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Just last week, I got the following comment on my blog from Danielle, a reader:
“Great pics! Forgive me if you’ve mentioned this already — what camera do you use? Thanks!”
It’s a question I get a lot; at least once every couple of weeks. And it is a valid question. Because, you see, photos and picture-taking are an important part of travelling, and even moreso when you blog about travel! I create memories on the road and snapping pictures helps me to freeze these good (and sometimes bad!) moments in time. Pictures are a record, a keepsake, of all the crazy, stupid, astoundingly fantastic, or frighteningly dreadful things I have experienced around the world.
But I digress. Danielle wanted to know which camera I use. In fact, I use two and I am crazy in love with both: the Canon 600D and the Lumix LX5. Why two? They serve different purposes in my life, which I’ll outline below.
The Lumix LX5 is probably one of the best compact digicams on the market. I bought it two years ago when I lived in Hong Kong. I previously had a camera that I was unhappy with (crappy quality) and for a long while did a ton of research in the hopes of finding a digicam that could produce high-quality photos and videos without being a DSLR (at the time I abhorred DSLRs- I found them too heavy and clunky)! After a few months I took the plunge and got the LX5. It cost a pretty penny; two years ago a brand new LX5 ran you about $450 USD. But I was, and still continue to be, a huge fan of the quality. Take a look at some of my pictures:
I soooooo recommend this camera! For a while, it was all I needed. I loved that it took wicked night shots. I loved that it was so compact. I wrote about how my little LX5 was so awesome that I didn’t need a DSLR. And then what did I do?
I ran out and bought a DSLR.
It was Liebling’s fault, really. He got one as a gift and I found myself majorly envious. So after a lot more research, I went out and bought an entry-level DSLR, the Canon 600D. I bought a brand new one on sale for $800 USD.
Yes, it’s big, but my pictures with it have an even more professional look to them. I use the kit lens (18-55 mm) and Liebling sometimes volunteers his wide angle lens.
Don’t ask me about what editing program I use, because here’s the thing: I don’t edit any of my photos. I don’t know anything about editing; what you see is what you get . It’s out of laziness more than anything else- I simply can’t be asked to use Lightroom/Photoshop to enhance/alter my pics!!
So there you have it, my camera “secret” revealed. What camera do you use?