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I used a trip to Como Park in St. Paul, MN to play with a new toy, a Sony RX100 V, which is the fifth generation of the well regarded RX100 series.  I’m putting it through it’s paces, trying to learn the menus and capabilities.  And so far, it is not disappointing me.  I’ve only scratched the surface of what it can do and what is in it’s extensive menus.  But I do like having, to what amounts to, a DSLR that fits in my pocket.  The 24-70mm equivalent lens suits me fine, if I need more reach, then I can reach for my full size DSLR and strap on the appropriate lens.  For stealth shooting, this camera is fantastic, especially since I can choose to mute the shutter sound.  As recommended, I did invest in a couple of extra batteries and, although a bit overpriced, I added the stick on grip, which, because of the small size of the body, does provide a more confident feel in my hands.  I like that it has a viewfinder, but have not used it much as of yet, probably will be more useful in bright outdoor situations when the display is hard to see.  The display is articulating, which makes getting those awkward shots easier and even flips completely around for selfies.  It’s not a touch display, but that doesn’t bother me, I’ve lived this long without that feature on a camera and survived.  It also shoots 4K video, but that was not a selling point for me.  I shot one short test video, but unless you have a pretty beefy setup for editing, it’s hard to work with.  Also, at this time, I just don’t feel the need for the increase in quality for video.  Perhaps in the future.

I’m not giving up my full size DSLR, but this is a nice option to have in my bag and I’m sure more of the images I capture with this camera will show up on future blog posts.

 

Sony RX100 V, ISO 125, 15.52mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec

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The 2016 Minnesota State Fair, Pt. 4

An Experience In Four Parts.

Part Four: The Midway

Welcome to the fourth and final, vertigo inducing, state fair post.  The highlight of any visit to the fair is nighttime in the midway with its rides and games.  It’s a place of bright colors, excessive motion and a cacophony of sounds.  On the night I was there, the artificial lights were supplemented by an impending thunderstorm approaching from the north, lighting the sky with frequent lightning displays.  That was my cue to call it a night and try to make it back to my car, parked about a half mile away.  Happy to say, I made without getting wet.

 

The 2016 Minnesota State Fair, Pt. 3

An Experience In Four Parts.

Part Three: Kiddie Land, amusement rides for the kids.

A place to bring your children after they have eaten some of the more exotic fair foods. Once they’ve had their fill, put them on a rapidly spinning ride…what could go wrong?