One Hundred – A Tale of Two Cameras Part 1.

One of my recent purchases has been a Sony RX100 iii, which appealed for several reasons. Aesthetically its industrial design and metal build feels substantial in the hand and that is always a positive trait for any camera. For the longest time I’ve held a sweet spot in my heart for the Canon PowerShot G10 simply because the build quality and handling were so impressive. With the ravages of time, the image quality is lagging behind high-end smartphones, so I felt an upgrade was needed. With its 1-inch sensor, the Sony RX100 family of cameras seemed the most suitable. Being a prime lens advocate, zooms are not my favourite choice. So, with a modest 24-70mm equivalent focal length and generous f1.8-2.8 aperture the Mark 3 lens appealed more than the 28-100 featured on the previous models. Considering they all retail concurrently and the prices range from £330 to over a thousand for the latest, 6th iteration, the 3 obviously has a middling RRP. I managed to get it for a price closer to the original, which makes it a bargain amongst its stablemates. It will become my work camera, sat inside my backpack ready for the sights I see whilst driving.

The G10 performed this role, but now I fear it will reach semi retirement like numerous others in my possession, brought out once in a while to fawn over, maybe use for nostalgic purposes. Either way, it provided nearly a decade of service and when it was new, I genuinely felt it was the best camera I’d ever own and certainly one to be treasured. Holding a camera in such reverence is something I will touch on in a later post, but suffice to say, the G10 was babied for a long time. Do I feel that way about the RX100? No, I can safely say I do not. It lacks the G10’s style and that camera’s manual EV compensation and ISO dials and like many Sony cameras, its menu and button operation is often obtuse. If they ever nail this aspect of a camera, then Sony will have made a big advance. As a solid, dependable every day camera it ticks plenty of boxes, but I’ll be surprised if I ever love it.

In Part 2 of this article, I will talk about another camera with 100 in its name that surpasses the Sony and Canon in my affections in every way. Until then, thanks for reading. Cheers, Matt.

Full Auto – An Introduction

Welcome to Apertura, a blog where I intend to share images I’ve taken and write articles on cameras and photography in general. My style is as broad as my choice of cameras; I regularly use Canon, Nikon, Fuji and Sony as well as my Huawei smartphone, so there’s no real bias from me (except Fuji is the best of course…).

I see quite often that photographers claim the camera is just a tool, but it’s so much more than that for me. Depending on the type of body, I will shoot a certain way, aim the lens at a certain type of image I might not choose with a different one. As a visual artist, the end product is not my only reward. I like to enjoy the experience of making the image and this definitely includes the camera itself. So if I have a DSLR and a tripod, I will almost certainly be out purposely to take landscapes and/or long exposures. If I hand hold a DSLR with a vintage manual lens, then I will mostly be looking to take irreverent images such as signposts, neon lights et al. My Fuji will most often see me taking monochrome images, but not strictly street or documentary photography. I guess you could say I’m eclectic and I enjoy that, embrace it. My instagram will attest to that. you can find me on there as @lantographer BTW. Feel free to see for yourself my latest works.

As much as I like to get it right on camera – and that should always be the aim really – I accept that editing has always occurred, via the Darkroom. I don’t photoshop my images to add things that were not there and if I did, I always add full disclosure because the intention is to enthuse, not deceive. I do use the RAW editors provided by Canon and Nikon respectively, whilst I shoot JPEG on Fuji and Sony, with slight adjustments in Apple’s Photos app. On mobile, I am very fond of Snapseed and for abstract work, I find Chromalab and Mirrorlab to suit my tastes. Editing is to be embraced in the way the camera itself is; they’re both facets of the whole experience.

So, that’s my intro and an insight into my photography and the process behind it. I hope you enjoy Apertura going forward as it grows. Cheers, Matt.