ADV Photographers - Which camera type? Premium P&S or Mirrorless?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Herbivore63, May 1, 2013.

  1. Kitteh

    Kitteh Adventurer

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    OMG. You don't like my sharpening. Do you have your samples posted somewhere or are you just an art critic? Why not post some of your work??!

    It really is like changing oil. One person actually does it, 5 other guys just sit around and bitch. :lol3 :lol3 :lol3
  2. BobPS

    BobPS Been here awhile

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    If it was me, I would buy RX100 Mk1.
    But that's me, because, looking at the additional or new features of the Mk2 .. I don't see any need for those features.

    The new feature that might be useful for me is the addition of a hotshoe on the camera. With it, I could use a viewfinder. Using a viewfinder would be much, much better than squinting at the lcd monitor at arm's length, and moving it back and forth cause I forgot to bring my glasses :D

    But, to utilize that hotshoe and use a viewfinder would mean an extra expense cause I'd have to buy the viewfinder.

    I don't know if it's expensive or not, but I guess an electronic viewfinder would not come cheap. Besides, the addition of a viewfinder, if you leave it on the camera all the time, would make the camera bigger. I don't know if it's still going to be pocketable or not, I think it will fit jacket's pocket though.

    For those reasons, if it was me I would by Mk1.
  3. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    I'm stuck.

    Between a waterproof camera -- Olympus TG1:
    http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/olympus-tg2/

    And a far larger sensor -- Lumix DMC-LF1
    http://www.dpreview.com/products/panasonic/compacts/panasonic_dmclf1

    I was shopping for waterproof because my 6-year-old Lumix picked up a spot inside the optics in Saskatchewan. But then again when I take a photo that comes near being dramatic it usually fails for graininess/noise from the low-light conditions.

    The sensor on the LF1 has about twice the area of the one in the waterproof TG1. And The LF1 has a viewfinder and 200mm lens (35mm equiv). (I used a 200mm on a Nikkormat in the '70s and it was just long enough for some wildlife.)

    My dilemma, which only i can resolve, is to have a waterproof camera out more often or a far better camera, still pocketable, but protected from rain & grit. (The old Lumix does have 50,000 miles or so of motorcycling, including many trips when I didn't get it out to take a single photo.)
  4. Lion BR

    Lion BR I'd rather be riding

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    Take it easy man, I'm just window shopping for a small camera. The RX100 is on the top of my list. So did you sharpen that shot? If so, can you post a non-sharpened version of that same shot? Thanks.
  5. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    My gripe about the waterproof cams is none of em shoot in RAW. You can hack the Canon Powershot D10 and 20 firmware to shoot RAW but I did the hack on my 560A and it makes for PAINFULLY slow shooting.

    I've never been impressed with the IQ of any of the rugged P&S cameras.
  6. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    Thanks Albie.

    Today I'm leaning toward the new Lumix.

    I'm sorting through the photos taken on that trip. I took so many while riding that it makes me want to stop more often.

    (Although there's the heartbreak of photos from the last 3,000 miles with that spot in the image.)

    EDIT: ENOUGH WAFFLING! I pulled the trigger on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1. (?pulled the trigger? ?released the shutter? )

    Viewfinder and larger sensor tipped the scales.
  7. CrispieGee

    CrispieGee Adventurer

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    I was trying to decide between the RX100, the RX100 II and a few others. The Sony was my main contender, but I like to keep an open mind. I was also struggling about the extra couple hundred bucks for the mk. II version, because even though I wanted the additional features, I didn't know if I really NEED them. Plus, it's a couple hundred dollars that could be put toward a GoPro or some other farkle.

    Well, the decision was made for me.

    You see, a few months ago, a buddy of mine moved into my house "temporarily," on the condition that he'd help me fix up the place. At first things were good (even though I HATE giving up my privacy... particularly as it pertains to having a date over), but over time, his long days at his business meant that nothing was getting done on my house.

