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February 8, 2009 | • Gear & Gadgets Misc. Photos




I found these images yesterday as I was helping Marc get set up for a bridal show he is doing today.

I’m the kind of photographer who would LIKE to be the kind of photographer that always has a camera around his neck. My darling wife hooked me up with a Canon G10 for Christmas last year and I’m doing my best to take it with me where ever I go. I love this camera.  

Not counting a cell phone, do you have a small camera that you take along with you on a regular basis?

Cheers, Zack


  • mattw said on February 8, 2009

    I wouldn’t exactly call a d200 small, but yeah, I do drag it everywhere I go.

  • Tim said on February 8, 2009

    My lx3 goes absolutely everywhere with me.

  • Kevin said on February 8, 2009

    That shot going up the escalator is so good! And I would like to get a G10 at some point in the future. No point and shoot at the moment.

  • Julia said on February 8, 2009

    Yes, my G9! It fits in my tiny purse, shoots RAW, and has a hotshoe! Try putting a typical Canon strobe on it, and it’s way off balance, but put a Pocket Wizard on it, and it’s perfect! Off camera lighting FTW!

    I was so sad when it broke after being rained on last November. (That’s what I get for taking my photography to the edge!) Mailed it in to be fixed by Canon, and they not only fixed what I asked for, but also fixed the piece that holds the battery in. It had broken after falling on the cement (don’t drink and shoot!) and was merely inconvenient. It cost a pretty penny but the cost of a G9 on Amazon had skyrocketed to $600. I didn’t want to move to a G10 because it doesn’t have time lapse video, a feature I love using.

    Enjoy your G10, and yes, take it everywhere!!

  • Pat__ said on February 8, 2009

    I got a G10 that I try and carry around everywhere too. Just a hair smaller and it would fit in my back pocket. Still, I love the camera.

  • Chad Wright said on February 8, 2009

    I should take more photos on the run but I don’t. I’ve just never been happy with what I get out of point and shoot cameras. And I don’t always feel like lugging around a big camera.

  • Andy C said on February 8, 2009

    I have a canon SX100IS that I carry with me everywhere.It’s like a mini Canon S5, just without the hotshoe.
    I would love to have a G10 but that requires a bit more money that I have now..

  • Henry said on February 8, 2009

    Very interesting shots, the lines are bringing up a rectangulary format, but it’s quadratic 😀

    And the Canon G7/9/10 are real nice bridges. I used it a lot before it got replaced by an EOS 400D/Rebel XTi (40D is my next target…).

    Best Regards,

    Your blog wants to have more space in the database *g

  • Derek Anson said on February 8, 2009

    love the shots, especially 2nd.

    I don’t carry a camera everywhere i go, i do use my iPhone camera lots when out & about. I also edit on the go with CamerBag & TiltShift, lots of fun.

  • dan said on February 8, 2009

    YES! I do have a camera I take everywhere it is not a G10 but I would wouldn’t mind. I have a Canon Powershot A570is.

  • zack said on February 8, 2009

    Yep… something going on with the database today. Not sure what. I can’t even spell html let alone fix something with a database. :)


  • danny linton said on February 8, 2009

    Well i used to use a pentax point and shoot but i dropped it one to many times lol. Just got myself a new fone which il be honest has a very good camera on it. I belive its 8mp and is realy good for grabbing the odd shot! Its the sony erricson c905 go check it out on flickr you be impressed!

  • Dennis said on February 8, 2009

    I am that guy that has a camera around his neck all the time. I do not go anywhere without my SLR. I don’t even own a compact camera. You’d think I’d be better than I am with the high volume of photos that I take. oh well. I love the shot of the escalator stairs by the way. just beautiful

  • AndyAndy said on February 8, 2009

    I have a G10 that I carry whenever I want to leave the DSLR and lenses at home. The G10 rocks so long as you’ve got big pockets.

    Love the shots you posted, especially the middle one.

  • Janne said on February 8, 2009

    I used to always bring a digital camera along; there’s too many missed opportunities without one.

    But I always ended up with mostly dross – even more than when I go out to take pictures. It’s so easy to snap a few shots of something that sort-of looks interesting; problem is, it’s almost never is once you see the image. I’d end up with a memory-card full of images, out of which perhaps five or six were worth saving.

    So now I bring a film camera instead. Just knowing that I have a limited number of shots, and need to develop them, is enough for me to stop and think for a moment before I snap away. I like to think the overall quality of the results have improved as a result; my processing workload has certainly lightened up a lot.

  • Ken said on February 8, 2009

    Yes, I carry a Nikon D40 at all times. It’s a pain trying to fit in my pocket

  • Steve Kalman said on February 8, 2009

    Love the first picture, even if I can’t figure it out. Seems to be some windows or mirrors, but no matter, I’m just enjoying the geometry.

    As for point and shoot, can I get your wife to have a talk with mine? I’d love to have a G7/9/10 sized camera that can do Raw/Nef/etc.



    PS Following your blog ..

    I see you have a new marriage and an ill parent; I have an observation based on experience. New marriages have untested promises and good intentions. Tough times give your partner the chance to make good on her promises. That will build your trust to a new, probably unexpected level. It will also strengthen your marriage.

    Please let me wish you Godspeed through a tough time.

  • Ana Adams said on February 8, 2009

    Beautiful photographs!
    Same here… I carry a G10 with me most of the time. Someone tried to convince me the Lumix LX3 was a better choice, but I couldn’t find one to test so I went with Canon because I have Canon flashes too.

  • Sean said on February 8, 2009

    I need to get a small p&s, but I think I will upgrade my ‘professional’dslr camera before I do that…

    I want the Canon Powershot Pro 1… it’s not that small, but I hear the quality and control is really nice; plus it uses compact flash.

    these images are nice Zach!

