I was recently sharing with Lisa how I used to bulk load my slide film canisters and travelled with a cooler to keep my used and unused film cool as was the practice of most so called serious photographers. Days of lugging around a heavy SLR like the old Nikon FM2n stuffed into a Domke bag with assorted lenses and rather heavy Bogen tripod are some of my fondest memories.
That was twenty years ago and these days as I sit typing out this blog article with photos regarding my undying love of photography there is a profound sense of satisfaction in being able to share information with this medium. Having some experience with photographing weddings, writing articles and getting photos for a local business magazine, national publication, photo galleries and a bit of stock photography I managed to eek out a meager livelihood for awhile.
There was a recent surge in microstock photo opportunities for folks eager to sell their images online. From what I could tell the days of easy stock photo sales are not what they were a couple years ago. I learned this information while recently researching cameras worthy of using for stock photo sales. Admittedly, I haven't kept up with current camera technologies being content with our older model DSLR Canon EOS Rebel which quit working last year. I would like to mention that in order for me to get somewhat up to speed I researched several hours of reviews, forums and manufacturer site information. Knowing most sales folks are likely more savvy with the current consumer market trends it's always good to do your homework especially considering how fast camera companies are pumping out new models, making improvements to current models which aren't even a year old and adding so many useful and equally useless features it was quite a chore to sort through some of the over hyped advertising strategies. This was more true of the so called "bridge camera" models than any other style of camera.
No need to get in to too much technical jargon as there's plenty of that available at links provided for reviews. I prefer dpreviews for their unbiased and practical assessment of cameras as a long standing camera and product information guide several years running. What is a so called bridge camera? It's basically a camera with DSLR features yet more compact with a fixed lens capable of providing very wide angle to far reaching telephoto options. While the point and shoot camera market struggles with cell phone camera competition bridge cameras have a very solid niche with optical zoom lenses and more creative control.
As a tried and true Nikon owner I have been looking for a camera to last me many years without fail like my fourteen year old Nikon 995. In concept the old Coolpix 995 is one of the very first bridge cameras considering many of its' features from 2001 including view finder, ability to shoot in TIF format, built in optical zoom with manual creative control settings. It's compact design, weight and versatility make it such an excellent travel camera I'm reluctant to replace it. So it makes perfectly good sense to go with a newer model by the same manufacturer which proved to be correct.
A favorite among many reviewers for quality image, price, small and lightweight for bike touring or travel and features such as wifi for easy uploading with a phone is the Nikon P900.and just as I checked the link it is temporarily out of stock. This is an excellent bridge camera for an avid bike tourer with plenty of lens and features to meet any photo need. Here's what I like about it:
- 83x Optical Zoom, 166x Dynamic Fine Zoom super telephoto lens with Dual Detect Optical VR
- 16 MP CMOS image sensor
- Full manual exposure control
- Swiveling Vari-angle display and high-resolution eye-level viewfinder
- Built in Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication (NFC) for instant sharing
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Four of the best bridge cameras for bike touring based on censor size for low light photography and are capable of producing quality images good enough for competitive microstock photography. One camera stands out with unmatched quality by any other bridge camera on the market at the time of this posting, Panasonic's Lumix DMC FZ1000. Arguably so of course as it doesn't have the weather sealed protection of the Fujifilm FinePix S1, something that some folks feel is a necessity for adventure travel and priced at half that of the Lumix. That being said if you're looking for professional image quality another good option can be considered in the Olympus Stylus 1s.
Though it is one of the most affordable tripods from Manfrotto it is by no means cheap.
For sixty bucks at time of this post it is a worthwhile investment to ensure you can create crisp sharp images with your bridge camera's zoom lens.
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If you're looking to expand your knowledge of photography for business and/or pleasure Harry shares expert knowledge and wisdom earned from forty years of commercial, political, travel, fine art and editorial photography. A now retired teacher and owner operator of his gallery in Port Aransas, Texas.