Will take a break from the postcards and introduce a new tool in the camera bag. After much reflection and reading, decided to move into a different format - micro four thirds with a crop factor of 2x. That means a a 50mm lens for a 35mm camera becomes a 100mm lens on a 4/3 camera. This is great for telephoto images but not so great for wide angle photographs - you need a 7mm lens to obtain a 14mm wide angle photograph. Since most - if not all - of the recent images are 28mm and above, should not be too great a problem. Let me introduce you to the Panasonic MDC G3 camera.
Leica, Nikon, Canon and Pentax usually come to mind when thinking about cameras. Sony and Panasonic usually mean electronics - TV's, radios. Times are changing. Today's cameras are more like computers. Today's cameras are not analog. They are electronic.
The G3 has a weight of less the one pound - including the 14-42mm kit lens. While the Nikon 300 with 18-200mm lens - my usual combination - weights more than 3 pounds! Enough said!
As shown above the G3 fits on a CD case with room left over. The most important question: Image quality? Up to the Nikon? To find an answer, took a walk about photographing familiar Richmond locations.
County Court House
Along Main Street
Based on these images, the G3 produces clear, sharp and "good" color images. This camera/lens combination is a winner. The Panasonic G3 will continue to be in the camera line-up. My back says GREAT.