My last photography-related post told the sad injury to my Sony A850. That camera has now gone to the mender. However, weekends are photography time, so what else could I do but get BagCam out of my ManBag and take it with me on my scout around the roads and lanes of Wiltshire ?
The BagCam is — as described in a previous post (An Oldie But Goodie) — an eight-year old Fuji E900. A lovely camera in its day — a compact with raw and full manual controls — it can still take a lovely photograph.
So, Lizzie and I drove around our usual places, this time taking in Alton Barnes and then across to the Ridgeway from Redhorn Hill to Casterley Camp.
The gentle folds and hangings of Wiltshire downs on the road from Wilcott to Alton Barnes:
Downs Viewed from the Road to Alton Barnes
Further down the road, at Alton Barnes crossroads, we turned right for Devizes; from this road we had a view of Walker’s Hill and Alton Barnes White Horse. Note the crop circle — typical Wiltshire summer folk art:
White Horse and Crop Circle
Finally, we drifted south and climbed up onto the Ridgeway on Salisbury Plain, which afforded a view back to where we had come from. The photo at the head of this post is one such view. Here is another, taken with the Fujifilm Wide Angle adapter that was designed for use with the E900:
Towards Alton Barnes from the Ridgeway
And the decision? Forced to use the E900 as my main photography tool for a weekend-and-a-bit made me wonder whether it was time to move on and up. Lovely as the E900 is and has been, it IS older technology. Images very quickly become noisy over ISO200 (the base ISO is 80).
I hummed and haahed for a week, and then decided I would move BagCam up a notch, and then spent another week humming and haahing over whether it should be the lovely Fujifilm X10 — cheaper now the X20 is available — or the even lovelier Sony RX100. There is no doubt that the RX100, with its 20Mpix, 1″ sensor, would, of the two, produce the cleanest images, with lots of detail. However, it is over £300, often nearly £400, and I couldn’t justify that amount of money for a camera that would most often live in my bag.
In the end, I settled on the X10. About which, more in another post…