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Old 05-03-2016, 10:34 AM   #511
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Old 06-22-2016, 09:58 AM   #512
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I always take early morning walks when Im camping and I always have a camera with me since you never know what you might see. This morning was no different. I had my Fuji S8200 bridge camera with me and Im so glad I had the long zoom. Its tough getting photos of wildlife without a long lens. Dont critiques these pictures since I had to take them in low light, handheld, and full zoom (I always make excuses for myself.)

The two photos of the Blue Herons in a tree is a first for me. Normally you see these birds fishing at the waters edge not roosting in a tree.

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I also came across a flock of Turkey Vultures on the rip-rap of the lake where we are camping.

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Old 06-22-2016, 02:11 PM   #513
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Some nice photos brother!!
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Some nice photos brother!!
Thank you sir. I appreciate the comment.

Seeing the Blue Herons in the tree was a real treat but this is my favorite heron shot. I was relaxing on a recliner under a palapa in Mexico (Akumal) when this fellow came strolling by at the edge of the ocean and caught a Sergeant Major fish in the surf right in front of me. Sometimes dumb luck is better than skill.

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Thank you sir. I appreciate the comment.

Seeing the Blue Herons in the tree was a real treat but this is my favorite heron shot. I was relaxing on a recliner under a palapa in Mexico (Akumal) when this fellow came strolling by at the edge of the ocean and caught a Sergeant Major fish in the surf right in front of me. Sometimes dumb luck is better than skill.

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You have been posting some fine pictures, so go with the timing thing.
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I just found this thread so maybe I can ask for some advice on a new camera. We've had our Canon SX110is for several years and it takes decent photographs but I want to replace it with something with more zoom and that won't eat batteries for breakfast! We attending our oldest DS's university grad last month and really wished we had a better zoom for the dark auditorium shots. The lens on the SX110is says it's a 6.0-60.0mm and 1:2.8-4.3.

I'll likely never be into manual photography since I find f-stops, apertures, etc. to be very confusing, so the vast majority of my photography would be using the Auto-mode. I'm considering a basic DSLR like a Nikon D3300 with the standard "AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II zoom lens". Is this a good choice for a very amateur photographer? Would I need a longer lens for more zoom (for indoor and outdoor shots)?

I just posted some shots, taken with the Canon SX110is, here:
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Thank you sir. I appreciate the comment.

Seeing the Blue Herons in the tree was a real treat but this is my favorite heron shot. I was relaxing on a recliner under a palapa in Mexico (Akumal) when this fellow came strolling by at the edge of the ocean and caught a Sergeant Major fish in the surf right in front of me. Sometimes dumb luck is better than skill.

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HOLY CRAP that is ANOTHER awesome shot!!! WOW!!
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I just found this thread so maybe I can ask for some advice on a new camera. We've had our Canon SX110is for several years and it takes decent photographs but I want to replace it with something with more zoom and that won't eat batteries for breakfast! We attending our oldest DS's university grad last month and really wished we had a better zoom for the dark auditorium shots. The lens on the SX110is says it's a 6.0-60.0mm and 1:2.8-4.3.

I'll likely never be into manual photography since I find f-stops, apertures, etc. to be very confusing, so the vast majority of my photography would be using the Auto-mode. I'm considering a basic DSLR like a Nikon D3300 with the standard "AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II zoom lens". Is this a good choice for a very amateur photographer? Would I need a longer lens for more zoom (for indoor and outdoor shots)?

I just posted some shots, taken with the Canon SX110is, here:
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I consider DSLR cameras to be the realm of serious photography hobbyists. Since by your own admission you will probably only be using Auto-mode on your next camera you might consider the Panasonic Lumix FZ-200 while they are still available for purchase. It has a long zoom of 24X (25mm-600mm) and a fixed f2.8 aperture across the entire zoom making it great for low light situations. While they are still available you can pick one up for around $300. The newest version of that camera is the FZ-300 and costs about $300 dollars more.

By the way I have a Canon SX110is and I still use it for my backup camera. Its a great little camera with a 10X zoom lens which is the DSLR equivalent of a 36mm 360mm lens. The DSLR Nikkor lens you mentioned is only an 18-55mm lens. A 50mm lens basically produces what your eye sees (excluding peripheral vision.)

To be quite honest with you, I think you should just continue to use your Canon camera.
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Thanks for the reply and advice, Bob. If the SX110is didn't eat batteries so quickly I would stick with it for a while longer but it's just ridiculous how often we have to put new AA batteries in it. That and the little CR1220 just died (although that's not a big deal) and I can't find a replacement locally.

If I'm going to spend some money on a new camera it has to have a lot better battery life and I'd like to get something that takes even better pictures in Auto mode.

I'll have a look at the Panasonic Lumix FZs.
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Darn, I meant to address the issue of batteries. Energizer makes an Ultimate Lithium AA battery that lasts up to 9 times longer than regular energizers. The Lithiums arent cheap but I can vouch that they do last a lot longer. I can usually find a 4 pack for around $10 at Home Depot. These are the batteries I use in my SX110, my SX160, and my Fuji S8200.

The beauty of using AA batteries is you can buy them anywhere in the world. The only disadvantage to having a camera that uses a dedicated battery is if the battery goes dead you cant use your camera unless you have a spare battery.
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