Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Photo Geek

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So we got our new camera this week and I've been playing with it a fair bit, trying to figure out how to use it. First impressions of the S2 IS: the 12x zoom is super fun/fast/quiet, it's chunky (but not prohibitively so), the image stabilization is awesome for cancelling hand-shake in lower light (but can't compensate for subjects in motion, understandably), takes amazing (and huge file-sized) videos, I love that it defaults to no flash (you have to turn it on), autofocus speed is so-so unless you prefocus (but for a non-SLR, it's fine), the lens cap is the stupidest thing ever designed, and swivel-screen LCDs rule.

A few more human lessons have emerged as well. It's a bit scary owning a very new, very sensitive and expensive toy like this -- I'm babying it. I also had to realize that just because it's a good camera doesn't mean that it will only take good pictures. That said, it has taken a few good ones already. Here are a few of the scenery shots for the other photo geeks out there:

8 comments:

Garth said...

Glad to hear your photo-snapping continues and you are enjoying your camera. I love my digital slr but realize that it is a pricey option. I am looking at a digital point&shoot for Wendy and came across the 6 megapixel Pentax WPI which is weather-proof and even water resistant to a dept of 1.5 metres! It's a little pricey though...so we'll see. It would be a cool little camera to take out when the weather is rough or I'm paddling.

Develo said...

That's a great photo of the cloud's reflecting off the window. One of the best features of the large zoom, is the ability to get good candid people pictures, without them freezing up in front of the lens. Maybe you can give the old camera to the kids for fun, and see what they come up with.

Jeremy said...

I knew there were a couple of photo geeks lurking around here...

Garth, weather-proofing would be a welcome feature for me. The abuse I put our old camera through would indicate it, anyway.

Greg, I'd love to turn the old one into a kids' camera, but I'll have to get it repaired first -- the shutter button does absolutely nothing at this point. And great point about the zoom creating enough distance for people to relax a little more. The photo below of Ivy on the slide is a great example of that. She was wasn't paying any attention to me.

Great

Heather said...

I haven't commented about your new camera because I'm deeply and insanely jealous. I want a new one too - but I have no excuses... and we haven't got a camera fund set up right now.

Jeremy said...

Didn't you just get a new camera? It can't be more than a year or so old...a good one too, wasn't it?

Heather said...

I can't remember when we got the Cybershot... maybe a year ago is about right. I guess I just like to have the "latest" in gear - and now seeing my dad's new toy, and yours, I'm just jealous. :)

Jeremy said...

I understand, having fiddled around with Myron's Rebel XT a few weeks ago.

Heather said...

Gorgeous pix of the clouds' reflections! Wow.

Of course... nothing beats the kiddos, but seriously, those clouds!

Heather