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| Re: In search of portable perfection? |
Yes, this is YAWITBC post. (Yet Another What Is The Best Camera.) I've gone thru at least 6 iterations of "a camera I can carry with me always" without finding something that really works for me. I suppose I'd like the image quality of a 1DsIII (or Nikon equivalent) that would fit in the front pocket of my jeans. Clearly this isn't going to happen.
My current experiment is a Pany GX1 with 20mm f/1.7 lens and the EVF. I'm trying to decide if there is something more promising out there or to just keep this and learn to live with it. The GX1 is quite a nice camera and I have no complaints about its IQ for static subjects. It's not real good at things in motion and even though the lens is fast, its AF in low-light is less than stellar. Prior experiments include Canon G's, S's (still have an S90 that is a very functional "documentation" device), P&S's, cell phones, and one attempt with a Canon Xti (or something similar) with a 50mm f/1.4 on it. That was clearly too big - might as well carry a "real" camera. P&S don't give control, have less than stellar IQ, and I can't shoot holding a camera at arm's length - hence the EVF on the GX1.
So what have I missed out there? I prefer to shoot RAW, manual, and am OK working with a fixed or single lens if it is flexible enough. I've observed the hoopla over the RX1 and have to admit that it can create stunning images. Still $3k USD just to begin, plus another what $700 for a view finder?
My problem may be a simple one of not being imaginative enough in how I'm carrying the camera. I can get the S90 in a pocket though it is a pain to get out. I'm carrying the GX1 with a shortened sling/neckstrap so that I can keep it to my side or behind me when moving. I've thought of building a belt pouch for it as I've never found a commercial one that holds the camera in a compact manner.
So, anyone else with this conundrum? Anyone with a camera and/or carry arrangement that works for them?
In your case I think you should change cloths! Yup! Just put on a giant-ass pair of overalls and loosen those suspender straps a bit. Then you can fit a camera that will do what you want in the front pocket. Otherwise, I think you're not going to be satisfied. The AF accuracy I think you're looking for judging by your description only exists AFAIK, in the top pro bodies. The 1D Mark II has it if you don't wanna spend a fortune. They go for $450 to about $750 from rational minded sane sellers. You can sacrifice continuous drive speed with higher resolution too by spending about 300 to 500 more and opting for the 1DmkIIs too if you like - which still seems a reasonable price IMO.
I mean the GX1 and the 20mm there are as fast and accurate as anything out there under $2k that I know of. Probably under $3.5K too.
You can improve the IQ at the cost of even less speed and accuracy by going with that RX1 you mentioned. But you can't get any more speed and accuracy at all till you put up the big bucks.
Now why do I think you already knew that before you even began typing? Hmmm