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.
But there’s no doubt that DSLR’s take better quality photos and are more versatile, so if you know of a kick-ass lightweight DSLR on the market, please let me know. And can I get away with one lens once I don’t expect to get close-ups of a monkey’s nuts?
I know that having $$$$ worth of kit and caboodle permanently fixed around my neck won’t automatically make me better at taking photos and I promise not to turn into one of those tourists with a look-at-the-size-of-my-lens demeanour.
Pros tell me composition is king and they all have point and shoots. All the photos on this post were taken with my eight-year-old Cannon Ixus point and shoot camera.
Have you had point and shoot photos published or have you got any camera advice to share?
By the way, If you bump into me on your travels and I side-glance your handy little camera while playing with my new DSLR, you have permission to point, shoot me and upload it to my Facebook Page.