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Standing guard in front of Tai Om Village, much like the Colossus of Rhodes, no? Except probably unlike the Colossus of Rhodes, a minute after I took this photo all the village dogs came over and took turns peeing on it.
Here’s a crop that shows how well the sensor from the Sony RX100 performs.
All of the RX100 photos I’ve been posting have been from RAW – though honestly, to my eyes at least, I’m not seeing a huge difference between the JPGs and the RAW files.
I think the only reason I left the house today was because I pushed myself to do it so I’d get outside and get to know the RX100 a little bit better. The result – bought 1 of the 2 things I needed to buy and somehow ended up buying shoes that might be too small. Anyway …. outside, the RX100 really shines (pardon the pun). This first photo more for the textures and the detail rather than anything else:
And here’s a crop from the above.
Is it as sharp as my D800? No, of course not. But it’s certainly good enough. And since I do crop a lot, having a 20 mega pixel sensor certainly doesn’t hurt.
Maybe some time I should do a post on how horrible it is to have to shoot when you only have an LCD screen and not a viewfinder. Exact framing is all but impossible, especially in bright light. I wish there was an accessory viewfinder available for this, but without a hot shoe I suppose there’s no way to mount one.
And you lose the stability one gets when one holds a camera with two hands, elbows bent, up against your face. Fortunately Sony’s image stabilization works pretty well to compensate for that.
Now with some cropping and a few other minor adjustments:
As you should be able to see, the detail is fine enough to clearly make out the two characters on those red signs on the door.
I love wandering around in Hong Kong and coming across classic shops like this one:
I suppose this sort of image cries out for a black and white treatment, huh?
Always something interesting to see along Sai Yeung Choi South Street on a Saturday.
A bit further down the street.
Doesn’t really look much like RDJ, does it?
Well, as I said in the subject for this post, random shots.
But overall, yes, the Sony RX100 is so small and light that one can easily bring it along for the day without having to think twice. And you can pull it out of your pocket, turn it on and grab a photo (or, ahem, snap a shot) with one hand, which is nice. The small size will definitely be an advantage for remaining inconspicuous or looking like a tourist when shooting crowded streets.
I’m not finding the Sony menus as annoying as I was anticipating. But I’m still not really familiar with the controls – it’s not like a Fuji X camera where everything is right there on dials in front of you. I need to get a bit more used to the controls and start getting the hell out of “P” mode.
This was the second year for Beertopia Hong Kong – a festival of craft beers from around the world. Last year it was held at the Western Market in Sheung Wan; this year it was outdoors at the West Kowloon Promenade. Aside from the beers, there was a good selection of food and 10 bands performing live, including visiting Canadian band Van de Kamp. I was hired to shoot the afternoon session and it enjoyed it so much that I returned in the evening with my girlfriend to join in the crowd. Here’s a few photos, lots more can be found on the Beertopia Hong Kong 2013 gallery page.
I’ve just posted ads over on DC Fever for a few items but if you see something listed here that’s of interest, feel free to contact me directly. I’m only selling these in Hong Kong and not willing to ship them – especially not to your son who’s a medical student in Nigeria.
- Olympus OM-D E-M5 Micro Four Thirds camera with M.Zuiko 12-50mm f3.5-6.3 kit lens
- Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm F1.4 ASPH lens for Micro Four Thirds
- Nikon AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED lens
- Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D lens
- Nikon AF-S VF Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED lens
- Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED lens
Out of all of these, it pains me the most to sell off the Nikon 14-24mm. It’s part of what some refer to as the “holy trinity” of Nikon’s f/2.8 professional zooms. It’s an amazing lens but I don’t use it that often and need the cash more right now.
I’m also rather sad to part with the 105mm lens though truth be told, I’m hard-pressed to recall the last time I used it. Selling it will leave me without a macro lens but I don’t seem to shoot macro.
And that Panasonic Leica. As others have noted, the lens is so good that it almost justifies getting into M4/3 just to be able to use this lens. Except I’ve found the Olympus to be too large for my purposes and I am not in a financial position to start investing in a whole series of M4/3 lenses so that’s pretty much that.
As I said, please feel free to contact me if you’re interested in any of this gear or share with your friends if you think you know someone who might want some of this.
Newly added to my Gallery pages is a set of photos from LiveVibe Hong Kong 2013. Shot on March 2nd and 3rd, 2013 at the Jockey Club Auditorium at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the shows featured ten dance acts, headlined by the terrific Philippines Allstars. Here’s a few samples, check the gallery page for more!