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Question - Bridge camera ideal?

Discussion in 'Photography and Video Forum' started by Dewhurst, Feb 17, 2015.

  1. Dewhurst

    Dewhurst North westerly explorer
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    Basically im using my phone as my camera at the moment and the pictures obviously arent up to much at all, ive got no idea when it comes to photography but from what I have read a bridge camera sounds ideal, compact and huge zoom capabilities, not having to carry extra lenses etc, are they any good in low light? Would appreciate views some opinions from someone that uses/has used a bridge camera for their outings, cheers in advance :)
     

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  2. slayaaaa

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    Learn how to light paint and how to use ISO, Apperture and shutter speed. Youtube is a good place to start (How to Use a DSLR Camera: Learn DSLR Camera Basic…: http://youtu.be/mkhQK_8pu9U)

    Get a cheap tripod and have fun. :thumb
     
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    Hey, I brought one for exactly the same reasons as you state- chuffed to bits with mine. Brought Fujifilm Finepix HS30 for £200 as its the size of a full DLSR and my big hands couldnt manage a lot of the smaller bridge cameras. The Fuji's are unique in that they don't use a motor to zoom, you twist the lens yourself, saving battery power which equals more shots (600 per charge.)
    Its capable of shooting in RAW too for when you want to experiment which a lot of them aren't. The Fuji's have a good rep for low level light shooting but within reason- youre not going to rival DLSR with a suitable lens/ experience/ light meters etc. maximum exposure time is 30 seconds. Mines certainly never let me down and I love it, but its a big lump. The next successor is the HS50 which I THINK has a faster processor and might be a bit better at low light. Tons of example pics and settings advice on the net.
    Hope some of this helps,cheers H
     
  5. Dewhurst

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    Thanks for your advice guys much appreciated :thumb it sounds daft but its quite daunting really as ive got no idea how to use a camera to its full potential and no idea on all the different settings, will have to look into it a bit more before making a choice I think
     
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    Trust me, neither do I.
     
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    Neither do most people on here, have you seen the photos? :p:
     
  8. Dewhurst

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    Well I guess anything is better than an 8 megapixel phone camera :p:, more into the mooch and the odd few pics really, as long as the quality is better than my crappy phone its happy days :)
     
  9. Oort

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    You intend to go underground much? If so then prob best to get a full DSLR. You'll find that a lot of shots need more than 30 secs exposure when light painting big spaces and having full control over the camera allows for more flexibility.

    I started off with a 350D + 18-55 Lens which set me back £100 from ebay. Once I got the hang of it I upgraded to something a bit better.

    Then just pick up stuff as you go and buy new lenses when you realise that you need them.
     
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    If you can"t afford a 600MM lens for Wildlife then get a Bridge Camera for this stuff i"d advise against it TBH

    I progressed from expensive Compacts through Bridge to Micro Four Thirds (Panasonic G series) to/and Sony SLT system, and the one i"d never use again for this stuff would be a Bridge.

    You don"t normally need the Mega Telephoto side of the lens which is normally the reason why you"ve purchased the thing in the first place. Normally you want the wide part of the lens which kind of negates carting a heavy body around dragging crap into the AF mech which will probably fail at some point as the Compacts tend to do (only takes a few particles and the repair bill outweighs a new Camera) plus the sensor isn"t particularly large and normally have more noise issues in low light.

    Not to say they"re not usable, but as said you"d probably gain more from using some DSLR type camera system with interchangable lenses, with which you can add too at your hearts content, and as there"s hundreds of the things on Ebay etc every week for sale 2nd hand they"d probably be cheaper than a decent Bridge camera as well :)

    As you"re used to a Phone i"d ensure you purchase something with an "Auto" setting where the camera basically selects everything for you until you learn how to use the Camera properly as you develop both in ability & what interests you Photographically ;) Which may quickly deem a Bridge camer worthless for your needs?

    Don"t forget there"s more than just CaNIkon cameras out there, and many are feature rich and cheaper than the CaNikon equivalent models. The worst thing is i"ve got X? because my mate says so. get what suits your requirements and needs :)

    Or invest in some software such as Photomatix, where you can take a decent picture and allow the software to completely ruin it for you ;) But beware there are rumours that after one hit your an "ADDICT" & will see everything with Kaleidoscope eyes...and try and force your addiction onto others :eek:.. ..you have been warned :D


    On a serious note Youtube all the way, any Photographer who says they can"t learn something new everyday is a liar Spend a few hours with camera (whichever) in hand working through various settings & then take it outside somewhere local say and learn how to use it in it"s most basic function/settings (otherwise you may try to run before you can walk and end up frustrated....many have )and progress from there :thumb

    Then you can spend some serious money lol

    Edit......just my opinion others are available and incoming :hello
     
  11. Dewhurst

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    Not underground often no, normally just low lit buildings and we tend to go out during the night mainly
     
  12. Snake Oil

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    99% of my photos are taken underground and not once have I needed more than 30 seconds exposure. I used to use an old Sony f707 bridge that would happily take great shots at 8 to 10 seconds. The only reason I replaced it is it had lens scratches and was getting a bit battered (and it went for a swim in a drain :D )
     
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    Cathedral and Clapham Junction come to mind as well as some of the longer train tunnels I've been in. All needed more than 30 secs to get them right. Of course I could be setting up the shots wrong.

    I've had very little experience of bridge cameras but of the two I've seen both did not do well underground, again, user error could of been a factor.
     
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    Can't offer much better advise than Acid's comprehensive post, But when I upgraded to a DSLR I looked into Canon bridge cameras. But to get a half decent one cost almost as much as an entry level DSLR.
    I made the right choice with my SLR, as after a year of getting used to the camera, I invested in a used ultra wide angle lens, which has been far more useful than high zoom for this type of photography
    I recommend a used SLR (maybe something like a 1100D or 600D etc), get used to it for a while, then upgrade after a year or so :)
     
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