It’s not practical to take a big, heavy DSLR camera on some trips.
When I cycled Australia’s longest bike trail I had to choose between food and spare underwear. A fancy one kilogram lens doesn’t make sense when every gram matters.
Of course you need an enormous zoom if you’re trying to photograph a nat on a bear’s ass or pap Posh Spice on a trip to the moon. But I have to think of weight when I’m trying to get to places on two feet or wheels and I want something handy I can whip out in a flash and hopefully capture the moment.
Weight is a big issue for me. Having an arthritic spine means I have to carefully consider my load more than most. It’s the main reason I’ve clung to my point and shoot for on-the-go adventures.
My little Cannon has served me well, but it’s seen better days and lately I’ve felt the need to fiddle more with the controls so I’ve been considering an upgrade.
But I’m told that having $$$$ worth of kit and caboodle dangling from my neck won’t automatically make me better at taking photos and according to the Pros you can take great photos with a point and shoot.
Composition is king and the best camera is the one you’ve got with you to capture the moment, say the pros.
So I’m going to seek out a top end fixed lens compact camera; the dog’s dodars of the point and shoot with manual controls to satisfy my need to meddle.
Have you got any advice or recommendations?