Twenty years ago I used to pack around my canvas Domke bag, Nikon FM2n and an assortment of high quality lenses accompanied with a Bogen tripod. Slow speed slide film necessitated the use of a tripod for obtaining the highest image quality for magazine publication. To a lot of folks the rapid pace of technology seems like a burdensome effort to keep up with. However, there are ways to take advantage of the digital era of photography that can lighten the load for bicycle touring.
A couple years back I was looking for a good quality durable camera that would provide the ability to obtain excellent snap shots for many outdoor activities. Shopping for office supplies I found the Kodak Play Sport Zx5 with claims of water proof to 10 ft., dust proof which is excellent for my woodworking shop and shockproof should it get dropped on the ground (which it has) I was very interested. At 4.4 ounces the camera itself is so unobtrusive sometimes I don't even notice I have it in my pocket. Although it doesn't have a flash and some reviews complain about image quality of night pictures the Zx5 has a very nice macro mode focus option that comes in quite handy.
For bicycle touring this is part of a perfect camera kit particularly when combined with the Kodak Zx5 0.45x Wide Angle Lens, wireless remote control and a Joby GP1-A1EN Gorillapod Flexible Tripod
Large file TIF images can be created with this camera and the technical specifications meet most minimum guidelines for those interested in pursuing stock photography. For blogging, sharing photos online and even good print quality this little old camera is tough to beat for the price. This is still a very popular camera in use frequently on Flickr and ranked 77th which is quite good.
This camera does not have the option of charging via USB cable something I appreciate about the Kodak Zx5 and the batteries do not last nearly as long as a single charge on the Kodak. I can go weeks without having to recharge the battery on the Kodak as I rarely if ever use it for video. Also, the Nikon 995 requires much more care as it is not at all waterproof or dust proof.
I have been able to use the Nikon on the Joby Gorillapod but there are other models available that are a bit larger and heavier for larger cameras than the Kodak Zx5. Weight rating of the Joby Gorillapod discussed here is 11.5 ounces and since the little Zx5 only weighs 4.4 ounces it's no problem.
I really enjoy the ease of use and dependable quality of these products. If you're looking to lighten your bike touring load and love to create photos this is good stuff.
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