Bridge camera

Most of us are guilty (to some extent) of thinking that the latest ‘kit’ will make all the difference to our photos. But deep down we know that isn’t true. I took some time a year ago to walk round Westminster with my old Panasonic/Lumix FZ50 bridge camera. Very small sensor and not much use shooting colour above 400ISO. However, I like it in mono, and then it’s not bad up to 800 ISO. Lots of shutter lag, and pretty slow autofocus – but that’s part of the challenge.

The PM of India was visiting 10 Downing Street so the Sikhs (who don’t like him) were holding a demonstration. I like this shot for the beards. I was pretty close, using the wide end of the zoom, but they were too busy to notice me.

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3 thoughts on “Bridge camera

  1. Hej John
    You can be well satisfied with the result. No newer gear does not produce better pictures.
    When Jack London had his portrait made by the noted San Francisco photographer Arnold Genthe, London began the encounter with effusive praise for the photographic art of his friend and fellow bohemian, Genthe. “you must have a wonderful camera…It must be the best camera in the world…You must show me your camera.” Genthe then used his standard studio camera to make what has since become a classic picture of Jack London. When the sitting was finished, Genthe could not contain himself: “I have read your books, Jack, and I think they are important works of art. You must have a wonderful typewriter.”

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