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Chris' Camera Bag

A Photo Web log by Chris Young

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“You can take all of your camera gear if you like, but I’m not carrying it.”

That was friendly advice from a buddy who invited me hiking in the Colorado mountains this summer. He sent along a gear list with weights for every item listed down to the ounce. It was clear the big cameras would have to stay behind.

The alternative, turned out to be a great discovery. After seeking advice from friends and doing some online research, i settled on a Lumix DMC-LX3, 10-megapixel point-and-shoot camera. It has an extra wide-angle lens made by Leica. - a 24mm, f 2.0.

It was the only camera I carried in the mountains, and it surprised me greatly.

Here were publication-quality photos from a point-and-shoot.

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I have to admit that now I use it whenever possible. I always carry a camera now and am less conspicuous than I was with the digital SLRs and myriad of lenses.

I use my “professional” gear when photographing wildlife at a distance or when I need a fast shutter release to capture important moments.

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It’s not perfect for all situations, and it doesn’t have much of a zoom - a concession to the wide-angle lens, I think.

But it is good news for amateur photographers and pros whose backs are weary of carting a ton of gear everywhere.

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