking for the smallest camera you can find

P7100

P7100

P7100

P7100

P7100

P7100

P7100

P7100

P7100

P7100

P7100

P7100

P7100

P7100

P7100

P7100

The not so good:

-slower frame rate – 1.3fps

-slower lens f2.8

-larger camera

-4:3 LCD screen

-16:9 shots are not full resolution