A Canon SX 50 camera? What?! A point and shoot camera? That would soooo not be for me. That is what I was thinking a couple of weeks ago when I read about the SX 50 super zoom.
Then I read some of the posts on the Stokes Birding Blog. The photo’s that Lillian took with this zoom camera were pretty darn great. That site led me to Steve Creek’s site where I read even more great things about the camera and saw more great photo’s. A 24-1200mm lens with image stabilization for less than $400! I read the review on the DPREVIEW, looked at a few more examples of photo’s taken with the camera on various sites, and ordered it. You can find it at Amazon by clicking HERE. There are some examples of photo’s taken by the folks that have purchased the camera.
I’ve been shooting with a Nikon D90 for quite a few years. I love the camera, love photography and particularly, I really like shooting birds and wildlife. I am NOT an expert photographer but I’ve been able to get some pretty good shots with the D90. I am also a pretty lazy photographer and HATE to change lenses, so my latest lens is the 18-300mm. Buying a lens to get closer to birds and wildlife for that camera would mean spending a lot of money for a longer lens and/or changing lenses. I am not giving up my D90 but I am hoping that the Canon SX 50 will supplement the camera that I already have for taking wildlife and bird photo’s.
My first week shooting with the Canon has been interesting. Below are a few of my photo’s. Please keep in mind that these are among the first photo’s that I have shot with the camera and while they aren’t bad, they surely are not as good as the ones taken by Lillian Stokes or Steve Creek. I’m hoping that showing these photo’s will show you that you are probably NOT going to take photo’s that are perfect, as soon as you pick up the camera. If you are impatient with yourself – as I am – or if you have been using a DSLR, you probably will need to remind yourself of two things. The first one is that this is NOT your DSLR AND number two – and this is important – is that this camera is going to take some time to get used to.
As Lillian Stokes says, “The camera has great ability just set on Smart Auto and people should have little problem photographing close, or relative close, birds in decent light. The harder part is hand holding the camera still when you are zoomed all the way, or a good part of the way, in on a bird”.
You will probably have to remind yourself of those words many times as you learn to shoot with this camera. I am having a VERY hard time with the holding of the camera and not shaking when it is zoomed all the way. I really believe that I will figure it out as I go and get get better photo’s as time goes on. For less than $400, this camera is a great camera for folks that like taking photo’s of birds and wildlife that don’t want to spend a lot of money. It also works well for landscapes. Do you have one of these camera’s? I’d love to hear your experiences with it.