by Adam Rowney


In a weeks time I am going to Germany with meiner kleiner katze, Ella. We’re going hiking in the hills and mountains in the south, looking to explore the castles in the region. This all seemed like a perfect opportunity to do some travel photography, which lead me to think about what equipment to take. To decide what to take, I had to evaluate the pros and cons of what I had.

My main camera is a beast. She is wonderful, but she is a beast. And with my 24-70mm f2.8 on her, she is an even heftier beast. The glass in that lens easily doubles her weight, and all of a sudden, while my camera is great in the studio, she is also impractical for hiking up mountains with. Doable, but impracticable. Even with the 50mm f1.4 attached, she is still heavy and cumbersome, and then also extremely limited for landscape images. So with all this in mind I decided to get a new addition to the family. After a lot of deliberation, I adopted the above wonderful mini-beast. Her name is Tinkerbell, and while she is the size of a chunky compact camera, she has the feel of a real camera. She has customizable dials all over her so you never have to look at the screen, and the screen itself flips back to front, so it’s like there isn’t even a screen there. All of this leads to it feeling like a rather small and well designed film camera. This just makes it so much more fun to shoot! So far she has been great, but it will be interesting to see how she does in a more rugged landscape.