Return to the Getty Center with small cameras

Getty Center glass facade

Canon EOS M

The Getty Center, Los Angeles, California. As some of you know I’ve been taking images of Richard Meier’s architecture at the Getty for over eight years now, almost all with a Canon 5D and a variety of high end zoom lenses.

On this trip I had a Sony RX100 (which I now own) and a rented Canon EOS M with a Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens and I took a variety of images attempting to capture things similar to what I’d done with a DSLR. I must say, I was impressed with the way both cameras worked; the image quality on the little RX100 is superb as it is on the EOS M with it’s APS-C sized sensor. My only complaint about the EOS M is that I was taking pictures accidentally as its touch screen bumped around on my chest. No doubt a simple menu adjustment would have prevented this. Its slow auto focus was never an issue with this type of photography and it locked in quite well, very few out of focus images.

Would a Canon 5D Mark III and EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II have done a better job? No doubt, but the cost and weight of such a rig is staggering compared to either or both of these smaller cameras.

Compare these image to others in the set, I think you’ll be amazed at how well the two smaller cameras did. Getty Center Abstractions set

Getty Center rotunda interior

Canon EOS M

Getty Center interior

Canon EOS M

Getty Center stairs

Canon EOS M

Getty Center exterior

Canon EOS M

Getty Center exterior

Sony RX100

Getty Center stairs

Sony RX100

Getty Center post and stairs

Sony RX100

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