Friday, May 1, 2009
For the SoFoBoMo, I'm using my Canon Powershot G9 point and shoot camera. It's a nice little camera and it mostly does everything I want.
I'm an amateur photographer. My first real camera was a Pentax K1000, a fully manual SLR. I had both a 50mm and 135mm lens, f2.0 and f2.8, respectively. I learned a lot with that camera. For various reasons, I broke away from photography for many years and now I'm getting back into it. I purchased the G9 in spring of 2008, choosing it over a DSLR, the main candidate of which was the Sony A200. In the last few months I've again been considering a DSLR. I may do it sometime but certainly not until after the SoFoBoMo event.
On the positive side, this camera satisfies a very important requirement for me. When I was looking last year, the camera needed to be one where I could "grab and go." Mostly the G9 beats that over a DSLR, though "grab and go" isn't without its planning. Batteries (of which I have a couple) must be charged before I'm ready to go. I've yet to go through a fully charged battery in one shoot, but I've come close. I'd shot 360 photos one afternoon, and the battery was about to die. I was ready to put a fresh one into the camera, but it wasn't needed.
Mostly I run the G9 in P or Program AE mode. At Gravelly Point however on my first time there, I found I needed to go fully manual with it - focus, shutter speed, and aperture. The G9 is designed to fight even that, overriding certain manual controls. Fortunately the owner's manual is good and the camera design is such that you can turn off those protections.
The only downside for me right now is that it isn't a DSLR. I expect I'll find weaknesses that matter to me in the G9, though after a year I haven't yet. I know lots of the arguments on point and shoot cameras versus DSLRs. I've also seen what I can do with it.
I'll shoot the SoFoBoMo with the G9. Afterward, I'll see what options make sense.