I am a camera freak too Archiver, just not a gainfully employed one. My cameras are mostly antique and collected at estate sales and flea markets, in very good condition of course but they aren't nearly as much as the GRD IV or X10 let alone both. But boy do I wish I could budget it. Maybe if I sell some stuff, not sure. We will be there in summer, January, so yes in the sun unless we hit a period of rain. Sydney area. Thanks for your advice because no, I really don't know anything as my cameras arrived just today. I am new to photography in the manual sense having just got a DSLR about three years ago. Prior to that it was whatever I got my hands on and pretty instant. I am hoping learning a new camera or cameras isn't too much for me to get up to decent speed before we leave. Do you have the mfg case then? Are you comfortable with it? I heard it's got no tripod mount screw and it can just fall out is that true? Oh and if you have a Voightlander Bessa III or any spare Leica's around and don't want them I will be out your way.. since you have loads of cameras LOL!!!
No Bessa III, but I do have a Leica M9 and M7, not to mention an array of film and digital cameras like the Fuji Natura Black, Contax T3, and others. None of which are just lying around, sorry to say! Besides, I'm in Melbourne so my cameras will be safe from your questing grasp, hahaha.
I don't have the manufacturer's case; I use the X10 naked, so to speak. The handling and grip are good enough to use without a case, unlike some other cameras that I think benefit a lot from a case, like Leica M's.
The weather in Sydney in January will most likely be very hot and sunny. I've done quite a bit of shooting in the sun, and honestly, the white dot issue is not that visible unless you know what you are looking for and you zoom to 100% to find it. Sydney is very photogenic, and I have spent weeks walking around just the CBD to take photos. I suggest you hit:
- Darling Harbour
- the Chinese Garden just below Darling Harbour
- Chinatown, in the south end of Sydney CBD
- the Opera House and Circular Quay beside it, and the New Quay area
- the Botanic Gardens southeast of the Opera House
and that is just for starters.