An infinity of accessories
The world of photography is not limited only to the purchase of the camera and the lens: they are the starting point of your photographic kit that can be enriched very much. Let's start by saying that this premise does not apply to bridges since they can be considered as a finished product that cannot be further enriched: at most, you can buy a tripod
for making more stable photographs. For mirrorless cameras, on the other hand, you can buy external flashes
and you can indulge yourself in choosing the most suitable lens.
How to enrich the photographic kit of reflex cameras
SLRs, on the other hand, can have many more accessories that make their use more complete. For lenses for reflex cameras of different formats, for example, the hood can be mounted which eliminates unwanted light effects or polarized
or UV filters.
which eliminate ghost images; then there are the colored filters of yellow, green, orange or red
that allow nice artistic effects. The remote control
can be connected to the body of the SLR to take photos from a distance and the microphone
for better definition of the audio. Many reflex cameras have a built-in flash but if you want you can mount an accessory for a more powerful light beam; there are different types, from the classics, to those with an articulated head to have the light reflected up to those that have light along the diameter of the lens. If you make intensive use you can buy extra batteries or a battery grip
that improves the handle of your machine. You can then buy extension tubes to be placed between the camera body and the lens which allow closer focus and at the same time a higher magnification
. It is right to know at the outset that if you want to have a complete kit, reminiscent of that of photographers, you can do it only by purchasing a reflex camera; if instead you do not have the desire to have many accessories then it is better to prefer a bridge. However, you have to be careful to respect your budget, in our case, for example, you could decide to buy an entry level reflex camera at 60K LKR and allocate the remaining part to the purchase of accessories.
Cameras for each photographic genre
Potentially every camera can be used for any kind of photography
and at the same time a photographer, both professional and novice, can experiment with different types, preferring one first and then, perhaps, moving to another genre. By photographic genre, we mean the category that groups the different photographs taken based on the subjects or the intended use of the photo: by way of example, in the first case, we can insert naturalistic photography, portraiture or landscaping; in the second, however, the reportage or the wedding. In the purchase choice you have to take into account what you want to photograph because each photographic genre requires a certain equipment
and the three types of cameras that we have seen respond differently.
If you are a nature lover and your desire is to photograph it, you have to understand which part of nature you want to photograph: there are terrestrial landscapes, astronomical and underwater photography.
To photograph a seabed it is necessary to have a waterproof camera
or a case
that makes it so; if, on the other hand, you want to photograph a solar or lunar eclipse, by setting some parameters of a reflex well and with UV filters
you will be able to do it. Mirrorless and bridges are good for any type of landscape:
be careful though, if you want to capture a large portion of the panorama you are observing, you will need an interchangeable wide-angle lens
. If you are passionate about flowers, you must move towards the purchase of a macro type lens
that has a short focus distance so that you can get close to it.
It is certainly the most used genre, perhaps even just to document a family event such as a birthday party and, in this case, a bridge is the perfect camera: practically automatically you can immortalize all relatives and friends around a cake. However, if you want to photograph the exact moment when you blow the candle then the reflex is the best since you will have the possibility to change some parameters such as the shutter speed.
With some mirrorless cameras it is possible to select the subject to be focused on the screen and which part of the background to leave out of focus.
When you travel you meet new landscapes, new cultures, new animals and maybe even people with the somatic features of the face different from their own: here the desire to photograph all these news is strong. During the trip you want to be comfortable and have small dimensions: without a shadow of a doubt the mirrorless is the ideal camera
. It has compact dimensions, weighs little and the lenses are not only interchangeable but are smaller in diameter. If your trip includes a photographic safari, perhaps in Africa, however, the reflex will allow you to have a greater shooting readiness: remember, however, that it weighs more and takes up more space. Finally, if you have no particular needs and want to take a picture every now and then, maybe to the group of friends with whom you are, even a bridge camera is not to be excluded.
Whether it is a football game or a car that rushes at high speed, to photograph them, you need a powerful zoom,
a valid image stabilizer and a fast shutter adjustment. The camera indicated for this type of photography is definitely a reflex with a telephoto lens.
If, on the other hand, these are slightly more static sports, mirrorless could also be fine.