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Old 26-03-2013, 12:07   #1 (permalink)
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Would You buy a Bridge Camera?

I have been using SLR/DSLR's for over 35 years but the equipment can be very heavy. It is OK if the subjects are close to my car but carrying the kit for longer walks is proving difficult due to a back problem. I now frequently leave my long zoom behind as it weighs 1.5 Kg. I have been contemplating buying a Bridge Camera. Having bought one for my son last year, I was impressed by the performance. For serious and more challenging photo shoots, I will still use my Canon 5D2 (particularly for low light). But I am sure there are many occasions where a good Bridge will be good enough. Half the images I produce are for Projected Image Competitions for which 2 to 3 M Pixels would be more than enough even allowing for cropping.

I would need a reasonable quality lens, Raw files, manual and auto-exposure modes, large optical zoom range, good display etc. Price is not a big issue (compared to buying a decent lens for a DSLR). I wondered if many others had added a bridge camera to their kit for similar reasons and how they are finding it.
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Re: Would You buy a Bridge Camera?

I started with a bridge (S3280) to see if my interst was there before investing.
When i relased it was I went for the Nikon D5100.

Both are great cameras and I use the S3280 for family shots near water and sand.
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Re: Would You buy a Bridge Camera?

think there's too many compromises on a bridge camera,. the lenses tend to be 'super zooms' and really not that great a quality as well as being quite slow in the sense of not letting in much light when zoomed in

a better bet might be something like Canon EOS 100D/SL1 - it's a small dSLR and you can team it up with a 18-200 or similar lens, the quality would be much better, it's not much bigger than a bridge camera,. ok it would cost more I suspect but...
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Re: Would You buy a Bridge Camera?

I have a bridge camera for exactly the reasons you have said and a recent visit to London was ideal for my Fujifilm Finepix HS20 EXR. I don't necessarily agree that super-zooms are poor quality glass, some have very good lenses. However, a superzoom, may require extra stabilisation when fully extended, such as a tripod or a flat surface - that's the only compromise I have had to make. I have all the benefits you require, manual, RAW, Av, Tv etc, etc. and it weighs a lot less than a DSLR and the smallest lens. That's my twopenneth

For a few hundred sovs it's well worth it.
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Re: Would You buy a Bridge Camera?

Dave, You are comparing the quality of your 5D to a bridge camera and there is no doubt the 5D would win on quality. But there is a big but. The difference being the 5D would win if you intend to produce big A3+ or larger prints, if not you will not see any difference as the bridge cameras will produce great quality images and you would not see any difference between the two for PDI's or A4 prints. I am still using a Canon 20D which is 8mp and with a little interpolation I can print an excellent 12"x16" print.
I remember at the camera club some time ago a member brought in two A4 prints and asked people to pick which one was taken with a high end SLR and the other with a lesser camera and no one could tell the difference between the two, there were lots of guesses going both ways.
I would have no hesitation of going with a bridge camera they are most likely better than my 20D.

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Re: Would You buy a Bridge Camera?

DAVE, HAVE YOU CONSIDERED ONE OF THE CANON " G " SERIES CAMERA'S, SUCH AS A G11, G12, G15.
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Re: Would You buy a Bridge Camera?

Thanks for the comments so far.

Stepheno, I suspect my uses for a Bridge may be similar to yours. I may be in some situations in the future that I take a Bridge camera or no camera.

Colin, I have seen direct comparisons between my son's Panasonic Lumix and my 5D2 and, of course, the 5D2 is visibly better if you enlarge to A3+ and also in low light. However, as you suggest, in many situations, I do not need an A3 print so the lower resolution (and possibly poorer lens quality) will not be noticeable. We also had a test at my Club's Digital Imaging Group where we had to identify which camera had been used from A2 prints. The cameras ranged from a Nikon compact through to a Nikon D800. In the main most members chose correctly or within one level of the correct camera but for a few images we got it completely wrong. This is because the photographer purposely used the wrong speed (movement), did not focus correctly, used poor light and even used a very poor lens for one shot on the 800D. He did this intentionally just to prove to us that no matter how good your camera is, you need to get all the other things right as well.
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Re: Would You buy a Bridge Camera?

