Camera Porn, Yeah I Said It.

I’ve been turned on to two new cameras this past week by two of my friends. Friends, or enablers? I think we’ll call them enablers, since they are both bike guys as well. Both of them have put crazy ideas in my head on one of them in particular is responsible for my Tour Divide endeavor. The other one, well he’s not helping either.

The first camera I learned of was the Fuji Finepix x100. Holy crap this thing is awesome. Manual controls, real viewfinder and a full size sensor. Plus, just look at it. It’s like a steel bike with fenders. Classic.

The second camera is the Olympus XZ-1. This looks like a great camera to use on the bike. RAW files, an even faster lens at 1.8 and more importantly USB charging. This is great because I can recharge the batteries via my dynamo hub. This camera also accepts a full size flash on the hot shoe, or an electronic viewfinder. Both pluses. If anyone is taking notes, my birthday is coming up. Either one will do.

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  • USB charging on the Olympus?!?! I might have to take a look at it, although I love my Canon S90 a whole ton.

  • Both!

    On a serious note, what I have found in the past year of using many, many different cameras is that good shots can be taken with almost any camera.

    My gut feeling is the the lovely X100 (which I will own) will be bigger and heavier than you want to carry.

    For the divide, both you and Mathy will want small. If you take something big you’ll likely want to send it home at sight of the first post office.

    The olympus looks like a strong candidate, especially if it really does USB charge. One major negative though is the lens cap as it will be removable like that found on my LX5.

    For me, I’d look at the fixed lens Ricoh GRD3. Small. Robust. Beautiful form factor. Auto lens cap. Can take triple AAA batteries in a pinch.

    • I absolutely agree. Right now I’m looking for 2 cameras. One to take on the Divide, and one to use replace my DSLR. I really want to go with the GF-2 because of the flexibility though. I just think the X100 looks awesome.

      I recently picked up a used LX3 and while I love it, I have a hard time using it while pedaling. Mostly it’s the lens cap. I find myself having to stop to use it all the time. The Ricoh you mention sounds like a good option. Either that or the S90.

  • Serbrina

    Your looking at TWO cameras, dude seriously what am I gonna do with you?

  • Mike

    Dude do this lens cap mod on your LX3…

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10131838-1.html

    • Hi Mike! Great to hear from you.

      I did that mod when I got the camera, but I was never happy with it. I think it’s better just to leave it as is. My threads are now slightly messed up from trying to too many times.

  • Busted!

  • Hmmm. I got my eye on an LX-5, Small camera, great images, or this one http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/tachihara.htm

    Just not sure it would fit in my frame bag.

  • I’d love an S90. Sorta my dream camera at the moment. Doubt that will happen any time soon. These others look great too, but mega expensive, no?

    • Serbrina has the S90. I’ve used it a few times and it’s a pretty good camera. I prefer the Canon G10, but the S90 is lighter and more compact.

      The Fuji will be expensive yes, but the Olympus is in the same price range as the S90. Lots to choose from these days.

      • Very cool. I wasn’t aware of the Fuji or the Olympus. Guess I haven’t kept up. Looking forward to seeing what you get.

  • By the way, I laughed out loud when I read Serbrina’s comment!