I'M MAD, Upset, anything but a happy camper!

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Hubby wanted to go to TN to ride the tail of the dragon and Devils Triangle, so he said bring your cameras. I took my beloved D500 with 24-70mm and 70-20mm lenses. Then I also had my iPhone XR - I ended up shooting with my phone more because he was so antsy about getting there. I can see a marked difference in photos taken with each - I will always love my Nikon! Now, I need to know what I should do - get stupid lenses for iPhone or maybe find a smaller pocket-sized camera or just hope for the best when I take my D500. We towed a trailer behind our gold wing - that's where my Nikon gear stayed most of the trip. I"m upset about it. I don't have a ton of photos to show for this trip and it just makes me so mad! Shoot, I could even out-shoot the "pros" doing the Dragon photos! Sure I wouldn't have been in the pics, but at least there would be proper show of "motion" all the pics from both companies looked like our bike was sitting still = no wheel motion, no blurred background, but yet the pics were sharp. SO, if ya'lol have any suggestions, I'm open. I thought about riding with my camera around my neck, but then the temps were rather chilly and didn't want to drain my batteries. Okay, if ya'll have some input, let's hear it. Just for the fun of it - I'll post 1 each - from camera and phone.
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Tough choice (glad I don't have to make it!)

That being said, this is where (IMHO) the Nikon 1 system would shine.
Perhaps a used Nikon 1 V3 and a couple pieces of glass might suffice.
 
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I prefer to use my cam over my phone. Just wish my Nikon would fit in my pocket. I don’t even know how big a phone pic can be printed
I guess it all depends on your intended use. Did you go there expecting to take photos to make large prints? If so, that's a different sort of trip than one where you enjoy the scenery and snap some keepsakes with the phone. A photography trip requires the planning and patience to use your required equipment. Don't be mad, just enjoy what you got.
 
If you still want the flexibility of interchangeable lenses, you could look into getting an m4/3 body and a couple of lenses, all of which would be small and lightweight. I've never gone that route but many people really love the m4/3 system.

If you want just one camera with fixed lens, then you would have a few choices in compact cameras such as Sony's wonderful RX100 series or in some of the compact "bridge"/ superzoom cameras. I have the Sony RX100 M7 and it is a small camera, 24-200mm, with a 1 inch sensor. Unlike many P&S and compact cameras, it has a popup electronic VF, which is invaluable to me. The image quality is excellent and although I haven't done so, I am sure that printing images from this camera would produce good results. Sometimes I use this camera when walking around the neighborhood, but mainly I use it on trips, especially when attending concerts and am permitted to take photos (without flash). Unlike most P&S cameras, this one is fully controllable by the user, with the usual Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, etc.... and ISO controls. It can be used in manual mode or in program mode. It's a terrific little camera!
 
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This is why I own a Nikon 1 J5 when I'm too lazy to bring something serious, but still want better photos than a phone. The 10-30mm VR pancake kit lens is amazingly good. The Nikon 1 J5 has OSPDAF, the same 20.8mp BSI sensor and the ability to mount Nikon F-mount lenses via the FT1 adapter. and the 6.7-13mm VR is the smallest stabilized wide angle zoom ever made. The 10mm 2.8 and 18.5mm 1.8 prime lenses are also very good and can be purchased used for cheap. The latest Sony RX100 series cameras are better with the EVF and more advanced AF system, but they cost significantly more.

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I have to say, though, that I am really quite pleased most of the time with the quality of the images I shoot with my iPhone. Sometimes I see something that I want to shoot and the iPhone is the only one at hand.....it's the camera that I've always got with me, whether at home or out-and-about. I've gotten some pretty cool shots with it, and the last year or so I found myself shooting much more frequently with the iPhone than I had ever done in the past. That said, it is a bit awkward to hold and I miss having a VF, so in certain lighting situations it can be difficult to see the screen. I find it does make a dandy little macro, though! I've used the iPhone more as a camera than as a phone, actually....
 
