As I review my photos, I get a laugh sometimes. Before I went to Arizona, I got into the same ‘conversation’ in my head about which camera to take. Finally, I squashed all of that chatter and decided to take the Nikon P-510 and my Olympus 35 LC, a circa 1967 film rangefinder and that’s what I did. The main reason was because of portability and the low hassle factor. At no point did I regret the decision. For the most part, we were out in the broad daylight – no need for a tripod and we did a lot of walking around and looking – you know, being tourist, so this camera was the perfect tool for that.
I did have a slight bit of equipment lust and “what if” when I saw the owner of the bed and breakfast, Bob, who was also a amateur photographer, wielding an OM-D with a 28-300 mm lens on it. He said it was one of his favorites. However, that soon melted away as I found many uses for the 24 – 1000 mm lens on the 510.
All in all, I didn’t take many film shots, about 32 of the 36 on the roll. I’ll get around to developing them, but I sure did take quite a few with the 510 and even a few with the iPhone and the Hipstamatic app.
It was fun and I made the right choice of camera. I survived without a full frame camera. Sure, I’m not at Cedric’s level and willing to forgo a “real” camera for a camera phone, though! Now, had I gone on my own, just to shoot, I would have taken the D700 and D300 for sure.