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  1. #11
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    Re: Which bridge camera?

    Quote Originally Posted by JH Foto View Post
    Check out the price at John Lewis, includes a two year warrantee
    I hadn't realised John Lewis even sold cameras. After giving this topic a lot more thought and researching more in cost of insurance for my existing gear I think I've decided on a complete 360. I need to check t&c's but I think I've found decent worldwide cover for just under 70. The excess payments are a little steep but even if the worst happened and I had all contents stolen from my vehicle (intend to get a van which will make carting the gear about less hassle) the excess payment would be less than the cost of a top end bridge. If I'm careful which I intend to be I'll be saving myself a heap of money and getting better pictures.

    EDIT: scratch that,looks like the cover I've found for that price is for up to 90 days away, thought it looked too good to be true. Maybe I will be getting a bridge camera after all.....


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    D7100, D3200, F80
    Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6 VR, Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 AI-s micro
    Tamron 70-300mm VC USD, Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G
    Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D, Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G EDII
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/eleaphotography/




  2. #12
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    Re: Which bridge camera?

    Good luck and have a safe trip whatever you choose....................
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  3. #13
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    Re: Which bridge camera?

    I just use an old cheapo Fujifilm Finepix S5800 which I picked up from Cash Converters for 12 because they said it didn't have a charger?

    It works off batteries

    I use it for weekends away, fishing,surveys, dusty places etc. anywhere I wouldn't take a more expensive camera and it has a digital viewfinder.

    p.s. Hi from another Northumbrian (Newcastle)
    Last edited by Konin; 03-03-2017 at 11:22 AM.

  4. #14
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    Re: Which bridge camera?

    I just picked up a Panasonic Lumix FZ80/FZ82 and so far I'm impressed with it. I'm viewing it as a different tool for a different job and although it is never going compete with a DSLR for IQ, there are a few things it can do which surpass what my D7100 can do, like 4K and slow mo video. The most important thing is its size and weight as I will be able to have it with me a lot more so fewer missed shots altogether.
    I'd never swap my Nikon gear for it but it is a fun little camera.
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    D7100, D3200, F80
    Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6 VR, Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 AI-s micro
    Tamron 70-300mm VC USD, Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G
    Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D, Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G EDII
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/eleaphotography/


  5. #15
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    Re: Which bridge camera?

    UPDATE:

    After a month or two using this Lumix FZ82 I can safely say I'm not regretting buying it and I'm not missing my Nikon gear back home too much. For starters I wouldn't have anywhere to put it in our mini van camper without throwing out half of my clothes (that option would have been considered). The IQ of the bridge camera, after tweeking a few JPEG settings surpasses what I expected by some way. So long as there is good light and the subject isn't moving too much it can produce great results. This shot on my Flickr page is about the best I've been able to produce with it and it really does rival the best I've got from my DSLR https://www.flickr.com/photos/eleaph...etaken-public/ This is a JPEG straight out of camera, with no additional adjustments so far as I recall. If I did anything it was to bring the highlights down a touch but no sharpening or cropping.

    Don't get me wrong, whenever the sun goes in I feel really hampered as IQ drops off much quicker as the ISO goes up and the AF speed is so much slower making things like BIF shots very very tough to get. When I get back to the UK my Nikon will still be my main camera, especially if I'm wanting to make high quality prints but I'm sold on having this camera as a go anywhere tool, at least until something better comes along.
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    D7100, D3200, F80
    Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6 VR, Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 AI-s micro
    Tamron 70-300mm VC USD, Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G
    Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D, Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G EDII
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/eleaphotography/


  6. #16
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    Re: Which bridge camera?

    Another one I have found to a great lightweight camera is the Nikon Coolpix B700
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  7. #17
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    Re: Which bridge camera?

    Just offering my two cents to the general theme: A little over 2 years back, I was in the same state of mind as Elliot87 was when starting this thread. I was about to go on a long trip to Colombia and feared for the safety of my D7100 and lenses (didn't have the D500 back then). I bought a Nikon P600 and took it along. Big mistake.

    Now, please don't get me wrong here. The IQ was decent (though not great) and I liked the overall convenience of that camera. Using that loooong telezoom to shoot wildlife, however, proved near impossible. Its performance in low light, both IQ and AF, is simply not good enough, plus, 1440mm may sound good in theory but are impossible to hold still. I often found I needed much longer time to even aim the camera at the bird or other small animal than that animal was willing to give me. Sold the camera right after that trip.

    Today, I have two solutions for the problem: a better pocket zoom with less range (mine is the Panasonic TZ101 = ZN100 for Americans) that serves for city walks and the like, and a PacSafe Travelsafe for when I have my big guns along and want to keep them somewhere securely. I recommend both of them.
    Nikon D700 - D500 - D7100 - 300mm F4 PF - 55-200mm F4-5.6 - 50mm F1.8 - TC-20E III; Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4; Tokina 12-28mm F4; Tamron 60mm F2 Macro; Yongnou YN568; Panasonic TZ101 (a.k.a. ZN100); Photoshop CS6 - Lightroom 6 - DXO Optics Pro 11


  8. #18
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    Re: Which bridge camera?

    Quote Originally Posted by JH Foto View Post
    Another one I have found to a great lightweight camera is the Nikon Coolpix B700
    That is another one I considered and nearly went for because I like the badge better. From looking at Flickr pics it looks very capable too.
    D7100, D3200, F80
    Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6 VR, Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 AI-s micro
    Tamron 70-300mm VC USD, Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G
    Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D, Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G EDII
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/eleaphotography/


  9. #19
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    Re: Which bridge camera?

    B700 ideal for travelling with, a huge telephoto range, 4K video and you can shoot raw.
    There are more old drunks than old doctors

  10. #20
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    Re: Which bridge camera?

    @lokatz I think what you say is very valid and the drawbacks you mention I can relate too with my FZ82 but perhaps not to the same extent.

    I think the vibration reduction in my Panasonic is excellent and handheld shooting at 1200mm is certainly possible at relatively low shutter speeds (I've not actually tested the minimum but I know 1/300th has been plenty fast enough, clearly that still requires good light). I've used an older Fuji and a Canon SX 510, both with a shorter max focal length and both were much more challenging to shoot handheld. I have also bought a light weight manfrotto monopod which is no bother to carry and that helps a fair bit.

    The AF is slow but generally precise and quick enough to catch small birds most of the time. The biggest challenging in this regard for me isn't the focus speed but actually finding the subject at 1200mm. I find I usually need to zoom out to find the bird and then zoom back in. Unlike a DSLR cropping in after kills the IQ so you really need to fill the frame when pressing the shutter. The canon I used had a quick zoom button which would zoom out and then when released return to your previous focal length, that is a feature I'd like to have.

    It may just be the case that in the last couple of years the technology has improved to an extent where the IQ, AF and VR has improved enough to make bridge cameras a usable tool. I set my expectations very low too and I think that has helped me too. I'll still miss shots with it but I'm also carrying it everywhere so I know I'm getting shots I wouldn't with my DSLR. For most holidays I'll still take my Nikon and big lens, but for a year travelling with very limited space I'm more than happy.
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    D7100, D3200, F80
    Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6 VR, Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 AI-s micro
    Tamron 70-300mm VC USD, Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G
    Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D, Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G EDII
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/eleaphotography/






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