Picture Perfect?

3 September 2006 By Dan Bachman • Other • Comments (8)

Perfect irony-A picture of a camera. Since the very first blog entry on Tattered Fly the photography has been created with the use of 2 Canon point and shoot cameras. First came the Canon Powershot A80 that lasted a good 8 months until it met an untimely demise swimming with the fishes at the bottom of the Owyhee. The subsequent retrieval and attempt to dry it out left it in about 100 pieces on my kitchen counter for 3 days. When put back together it was dead as a doornail.

The replacement camera that I have used since is the Canon Powershot A610. Both it and the first have done a great job considering they are point and shoot cameras but have limitations when it comes to creativity and range. I have wanted a digital SLR for quite awhile now (in a previous life I was a buyer for a chain of camera stores) but have held off because is seems like every 3 months you can buy twice the camera for half the price of earlier models. I decided it was time to jump in though and after a lot of research I decided on the Canon 30D Digital SLR and the Canon 28-300 L Series lense.

I’ll still keep the point and shoot handy but hope to raise the quality of the scenery and location shots shown on the blog to another level.

Time will tell if it was worth the money…

Update #1: Picture taken on Labor Day

Redfish Lake Kokanee in Fishhook Creek

Update #2: After testing the 28-300 lens I wasn’t completely blown away by the the sharpness of the pics especially from 200-300mm. I have since returned the lens and purchased instead the Canon 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM. After testing this lens I can say that it is a keeper as I am very impressed by the sharpness of the images across the entire range of the lens.


  1. 3 September 2006 alan

    I’ve always wondered when looking at your shots if you have a strategy to keep the camera from getting fishy. Any secrets, now that you’re talking a bit about photo mechanics?

  2. 3 September 2006 jeff

    Dan; you’re my hero. I’ve been having unnatural thoughts about that very combination of camera and lens for a month. Considering the weight and expense, I don’t imagine you wade and fish with this sucker hanging from your neck. How do you see your use of the point and shoot in combination with the sexy 30D? Also, do you know if Canon is coming out with a “water proof” point and shoot digital like the Pentax Optio W20? My dad is a retired professional photographer that used Canons, Hasselblads and Linhofs. Accordingly, I am biased towards Canon equipment for my outdoor/fishing photos. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    I look forward to your comments and photos produced by this great combination of camera and lens. Keep us informed.

  3. 3 September 2006 Dan Bachman

    Alan-If the wading is tricky I keep the camera in a freezer ziploc bag in the highest pocket in my vest.

    Jeff-Because of the weight I’ll probably use the 30D and lense for the scenery shots or when I am photographing somebody else fishing. The P&S will still stay in my vest for most of the fish pics. I have a friend that just bought the Optio W20 and loves it, although I have yet to see any pictures from it.

  4. 4 September 2006 Micah Lauer


    You’re going to love the 30D. I have owned a 20D for the last 2 years and it is a great piece of equipment. I sill take the point and shoot in a ziploc while wading, but I think a dry bag is in order for bringing the 20D on the pontoon during stillwater adventures.

  5. 4 September 2006 Philip

    Olympus makes a great fishing camera: 720SW. It is waterproof to 10 meters or something, shock proof, and takes good pictures. Point & shoot, about $400 like all of them in that class.

  6. 7 September 2006 Dan Bachman Sr.


    Just to let you know—it looks like whatever you did so it would show up on Windows for PCs worked. I viewed it this morning.

    Was the picture at Red Fish taken with your new camera?


  7. 7 September 2006 Dan Bachman

    Yes, the picture of the kokanee was with the new camera.

  8. 10 September 2006 Trout Underground

    While I also prefer the options offered by my Canon DSLR, I’ve used the waterproof Pentax Optios for a couple years. The W20 is the latest model, and many of the pictures posted on the Trout Underground blog were taken with its predecessor – the W10.

    The DSLR is nice, but I wouldn’t take it on half of my fishing trips because of its weight and sensitivity to things like rain and falling in the river.

    The W10 fits in a vest, seems indesctructible, and does a nice job. Yesterday my wife and I got trapped uplake by a storm (we’re vacationing in Maine); I had to triple-wrap the DSLR to protect it from the rain and waves, but got some “height of the storm” pictures for the Trout Underground’s readers with the waterproof (and it needed to be).

    I think both are handy…

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