Ive been thinking the same as you to Dave, don't want to spend much at the same time as ive got 2 good cameras, been looking at Canon S70 as its got RAW
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Re: Would You buy a Bridge Camera?

I've now got a smaller bag and am selective in what kit I carry with me. Yes, I do occasionally get caught out, but not often. The bridge camera does have an 'all in one' advantage, but maybe the halfway house would be using one of the superzoom lenses in the 28-300 range with your 5D.

I've also started using a copy of the Black Rapid strap which in conjunction with the Manfrotto RC2 QR plates that I have on all of my cameras and my 80-200 f2.8 tripod mount. This makes carrying my D700 + 24-70 f2.8 or the 80-200 f2.8, both of which weigh in at over 2.2kg a breeze as you really don't notice the weight which is carried on the shoulder and balances well on your hip. I also sometimes have my SB900 on the camera too adding some more weight, and so far have not had any issues and am very confident in using it.

At around 13 from e-bay they are a bargain.

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Re: Would You buy a Bridge Camera?

i stared with bridge cameras and loved them for what they where, would i go back, nope i dont see the point when i have spent the money i have on the kit i have, but i can see your point and to be fair in the same position i would maybe think about it,. the Canon G series as Woody says are fabby cameras, as are most Fuji bridge cameras
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My first digital camera was a bridge camera Nikon of course! I bought it just to see whether digital was for me and should I change from film to digital,.......................... I never went back to film, my darkroom was demolished,my film cameras were sold, and I'm skint! (only joking) I have never looked back and yes I would recommend a Bridge camera to anybody.
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Re: Would You buy a Bridge Camera?

As I have not taken a final decision to buy a Bridge camera, I have not yet given too much thought as to which model but it will have to be one of the best. As Fiona suggests, having a 5D2 with a good set of lenses, I will not be happy if the images are significantly inferior. I do own a 5 MP Canon compact (which I won from Canon) and took it out a few times but have never processed any of the images because the quality is not good enough for competitions. Initially, the Panasonic Lumix FZ200 looks attractive as it has a good Leica lens f2.8 throughout the large zoom range. However, I will certainly wish to compare the specification and reviews for the equivalent Canon, Nikon and Fujii products. In the past, I have stuck with Canon mainly to retain lens compatibility but no need in this case as I can choose whatever brand/model suits me.

I understand the thinking behind the 28-300 suggestion but the 24-105mm f4 L IS I already use covers 80% of my shots anyway. So it is only for special shoots, birds in flight, car racing and other sport that I need the long zoom. In all these special cases, I will know in advance and will then take the long zoom and put up with the weight. A Bridge camera would enable me to go really lightweight when I am not an a specific photo shoot but retain a large zoom range in case. Too often in the past I have carried my 1.5kG long zoom for miles then never used it.
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Too often in the past I have carried my 1.5kG long zoom for miles then never used it.
Know the feeling only too well.

If you are entering projected image competitions you're grossly over gunned with a top end slr reduced down to 1024 x 746 @ 72 pixels

Don't forget to post your final choice (I'm beginning to think along these lines myself)

If its print competitions with no limits then of course the smaller sensors lose out. As always horses for courses.
Just one thing i wouldn't like to miss out on is a RAW ability
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Re: Would You buy a Bridge Camera?

Hi Dave, I was in the same position when I was on crutches, carrying a 1Ds 2 and my 100 / 400 was just too much, so I got a G12, for some uses, up to A4 it is not bad, but in poor light it is too noisey so it lives in my glove box "just incase". I then got a 550D with a 15 /85 (24 /135 ish) and it gives excellent results and fits in a Think tank zoom pouch with room for a couple of filters. I use it for indoor mainly, (my dog show pics for example) Now I am in a wheelchair or mobility scooter when I go out the weight is not a problem, so it's back to my 1Ds 3 and several lenses, I just put the bag on the "floor" great, (although I do use a monopod more now) I just need a tripod that will fit to a mobility scooter to make it perfect
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CHARLES, ONE OF THESE MAY BE SUITABLE TO FIT ON YOUR SCOOTER. THEY ARE VERY FLEXIBLE AND SEEM TO ATTACH TO MOST THINGS

