Any one using a bridge camera and do you use any accessories. At the moment I use a low cost rubber hood without an attachment ring as it has no screw thread. It is handy when sun is out and helps stop the glare.
Any one using a bridge camera and do you use any accessories.
I have a bridge camera. It came with a sun hood, polarising and UV filter. Actually, the most useful accessory is the OTG (on the go) USB cable which let's me view my photos on a 7" screen android tablet whilst I'm out and about.
Any one using a bridge camera and do you use any accessories....
Hi, I always use my trusty Nikon P510 bridge-camera - I do use a UV filter for the usual lens-protection duty but when it comes to the sun I usually just use a hand above the lens. I bought a 'snap-on' macro-adapter called a 'Raynox DC150' that has a spring-loaded pair of clamps that simply fit inside the thread on the front of your camera's lens or filter, but although it looked great & promised much I actually found the P510's 'extreme' macro (as close as about 1cm) was far easier and less hassle in use, with no real improvement from the adapter... This is it, there's a 'more powerful' version called the 'DC250' but judging buy the DC150 I wouldn't bother - the vignetting and movement would I suspect make it a tripod-only addition. Here's a link - it looks good in the blurb and example-pictures but I found it to be pretty pointless really, my P510 was able to give equally detailed macros (extreme or otherwise) without it!
Made my own coloured cellophane filter form cardboard circles with the cellophane in between fastened with sticky back plastic for strength. Just held in front of lens or rested on lens depending on camera angle when photographing an image.
I have a wildlife column in three local weekly newspapers. Each week (for 25 years) I need a photograph for it. For several years now have used bridge cameras,simply because I must be able to have my camera with me always,and anything else is too big. Never use filters or any other add ons. Just camera slung over shoulder or in pocket. Wildlife rarely allows time for changing lenses or filters. However I must admit to being a naturalist rather than a photographer.
Again slightly off theme but welding glass is very good if you want experiment with getting the effect of neutral density filters at very little cost. It can be bought on Ebay for less than £5.
Shade 14 welding glass is very dark - easily dark enough to look at the sun through - and can be used to give effect of the much more expensive neutral density filters.
There are some drawbacks -
you'll need to find a way of attaching the glass to the front of the lens, the glass sometimes has blemishes within that can affect the photo, and the glass is very, very, deep green so the white balance will need adjusting or the shot will look as if it was taken off-world
However, for a few pounds it will let you know if you might be interested in this type of photography without the cost.
although my principal camera is a dslr (or three) I use a panasonic TZ35 for walking arround - ref filters you can get a cokin style set where the holder has an arm that screws on to the tripod mounting screw