Back in the eighties and nineties, I enjoyed shooting with a Nikon SLR and later a Canon Rebel SLR, but then digital was invented.  It took me a little while to embrace the new technology but eventually I bought a little Kodak digital point and shoot.  As pixels and features improved, a few more point and shoot camera purchases were made.hummers

Once we started traveling regularly, I never left the RV without my trusty Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS19 either in my purse or pocket.  I loved that camera, but after much use and abuse, she was replaced with a Sony WX350 18 MP Digital Camera (Black). As much as I like my little Sony, I kind of wish I had purchased this Panasonic DMC-ZS50K LUMIX 30X Travel Zoom Camera with Eye Viewfinder – MPX 12.1 (Black)  My friend ML uses this camera and loves it.

UtahAs our travels continued and my interest in photography was renewed, I felt I was ready to step up. I decided a ‘bridge’ camera might be the perfect fit to take my photography to the next level.

During the summer of 2014, my dad surprised me with a gift… the gift of a  Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 12.1 MP Digital Camera with CMOS Sensor and 24x Optical Zoom – Black.

The lens capability of the FZ-200 when compared to a DSLR camera is equivalent to 25-600mm.  This camera is lightweight and goes everywhere with me.  Most of the photos featured on this blog after July 2014 were taken with the Panasonic DMC – FZ200.

Thanks Dad.  It’s a great camera and a special gift that I’ll treasure. 

great blue heronUpdate – the FZ200 has since been discontinued and replaced with the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ300K 12.1 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch Sensor, 4K Video, Splash & Dustproof Body, Leica DC Lens 24X F2.8 Zoom (Black)

In January 2016, I almost pulled the trigger on adding a DSLR to my collection.  For months, I was torn between the Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Power Zoom Lens and the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR with 18-55mm STM + 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens Bundle (Black) and had the opportunity to try out both.  I finally leaned more toward the Canon because of price and lens availability.  I will say, most men probably won’t like the fit of the SL1 and I’d recommend looking at the Canon EOS Rebel T6i Digital SLR with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens – Wi-Fi Enabledfoggy morning

Please keep in mind, I consider myself a novice photographer. Thus, these products are great for beginners and intermediate photographers and can be purchased for less than a grand.

Air Show

The camera I use the least but enjoy having on hand is a Panasonic DMC-TS25D Waterproof Digital Camera with 2.7-Inch LCD (Orange)… I bought one in black.  This is a waterproof, underwater camera.

So when I’m out on the water boating or it’s raining, this is the one I go to. I also use the wrist float when I go paddle boarding or kayaking. 
inflatable kayaks

camera wrist strapChums Waterproof Camera Float

And then of course, I have a couple of tripods.  Although I’ll admit, I’m kind of a lazy photographer and don’t use a tripod as often as I should.
tripodDolica AX620B100 62-Inch Proline Tripod and Ball Head

JOBY GorillaPod Hybrid Tripod for Mirrorless and 360 Cameras – A Flexible, Portable and Lightweight Tripod With a Ball Head and Bubble Levelself-timer

And a case to keep me organized.

camera bagCanon 200DG Digital Camera Gadget Bag -Black

and to keep everything clean ….

bridge camerasI love using a polarizing filter for landscape photos when the sun is bright.  It’s a must at places like Arches National Park. Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizer

Neutral density filters are fun when it comes to slowing down the flow of water …. waterfalls, rapids, and such.  I’m still working on this technique. Tiffen 52mm Digital Neutral Density Filter KitJapanese Garden


Snowy EgretSome camera stores let you rent or borrow equipment.  While in Denver during the summer of 2014, Mike’s Camera had a “Day at the Zoo”.  I had the opportunity to test several different cameras free of charge.  I brought my own media card and  tried out a few different DSLR cameras.  I would highly recommend doing this if given the opportunity.  This is how I figured out that I wouldn’t be happy with the size of the Canon T5i and was able to narrow down my search to the Sony a6000 or Canon SL1.  The smaller cameras fit my hand better and feel more comfortable.foggy morning

Editing….. I used to use Google’s Picasa for most of the photos posted on this blog prior to January 2017 (Picasa is no longer available to download) but I’ve since switched over to Lightroom 5.  I was definitely intimidated by this software in the beginning, but once the learning curve was over, I now wish I would’ve switched sooner to
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5

Update – Latest software platform is   Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6
For more creativity, I purchased    Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 & Premiere Elements 15

There are a bunch of helpful books out there to help in the navigation of these programs.

