October 25th, I attended the first day of the three day PhotoPlusExpo at the Javits Center, NYC. Overwhelming is the best descriptive word for the array of cameras, accessories, presentations, and general atmosphere playing to the professional and amateur photographers sniffing out the latest in equipment and even clothing gear. A friend once confided," It is not the camera but the photographer that makes the picture." If so, why are so many new cameras constantly appearing on the market. Is there built-in obsolescence? Or just new fashion trends and fads. I keep trying to find out the real difference between a $7,000 and a $500 camera. The glass? The weight? The firmware? Could I spot an image taken with both and be able to tell which camera was used? Is sharpness the desired attribute? Or soft blur? I keep investigating. Meanwhile my Canon G11, handily extricated from my handbag, was able to take a series of candid shots that I have posted here. Who could carry these monster lenses around with them all day anyway?