Photographer: Mike Yoder
Camera: Pentax Optio S (Set on program mode)
Lens: approximately 35mm
The proverb "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush" is a good way to describe the satisfaction I had with my small, nonprofessional, digital camera that I carried with me for my recent Biking Across Kansas trek.
The professional gear I use for the newspaper would have weighed me down considerably, and it would have been unwieldy to have with me at all times.
But my pocket-sized, point-n-shoot proved invaluable. It was always within reach in a pocket of my cycling shirt, enabling me to grab shots with one hand in less time than it took me to get off my bicycle. In fact, I took several photographs from my seat as I coasted along.
The photo above I took quickly, still on my bike, after passing through the Fort Riley security gate.
My suggestion, when considering cameras for vacations, camps or just a walk around the block is to take the camera that is easiest to carry and access.
You'll use it more often. Plus, if a bird lands in your hand, the other hand is still free to take the photograph.