I am a snap shot person. I was fine with a fixed lens Kodak Brownie, (except for the cost of film and processing). In Vietnam in the 60’s the PX put a Canon FT on sale because someone put the lens on wrong and no one could make it work. I fixed it and bought it. But I was still a snap shot person. That camera served me well for 30 years, although I never did learn to use all its features.

Two years ago I bought a really nice Canon 6000 and I still take snap shots. But really nice ones if they work out. But there is a point to all this.  I am currently touring southeast Asia. There are times that big camera just is in the way. I am afraid to put it down for fear I will forget it or it will be stolen. There are shots I would like to take but if people saw the camera it might be a problem. These are shots I would never make public or sell but would use to emphasize situations people are in that are difficult for first world people to relate to. How do you adequately describe a child sleeping on a piece of cardboard on the sidewalk in the rain? Even pulling out my phone is obvious and in situations where it might not be, by the time I get it out, turn it on, change to the camera and take the picture, well the snap in snapshot is gone.

There are times for someone like myself where an under a hundred dollar, always ready to go, digital camera fits the bill. The smallest, quality, medium resolution (12 megapixel?) camera will be my tool. Did I mention A A batteries, available everywhere, leaving behind the charger! My wonderful Canon with all its features will have to stay home!


About asiadiver

Love to travel, love southeast Asia and the people and cultures (and food) SCUBA is a passion but more difficult as I get older so photography and writing have become most important. I have learned more talking with other travelers in local bars in Hong Kong or Bangkok or sharing a tuk tuk than I did in all my years in university. Not a man of the world but an average Joe just being observant, polite and listening.
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