[Tweeters] O.T. Choosing a less expensive camera to photograph distant birds

pat.mary.taylor pat.mary.taylor at gmail.com
Sat Sep 9 13:42:09 PDT 2017


I recommend the Canon SX50 highly. I use it as a scope these days on foreign holidays, light and powerful and convenient. Zoom in and take a picture then increase size again to identify and save for memories. The newer Canon SX60 is not as good (I have been told) as the older SX50 that is still available with some searching. Pictures of THE gull are in the link below were taken from the south end of the Edmonds Pier at some 300 yards. A collection of shots taken at varying distances is found on the next link. In good light, the best range is some 30-40 feet.



Keith Taylor
Victoria BC
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> On Sep 9, 2017, at 11:03 AM, Al n Donna <alndonna at wamail.net> wrote:


> If you were on the Edmonds marina fuel dock at noon Thursday, you saw an old guy with a small camera on a monopod. That was me.


> I used a dslr and a heavy 400mm for years. As I got older, a lighter weight, inexpensive camera sounded interesting. I bought a Canon SX50 HS for about $400, about 20 % of the cost and weight of my dslr combo. Similar cameras are Canon SX60 HS and Nikon P900.


> From the fuel dock, I got this picture:

> http://www.pbase.com/alndonna/image/166164691


> For birds much closer, I get better pictures with the dslr:

> http://www.pbase.com/alndonna/image/130978159


> Hey, it works for me.

> S


> Al in Tacoma


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