Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Downgrade for the better?

seems counter-intuitive, but that is exactly what i have done.

i sold my canon 350d on clubsnap.org 2 days ago to a new DSLR user. prior to making the sale, i only sms the person and had not called my potential buyer. i also got lots of sms and a caller wanting to deal at a higher price than what i agreed upon. i told them that i am meeting a buyer and is not nice if i turned this buyer down. i feel it is only right that i give the person i am meeting "the right of first refusal". my buyer turned out to be a young girl who is doing her internship in a consulting firm located in Clarke Quay... from the way she held the camera in the shooting position, i can tell that she is an amatuer. i gave her some quick lessons and offered to pass her my 350d book that i bought on a whim at a later date.

anyways, after the sale, i stopped by ms colour to get a ricoh gx100 at SGD999 (SGD1009 plus lcd protector) as a replacement... well... i have to get a camera to take pictures of lucas right? hahaha.

immediately, i thought it was a bad move... the 350d was quick to write raw images to the CF card. had no lag during the write phase, can take fast moving shots. the gx100 is not able to stack up to these abilities. the gx100 has some write delay of 4 odd seconds when doing raw. requires the external view finder to be mounted in order to simulate a SLR. when the view finder is in use, the hot shoe would not be usable for an external flash unit.

however, the gx100 has real good marco capabilities that my sigma lens can never better (well, it is not a marco lens in the first place)... or would cost me an arm and a leg to purchase a marco for the 350d... plus i would have to lug around more gear. the gx100 also has quite good picture quality. guess i will need more time with it before i can fully appreciate it's beauty like others could.

i think the gx100 would allow me to take more pics of lucas without having to bring along too much stuff especially when on trips. i remembered i delibrately did not want to bring my dslr when we went to KL... let's hope the gx100 will change things for the better... photography is more skills than equipment right? hahaha... (a parallel to audio equipment as well?)

above pic is done using macro mode of gx100.
more pics here.

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