compact 3 – the nikon way again

I was looking for a nice compact camera with physical zoom and viewfinder for mum before her next trip home to New Zealand, as I think this would be easier for her to use. I took a trip to Park for a fiddle, I liked the idea of the Panasonic LF1, but it is so tiny and fiddly and the viewfinder is really not good. The bridge cameras are nice, but the ones with the physical zoom action are the same size as a compact DSLR. The Nikon P7800 had a nice viewfinder, but is too complicated for an 80 year old really.

But then, trawling around on ebay (as I do), I came across a very tasty deal on a Nikon V1. This is the 1 series camera, with the viewfinder. This older version is more compact and is a nice looking thing.

Thoughts. Mum might like it as it is a nice neat package with a traditional feel. She might not like the limited zoom or the lack of flash. But it seems to work quite nicely.

Anyway, I have had one to play with now for a couple of days. I like it, and I am sure that Mum or my sister will as well. So I am keeping one and I have bought a second to gift!

upgrade time?

¬†There have been some tasty developments in photo land of late. I feel that I am getting a lot more out of the ‘old’ Pentax at the moment, but it doesn’t stop me looking over the fence. I still hanker for more accurate and more consistent focus than I get. It would also be great to have a working viewfinder level. Pentax QC was pretty off, I had to debug the focus to get it within tolerance for my lenses and the level has never been accurate. Maybe I should have jumped ship back then?
The new K3 is out, supposedly it addresses all those issues, but I have dabbled on the dark side as well. I got an absolute bargain Nikon D7100 body off Amazon warehouse (i.e. a customer return or refurb) for ¬£250 off retail price and a good deal on a Nikkor 18-140 from Hong Kong. I would have to say that I was impressed with the photos. Very very sharp. What put me off was the ‘Nikon Way’ viewfinder. I was never really sure what ISO the camera was choosing. It seemed to default to ISO 6400 and 1/2000 shutter speed. I decided that the thing was too steep a learning curve, but I accept that it was mighty tasty when I could get it to do what I wanted. In the back of my mind it is still a serious option if the K3 is not up to muster.