|Message from Gordon W
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My love of photography began in 1950 at age 4, when my photographer father started me shooting and developing photos before I could read or write. In retirement, having tired of cities and the rat race, I enjoy most of all photographing the beauty and tranquility of nature, although I'll photograph anything that catches my eye.
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Primary DSLR - 18MP Canon EOS 60D
Secondary DSLR - 15MP Canon EOS Rebel T1i (500D)
Convenience camera - 20MP Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000
Secondary convenience camera - 16MP Nikon Coolpix P1000 Superzoom
Backup convenience camera -18MP Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 Superzoom
Pocket camera - 18MP Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 (Lumix DMC-TZ60)
Drone - 12MP DJI Mavic Mini
Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens (resides more or less permanently on the T1i (500D))
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens (resides more or less permanently on the 60D)
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM lens
Tamron-F AF Tele-converter 1.4X C-AF1 MC4 (used with the T1i/100-400mm camera/lens combo)
Canon 250-D 58mm dual-element close-up lens (used on the FZ200 for macro)
Canon 500-D 58mm dual-element close-up lens (used on the FZ200 for macro)
Canon 500-D 72mm dual-element close-up lens (used on the 100-400mm lens for macro)
The Panasonic FZ1000 is mainly for low light or when I want better image quality
The Nikon Coolpix P1000 Superzoom is used for wildlife and general daytime shooting
The Panasonic FZ80 is used when small and light is the deciding factor
Assorted Thoughts - I shoot only RAW format. Except for the Mavic Mini which has other redeeming qualities, I will never buy another camera that doesnít shoot RAW. My experience with JPEGs is they are far too limited for my processing practices.
Because Iíve gotten older and thus dislike carrying around bulky, heavy, or limited camera gear, since 2013 Iíve been shooting mostly with superzooms (by my definition, 400mm or longer), which have become quite good and for most uses eliminate the necessity of carrying around DSLRs and their lenses.
There are times though when shooting with a DSLR is best, but since I dislike swapping lenses because it causes missed shots and allows dust to get on DSLR sensors, I rarely swap lenses, especially in uncontrolled environments, preferring instead to carry both DSLR/lens combos on those occasions when I want the best image quality and feel I might need both lenses.
I never leave home without a camera, especially since getting a smartphone (although I rarely use its camera due to it having no telephoto reach). For those times when I go out not expecting to shoot photographs and not wanting to bother with one of the larger cameras but not be without reasonable telephoto reach, I take the ZS40 because you just never now when a photo op will present itself and a less than optimum photo of that situation is better than no photo.
I have no brand loyalty, buying whatever meets my requirements at the time regardless of who made it.