My New Baby

Little Paw

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La Colombe


Little Paw, pt. 2



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After I got home from Paris, where I carried my camera (my full frame Canon 6d with my 50mm lens) absolutely everywhere as I do on vacation, I remembered how much I love photography. I have a degree in it, after all, but it’s nice to be reminded by constant use how genuinely happy it makes me. But when I’m not in Paris, or on vacation, I tend not to even touch my camera. It sits on my desk unless I have a blog project or I feel like giving Fitz a glamour photoshoot. And that’s sad. I love my 6d! It’s kind of the Goldilocks of full frame DSLRs: not too big, not too heavy, not too expensive (it’s come way down in price since I bought it!). But in terms of portability, it is still a commitment to carry around with me. If I want to head to a cafĂ© with my laptop and write for a few hours, I am not going to also schlep my camera. If I have to carry groceries home from Trader Joe’s, I know I’m not going to feel like stopping and photographing anything.

For years before I got my first DSLR, I relied on Canon PowerShots. My dad would buy one, upgrade, and then give me his older one. I love Canons. The old DigitalElphs were workhorses, and I loved their compactness; my dad could slip his in his shirt pocket and forget it was even there. I don’t know why it hadn’t occurred to me sooner to go back to roots, so to speak.

So after about a week of research, scouring review sites and trolling through Flickr’s Camera Explorer page (the neatest resource!) I bought a new toy! I went with the Canon G9X, a 20mp compact p&s with a 1 in sensor. The only thing it doesn’t have is a viewfinder, which has bothered me less so far than I thought it would. It shoots raw, but has pretty incredible jpgs straight out of the camera. It isn’t going to fully replace my beloved 6d, and I can’t see myself going on vacation or somewhere really important and not bringing my big camera, relying solely on this little point and shoot. But it has already changed the way I shoot around my own city and day-to-day life in a major way: I actually carry it around with me. It’s so light and small I can tuck it in a small zip pouch and bring it everywhere I go, without having to choose a purse with enough interior room to accommodate my hulking DSLR. It’s also much more discreet, due to its size, and I don’t feel too self-conscious taking photos of my latte now. Priorities.

Here are just a few photos from my everyday so far with my new baby.

4 thoughts on “My New Baby

  1. WOW! It has amazing clarity! I really need a view finder in sunlight so I rarely use my Lumix. It’s the difference between a Samsung and an iphone outdoors. The screen is almost invisible.
    Big or small, your photos are gorgeous!

  2. Wow, those photos are great! I have the same problem. I carry at least one (two on wedding days) big full frame Mark IIIs for work shoots and have a hard time remembering to pick it up for personal and day-to-day stuff. I was looking into some of the Fuji options for smaller point and shoots but I ultimately decided to return to my film roots and start shooting my personal work with my 35mm. Super lightweight and easy to carry, plus my canon lenses work with it too! Film can be pricey but it’s worth it for the motivation it gives me. :)

  3. Too funny! I totally feel self-conscious when I take out my DSLR (big and heavy to carry around) so I rely on a Canon point and shoot a lot bc it’s small. But, as always, the photos are not nearly as lovely. Enjoy your new cam!

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