Stretch Head wrote:Fantastic photos. What camera do you use, Marin?
For digital work I use two, both of them so-called "ultra-zoom" cameras. They look a bit like SLRs but they're not in that they do not use interchangeable lenses but instead use a single lens with a huge zoom range. When I started digital photography a requirement of mine was no more cases of lenses to drag around.
One is a Panasonic Lumix FZ-50 (no longer made I believe). This has an absolutely fantastic Leica optically stabilized lens with a 35mm equivelent optical zoom range of 35mm to 420mm. Also the eyepiece viewfinder (video not optical) was rated as the best available at the time.
We recently added a second camera, a new Cannon SX30is. I don't like the ergonomics of this camera nearly as much as the Panasonic, and it has the typical total overload of cutsie consumer features that simply make the camera quite unintuitive to use from a "professional" point of view. If Microsoft designed a camera, this would be it--- a ton of crap you don't need that makes it harder to find and use what you do need. And the eyepiece viewfinder is nothing to write home about.
BUT..... the SX30is has an absolutely amazing lens even though the zoom is single-speed power-operated, which I hate. (The Leica lens on the FZ-50 is manual zoom). The 35mm equivelent optical zoom range of the Canon optically stabilized lens is 24mm to 840mm. The shot of the diving birds in my photo sequence above, for example, was taken at the full 840mm, hand held, from the deck of the moving boat (in smooth water).
So I'm not at all in love with the Canon camera but I am with its lens. Whereas there is nothing about the Lumix FZ-50 that I don't like. Other than I wish its lens went wider, say to a 35mm equivelent of 18mm.
All that said, the camera is big part of the story but not all of it. While the files straight from both cameras are extremely good, I usually do at least a degree of color balance and correction, contrast, saturation, etc. in Photoshop.
For film work--- yes, I do still have the rare occasion where I need to shoot film--- I use a Hasselblad. Which does
have a case of lenses to drag around
All the photos from Eagle Harbor were shot with the Canon. The ones below were all shot with the Lumix.