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You may be shocked at how big some of these images can be printed. As an experiment I took an image posted here at 648x591 pixels.
I ran it through topaz gigapixel. I only used the default settings, I made no adjustments. I enlarged it to 2631x2400 pixels. I then printed it about 8x9". It looked great. I showed the print to 3 different people and asked if they could see anything unusual, nope. They all said it looked like a nice print. 94% of the data in that print was reconstructed by the program, and it still looked good, at least at that size. I print bigger than that, but it made me wonder why I carry around a 61mp camera.
(Yes I did it as a learning experiment, I deleted the files and destroyed the print after viewing. I was shocked how good it looked.)
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Well, I didn't really know what all we would be doing - aside from riding the Dragon and the Devil's Triangle. He wanted photos but just didn't let me have enough time to pull it off. I even took my Sony RX10 but it never left the camera bag once. The temps were very chilly, so I wouldn't ride with a camera around my neck thinking the batteries would drain. I will admit- grudgingly- that my phone did take okay pics - I just want to be able to print large - and ya'll are right, I shouldn't be mad - it was a beautiful trip despite it all, we rode the gold wing up and back all the way. Even got caught in a thunder storm. We met tons of really nice people, got to share our CMA ministry a bit, saw some really nice bikes, cars, and trucks. Saw wildlife too - SAW MY FIRST FOX and nope, no pics to show for it. I"m an old fashioned kind of gal - cameras are for photos and phones are for talking. Thanks for letting me vent. Thanks for reminding me to enjoy what I can despite it all. I hope we make another trip - there's a ton to see and do up there!
Some observation about my Sony - I'm so used to Nikon and the way it feels, I believe my Sony is slow - especially when it comes to action.
 
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Well, I was mad at hubby and myself! It would be in the 40's on the bike - we were constantly riding! I was always wearing my leather jacket and chaps - it was that cold!
Your camera battery or body will have no problem whatsoever at that temperature. Living in Chicago, I often shoot in temperatures closer to 10 or 15 degrees...no problem, other than that I have to keep a spare battery close to my body for warmth.

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Your camera battery or body will have no problem whatsoever at that temperature. Living in Chicago, I often shoot in temperatures closer to 10 or 15 degrees...no problem, other than that I have to keep a spare battery close to my body for warmth.

Glenn
I guess I was more scared of us wrecking and didn't want to risk my cameras. I kept them in the trailer. Ya'll got me looking at mirrorless cameras - I"m curious, but no clue as to how to buy one. I thought my D500 would be my last camera LOL. It's also been a while since I got out and did any photography. I didn't even get action shots of any of the bikes, cars, trucks, that drove the tail.
 
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When I travel light I take my Sony Alpha 5000.
Super impact APS-C.
I use a simple adaptor for Nikon lenses but to be honest the 16-50 is good enough for me.
BTW your photos are great.
 
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When I travel light I take my Sony Alpha 5000.
Super impact APS-C.
I use a simple adaptor for Nikon lenses but to be honest the 16-50 is good enough for me.
BTW your photos are great.
I have a Sony RX10 but don't much like the way it handles - I'm spoiled with my Nikons. And thanks! Guess I've been beating myself up for nothing.
 

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My husband and I used to travel on a Goldwing pulling a trailer. Compromises on what we took were always needed due to limited space. I never expected to take my heavy DSLR gear since we wouldn't be stopping a lot and giving me the chance to use the gear. I loved our motorcycle trips....but they were not intended to be photo trips.

We also rode the Dragon. IMHO, shooting while moving would be very tough, especially when the passenger must constantly shift their weight when entering and exiting the constant sharp turns.
 
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My husband and I used to travel on a Goldwing pulling a trailer. Compromises on what we took were always needed due to limited space. I never expected to take my heavy DSLR gear since we wouldn't be stopping a lot and giving me the chance to use the gear. I loved our motorcycle trips....but they were not intended to be photo trips.

We also rode the Dragon. IMHO, shooting while moving would be very tough, especially when the passenger must constantly shift their weight when entering and exiting the constant sharp turns.
I got quite skilled at shooting while moving. We often escorted Vets and I'd be shooting whatever I saw along the road etc. This was my first time to do this. Though it was gorgeous and fun, I missed out on so many beautiful photos! I've asked next trip we take, lets plan so we have equal ops - riding and photos.
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