From Snaps to Photographs

Started Jan 3, 2012 | User reviews thread
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Tripodasaurus Junior Member • Posts: 36
From Snaps to Photographs
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I have a normal cumbersome DSLR camera and two Nikon short prime lenses which I lug about infrequently because of the weight. The upshot is I haven't been spending as much time taking photos as I would like to because the bulk and weight makes it seem all too much trouble. I have wanted to take more photos on my tripod and thereby slow down and produce fewer snaps but more carefully created pin sharp photographs. My interests include landscape, portrait, street and night shots including macros of flowers and high definition. A heavy and bulky kit has been against me all the way until now!

I was contemplating a full frame DSLR like the Nikon D700 or Canon 5 MkII but after lots of research on the internet including DP Review, I opted for the Canon G12 and I haven't looked back since. The camera has the basic controls on top of the camera so its as easy to use as a DSLR but in a smaller lighter package that fits into a coat or jacket pocket. The swivel screen is fantastic for tripod use since most light tripods are below eye level for me so now I don't have to stoop down to see through the viewfinder.

I recently took the camera (including the incorporated zoom lens) in my jacket pocket to the Christmas lights in London carrying only my tripod on the train with no hassle. In London I set up the tripod extending its legs and attaching the camera. The combined camera-lens-tripod unit was so light I carried the whole setup between shots, just folding the legs together whist keeping them fully extended and vertical. I walked around quite freely amongst the many Christmas shoppers (waved to Bill Nighy) and when I saw a scene for the next shot I simply opened the legs and I was ready to go. The tripod enabled me to carefully do everything with both hands free; twist the viewfinder upwards so I could see everything without bending down, frame the shot, consider and adjust the exposure in the low light etc., set the self timer delay to 2 seconds for a sharp image and then review the shot for composition and histogram - all with both hands free. Oh what a joy, what real joy!! This is the way to fully enjoy taking photographs. You could argue that one could do this with heavy DSLR kit and of course you could. But would you, and if you would how often?!

My point is that I find myself enjoying my photography to the full because the G12 on a tripod is so light, portable and a pleasure to use that I use it more often than a DSLR. Image quality is excellent - much wow factor at the office!

Now I keep my tripod in the car boot and my camera in my pocket - organized and ready to go!.

Incidentally, I bought the book, 'Canon Powershot G12 From Snapshots To Great Shots' from Amazon which explains all the functions of the camera. Its an easy read with good colour pics. Recommended as a replacement for Canon's very poor operating manual to get one quickly up to speed.

 Tripodasaurus's gear list:Tripodasaurus's gear list
Sigma DP1 Merrill Fujifilm X-T3 Fujifilm XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS Fujifilm XF 23mm F1.4 R Fujifilm XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS +3 more
Canon PowerShot G12
10 megapixels • 2.8 screen • 28 – 140 mm (5×)
Announced: Sep 14, 2010
Tripodasaurus's score
5.0
Average community score
4.8
bad for good for
Kids / pets
unrated
Action / sports
unrated
Landscapes / scenery
excellent
Portraits
unrated
Low light (without flash)
excellent
Flash photography (social)
unrated
Studio / still life
unrated
= community average
Canon PowerShot G12 Nikon D700
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