Cameras: looking for comments & recommendations
There are so many really gorgeous photos posted to the threads on critters and garden photos! I really need to do more than talk about getting a decent camera and actually bite the bullet and make a choice.
I know I've asked about cameras before, but it was a couple of years ago, and I hadn't yet gotten frustrated enough with my cell phone's poor range and inability to focus on what I want it to focus on. While having the camera in my cell is really convenient and reasonable quality for midrange shots, I want to be able to do closeups and telephoto, and our more than 10-year-old digital camera just isn't worth using. Currently I see but can't photograph most birds that visit my gardens, ranging from hummers to flycatchers to small hawks. I can do landscapes just fine, but if I want to capture critters from turkeys to moose that are out in the cornfield, I mostly get small brown smears. Forget about trying to get a photo of a hawk or eagle in flight or a closeup of a flower in my garden. Also, I want the option of choosing where the focus is in a picture.
So a few questions:
Do you use a point-and-shoot with a built in telephoto?I've been eyeing the Cannon Powershot SX50 HS, but don't know if it will be a reasonable choice for what I want to be able to do.
Do you have an SLR with changeable lenses? Our last SLR was stolen, but that was long enough ago that it used film. Do I need a digital SLR to do what I want?
What do you use?
What do you like or dislike about your camera?
Will it do what I want?
For now I'd just as soon not consider cost, but look at the various merits and problems of different options.