Interoperability and High Availability

Camera bags all packed and double checked for the 10 hour flight to Amsterdam. The Canon 6D with the 16–35 f/2.8 and the 24–70 f/2.8, skipping the heavy and minimally used 70–300 f/4.

First evening with the blue hour approaching, I take the camera out to charge up the batteries, and find them not fitting in the charger. Dreading the worst, I double check the camera model — I had hauled the 50D all the way to Amsterdam. As Canon cycled through it’s various incarnations of the XD, XXD and XXXD/TYi models, not much has remained consistent. Lenses fit, but batteries, chargers, storage media have all been at the whim of the product manager.

Incompatible batteries had morphed my camera and lenses into some serious dead weight that I lugged around for the next few weeks.

But who travels without redundancy? Even if its at reduced capacity. I had dropped the 2 year old Sony RX100 mark III in my bag, just in case. And it is on this trip that I realized what a great performer this little wonder is.

Amazing sensor, one that allows you to push up the shadows as much as you want in post. Vivid colors. Ability to go full manual, including bulb exposures and manual focus. Incongruous enough to be able to snap neat street photographs. And small enough to fit completely in your pocket. It just looked a little ridiculous perched on top of a relatively large tripod.

Tram whizzing past Old Town The Hague, Netherlands

All of these images (except the one of the camera/tripod) were taken using the RX100 at my favorite blue hour. This is going to be my travel camera of choice moving forward. If you are looking for a small, lightweight yet excellent camera, this one (and it’s later versions, mark IV and the just released mark V) are highly recommended.