Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Camera obscura

Here are a couple views of Columbia Street, a little downtown street that runs from the county courthouse down toward the river. Many of the old townhouses on the street have been well maintained or restored, mostly used for offices or restaurants these days, I suspect.

Looking east from near the top of Columbia Street down toward the Hudson River.

One of the things that I did on this trip was buy a new camera. I've wanted to upgrade to a full-frame camera for a while now, so I did. I took all of the photos from Montréal with the old camera, a Canon T3i. All the photos from the Albany portion of the trip were taken with the new camera, a Canon 6D.

A neat row of townhouses at Columbia and Chapel.

I also got myself a new lens: a fixed 24mm wide-angle. I had been using a 18-75mm zoom that came with the old camera, but it is not compatible with the 6D, so I thought I'd try a fixed wide-angle. Eventually I'll probably get a new wide zoom. My other lenses, the fixed 50mm, the 75-300mm zoom, and the 100mm macro are all compatible with the new camera. One day, if I'm lucky, I might spring for an even longer zoom. One day.

I'm getting used to the new camera slowly. Some of the buttons are in different places from where they were on the old camera, and there are new functions that I'm trying to figure out. The full-frame format also subtly changes the way the lenses see things, so there's that to get used to as well. All cameras are different and it will take me some practice to get comfortable with the new one.


  1. Wow. I didn't think your photos could get any better. I want to get a new camera, but I still need something small and quick. So, I'm simply looking for maybe only a step or two up from my Canon IXUS with 10X optical zoom. I am nowhere near your league! Downtown Albany, by the way, looks so much better than it did in the '70s! It makes me want to see it again. I had a friend from school from Amsterdam and he is apparently still there!

  2. You do such a great job with your photos, Walt!

  3. Looks like a terrific camera. The top photo has a wonderful perspective, and lots of character. Could be the setting for a video detective game! Nice to see these older buildings renovated.

  4. mitch, I hope you find what you're looking for. And let me know what you end up with!

    judy, aw, thanks!

    kiwi, a game with Don Strachey, perhaps? ;)


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