Everywhere You Go

Canon G10 Landscape RigI wrote a quick little post back in November about how to outfit your Canon G9/G10/G11 for landscape photography and I thought it might be time to explain why this is so important.

Like many photographers, I really love the resolution and detail my Canon 5D Mark II is capable of producing and for most of my professional and personal shooting it’s my camera of choice. However, like all other DSLRs the 5D2 can seem like quite a load to lug around for a casual hike or even during a drive down a beautiful country road.

Sometimes all you really need is the convenience of a point & shoot combined with the control of a DSLR (without the weight of course). This is the niche that Canon’s Powershot “G” series were made for. And with the addition of a few inexpensive accessories as shown above, the G9/G10/G11 can perform perfectly on those occasions when less is more. In fact, I find myself taking my G10 with me everywhere I go these days, just in case I stumble upon a scene like this!

Still Waters

Still Waters – Bastrop, Texas
Copyright © 2010 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon Powershot G10 set on aperture priority (Av) using a circular polarizer. The exposure was taken at 30mm, f/5.6 for 1/50th of a second at ISO 80. All post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3 Beta. Click on the image above for a larger version.

7 thoughts on “Everywhere You Go

  1. Jeff,

    I just had a look at the discussion on cameralabs.com comparing the G11 vs e-p1 vs lumix and it seems like the low light capabilities of the micro design are more advanced than the canon g series.

    The other dilemma is what you’ve outlined here – the compact size of the g11 scores high as it is without doubt the main advantage and the need.

    Guess i’ll just have to stroll along to a shop and try em out soon but if you have any suggestions on other alternatives to consider, please do advise.



  2. HI Jeff

    Precisely for the reason you’ve outlined here, I’m interested in getting myself a compact (otherwise use the Canon 7D) but at the moment, confused between the G11, the LX3 and the Olympus pen/

    Do you have any suggestions?

    • Jabir,

      I’m very happy with my G10 but have heard wonderful things about the Olympus EP-2 from Kirk Tuck, a seasoned pro in Austin. The biggest difference is the EP-2 is a 4/3rds-micro design with interchangeable lenses just like a DSLR. The G10/G11 has a built-in wide-to-medium zoom lens. The G10/G11 is more compact (smaller) than the EP-2 or the LX also.

      The best advice I can give you is to try all three out before making your decision.


  3. Very nice image. What are the add ons? (If you’ve covered this before, just point me to the link.)

  4. Lately all of your pictures seem to be processed in Lightroom 3 Beta. Have you noticed any bugs thus far or all seems to be running smoothly? I’m thinking of jumping over from Lightroom 2 but I’ve read mixed reviews about using it full-time as it hasn’t been officially released yet. Thanks in advance.

    • Shaun,

      I’m keeping all my old stuff in LR2 but new images go into the LR3 Beta. The only bug I’ve found so far is the import function doesn’t always work the first time.


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