Got the new camera Tuesday, so of course I had to take it out for a test drive. It was late afternoon, and the sun was setting. Nice golden light for water shots.
What makes the SX50 different from my previous camera is its extremely long zoom. I’m going to need a tripod to make full use of that; with the lens fully extended, details at the farthest range were slightly blurry. The tripod should have arrived by the time you read this. All pics in today’s blog taken handheld!
This first pic was shot at a range of around 35 feet. This is one of the ugly ducks that live along the canal. It’s a combination of Muscovy and the local breed, which I haven’t seen yet. The northern ducks will migrate south very soon. I’m looking forward to seeing something other than these. Truly unattractive! But colorful, anyway. 😉 Setting used was AUTO.
I used MANUAL setting for this, and played with the little wheel until I got the look I wanted. The photo has been processed. All my photos are processed. None look right to me straight from the camera; flat, washed out, often lacking pizzazz. This is not a well composed photo, but I included it to show the camera can handle low-light situations.
Next, the moon, because every photographer takes a picture of it with a new camera to see if it can handle it. 🙂 And it did just great. Setting here was AUTO, I think. I let the camera handle the details.
I took photos inside, too. First one is of my glass birds (I treasure them; I love the way they absorb and reflect light and color) in the lanai. You’ll notice window screen details were picked up by the camera; impressive!
Macros are a sure test of a camera’s capability, and I love them. Here’s a worn dime from a stash of change sitting on the nightstand. Setting was, of course, MACRO. 🙂 The lens was probably half an inch from the surface. According to the specs, the lens can literally go to zero, but how would light get to the subject? When shooting macros, it’s important to be aware of your lens and where it is; you don’t want to scratch it on something.
Last but not least, a pic of Suki laying on the carpet in the bedroom. It’s the slightest bit soft because I took it without using a flash even though the camera was yelling at me to use it. Heh. I like it though. She’s such a sweet dog, and that comes across in this photo.
So far, I’m well pleased with the new camera. I will continue experimenting until I understand it fully.
That means the old camera is for sale. If anyone is interested, email me. You’ve seen the photos it can take. 🙂 I’m selling it for $175. It will come with one battery and a charger, but you’ll have to pick up a memory card; I’m keeping the one I bought for it. I recommend 32GB class 10. They are not overly expensive.
Have a great weekend! See you Monday.