I’ve had the new Canon G1X for a little over a week now, and have had some time to play with it and check out the images..
To give a little background, my main camera is a Canon 7D DSLR with a couple of L Lenses (24-70 and 70-300),… I bought the G1X from the great folks at Mike Crivellos Camera to use for traveling and as something a little easier to carry around than my big DSLR setup. I have high standards for image quality after using the 7D for a year and a half now… and the G1X has exceeded my expectations with the quality of images I get out of it. It is a full-featured camera and is definitely aimed towards someone who wants Digital SLR features, functions and quality in a camera that is a little bit smaller and easier to carry around. There are only a couple downsides to the camera as far as I can tell:
Focal distance doesn’t go as far as some people might like
Aperture is variable as focal length increases, and it is f/2.8 at the widest aperture (many people are complaining that it should have been f/2.0)
It is a little heavy and bulky, it’s certainly not as easily pocketed as an S100 or something like that.
It’s a little slow to focus, so for action shots, it won’t be ideal. .but for travel (landscapes, buildings, portraits, etc), it will be great.
Finally, it’s not cheap. At $799, it is an expensive compact camera… but I believe you get what you pay for.
But it’s still much smaller than a DSLR, provides nearly the same image quality as a DSLR with kit lens, and you don’t have to fumble with lenses. Overall, I am VERY happy with my purchase, and so far have been exceptionally happy with the image quality. Part of the reason the IQ is so high, is that it has a sensor that is nearly as large as what is in my 7D.. much bigger than what’s found in most compact cameras.
This past weekend, I went to Sacramento Raceway for some drag race photography. We were all hoping for a HUGE turnout, but the crazy heat (and I think the high entry fees) kept a lot of racers away. There was still a decent turnout, and some great race cars to photograph. I got my usual spot right at the starting line where all the action (burnouts!) happen.. it was a hot day, and by the time I left, I smelled like race fuel, high-octane exhaust, and burnt rubber. It was great!
Congratulations to Cathy and James, who got married on August 6 2011 .. I was honored to be there to capture their special day. The wedding and reception were at the Heirloom Inn in Ione, CA. A beautiful, historic house with beautiful grounds, great shade and a ton of character. Feel free to check out the gallery of photos!
Emily and I spent Friday and Saturday in San Francisco for a little weekend getaway. We did a ton of walking, which was good because it helped burn off some of the food we ate…. we’ve been to SF a ton of times, but this time we went on one of the double-decker bus tours – a great way to get around and see the city. My goal was to try to capture photos of strangers, and the cultural diversity of the City… This ended up being a lot of fun and made me look at things a little differently. While we were there, we ran across hundreds of bicyclists riding through town with a police escort.. turned out it was something called “Critical Mass” .. a monthly ride that takes place in a number of large cities throughout the US… another interesting photo opportunity. After our trip to SF, we stopped by Muir Woods for a quick walk through the redwoods.. a nice way to relax after the hustle of the city.
One of the photos of the Critical Mass bike ride in SF
Decided to go swing in to the Aerospace Museum yesterday for a little bit to take some photos. This museum is open 7 days a week and has a pretty decent selection of old airplanes to look at.. they’ve got some model displays, simulators, and an extensive display of engines. I didn’t have a ton of time, so I did a couple quick trips around the display, one with my 24-70mm lens, and then again with my wide angle 10-20mm lens. It was a nice clear day, providing a perfect blue sky for the backdrop to my photos.