July 04, 2013

A Trout Angler's Camera

 I am on my 12th digital camera.  I started with a Sony Mavica 1.5 Floppy Disc camera.  It took decent photos for my needs back then.  As my photography skills grew my expectations of my camera grew.
I stayed with Sony for a while.  Most of them were high end point and shoot cameras that could fit in my fishing vest pocket.  My friends that were professional photographers said I needed to step up to a DSLR.
Two years ago I bought the best Nikon DSLR on the market with four lens and all the bells and whistles to go with it.  The case was heavy and cumbersome.  I was terrified I would take it swimming on every outing I went on.  I left it in its case many times because I thought it was too expensive to get fish slime all over it.  It also took too long to get out when you had a flopping fish you are trying to take a decent photo of before it dies from lack of oxygen.  This was returned to the big box seller within a month of purchase for a full refund.
I then went to a Canon top of the line point and shoot camera. It was the G12 model. It had a retractable lens cover that was handy so I wouldn't have to touch the lens cap with slimy  fingers and it was much quicker so the trout wouldn't die.

  Eight months after purchasing this camera I noticed scratch on the lens.  They were on the same basic area.  I did some research and discovered that Canon had a design flaw in their retractable lens cover.  I contacted Canon and they denied the design flaw.  I sent it to Canon and had it fixed for $45.00.  It took good photos so I ate the cost to fix it.  One year later the lens was scratched all over again.  Once again I contacted Canon and they denied a design flaw.  I placed the Canon G12 on the shelf and have not picked it up again.
Three digital cameras later I am still looking for a decent camera for taking trout/scenery photos.  The new camera I will purchase will have a good macro.  Maybe not have a lens cover. It might be water proof and it for sure will need a good automatic setting. I am not set on a name brand.  Sony and Olympus come to mind as possible new cameras.  I am "NOT"  going to rely on reviews from magazines or the internet because they have steered me wrong three times.

This will be my last camera!

July 03, 2013

Kirk Duholm's Personal Best From Monday

Kirk caught this Minnesota Small Stream Monster.