I purchased Scott Kelbys’ book –                   

And Photoshop Elements 15 For Dummies

Happy shooting 🙂

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25 thoughts on “Cameras

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  3. Ingrid,

    What pocket camera would your suggest today at under $300? We don’t mind buying last years technology if there is a better value. We have a DSLR. Although a cell phone camera is handy, I’m not satisfied with the cameras.

    • Hi Mark, I do like the little Sony I have for its compact size (photo of me in red T-shirt, the Sony is on the little tripod) but I like Mona Liza’s Panasonic ZS50 even better because of the viewfinder. Both cameras are listed above under the hummingbird photo. She and I both shot with a Panasonic ZS19 and when ours both failed within weeks of one another, we went on a quest for a replacement. She and I both bought different models of a Canon and Nikon P&S and returned them. I finally settled on the Sony and she stuck with a Panasonic. I agree with you and rarely use my iPhone 5. Good luck 🙂

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  5. I too use Panasonic Lumix cameras, I find them really good with their performance. I still use it. I also use Canon DSLR. Sony never impressed me with their colors. Recently, one of my friend has bought one, and colors seems good. But I will never buy Sony! Even in mirrorless, Fuji and olympus are doing great job. While Sony claims to have a fastest one, but I think there are many other parameters. Thanks for writing your camera story!

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    • It took me 3 purchases before I decided to keep the little Sony. I loved my Panasonic DMC-ZS19 but couldn’t find a new one… all were refurbished. The Sony is really little and takes nice sharp images for being so compact.

  7. Ingrid,
    I use the smaller point and shoot cameras almost exclusively now. I just got tired of lugging a large bodied camera and lens on long hikes. I’ve found that the newer ones with long optical zooms do a nice job.
    I had the underwater Lumix TS-20 you mentioned above (same color even). I used it on one trip to snorkel in the Caribbean and the darn thing malfunctioned. That was the last of the underwater cameras for me. I’m using a bit older Panasonic ZS-20 for everything on my blog for the past 1 1/2 years and love it. Good resolution and nice optical zoom.
    I do become envious of the new ZX-40 with the 30x optical zoom.

    Thanks for the write-up on the camera gear.

    • The problem with those really long zooms is camera shake. Zoomed in you really need to use a tripod. The FZ200 I’ve been using gets me in like a 600 mm DSLR equivalent and I’m really enjoying it especially for wildlife 🙂

  8. Hi Ingrid and Al, I have just begun my own journey to become a fulltimer. I’m excited for you as well. My blog is under construction, but I went ahead and posted anyway. It is exciting to think about this new lifestyle. I hope to get my rig this Fall or Winter. All the best to you! Pat

    • I’m looking at a T3i….it seems to fit my hand and feels comfortable. When in doubt, leave in ‘auto’ lol.
      The burst feature is awesome when photographing wildlife. Have fun playing with that new camera. I look forward to you posting all your wonderful photographs 🙂

  9. Ingrid,
    We have two Lumix cameras, best we’ve ever had. FZ28 was our dream camera after using Canon Sure Shots with many limitations. The FZ28 does it all for us. But it’s a little bulky, so we added another Lumix, more compact. But it’s bigger than we thought it would be. Luckily, our iPhone turned out to have a better-than-expected camera and we use it most. Awful in difficult lighting or wide-angle, or long zoom, the iPhone is adequate for 80 percent of what we want.

    Your photos are awesome!

    Jim and Debbie

    • I have 3 Lumix cameras and love them. The one I hardly use is the waterproof/underwater one but it does come in handy when it’s raining or we kayak. I hate my android smart phone and wouldn’t think about using that for photos. Perhaps I’ll get an iPhone when my lovely contract comes up. Thanks for stopping by. Happy trails 🙂

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