SLR+ long lens v Bridge camera

Started Sep 11, 2013 | Questions thread
Michael Fritzen Veteran Member • Posts: 5,464
Re: SLR+ long lens v Bridge camera


you pretty much summed it up already. The main question is what results you are after and under what circumstances you'd likely want to get the shots.

For occasional use, under good lighting conditions (not inside dark forests for example), essentially static subject and finally, if you're not that picky about noise, detail rendition then one of those modern bridge cameras with their extreme zoom range may provide you with a pretty satisfying solution.

If you're aiming however at the highest IQ levels and trickiest shooting conditions then your bar may rise almost as much as you want, being the mark of 20,000$ for one of the top bodies + long/fast tele prime + tripod + head a aproximated reference. So inbetween the range of some hundert bucks up to that stratospheric values everything is possible and only you and your needs decide.

From a practical POV for example, a substitution of your MF 500mm reflex by an AF version from Minolta or Sony may represent already a substancial upgrade. A relatively low cost, low weight and low bulk solution. A zoom may provide more flexibility - but I'd say they are mostly used at their long end.

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