I began the 21st Century as basically a film photographer – both at home and while traveling. At the time I did not think that the newly developing digital camera could compete with a real film based one like my Nikon F80. I was still willing to tote an SLR, a lot of film, and a bunch of lenses for any serious travel photography.
However, as the years progressed I gradually got more into digital and my digital cameras got better – to the point where they not only replaced a film SLR but took the place of a large heavy camera system entirely.
Just for fun, here are a few digital photos I took with each of my digicams.
The Camera: Canon Powershot A60. This was my very first digital camera and had only a 2 Megapixel capacity. I used it mainly as a backup to film.
The Photo: Tomb of the Unkown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery 2003.
The Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5000. Bought used, it had decent Nikon optics and 5 Megapixel capacity. I still have this one in the closet somewhere, but it’s very obsolete now. It never was a good camera for flash photos, and was slow and balky.
The Photo: St John’s Harbor and Signal Hill, 2006.
The Camera: Fujifilm S6000fd. This 6.3 Mp Bridge Camera had a fixed 28-200 equivalent lens, a rudimentary electronic viewfinder, and was the first digicam I felt confident enough about to replace film on a holiday. It was still pretty large and heavy, but if you needed a zoom lens, it was good.
The Photo: Village of Oia, Santorini Island Greece 2007.
The Camera: Fujifilm F480. Cheap and lightweight. I got it as a companion to the larger bridge camera. mainly to bring on shore excursions. I featured 8.2 MP and under the right conditions could take a decent photograph. It was slow and frustrating in low light though. No viewfinder sometimes made it hard to use in bright sunshine.
The Photo: The Harbor, Vlaardingen Netherlands, 2009.
The Camera: Canon Powershot S90. A little gem of a camera – tiny and light and capable of great images. This camera accompanied us on many cruises and was the only one needed on our TransPacific cruise in 2015. It was limited in zoom length and did not have an electronic viewfinder, but otherwise a great travel camera. My granddaughter Veronica uses it today, and is learning to be a fine photographer.
The Photo: Opera House and Sydney from the ferry to Manley, 2015.
The Camera: Nikon D5500 DSLR. My very first digital single-lens reflex camera. I have a complete system of interchangeable lenses for it, and I can use the collection of old autofocus primes and zooms from my film system with it. It has a 24MP sensor and is great for just about any situation. But I would never haul all this stuff onto an aircraft.
The Photo: Deer in the backyard, Mont Tremblant QC, 2016.
The Camera: Panasonic Lumix ZS50. This one is my current travel unit. It has a huge 30X zoom lens and a decent electronic viewfinder. Its sensor is 12 MP and although a bit on the small side, serves the camera well. Some low light photos are a bit noisy, but in most conditions it is fantastic.
The Photo: Notre-Dame de Bon Voyage church, La-Seyne-sur-Mer France, 2016.
There you have it – seven photos, seven digital cameras, four brands, seventeen years. From backup toy to full-time photo machine. I’d like to think I had a bit to do with it as well.