The other camera I recently didn’t buy.

I’ve just read two more blogs written by people who have joyously gone off the deep end and opted for Sony Alpha 7 mirrorless cameras. In one case it was a “first camera” (nothing like buying a Ferrari for your first car, eh?) and in the other it was to replace older equipment with the usual trumped-up claim about updating/improving. Truth is they wanted a new toy.

I guess people don’t read. Or at least not the right things. Or perhaps they don’t understand what they read. Or maybe they just don’t really think. I’ll bet that’s it. In reality very few photographers have need of something like that Alpha.

This past week in addition to doing silly things with my ‘experiment’ camera that cost less than $400, I talked myself out of buying a Canon M100 that was on sale for around $350. The reasons I wanted it were pretty flimsy: it has a fold-up LCD which could be used as a waist-level finder (someone should incorporate that in a DSLR), it’s 24 MP which would allow great digital zooming, it takes the EF-M lenses which offer additional adaptation possibilities, and it was on sale (I could buy it locally too, with a further discount).

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Here’s why I ultimately didn’t buy it: I wouldn’t really take that many waist-level view pictures, the extra digital zooming doesn’t add much especially with a lens that’s only about 3X to begin with (it would be sort of compensating for that), the lens adaptation means needing more adapters even for the lenses I’ve already got (additional expense), and frankly it wouldn’t really add much to my photographic experience. So I let the sale expire.

In truth I’m trying to sell my Nikon W100 right now as that is a camera which doesn’t really work for me. If I can get some money for it I’ll buy a replacement for the ailing Kodak V1003 (which has added short battery life to its other symptoms now), such as a Canon Elph 150 (used). Yeah that’s a 20MP CCD sensor, 10X zoom, small fit-in-your pocket camera which I would use – based on what I already do with the old Kodak.

Now if I were to act like these Sony buyers I’d fork over $1,500 for the Fujifilm X 100F ’cause it looks like a 1950s 35mm rangefinder camera and of course neat looks are what’s really important, right? Sure it’d just sit there on the shelf looking totally retro, but on the other hand after forking over more than the rest of my digital arsenal combined is worth I’d be scared to risk using it in the real world.

Such is the silliness of the heart leading the mind.

Anyway, here’s a nice shot of the half moon taken the other night with the Nikon P610. Which also cost less than $400 new.


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