If you know me, you'll know I'm an inveterate complainer.
Most recently I've been griping about the weight of my Canon DSLR camera and the weight of the glass in the lenses and all the years I've been hauling it around and how it is so much easier to carry my iPhone12 in my pocket and so on. A photographer friend finally got tired of my moaning and suggested I do what he did: trade in his DSLR and lenses for a Panasonic Lumix compact camera with built-in zoom. So, that's what I did.
Unfortunately, that didn't work out as well as I'd hoped. Oh, I stopped complaining, all right. (At least about my heavy camera woes.) However, I never really warmed to the Panasonic ZS-200. It's a good package and pretty much the twin of a Leica compact, and it did everything the grumbling photographer might want. But...
Was it because it was small and my hands are big? Or that the controls were a bit fiddly? Or that I had a Canon brain: I had been imprinted with Canon menus and controls? Whatever the reason, the ZS-200 and I weren't a match. Two weeks later I traded it in (yeah, I know) for the new Canon mirrorless camera, the R-10, plus a lightweight zoom lens. It's much lighter than my old camera set-up and feels good in the hand. In fact, I've been carrying it around with a wrist lanyard instead of a shoulder strap.
This set, then, is my first trial of taking the R-10 for a walk around the streets where I live. Stay tuned for my next episode — What I'm Complaining About This Week.