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That’s Some View

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Abandoned cabins
Green River Lake, Wyoming — October 2017
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM
Ilford Pan F Plus + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

Can you imagine having that as the first thing you see when you pop out the front door first thing in the morning?  Wow!

22 thoughts on “That’s Some View

  1. Debbie Lynn

    I popped over to check out your blog and see you are a photographer…with several different cameras. I am having camera woes as all of my cameras are shutting down on me-both of my Canon powershots now have ‘lens error’ and won’t function and now my EOX Canon Rebel xs is giving me fits in that it is finicky when it will take a picture. So…I’m trying to figure out what to do. I truly just want a good power shot camera because I hike a lot and got tired of carrying the big camera and lenses. I would love any recommendations for something under $500??? 🙂

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    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      Hi Debbie — thanks for stopping by and commenting!

      A camera recommendation for something under $500? Whew… there are a bunch to choose from these days, but I’ll restrict my list to just those that offer the biggest image bang for the buck — the cameras with 1″ sensors (with the $500 price point you offered up, the larger APS-C sensors are out of reach). I hear you on the weight issue; I have a bad back myself and now have to very careful about the amount of weight I lug around while wandering about — so having light gear is a must for me as well.

      I’m guessing that you wish to avoid repeat woes with another Canon PowerShot purchase, so I won’t even list them as a possibility. I, too, was once a loyal Canon PowerShot user, but times have changed and Canon didn’t do enough to keep me from jumping ship — so I went elsewhere. As far as my recommendations go, here are the only two I can find (there are many more cameras within your price point, but the others all have smaller imaging sensors):

      DxO One — It’s the absolute lightest and smallest pro-quality camera on the market, and at $481 it’s within your price range. I have one and really like the image quality from it, which is amazing considering just how tiny it is. However, it does have some shortcomings: it must be connected to an iOS or Android mobile device for full functionality, the lens is a prime at 32mm (no zoom), battery life is real short (190 shots or less with the built-in rechargeable battery and no ability to pop in a fresh battery once the juice runs out), auto-focusing isn’t as good as the competition, there is no peak manual focusing, and a whole host of features that are standard with other cameras are missing. But if you want something that’s super tiny and delivers excellent image quality, the DxO One cannot be beat.

      Sony Cyber-Shot RX100 series — I’ve now owned the Mark III, the Mark IV, and the recently introduced Mark V (I keep flip-flopping on the DxO One and the RX100 V to keep in my Everyday Carry kit). My take? These are the standalone cameras to beat, as they have the best image sensors and feature sets on the market. Fortunately, Sony has such a devoted RX100 following that they STILL have all of them available for sale via B&H, Adorama, and Amazon — with the cheapest, the DSC-RX100, being offered at $460. If you go with one of these, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

      For the two cameras above — both of which I presently own — I prefer the RX100 V for the best shooting experience, the best battery life (plus I carry multiple spares with me), super-close macro capability, etc. And the image quality is arguably right up there with the DxO One, I’m just nit-picking the out-of-focus bokeh between the two.

      If having a larger selection to choose from is more important than image quality, then I would expand the list to include the 1/2.3″ image sensor cameras from Olympus, Panasonic, and Nikon (the Panasonic models with the Leica lenses in particular are always well received and rated highly).

      I hope that helps you!

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      1. Debbie Lynn

        Thank you SO much…this is the kind of first hand knowledgeable information I’ve been looking for. I don’t have a smart phone so the DxO is off the table. I have looked at the specs on the Sony RX100 already so this is good information. I saw that you have the Canon PowerShot G3 + 35-140mm and have been seriously considering that one. But I figure if these things are going to keep breaking on me why spend more money. Just in case…how would you compare the powershot G3 with the Sony? I appreciate your responses and knowledge. Thanks. 🙂

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      2. Mitch Zeissler Post author

        Had. I had the Canon PowerShot G3 some 14-years ago.

        At the time, the G3 was state-of-the-art for prosumer cameras, and I got lots of use and good photos from it. But not now.

        Compared to the very old G3, the current PowerShot G9 has a shorter zoom range, a slower lens, pretty low ISO settings for the upper end, and can’t match the Sony RX100 image sensor — not much to like there, unless one feels bound by brand loyalty.

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      3. Mitch Zeissler Post author

        Your best bet as a standalone camera for top quality images in the $500 category are going to be the Sony Cyber-Shot RX100 or the Canon PowerShot G9. Both will deliver excellent images, but my nod goes to the RX100.

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  2. treerabold

    Thank you for stopping by my page…and for the follow.
    I’m so glad you did. Your photography is amazing and I look forward to following you and possibly learning from you.
    I am an amateur photographer with much to learn. But I absolutely love it and want to absorb as much as I can from talented people like you.

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    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      Thank you for your kind words. I’ve been taking photos since as early as I can remember, and most of it is just learning from my mistakes. What type of things are you wanting to learn about? I ask because I had a regular “photo tip” series on my last blog that was well received.

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      1. treerabold

        I have only gotten serious about taking photos over the past couple years.
        I’m still teaching myself a lot of the basics. YouTube is an amazing teacher!!
        I would like to learn more about night photography. And I’ve been teaching myself photoshop and Lightroom for post production editing.
        It is kind of you to share your knowledge with us beginners!!

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      2. Mitch Zeissler Post author

        Thanks — I like sharing with people.

        With digital, all that is really needed for nighttime photography is a tripod and a way to trigger the camera without touching it with your hands (usually a remote of some kind). Then just go nuts with it and have fun.

        Analog is a different beast for nighttime shots, as film doesn’t behave the same as digital… you have to deal with reciprocity failure and all that.

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    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      Haha — nope! That’s the good old USA right there, deep in the heart of the Wind River Range of Wyoming. It’s completely off-limits to all motorized vehicles in the colder months due to it being the Bighorn Sheep Refuge and home to the largest winter herd of the animals.

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      1. Forestwood

        Oh, is that right? I might have to feature this part of American in my Monday Mystery Photo feature on my blog. I think it is stunningly beautiful. ( I am a winter and snow lover, you see!). Would you like to submit a photo from the area. I give credit to all contributors and post pingbacks to your blog, for the two posts, ( current week and previous week’s posting), and three weeks overall that each Monday Mystery photo runs.

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      2. Forestwood

        You just email me a photo or photos of your choosing. Something identifying but not too easy. Then again a difficult challenge is also good for my readers. Some of then are very clever at guessing locations. I usually include a sentence or two about the photo when I post the solution so it would be great to include that if you can. Otherwise I will grab something from Wikipedia. You should get two pingbacks to your blog, when I post your photo/s. The initial post and the follow up solution post. I mix them up a bit so don’t worry if it is not posted next week. I have a few blogger’s photos queued to post in the next few weeks. Send as many photos as to like to amandamac5athotmaildotcom (using symbols for the at and dot).
        Looking forward to seeing what you come up with. Thanks so much for contributing to Something to ponder about!!
        Amanda

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