The ultimate bird photographer question faux - pas?

To: Helen Larson <>, "Donald G. Kimball" <>, birding-aus <>
Subject: The ultimate bird photographer question faux - pas?
From: Gary Davidson via Birding-Aus <>
Date: Sat, 10 Feb 2018 22:07:36 +0000
I'm a little surprised that no one has mentioned the Nikon Coolpix series. I 
have a DSLR but wife uses a Nikon Coolpix 510 (they have since produced a 610 
and most recently a 910). I am amazed at the pictures she gets with that 
camera. It's worth a look if you're in the market for such a camera.Gary

From: Helen Larson <>
 To: Donald G. Kimball <>; birding-aus 
 Sent: Tuesday, February 6, 2018 5:01 PM
 Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] The ultimate bird photographer question faux - pas?
As I would rather watch birds than photograph them, but often go to places that 
my photographer husband doesn’t go, I broke down and bought a Leica V-Lux 
bridge camera. Had earlier bought a Canon DSLR but found it had too many things 
to set up before my non-photographic mind could get a decent image (gave it to 
my best friend who was doing wedding photos).
The Leica got its best workout last year in the Galapagos, where we both had 
time and peace (as we were always way behind the talkative group) to get photos 
and compare. And mine were equal to my dearly beloveds, much to our surprise. 
He was armed with a Canon DSLR and 400 mm lens plus others. The Leica has an 
optical zoom – but I have to remember to lean on a tree or such when taking 
long zoom, even though it is not heavy.
The Leica has a magic auto function and works great in dull light. And is the 
first camera I have ever had in which its menus make sense to me (well, most of 
Its only down side is that it is chunky like an SLR, so if I travel with laptop 
and binos in carry-on I also have to travel with large handbag to fit the 
camera in. And its wifi function software has not yet updated to work with my 
iphone so have to use the cable (not much of a down).
Panasonic makes essentially  the same camera but as my microscope is a Leica 
(and my ageing eyes love it) I thought I should get the Leica.


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From: Donald G. Kimball<>
Sent: Tuesday, 6 February 2018 11:52 AM
To: birding-aus<>
Subject: The ultimate bird photographer question faux - pas?

Okay first off I want to say how much I appreciate and take my hats off to
so many amazing bird photographers in Aus!  I won't list names but there
are many!

That said  even though I normally use video, I am going to go down that
slippery slope of purchasing a bridge camera rather than a DSLR.

The purpose will be using the pics for social media mostly, plus blogs,
brochures etc.  Does anyone have a favorite that has performed well
compared to a full DSLR?  And yes I realize that the quality is never quite
there and they are not intended to compete with the Pro type cams with
large lenses.
Love to hear if you have one that works really well for you and how it
compares to the DSLRs.
Many thanks!

Don K
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