    This was becoming a real source of irritation with me, but he obviously figured that out: Not only did he help me all Sunday with power washing my deck and other stuff, yesterday I noticed a black Sony box sitting on the kitchen counter. A spiffy new RX100. :freaky

    So I'm borrowing my friend Helen's Triumph Bonneville and heading to the Finger Lakes to snap some photos for a couple days. Hopefully I can figure it out well enough to show you something when I get back.
  8. IRideASlowBike

    IRideASlowBike Banned

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    My Casio ZR100 also has a dark spot. Is it possible to take these point-and-shoots to a camera shop for disassembly and cleaning?
  9. Rinty

    Rinty Been here awhile

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    Here's a pic from my new RX100. I'm not a photog, and I shoot on auto, with no subsequent editing. It was raining when I took this:


    [​IMG]

    I have better pics, but they involve cars. :D
  10. munchmeister

    munchmeister Grow'd Up Mini Trail

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    Anybody know if the Sony cams like the NEX or RX100, when in sweep panorama, can take panos in vertical orientation? That is, when you are doing the "sweeping" can you hold your camera in vertical/ portrait orientation and have the camera stitch your verticals into a long panoramic?

    TIA boys.
  11. Lion BR

    Lion BR I'd rather be riding

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    Well, it was raining, not bad at all. Now, that road looks awesome with long sweeping curves and updated surface. Must be a blast to ride it.
  12. Rinty

    Rinty Been here awhile

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    Thanks. That's the Old Spiral Highway, out of Lewiston, Idaho. But I was just driving it, that day:

    [​IMG]
  13. Rinty

    Rinty Been here awhile

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    Yes. You guys are prompting me to more fully investigate this camera's features (including HDR, which looks interesting). :D

    It's nice to see the enthusiasm that the reviewers have for this camera. I found this one, which is a little easier to read than the usual sites:

    http://www.gizmag.com/review-sony-cyber-shot-rx100/25266/
  14. dirty_sanchez

    dirty_sanchez Dirty_Sanchez

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    Arrrrgggg!!!! I hate these anachronyms.

    HDR? What is this?

    I found a low price earlier today for the RX100 in the webz, printed it up, went to Best Buy and had the freakin' camera at the checkout counter. The gal called the manager over to check on the price match guarantee, but they didn't match the price from this site. $100 cheaper than Best Buy.

    This is the first time I've fondled this little camera. It feels solid.

    Finally getting ready to give up my Contax 167MT with razor sharp Zeiss glass I used for a Minor in Photography and the 10 year old Canon Sure Shot something or another.

    Is the RX100 the right decision?

    Dirty
  15. mefly2

    mefly2 Long timer

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    Great set of wheels in the pic, too er,.....two ....er, fore ... I mean four!
  16. LoneStar

    LoneStar WhoopDeDoofus

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    Dirty, if a slim, small pocket camera is what you're after, the RX is about the closest to a DSLR out there at this point.

    Oh, and since you're shelving your Contax, any Zeiss lenses you'd care to part with? :D
  17. munchmeister

    munchmeister Grow'd Up Mini Trail

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    HDR is an abbreviation for High Dynamic Range (not an acronym). Take 3 shots, combine them into one with the dynamic range of all three. Google it.

    Anachronisms are a whole 'nother thing. (Pun intended).

    Yes, the RX100 is the answer to all your dreams. It will, without question, make you the best photographer on the planet. Point it, shoot,... masterpiece. Guaranteed. Every time. Hot chicks will flock to you whenever they see your photos :evil :deal
  18. LoneStar

    LoneStar WhoopDeDoofus

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    This is soooooooo true :deal:lol3
  19. dsgfh

    dsgfh n00b

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    THIS! We took one to Asia last year & it was the final nail in the coffin for my 8 year old D70, which ended up getting left in the hotel room (especially at night where the new sony sensor just left it for dead).
  20. dirty_sanchez

    dirty_sanchez Dirty_Sanchez

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    No Shit?

    What about the midget strippers-they'll even jump my bones!

    Dirty