Bridge of sighs

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If it were not for two things – some saved birth­day money and a tip- off from an ex­cited rel­a­tive – my first digi­cam would have

passed me by with­out a trace. The rel­a­tive al­ready owned a cou­ple of early cam­eras but no­ticed an of­fer with a mas­sive sav­ing on a Pana­sonic Lu­mix DMC- FZ20, a 5MP bridge cam­era boast­ing a Le­ica lens for £199.95! My lo­cal re­tailer had stock and my short jour­ney to col­lect this gem was a swift and ex­cit­ing in­tro­duc­tion to dig­i­tal pho­tog­ra­phy.

Thou­sands of pic­tures later the cam­era still has a place among oth­ers de­spite im­age noise lim­its in cer­tain sit­u­a­tions, but all for­given in re­turn for the lens’s op­ti­cal qual­ity. My pol­icy since is to look for phased- out mod­els still of­fer­ing great specs but at knock- down prices. Peter Den­ham

Ian asks if birds can be iden­ti­fied in cap­tions, e.g. a chaffinch

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