Well it is nearly a month since I last had an entry into this blog. The last time I wrote I was looking at what kit to take to the Cairngorms for a 4 day trip in the 1st week of October. It was great. There was lots of wind. It was very wild. There was even snow! Unfortunately I wasnt there…… I was at home nursing a burst eardrum caused by an throat/ear infection. Lucky me…..
At least a few of my erstwhile walking companions managed to get there and partake of the great outdoors. Me? I am plotting and scheming to see when I can rearrange the trip and any others between now and Christmas. Work just got silly and I am currently doing 2 jobs…mine and my boss’s. I think they call it a “development opportunity” …ie extra responsibility, longer hours and no more money…..
On the positive side I have been reducing the kit mountain I ashamedly possess and generating cash not only for the Kids Christmas presents but also for a new camera pour moi. I am currently looking at a high end compact for backpacking with. I dont want to get a DSLR, so a good compact it shall be. Under advisement from others I am looking at three in particular:
the Panasonic Lumix LX2,
the Ricoh GRD2
and the Ricoh GX200
I have spoken to owners of all the above and they all have their merits and niggles. I am not looking for a super dooper DSLR so I accept that a compact, even a high end one, will have limitations. I am just looking for one that I can put into the rucksack easily, will take really nice landscapes and is flexible enough to be able to develop my skills…..
Anyway, I am off now to surf the web looking at photo gear…..makes a change from hiking kit.