  • Stephen said on February 8, 2009

    I have a Canon G10 and to avoid ever having the excuse that it is also too big, I have a Canon SD1100.

  • Cat said on February 8, 2009

    I wish. I traded an old digital rebel for a canon powershot not too long ago. But the camera got stolen a few weeks later when my boyfriend’s house was robbed. Bummer.

    It’s cool you brought it up though I just read ‘Leibovitz at Work’ (highly recommended afternoon read), and it was inspiring reading how one of her favorite shots of the Rolling Stones was in an elevator when she just had the camera with her after a show. She wasn’t ‘on’, but she was looking and shooting and came out with a great shot.

    So, between you and her, I’ve been inspired to carry my SLR around until I can get something small. I’d like to at least be ready to record locations and textures and such that I see around town.

    I don’t even have a camera on my phone. Dang.

  • Broderick said on February 8, 2009

    I bought a G10 recently for the same reasons, and trying my best to take it everywhere I go!

  • Mike said on February 8, 2009

    I’m trying to convince myself to always carry a camera with me. For some reason I just feel odd doing so. I’d love to get over the insecurity I have about taking a camera everywhere, but it still makes me a bit uncomfortable.

    I have a great little Canon 870IS, which has a nice wide lens on it, for toting around when I don’t care to carry my 20D, 5D, or even the ‘new’ Canonet QL17 GIII I recently acquired to check out shooting film. I’d love to get a G10, but I think I have all the equipment I need. Now to just get over the insecurities!!!

  • zack said on February 9, 2009

    @Steve – Thanks for that insight! So true.


  • Brian said on February 9, 2009

    Call me old fashioned, but I still carry around a Nikon EM w/ 50mm 1.8. Everywhere. It fits nicely in my satchel.

  • Chris Whitcomb said on February 9, 2009

    These shots are awesome and I love your perspective. If you had not said what camera you had used, I would’ve never guessed these came from a p&s, albeit an expensive p&s. What process do you use for your b&w process to get such creamy results?

  • Trevin said on February 10, 2009

    I just got a Samsung NV24HD recently and that is my go to camera for having something in my pocket. Not the best image quality in the world, doesn’t shoot RAW, no hot shoe, or any other fancy features.

    However, it’s really small, I built my own noise ninja profiles for high iso shots, and most importantly, it’s always with me.

  • Andy said on February 10, 2009

    Hah. I just picked up a G10 from Circuit City’s going out of biznass sale. Which made it marginally cheaper than the internet.

    I love the video feature, but hate the noise from the sensor.

    Check out this camera case they have for them. I can’t stomach the pricetag yet though.

  • evie said on February 11, 2009

    not a G… but a CanonSD1000. i take it pretty much everywheres – but i need to snap it more. 😉

  • josh barry said on February 19, 2009

    is this atlanta’s airport? It looks like their escalators.

  • Preeti said on February 19, 2009

    Really love that second photo!
    I usually carry my Canon SD870 around with me. Sometimes I forget it and then I am sad. Although it could take some more using and abusing than what I’ve given it lately.

    New reader of your blog and I love love love the video you posted!

  • Greg said on February 19, 2009

    I shoot with an iPhone camera. :) It’s great to capture quick moments, and it’s always with me.

  • Bo Boswell said on February 20, 2009

    I’ve got a Canon A620 that I carry around with me. I believe it’s a bit clunkier than the G10, but it gets the job done.

  • Bill Anderson said on February 22, 2009

    I have started keeping a Nikon coolpix 2500 with me at all times. I have it set up to take b/w usually and I love the results I get. I spend a lot of time driving, so I end up with a lot of road scenes, but I can’t stop myself!

  • Leilani Techaira said on February 23, 2009

    i tried to take photos of an escalator once a long long time ago, it was horrible, ive been discouraged of escalator-photo-taking since. I try and take my pentax k1000 everywhere, when i have film.

  • Edgard said on February 26, 2009

    Actually, i carry along my 5D all the time. I had a girl who complained about every time we’ve gone some place, so… i’ve changed the girl!!!!
    It’s a joke, but it’s also true. I cannot be with someone who doesn’t understand i NEED to take pictures. More than a profession, it’s my LIFE.

  • Tom Meyer said on February 26, 2009

    Hey Zack. That’s a really nice duotone on the escalator images. Was that a personal recipe? tweaked from a preset? I’d like to steal it from you (or just get a clue). Thanks… t

  • Tom Meyer said on February 26, 2009

    oh, I don’t carry a small camera, I lug a D700 with me everywhere, even walking with my dog in Oakhurst. The G10 looks like the ticket, though… t

  • zack said on February 26, 2009

    @Tom – Shhhhhhh – Super secret B&W technique….

    For these images I hit “desaturate”. Then I bumped up the levels to add some contrast. Did a little four corner burn vignette. That’s it! :)

    Nothing special.


  • Reggie said on March 4, 2009

    Nikon Coolpix P5100 for me, it is always with in reach!

  • Dylan said on May 7, 2009

    I do! I carry my 30D, 70-200L, 10-22, and everything else in my backpack EVERYWHERE I got. My wife has dubbed it my “Man Purse”… lol

  • James Hildebrandt said on May 19, 2009

    I like the Canon SD series for small pocket cameras. I upgraded my SD200 a little while ago to an SD1000. I have this camera on me almost all the time. I also have a G10 which was pocketable during winter in my big jacket but now that spring/summer is here it seems a little too big to lug around. Women have it too easy being able to carry around a purse LOL with all the gadgets coming out guys need something too that doesn’t look lame.

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