When Bicycles Influence Your Decision-Making
After losing my faithful old Sony I’d been making-do with borrowing my son’s camera to document my cycling-life. It did an okay job but I wasn’t totally happy with the quality and it was poor in low-light situations with a slow lens and lots of noise in the pictures.
I’m going to Antarctica next month for the (Erebus Remembrance Flight) and wanted a fitting photographic record of the adventure for myself and my family. That warranted the purchase of a replacement camera and I’ve been pawing-over online reviews and hassling shop-assistants the past couple of months.
I had my favourites all lined-up but in the back of my mind I was thinking “this thing’s got to be pocketable so I can carry it around on my bike”. When I viewed them in the flesh they were all a bit bulkier than I imagined.
For those of you with a photography-bent I’d narrowed it down to the Lumix LX7, The Fujifilm X10 (just gorgeous) and the Canon G15. I held-off and held-off but knowing I’d need a month using the thing before hitting the ice I finally got serious in the Boxing Day sales. As luck would have it a model from Sony (RX100) that I hadn’t considered because of the high price was heavily discounted and with a free case thrown-in to boot. I thrashed the credit-card within an inch of it’s life and went for it.
The learning-curve has been steep (it’s a capable little thing with lots of manual-control) but I’m enjoying the process immensely. The real bonus is the Sony is considerably smaller that the others I looked at and perfect for carting around on the bike. It fits in my frame-bags, my Camelbak and the pocket of my shorts. The only trouble now is after being unable to ride for two months I’m struggling to actually stop pedaling long enough to take a picture, I’m having such a good time!
PERFECT, decision well made then, cycling was the winner on the day!
Here’s a few images that I’m reasonably happy with, don’t be too harsh, I’m only a beginner. So much to learn…