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Many of you have beautiful photos on here. I would like to post some too, and for the catfish contest I have to take pictures.

My question is how you keep your cameras safe around water and other hazards of fishing. I recently fulfilled a life-long dream by buying a high-quality DSLR. I plan to use it for wildlife, action, sports, and photojournalism. It is quite weather resistant but I just don't know the practicalities of taking it fishing with me. It is pretty bulky. My only other option is my 187 year old cell phone. Any ideas on how to keep my camera handy but safe?Unsure

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It probably depends on the amount of risk involved. If you fish from a boat or a kayak there is always the risk of falling, tripping, or dropping a camera. If you are basically a bank tangler -- an agile one -- the risk of falling or dropping is less.

My grandson ruined his camera in a kayak tip-over. I ruined a camera and several years of my live span in a horrible pontoon sinking. I now use a small Sony camera and it is easy to transfer pics from disc to computer. Seems like it cost me a little over a hundred bucks.

Probably best to save your "high quality" camera for professional quality photos. Any inexpensive camera will do for posting pics of catfish entries as long as Jeff can read the numbers.

Fish on.

BLK
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catchinon wrote:
Many of you have beautiful photos on here. I would like to post some too, and for the catfish contest I have to take pictures.

My question is how you keep your cameras safe around water and other hazards of fishing. I recently fulfilled a life-long dream by buying a high-quality DSLR. I plan to use it for wildlife, action, sports, and photojournalism. It is quite weather resistant but I just don't know the practicalities of taking it fishing with me. It is pretty bulky. My only other option is my 187 year old cell phone. Any ideas on how to keep my camera handy but safe?Unsure

Depends on your boat. If it's big enough, no problem. Use a dry bag over your camera case. I take my cameras out in my canoe duck hunting and out on the ocean in my 20' boat. For fishing and upland game hunting photos I use an advanced P&S, a Sony R100 Mk V. It's okay for those situations. Wildlife photography is a rather specialized discipline, though.
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I went online and found an Olympus Stylus Tough on that popular auction site. Darn near bulletproof. It is rated to withstand a 6-foot drop and is 10-meter waterproof. It can even take underwater stills or video. There are others; just search for "waterproof pocket camera" and compare. (If you get one like mine, be sure it comes with a USB cord - Olympus uses a proprietary plug.)

Don't worry about megapixel count. Anything over four is plenty for online posting.



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I agree with boatloadakids, why risk a nice camera while fishing, less expensive cameras do a good job and don't hurt your pocket book as much if you damage or lose it. One other thing you want to consider is the size of the pics that are taken. At one point we thought we could post pic of any size on BFT but we have found over the years that those bigger MP pics take up a lot of space. I bought a 16 MP camera a few years back because I figured the pic quality would be better, it was but when it came time to posting pics on BFT, I found that my older 10 MP camera was better. At this time there is no restrictions on posting pics in post but the bigger pics when posted in a PM has become a problem and so last year all members were ask to delete all their old PM's because of those bigger pics taking up so much space. They have not come out yet and said anything about the posting size of pics in post but with the different problems the site is experiencing, I wonder if that might happen. We did at one time have a limit on the size of pics posted and mods had to resize pics time for members.


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(This post was edited by wiperhunter2 on Jun 7, 2018, 6:35 AM)
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Good advice. For my serious wildlife photography I use a Cannon 100-400 millimeter lens. Way overkill for taking a picture of a fish from three feet away Dumb. I was thinking I might have opportunities to "capture" things like mink, waterfowl, deer, etc. Now that I think about it I should just fish when I fish and shoot wildlife when stalking them purposely.

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Good idea. My shoulders ache just thinking about taking a several-pound camera and lenses along on my elk hunts. Some little cameras take high enough quality for trophy shots or whatever. I'm working on an elk-hunting book and I guess I can take the other photos I need on scouting trips.

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I always have a camera along when I'm fishing, hiking, etc. but would never consider taking a DSLR. I just carry one of those "tough" point 'n' clicks, so so worries about dirt, drops, water... it can (and has) handle it all.

Mine is a Fujifilm Finepix XP60 (probably available for less than $100 now as I'm sure they've upgraded).

It does your average "record the moment" type shot...


Macro shots...


Underwater shots...


And scenic shots....



Anyway, just a thought for a better option than lugging along (and risking) your DSLR gear.
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I have seriously downscaled my cameras over the years, just for that reason. Today, they are smaller, lighter - and have more capability than the huge old SLRs of the past. Plus, I don't take photos for publication any more.

I have a Canon SX520 that would have been called a "point and shoot" years ago. It's now my main camera. The Olympus is my fishing camera. But it's seemingly made of solid steel and I'm considering getting a truly light little shirt pocket camera just for quick snaps. If it were also waterproof, the Olympus might go down the road.



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In the days before digital, I shot tons of print or slide film...with good cameras and multiple lenses. But I almost never carried a camera in my tube out on the water. Most of my fishing pictures were "dead fish".


