I was on a trip to Kuala Lumpur to attend a forum and had nothing better to do after it ended at 5 pm. Browsing the Internet seemed the next best thing to do. A mug or two of a cold you-know-what would have been nice but I haven’t had that you-know-what thing since 1969, so that would be out of contention.
Long story short, I ended up browsing photography sites and the next thing I knew, I was at a Sony store at KLCC, a short distance away. After fiddling with an RX100 on display, I told the shop assistant, “I want this.”
The guy hurried away and returned shortly after, with a devastating news. “I’m sorry sir,” he said, “But we only have one unit left.” I could see he was apologetic.
“Well, what’s the problem with that?” I said. It’s not that I want to buy two of this, I didn’t say. “It’s not that,” he said. “Someone has actually booked this. But let me call him and ask whether he still wants it. If he says no, then that camera is yours.”
It turned out that the guy wants the camera. Sigh. So I went to another shop and thankfully they said they had two of it — one on display, and another still in an unopened box. Needless to say, I bought the one in the box. Man, this camera is selling, and selling fast.
It was already dark when I made my way out of KLCC. I switched on the camera and shoot my way back to the hotel, using Auto and Program mode.
That picture above — straight out of camera — is that of my wallet which I took with the RX100 when I reached my room. It looks as though it was stuffed full of cash but it is not (there are 1001 things in there other than cash). The yellowish cast is from the room light.
Here are some of the pictures I took during the short walk back to the hotel. These have been resized and sharpened (using IrfanView). Everything else is straight out of camera.
ISO 250, F1.8
ISO 1000, F1.8
ISO 500, F1.8
ISO 400, F1.8
Now I need to think how am I going to save money to repay the credit card charges.