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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old Oct 31st, 2007, 6:15 pm Thread Starter
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I've got a Canon 5D and a bunch of Canon glass for taking "good" pictures (the default lens I leave on the camera is the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM) but it's a bulky setup. When I'm out riding I really don't like to stop at all, let alone stop, take off the helmet and gloves, get the camera out of the bag, and take a "good" picture.

So I'm in the market for a camera that I can keep in a jacket pocket, easily use in gloves and helmet, and still get acceptable results. The features I think I'd care most about for this kind of shooting is a short time from off to picture, a decent zoom range, and a decent aperture for lower light pictures.

Before I got the 5D I used a Sony DSC-F707 which worked pretty well for a motorcycle trip I took around New Zealand on a R1200RT. The lens is excellent for this kind of thing (38-190 mm equiv, F2-2.4) and the tilt screen is really handy. The camera is a little too big for a jacket pocket though. I kept it in the tank bag during the trip, which worked out OK but the screws in the front of the lens came loose from the vibration and I had to tape it together for the last few days of the trip. I don't think this would be a problem if I carried the camera in a jacket pocket. [I'm trying to avoid a tank bag for my K1200GT, just for the convenience of being able to park the bike and walk away with everything locked.]

We've also got a Canon PowerShot SD30, which is great for taking quick pictures and little movies of our daughter -- my wife keeps it in her purse. It's a great camera too, but really too small to use with gloves.

What do you use for shooting from the bike?
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Well, you KNOW you're in for some off-the-wall responses on this one, right?
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I jetisoned the batteries out of my little digital camera when I went to close it at 70mph. Good for a laugh, but had to get online to get replacements. You wouldn't believe how many batteries won't fit your camera.
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What do you use for shooting from the bike?
I use a Canon SD800is. Small enough to fit in external tank-bag compartment, boots up in less than 1 second to catch those fleeting moments, image stabilization to help fix motion-blur, wide angle lens for capturing yourself in the frame.

Some of my favorite in-motion shots:












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Well, you KNOW you're in for some off-the-wall responses on this one, right?
Just for the record, by "shooting from the bike" I meant after pulling over and stopping. I'd never do anything risky like take a picture while riding. (That's my story, and I'm sticking with it.)

I love rhhall's shot from down next to the roundel, I'll check out the Canon SD line. Good job photoshopping in those pics too, the speedo in the first shot looks very realistic, and that motion blur on the wheels and roadway in the others is really nicely done...

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Just for the record, by "shooting from the bike" I meant after pulling over and stopping. ...
I wasn't even talking about that. I was waiting for the first post with the word "Glock" in it.
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Ha! I own a 707 too. Worthless for on the move shots though its a fine camera.

I've been thinking about a smaller camera, I want it small enough so that I can where it on a lanyard around my neck for quick snaps.

To the guy that posted the pice: You naughty boy, I see the speedo...
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I've been thinking about a smaller camera, I want it small enough so that I can where it on a lanyard around my neck for quick snaps.
After reading rhhall's post I did some web searching. I'm narrowing in on the Canon SD870 IS which is a modest evolution from the SD800 that he uses.

There's an accessory kit for the SD870 that includes a neck lanyard (along with a leather case and spare battery), so presumably it's light enough to wear that way. I'm not sure I'd want it around my neck on the bike though, crash danger aside it'd be hard to take self pictures or shots like the one with the roundel with it around your neck.

The attractive feature of the SD800/SD870 is the wide angle -- every other small point-and-shoot camera I looked at starts around 36mm or 38mm equivalent, where the 800 and 870 start at 28mm equivalent. Time from power to picture is also excellent.

There's no viewfinder at all on the 870 (to make room for the larger LCD), which would normally be a concern, but I don't think I care for from-the-bike since you can't get a camera close to your eye with the helmet on anyway.

My remaining worry is this touch sensitive ring control they describe on the back. That sounds impossible with gloves. But then, the rocker on the 800 is probably impossible with gloves anyway (comment?). I guess if I want to change the shooting setup I'll have to take a glove off.

The zoom, power, and mode switches on the 870 actually look like they might be slightly more usable with gloves than the 800.
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I use a Canon SD800IS as well, really nice camera and easy to use on the run...




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I bought Dean an Exilim camera, which is cheap (in case he drops it at speed) and takes great pics. He does a great job of taking photos on the fly. Rich is still the king of moving photos though.

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