SLR+ long lens v Bridge camera

Started Sep 11, 2013 | Questions thread
Anderton Contributing Member • Posts: 663
Re: SLR+ long lens v Bridge camera

Verulanium wrote:


I have an A65 and my longest lens is a Minolta 100-300 or a manual focus 500mm mirror lens.

I am looking at getting a longer AF lens for bird/animal pictures etc. I am on a limited budget so would be looking at something like a Sigma 150-500.

Just wondering if I would get better results with a Bridge camera with a 1000mm+ lens, a Fuji HS50 or Sony HX300 etc.

Anyone with practical experience of similar systems?



Hi Tim,

Bridge cameras have come a long way in the last couple of years in adding PASM modes and +1000mm focal range.

You can use the Clear Image zoom or Photoshop to extend the zoom further with a slight loss of image quality, though less if you would use digital zoom.

The Sony a65 will have a slight edge in image quality due to sensor size.

Good luck!


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