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Initially, the Panasonic Lumix FZ200 looks attractive as it has a good Leica lens f2.8 throughout the large zoom range.
I'd be careful about assuming that the lens is a leica lens in Panasonic cameras. My understanding (which might be wrong) is that it is not made by Leica, but made to Leica designs and specifications. That might well result in a very good lens, but it might not be a Leica manufactured lens.
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Graham, I think you are right they are strictly Leica-badged.
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Now am totally confused, maybe am i asking for to much from a compact/Bridge, good image quality, low light & Raw
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It is sobering but I did look at the DX0Mark performance of the best Bridge cameras compared with my EOS 5D2. The difference very significant so it is no point in pretending that a Bridge will give the same performance as a full frame DSLR. On the other hand a lot of that performance is only relevant in low light situations. Also if you do not need A3 prints then a DSLR provides more data than needed. I also note that the Bridge cameras that I am considering offer faster continuous shooting (one advantage of smaller files). I am taking the view that, I can no longer carry all my heavy DSLR kit in all circumstances so in those cases having a Bridge camera will be 100% better than no camera. In reality in most good photography conditions, there is no reason why a Bridge camera cannot perform well.

I am currently considering three contenders (though I am not ruling out others completely) and they are in no order of preference:-

Canon Powershot SX50 HS
Panasonic Lumix FZ200
Fujifilm X-S1

All three do consistently well in various reviews.
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Bit out of my price range that i was looking to spend, what i had originally thought price wise wont get me anything decent that would satisfy me by the looks of it, back to the drawing board again
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Hi simpbow, have you thought of second hand from MPB or Camtech? MPB give a 6 month warranty.
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Re: Would You buy a Bridge Camera?

Having taken delivery of my Panasonic Lumix FZ200, I took it out to a street market last Saturday. This seems to be the situation when this camera will be ideal. Using the articulated screen, I could compose by looking down and people seemed unaware that I was taking photographs. My DSLR with a 70-2000mm f2.8 lens tends to be rather visible in comparison. It was after 10 a.m. and with strong sun the dynamic range probably varied from 9-12 stops in the street scenes and somewhat less for close ups. I found that there were one or two over exposed highlights in a few shots which my DSLR would have handled. However, I may have been better with a different exposure mode or using some compensation; it takes a while to learn a new camera. I only used Raw as I would for a DSLR. I did take several triple exposures which was very easy and very fast. However, I did find these HDR shots had more shadow noise than I would have expected and colour fringing was very noticeable. I normally use the automated lens correction in LR for my DSLR as it has full profiles for all my lenses. Unfortunately there is no profile for the Bridge camera (I may produce one if I have time). I did find that the manual de-fringing tool in LR helped significantly. I also need to get used to the focussing as, although the images seemed sharp, I was often uncertain as to where it had focused when using a single centre spot.

I can see that this camera will be a useful supplement to me. I recognise that it will not be able to perform as well as my DSLR but I will be able to take it places where I can no longer carry heavy DSLR equipment. I have asked myself, if I did not need to produce A3 prints, could I completely manage without a DSLR? Anyway, I still need prints so I still need my DSLR for most of my photography.
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no i don‘t think i would having a dslr already. but i do have a cheap compact for wander about days and easy to pocket.
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then again was looking at ir converted ones
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I have a Fuji bridge camera which does cool things like pano shots but I find at very wide angel it has a lot of lens distortion etc compared to DSLR
What I am using more when just out "wandering" as opposed to being out specifically for photography is my little Olympus tough which takes a mean little pic, great for street &candid because its much less obtrusive
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I have three bridge fuji bridge cameras and love them, in fact I use one on my weddings for the ring shots and I always take a bridge camera with me for days out etc rather than carrying the heavy (and expensive) DSLR.

They are excellent cameras and very capable in most situations - good for macro to
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