Posted by: travelrat | February 20, 2018



‘Why are you still toting that bulky thing around?’ someone asked me the other day. He was referring to my Nikon DSLR, and I thought, don’t times change? I’m not quite old enough, though, to remember a time when the owner of a new-fangled 35mm camera might have said the same thing to someone carrying a Speed Graphic, or something.

After all, you can get extremely good results from a compact you can just slip into a pocket … but ‘Old Nick’ still accompanies me almost everywhere I go. Note, though, that I said ‘almost’ … on one or two occasions, I’ve left him behind, and just relied on my tablet and my GoPro, and still got some presentable pictures. The GoPro is, of course, primarily a video camera, but it will take reasonable stills, and, if need be, you can ‘rip’ a still from your video footage … and its main advantage is it’s about the size of a matchbox, so is extremely convenient to carry.

I’m thinking about buying something smaller than the DSLR, but it won’t wholly replace it. It’ll probably be a slow transition; it took me about five years of running ‘dual fuelled’ before I abandoned film completely in favour of digital.

I’ve put together a slide show of pictures taken with the GoPro; they’re slightly distorted, but that can usually be either lived with, or minimised with a little cropping.

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