For several years I have been using a Pentax Optio W-90 for trip pics...on the water. It is a small light camera that has some surprising capabilities. Does not produce the same high quality pics of a good SLR camera, but good enough for forum posting.


This camera is waterproof down to 90 feet...but I have never tested that. However, it has survived a few dunkings. I keep it on a stout lanyard around my neck...inside a slip-on case...where it is always ready to record the day's events.




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Thanks to all for suggestions on small take-along cameras. I'll have to do some research on them and see what I come up with.

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"It probably depends on the amount of risk involved. If you fish from a boat or a kayak there is always the risk of falling, tripping, or dropping a camera. If you are basically a bank tangler -- an agile one -- the risk of falling or dropping is less."

BLK, you've never seen me fishing on a steep, gravelly bank nor standing up in a boat. There are scary moments. As I have gotten older I have lost some of my balancing ability. I often (that's relative) fall down on elk mountains. I tell my younger brother it's not how many times you fall down, it's how many times you don't get hurt.

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Craig I just use I-phone 8. Takes better pictures than my Sony camera. Easy to store in a zip-lock bag.
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Check out DPReview. They review all types of digital cameras, and even do "Roundups" of cameras within categories. While I agree with many here who take photos with lesser cameras, I sometimes take a DSLR along hunting and fishing. I not infrequently have opportunities to capture images suitable for framing. Displays are 72DPI, so for forum posting almost anything will do. Printing benefits from 200-300DPI, so higher quality files are in order. Here are a couple of examples taken last season. They are excellent printed large enough for wall display:
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If looking for a small, light, rugged camera for recording your catfish contest fish, be sure to get one that has a good wide angle ability. Have had to stop using my cell phone camera cause it's an old flip phone and won't get all the fish and bump board in with it close enough to read the numbers. Wife's smart phone on the other hand, takes good wide shots, but hard to see the subject on a bright sunny day.
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That shot of Green-winged Teal is beautiful!
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Joe_Dizzy wrote:
I always have a camera along when I'm fishing, hiking, etc. but would never consider taking a DSLR. I just carry one of those "tough" point 'n' clicks, so so worries about dirt, drops, water... it can (and has) handle it all.

Mine is a Fujifilm Finepix XP60 (probably available for less than $100 now as I'm sure they've upgraded).

It does your average "record the moment" type shot...
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Macro shots...
[img]http://i101.photobucket.com/...pscvpps3qo.jpg[/img]

Underwater shots...
[img]http://i101.photobucket.com/...psd090fc3b.jpg[/img]

And scenic shots....
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Anyway, just a thought for a better option than lugging along (and risking) your DSLR gear.

THIS!!! I take all these four kinds of shots too, with a Pentax Optio.


Jim
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Here's a link to DP Review's Buying Guides. Pick the category you're interested in:

https://www.dpreview.com/buying-guides

Best Pocketable goes to the Sony RX 100 Mk V:

https://www.dpreview.com/...e-enthusiast-cameras

Best Landscape goes to the Nikon D850:

https://www.dpreview.com/...meras-for-landscapes

Best Sports and Action goes to the Nikon D5, runner up the D500:

https://www.dpreview.com/...or-sports-and-action

Best Under $500 goes to a Canon EOS M100:

https://www.dpreview.com/...st-cameras-under-500
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Casio Camera is best in high speed:

https://www.youtube.com/...tm_source=opensearch

Watch the videos of high speed action slowed down so much you can see and study it. Example: See the wings of a humming bird flap s-l-o-w-l-y.

With this ultra high speed, there are lots of extra advantages. Take a still photograph and miss time capturing the best shot by a second -- well it's there. A group photograph and someone blinks -- no problem -- just pick from sixty photographs from burst mode and find ones both before and after the blink.

Ronald :)

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I picked up a FUJIFILM Finepix XP130 from Costco a few years ago and LOVE it. I have a Nikon DSLR that rarely gets pulled out anymore. I also have a Nikon point-and-shoot and this Fuji outperforms the Nikon with much better pictures.
We've used this thing on cruises, Mexico trips, Lagoon, swimming, snorkeling, etc. The pictures turn out great!

Two things to look for: optical zoom and ease of finding the buttons one-handed.

Optical zoom is a must in my opinion. Digital zoom is a joke and just ends up ruining an otherwise good photo. This Fuji does have optical zoom.

Also make sure you have one that's easy to access all the needed buttons one handed. Can you grip the camera and also reach the zoom buttons, shutter, flash, and video buttons quickly? If you are holding a fish and a camera this is a MUST.

Finally make sure whatever you get has little to no shutter lag. Some of the cheap ones you will find the shot is long gone by the time the camera actually takes the photo. If the light is good enough you can help this out by turning off the flash, but flash can be really good to help highlight your photos especially against a brighter background.

With that in mind, go into a store that carries them and try them out. I played around with this thing in Costco, going through a lot of the functions, for probably 1/2 hour before deciding to buy it.

Good luck!