Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Milford Track and My Nikon AW1

Being the prepared person that I am, I had all my gear and stuff sorted and packed weeks before we went away to New Zealand.

Yep, there was no way that I was running around town between my grandmothers funeral and our flight out of the State that night buying myself a new camera, a rain jacket and new walking boots.

Nope, that just wouldn't be me.  Not one bit.

So, in my fantasy world, I bought myself a brand spanking new waterproof, drop-proof, weatherproof Nikon AW1 Compact SLR from JB Hi-Fi weeks before we went away because I managed to pick it up for a song ($769) plus because I bought it before I went overseas I got to claim back the GST so got a $1000 camera for around $698.  I gotta be happy with that.

And look what great pictures it takes ...


OK, so that was Kim trying to photograph GyPSy, but you can see the camera reflected in the picture.

More seriously, I got to give it a good try out over our four days on the Milford Sound Track , so if you'll indulge me here is a long series of random photos to give you a taste of how I saw the walk ...





































































So do I like my new camera?  Yes, yes and yes.

But I still can't work it properly and am really still learning its functions, but it's very easy to use and despite several dire warnings on review websites about short battery life, I was able to take nearly 400 photos over four days and still have 2/3rds battery charge.

I did strike some problems:

(1) the lens seems to mist up quite a lot in the morning, even when the lens cap was on.
(2) I still haven't figured out how to take infinite focus shots (eg. of the night sky) and as it couldn't focus on the night sky, I couldn't take any photos of it
(3) the back screen scratches REALLY easily which sucks for what is meant to be a john proof camera - I just wore it on my front for the first two days and the rubbing against my t-shirt led to the screen being really scratched which is a bit disappointing in a rugged camera.
(4) The lens choices  are quite limited - in fact there is only one waterproof lens available for it which doesn't let you take good closeups or really zoom in on things.
(5) all my photos disappeared when I tried to upload them with Picasa, but I think that's more a John problem than a camera problem.  $45 later I had some software to recover them so all was OK.

But these are all things I can live with and a small price to pay for having a waterproof compact SLR.

As to my other last minute well thought out and prepared purchases ... yea, wearing your new hiking boots for several hours on a flight apparently doesn't break them in for a four day walk, and that rain jacket ... well the waist bunjee snapped off the first time I tried to cinch it, and the front zip also broke after about a days use.

... which is why next time I think I'll just try buying things at the last minute.

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