Ken182 wrote:she was a pro shooter using Nikon high eye point film bodies so has a fairly high standard when it comes to this area.
A penny for her thoughts; I have spent a lifetime detesting the little inky-dinky looken-peeper of the 35mm SLR â€” ANY 35mm SLR â€” and have avoided them like the plague. With medium format I always had prisms in my bag but invariably used the waist-level finder and, of course, for me the real joy was the 4x5 groundglass (just right for me). There was a charm to the 8x10 groundglass but I found that for my eyesight and the length of my arms I could never get far enough back to evaluate the entire view.
If and when I can manage to go MF I shall be back into a waist-level finder in a trice.
The G10 - I don't think I want one. My mate I mentioned has a particular use for one but they're not my cup of tea â€” not even for a point and shoot. And I'll tell you why. For the sort of things I want to do with a P&S I don't need slow lenses with variable maximum aperture and zoom lenses. In the latter days of film capture I always had an Olympus MJU 35mm 1:2.8 handy with me. It was a cracker of a lens, it was simple and you could work in whatever conditions the speed of the film would allow. On my last trip to Britain I shot over 30 rolls of C-41 in all sorts of situation. I would Blu-Tak it to the dashboard of the car as I drove through tempest and pestilence in the Scottish Highlands and just reach over the steering wheel to take a pic when the car was pointed at something interesting. I would shoot the food I was served or the people I met. I got bucket loads of stealth pics in cafÃ©s and pubs and even made a collection of pics of graffitti on the back of just about every dunny door I sought relief behind. In the British Museum I got fabulous close-ups of the detailed marble carving of statues and the erosion of thousands of years on the timbers of Sumarian gates. I somehow can't feel the G10, or any other digi-zoom, giving me that maybe part of the problem is that digi-P&S cameras are not as instantaneous as I like.
And the little MJU was never a security concern unlike a Leica M6 with 35mm Asph-Summicron-M for instance.
Just early morning musings.