So I bought the Canon SX50 HS. I’ve got a lot of pictures on Flickr, so I’ll just embed this one:
It’s a spruce tree in my driveway, and I was standing about 50 feet from the bough you see here.
I put up a lot of examples of the amazing zoom on this beast. I also like the low-light capabilities.
I’m thinking of getting a FA-DC67A Ring Adapter. Obviously I don’t need a telephoto lens, but I might get a polarizing filter. It’s been a long time since I had a camera that could accommodate anything like that.
Here are some of my favorite tools for working with digital images.
Pixelmator. This is my go-to program for digital images, and someday they’ll ship 2.0 and it will be awesome.
Xee calls itself “a lightweight, fast and convenient image viewer and browser.” I agree. The best feature, for my money, is that it lets you losslessly rotate and crop JPEG images. You can do that with jpegtran too, but that’s a command-line tool. Those are great for batch jobs, but image cropping is almost always better done using an interactive GUI front-end.
Acorn is my second-favorite image editor. If Pixelmator wasn’t so darned good, this would be my favorite. Usually what brings me to Acorn is when I need to do something with filters and I can’t figure out how to do it in Pixelmator. The tech support is great, too.
Speaking of filters, I like to goof around with FX Photo Studio, too. MacPhun, the maker, also makes a cute one-trick-pony called Color Splash Studio which is worth the $2 I paid for it.
I also use a ton of different command line tools. I’ll write about those someday Real Soon Now.