What is in Your Camera Bag?
What Cameras do you own and what software are you using to edit your Photos? This has to be one of the most frequent Questions I get asked on this Blog. I could of course answer each question individually, but instead I thought I would give you a peak into my Camera Bag and introduce you to some of my Favourite Gear. These are items that I personally use or recommend, and I hope they will be useful to you.
PLEASE NOTE. My Travel Style and Budget may not be the same as your’s. So please scrutinize each item below and assess if it is appropriate for your destination and if you can afford it.
Should You Invest in an Expensive Camera?
There is a reason why Professional Photographers use DSLRs / Expensive Cameras. They do obviously produce Higher Quality Pictures. It stands to reason that a Photograph taken with an expensive DSLR will look a lot better than a Photograph taken on a cheap compact camera. Let me declare upfront though that I own both a Point-and-Shoot Digital Camera and a DSLR. Why? You may ask. Quite simply, because I believe that they compliment each other and suit different occasions. In terms of the quality of the picture, I personally prefer the DSLR. However when it come to convenience and traveling with your Camera, a Compact Digital Camera, just cannot be beaten.
DSLRs have several advantages. One of them is their Adaptibility. A DSLR Camera can be fitted with a wide range of high quality lenses for different occasions, ranging from wide angle to super long focal lengths. Note that the lenses you buy or your DSLR are often compatible with other cameras and can still be used if you wish to upgrade. Additonal a DSLR’s usability can be enhanced with a wide selction of accessories, such as filters and flashes. Although many newer Point-and-Shoot Cameras can be set to manual mode, a DSLR is designed to be used with Manual Controls. It is assumed that a Photographer using a DSLR will want to control his own camera settings and adapt them to the location and type of photography.
Since DSLRs are designed for manual use, this of course means that you need to understand and be capable of using the settings. Although DSLRs nowadays often come with an automatic mode, using an expensive DSLR rather than a Compact Camera will not magically improve your photographic skills. DSLRs come with a steep learning curve and their Complexity can at times be confusing, to say the least. If you are not interested in learning how to set your aperture, shutter spead and ISO setting (just to name a few), then – in my opinion – it is not worth investing the money in an expensive camera. Instead save the money and spend it on your next Trip Abroad.
My Compact Digital Camera: Panasonic TZ10
If you cannot be bothered splashing the cash on a DSLR camera or you are looking for an alternative Compact Digital Camera to add to your collection, you might want to consider the Panasonic Lumix TZ10. This camera makes is a great companion for your DSLR Camera. The Panasonic Tz10 comes witha 25mm wide-angle, 12 x optical zoom Leica Lens, which easily matches a 25-300mm DSLR lens. The camera is compact, pocketable and easy to use. It produces fantastic sharp pictures and has an IA function that automatically selects the most suitable mode, corrects blurring and brightens your photo. It also has a manual mode that let’s you change aperture and shutter speed.
MORE GREAT POINT-AND-SHOOT CAMERAS
MY DSLR: CANON EOS40
I however enjoy having a lot of options at my fingertips and am perfectly willing to invest some time to learn how to use my equipment.
My first DSLR camera, a Canon EOS 40, was a Christmas Gift, I was given when I first started University. I had always experimented with my dad’s camera equipment and was a pationate photographer. My University course, Architecture, required that we take photos of cities, landscapes and architectural models. We even had a darkroom and photo studio at our disposal. I learned how to use all the settings, how to manually set the aperture and shutter speed and then let the camera work for me. My Canon E40