I got a new camera for Christmas, the Canon SX60 with a 1365mm zoom lens. I hadn’t really tested it until Bill and I went to Miami for a week in order to avoid the storm that has become known as Snowzilla. Suffice to say the weather in Miami was great, I’m still recovering from having got burnt in the sun. My first time there, and apparently the furthest south in the northern hemisphere that I’ve ever been.
I had a lot of fun with this camera despite my reservations while shooting, as the viewfinder is not spectacular, also owing to the harsh light conditions it was too difficult to see on the LCD whether the images were sharp or not. There is a slight delay between pressing the shutter button and actual image capture, something you have to get the feel of, not least because any micro movements are translated to the angle of the telephoto lens, especially when fully extended, and you can miss your shot entirely, not to mention image blur. It does have inbuilt image stabilisation which proves its worth, even though you still require a very steady hand to achieve clear pictures, as with any camera.
Having returned home and uploaded them to the Mac I can say that I am really impressed at the quality and sharpness of the shots. Even fully extended, the telephoto lens produces great images just handheld, no tripod in sight. Click on the gallery below to see some of my favourite images of the Miami trip using the Canon. It was great to see unfamiliar seabirds too, that was a real treat.