With deep sadness we recently had to put our camera to rest as it suffered a fate common to long and short term travellers such as yourself and the both of us – overuse

Over the immediate few hours we talked and talked about just what exactly we were going to do seeing as the few camera shops in Verona, Italy had nothing but “you’ll have to send it back” to say to us, so we’re wondering to ourselves:

“Do we buy a cheap replacement until we get it fixed?”

“Do we just go camera-less until we find someone who’ll look at it?”

“Or do we scale up a little and use this as an excuse to get something a little better?”

Having a compact camera over the past 16 months has been fantastic because of it’s ease of use, the lightness and lack of accessories making it easily portable and the fact that it costs so much less than a full DSLR makes us worry less about it going missing (not that we were hoping for that to happen) – but where the pros of the compact have been fantastic for us and our attempt to pack the bare minimum, we’ve really feel that we need something a little more if we’re going to get the most out of our photos.

Making A Choice

So one day of decision making became two, then seven and then finally before we started to go completely crazy we decided that upscaling was the way to go.

We asked a few friends for advice (thanks to Tony of 20YearsHence.com), got our hands on some goodies in a few shops during the next week of travelling through Slovenia and a short stay in Croatia and then made our order – the Panasonic GF6

It Arrives!

Needless to say we’ve gone mental since we decided on a camera (at last!) and it arriving with our friends in Berlin where we’ve been spending the past few weeks making the most of our time in one of our favourite cities in the world with something on every corner to test the camera on.

Rather than just describing to you just how much we’re loving the camera now it’s finally in our hands, we thought we’d give you a small preview of the photos we’ve taken and to give you an impression on how much we’ve got to show you from our second trip together to the capital of Germany.

Discarded painting in the street - Reunited (Finally) With A Camera In Berlin
Looking at the rooftop from below - Reunited (Finally) With A Camera In Berlin
Orange fruit at the market - Reunited (Finally) With A Camera In Berlin
Discussion and appealing - Reunited (Finally) With A Camera In Berlin
Franca at a cafe with a cat in the foreground - Reunited (Finally) With A Camera In Berlin
Voner sticker on a jar of flowers - Reunited (Finally) With A Camera In Berlin
Franca at the riverside - Reunited (Finally) With A Camera In Berlin
Street art covered shop front - Reunited (Finally) With A Camera In Berlin
Berlin Cathedral - Reunited (Finally) With A Camera In Berlin
An elastic band on the pavement looks like infinity symbol - Reunited (Finally) With A Camera In Berlin
'You're just a blogger. Anyone can do that' - Reunited (Finally) With A Camera In Berlin
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe - Reunited (Finally) With A Camera In Berlin
Street Art print close up - Reunited (Finally) With A Camera In Berlin
Posters on a poll - Reunited (Finally) With A Camera In Berlin
Inside the Bundestag dome - Reunited (Finally) With A Camera In Berlin

Back To Normal

It feels so good to have a camera in our hands and we both find that when we know that the camera is there it really makes a difference to how we perceive a new location as we eye every street and every corner with our mind open to the possibilities. Hopefully as the weeks go by we’ll learn more about the camera, more about ourselves and our eye for a ‘shot‘ and in the end deliver even better shots than we’ve ever shared with you before.

Does carrying a camera change your perception whilst you travel?