It is no secret that I like small, lightweight cameras that fit in my pocket. Last evening I was sitting in my lounge chair reviewing some photography books and at the same time thinking about getting another one when I thought … “do I really need one and what would I photograph with one?”
Earlier in the day I had shipped back a Canon 80D with a Sigma 17-70mm lens since I found it to be too large, too noisy, and too heavy. I had been wanting a longer focal length lens and thought that I might get one that went out to 600mm on an APS size sensor DSLR. I wanted it to make nature pictures of birds, etc. Another major problem was “who could I get to carry it and a heavy tripod for me?” While lamenting that approach wasn’t going to work, I started thinking about the Sony HX80 which has been mostly sitting in a drawer for a while. It has a very long zoom lens.
The Sony HX80 has everything I want but one. It has a long zoom lens, it fits in a pocket, and it has a tilting LCD as well as a small popup EVF for when necessary. What it doesn’t have is a large sensor with great image quality. But, do I need a larger sensor? I have often thought that if I could find the right type and style of photographs to make with it, that I might be able to shift my vision and make images that work with the cameras I have.
I made the above images inside last evening. The moon image was made from inside through the window. I am encouraged after working with the images this morning. I think I will try and look for additional compositions as I walk around outside. I find that it is harder to find and make pictures of the landscape, etc. with this style of processing, so I will probably keep tweaking the processing to see if I can make more images that are fun to make with what I have.