To meyerd: Compact Cameraloot::2009-12-16 11:00
Hi Dietrich

Thanks for you visit and kind comments.

If I were to roar back at this guy he might have thought he heard a teeny weenie mouse hidden somewhere under my car seat and decided he wanted to have a snack. I am sure there would not be enough space for both this lion and I inside my vehicle so I definitively would have left Anna alone in the car with the guest (chuckle).

Your comment about the "compact camera" is accurate, but there is a bit of a story behind it. I am not converted to a compact camera as my #1 choice, but after I obtained my Sigma 150-500mm APO f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM (so-called image stabilisation) lens I sold my Sigma 170-500mm APO f/5-6.3 DG and I am very sorry that I did. The 170-500mm and I were good friends and the results I obtained with it were not too shabby (I think), but unfortunately I cannot say that of the 150-500mm. The lens is simply not performing at the long end of its focal range. The moment it goes above 400mm focal length there is a drastic fall in sharpness. This is especially the case if it is a smallish subject or if the subject is a distance away. I will have to do a complete range of test with the new lens and then send the lens and the test results to the suppliers to have it readjusted. That is if they can do anything about it. I sincerely hope they will be able to fix it otherwise it means a lot of money down the drain. I do understand that there are quite a number of these lenses that somehow suffer with this problem.

So, to come back to the compact camera. Some years ago I purchased a little Sony Cybershot DSC-H9, which I used mostly for macro photography. This was because of the problems I have with my knees and hip. Doing macro photography with my Sigma 300mm macro lens was just too strenuous as I simply cannot bend down and shoot any insect below hip height. However, Anna discovered the shutter release button for the Sony and the rest was history. After that, when I saw how Anna took to photography, I just had to do a "transfer of ownership". Since then I was on the lookout for a replacement, Since we were on our way to the Kruger Park and I knew about my problems with the Sigma 150-500m I just had to make a plan and I finally decided on the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1 which ultimately proved to be the right decision. I tried the Sigma 150-500m on numerous occasions during the Kruger trip, but it kept on disappointing me so in the end I was happy that I did have the Sony HX1 so at least I did not come back home empty handed. Fortunately this little HX1 has a 20x zoom (640mm equivalent) so, at least I could capture some animals that were not too far away and even some smallish birds that were within reach. The camera has a number of other very nifty features and after all the results turned out pretty ok.

I hope that explains my current situation a little better. Thanks for your interest.

Best regards
South Africa
Title: 'King of the Beasts' for GertSony Cybershot DSC HX1
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To meyerd: Compact Camera loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)::2009-12-16 11:00