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Sunday, July 19, 2015

New Camera

Cholla cactus in our yard
After years of carrying my trusty FujiFilm FinePix S700 (10X optical zoom) on my hikes I finally got around to buying a new bridge camera, the FujiFilm FinePix S8200 (with 40X optical zoom).  My S700 was still taking great photos, but I'd had to Super Glue the rubber grip several times already, and it looked as if another gluing was in the offing.  And I wanted a more powerful optical zoom capability, though most photographers will tell you that anything over 20X is wasted zoom because of stability and light issues.  Nevertheless, the camera was offered for a good price on Amazon, and I'd been wanting to get one for a few years (it was first released in 2013).  So I got the camera yesterday, and I was out with Becca this morning experimenting with my new toy.
Three photos with different image quality settings

Hiking behind Tortugas

Three macro experiments

Becca at the rock shelter

The mighty Organ Mountains

Used the 40X optical zoom to capture this image (a tad shaky)

Heading back around the mountain

I like the lens compression the zoom creates

B-girl looking for shade

The clouds interested me


Dr. K said...

Those close-up photos look sharper than the ones you would take with the old camera.

Scott said...

I liked the first image best (the square one) of the three that you took with different quality settings. Maybe it's the composition and lighting, but it's my favorite.

packrat said...

I agree, Dr. K. The new camera has a "super-macro" setting.

packrat said...

Thanks for the input, Scott.

Are you still super humid back there? Our atmosphere has been sopping the past few days.

Liz Tipping said...

Great photos!

Scott said...

Sunday and Monday were miserably humid here. Today (Tuesday), the humidity is supposed to decline; we'll see. There's no precipitation in our forecast, and temperatures are supposed to moderate to normal (mid- to upper 80s) for at least the next 7 days.

packrat said...

Hey, thanks, Liz! Hope you're well.


packrat said...

"Miserably humid" is all I need to hear in order to stay away from there until early fall.

Grand View--Not

Early morning moon A man and woman were just starting down the Bridal Veil Falls Trail when we rolled into the Grand View Trail parking lot....