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We'll be making a trip to England later this year, and so I've been putting my mind onto what photographic equipment I should take. It's a bit dispiriting. To be sure, the quality of my lenses and cameras has improved but so has the bulk and weight. I'm beginning to yearn for the old days of my Canon G2 – just a small camera to hang onto.

My father is planning a trip to the Galapagos Islands in the autumn and he's on the lookout for an effective point and shooter with a good zoom range, and they seem to be coming onto the market. Image-wise there will be compromises, but the convenience factor will be considerable.

I don't feel able myself to move that way as I am getting spoiled by the sharpness and lack of image artifacts that a good lens will give you, but my compromise will be lugging a bag load of equipment with me, and worrying that I will lose it or it will get nicked. There are always trade-offs for everything you do.

I spent some time on the photography websites (e.g. Fred Marinda) looking for tips, advice and recommendations for travel, and there are a lot of good suggestions. But photographers are an extraordinarily opinionated group of people, not to mention boastful judging by the number of photography prizes alluded to and claims of successful magazine photoshoots – some of which I suspect might be rather exaggerated… πŸ™‚ Fierce fights errupt over the merits of one lens vs. the other – it goes on and on.

Exactly, really, as I find on the computer component websites I browse from time to time. I amuses me how doggedly people – well, men mostly – identify with a piece of equipment as if it was a badge of merit. Even on good old Opera, there are plenty of blogs devoted to technology worship. I feel a strange, distant kinship with these thoughts, looking at them, as it were, through the wrong end of telescope – but still looking.

Toys, really, are what we talking about and the discourse is really no different from playground comparisons we made as children. Maybe that's what disconcerts me about these adult games of technological oneupmanship; the participants don't seem to have grown up!