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Despite one or two some pretty sill oversights in the Canon G6, I find the flip-out LCD viewfinder to be invaluable in these type of situations. It will swivel 180 degrees in one axis and 270 in a second axis. Between that and a decent flashlight, I can frame pics in pitch black areas that I can't physically get to, including overhead joist bays, inaccessible crawl/attic spaces, and the like. Each time I get a new camera (this is only the second, but still) I'm amazed how I lived without it.

For hard copies, I got a Minolta color laser printer a year ago. It's faster than inkjet, prints are waterfast, and it was $25 after three rebates, so how could I refuse? Now I run 2 or 4 pics per page for all the shots on a site visit with XPs embeded viewer, and label them up while I write my reports. Then my assistant places & crops the images into the report (I have yet to find a way to automate the scaling process in word).


At 02:11 PM 2/23/2005 -0800, you wrote:
"I stuck the camera into some dark places in the attic and it came back with a beautifully balanced picture showing me exactly what I wanted to know."

The improved access is a nice feature to consider for folks that do a lot of rehabilitation and upgrade work. I was in the crawl-space of a family member's house a few weeks ago looking at some repairs that had been done by a third party to verify whether the work was complete. There were a number of things I wanted to see that I couldn't physically reach because of duct or other obstruction. I was, however, able to reach my arm over the ducts with the camera and take a picture of the areas I couldn't otherwise see. It was very nice. It was also nice to instantly show my "client" exactly what had been done and what had not been done.

Paul Crocker, PE, SE

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