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The PhotoPlus Expo

1/8 - f/5.6 - ISO 200 - 250 mm (Shot using a 70-400mm f4-f.6 Sony Lens. Lens Cost $1800. Camera cost??)

Thursday, I went to the PhotoPlus Expo at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan. This is a trade show where you can play with all the latest (and very expensive) camera equipment. But this year I did something different. Instead of using my own camera, I put my memory card into the cameras on display and snapped away.

Most of these cameras I didn’t know how to use. The controls are very different to my Canon, and I *really* didn’t know what I was doing.  Most importantly, I didn’t know how to change most of the settings to what I wanted. But with equipment costing thousands and thousands of dollars, it’s actually not that hard to shoot something somewhat decent.

You’d have to know a little bit about what you are doing, but not as much as you’d think.  The lenses and camera systems are just too good to let you down.

Remember, you don’t need expensive equipment like this to make decent photos, but it’s truly amazing what this stuff can do even in the ‘wrong hands’.

1/20 - f/2 - ISO 200 - 23 mm (Fuji X-100, $1,300)

Notice this shot if I took it again, I’d probably increase the shutter speed to control for movement.

The camera I’m using is called the Fuji X-100 (you can see the man in yellow holding one).  It’s a nifty little camera that has a sensor as large as a DSLR but can fit in a coat pocket. It’s unobtrusive and good for street photography.  The problem is the attached lens is a fixed lens, and it has but one focal length.  In other words you cannot zoom in nor can you buy a different lens for it.  For some folks, that’s absolutely fine for them.

1/60 - f/2.2 - ISO 400 - 7.1 mm (Fuji X-10, advanced compact @ $600 not so expensive)

I stumped this guy here with lots of nerd questions.  One of the few cameras I used that’s not so expensive.

1/200 - f/4 - ISO 1600 - 70 mm (Shot using a 70-400mm f4-f.6 Sony Lens. Lens Cost $1800. Camera cost??)

The expo set up a Samurai sword session with some of the very expensive lens set ups so we could test them out.  Since I was fumbling so much with the controls, I managed to put the camera into “sports mode” and let it and the lens do the thinking.

1/800s . f/3.5 . ISO 8000 . 300 mm (300mm f2.8 Sony $6,300)

ISO set far too high here as you can see from the grain.  There’s really no need for the shutter speed to be so fast on this shot.  This kind of thing is the major downside to letting the camera make decisions for you (Sports Mode).  But then again this is ISO8000 we are talking about.  The camera actually does a pretty good job at handling the noise especially on her face.  A paparazzi style shot if I ever saw one.

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