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Re: Best camera for touring

12 February 2016 - 5:49am
Panasonic DMC here, small enough to go in a rear pocket, so handy enough when i want to stop, point and shoot.... Leica lens so good pictures. Oh so different to the days of carrying my big slr around strapped to the back of the saddle, so had to stop, get it unstrapped and off the bike... out of case, point, focus, shoot by which time the particular lighting effect / cloud etc had changed and the scene had changed......

Re: Best camera for touring

11 February 2016 - 10:56pm
Norman H wrote:I long for some manufacture to produce a digital camera with the simplicity of use of the old film cameras.

Exactly!

I am still after a camera that I can carry in my jacket pocket on rides that will give me the quality and ease of use I am after. Ideally an optical viewfinder, a well placed exposure compensation dial, manual and aperture priority modes will suffice, no AF either.

Have looked extensively at the Fuji range. Tempted by a Fuji X100T, but occasionally a zoom is useful. Olympus and Sony make some good models too. But none are to my liking enough. Something like a Leica M would be perfect if lighter, except no where in my budget range! Though the new Leica Q for those who have the budget and don't mind the electronic viewfinder really seems an amazing camera.

For now I don't bother taking a camera on rides unless I am specifically going out photographing when I load the bike up with a ton of gear! But if travelling the choice is either very heavy Nikon DSLRs, or if weight is an issue a really old weatherproof Pentax compact that only shoots jpegs and allows no user control and consequently I don't use it much that all.

Most modern cameras are extremely capable and once people know how to use their model properly will deliver excellent results. But I strongly recommend trying each model out and physically handling them and delving into the menus. A lot are very frustrating to use and may not be set out in an intuitive way for you personally, so try before you buy and do loads of research.

Sold secure gold D lock

11 February 2016 - 10:55pm
Just ordered one of these for 17 pounds:

http://www.tredz.co.uk/.Squire-Eiger-Co ... _75671.htm

I need a decent lock because I'll be staying in 3 city centres next tour and can't guarantee a safe place for the bike.

1.38kg is an increase on my 900 gram kryptonite evolution d lock but at least this one can't be opened with a bic pen!

Re: Reivers Route (sustrans route 10)

11 February 2016 - 10:50pm
Here's an excellent journal of the route: https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o= ... =8678&v=2V

Re: Best camera for touring

11 February 2016 - 10:47pm
I recently bought a Panasonic Lumix TZ60 from the Panasonic Outlet on eBay for about £130. It was replacing a Canon PowerShot SX260 which has served me well on travels but the lens/screen were scratched so it was time for an upgrade.

The camera you choose is a personal thing but here are my criteria

* Has a reasonable zoom (20x +) for taking 'travel' style photos
* Image quality is OK
* Small enough to fit in my bar bag
* Cheap enough that I won't be upset if its first outing results in loads of scratches
* Sweep panorama feature
* USB charging, to be compatible with a USB backup battery pack
* Ideally GPS built-in


The zoom requirement excludes my smartphone and the size/cost requirements exclude my Micro 4/3 camera, which takes amazing photos but is overkill for a bike tour IMO.

The TZ60 ticks the boxes for zoom, has sweep panorama and GPS as well as wifi controls which I'm sure I will find useful in future. And as I was able to find one at such a competitive price I couldn't resist.

PS my favourite accessory is a Joby GorillaPod with magnetic feet. Perfect for attaching to signposts to take selfies whilst riding.

Re: Best camera for touring

11 February 2016 - 10:28pm
F70100 wrote:This thread would benefit from some pictures; if you're recommending a camera, show us what it can do...

Would you describe yourself as a photography enthusiast? Do you want to shoot RAW files? Do you only want a point & shoot?

The best camera for touring is influenced by these (and many more factors).

I would describe myself as an enthusiastic photographer; I'm very pleased with my Canon G15. If I lost it I would replace it with a something like an Olympus OM-D E-M10 or Fuji X-T10.

Some G15 images:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/130356579@N02/24526319799/in/datetaken-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/130356579@N02/16250286168/in/datetaken-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/130356579@N02/21844247984/in/datetaken-public/

You have some great pictures there, thanks for sharing.

But I do not think showing pictures is that useful, whereas in this digital world there are big differences in sensors it's the photographer and not the camera after all!

Re: Navigation - Garmin

11 February 2016 - 9:07pm
With the etrex series you'll get 50 hours continuous use off a couple of AA lithiums. The etrex 20 is £101 quid and you can use osm maps for free. USB socket is on broom under rubber flap and can safely be used in heavy rain if running off the Dynamo.

Re: Navigation - Garmin

11 February 2016 - 8:53pm
Thanks for all your replies! I've read them all, and like others have mentioned, one of the main driving forces behind my decision to get a dedicated navigation tool is the battery life on my phone. The mapping apps available for mobiles are brilliant, and I suppose I could have got a recharger pack or something similar so I could top up my phone charge while on the move, but the lure of a new gizmo, I think, won me over. The only decision left was which gizmo to buy.

After having still been in two minds over the Garmin Edge 810 even after reading countless reviews and pondering pondering pondering, I received it through the post yesterday and spent the next wee while being in a "new-gadget-mania". I've unpacked it all and I think I'll likely be keeping it. It seems quite impressive! And it's great to have a new toy!

I got a chance to muck about with it late last night for a few kilometres indoors on the turbo to make sure everything was working as it apparently should and to try and familiarise myself with the layouts. I was supposed to be taking it outdoors for a trial run today, but ended up not doing so as I was let down by my unreliable friends!

Maybe tomorrow, and I'll let you know how I get on with it.

I registered for Gamin Connect on the mobile app, but haven't really been able to figure it out...[emoji848] it'll come good with time, I'm sure.

Re: Best camera for touring

11 February 2016 - 8:33pm
PH wrote:F70100 wrote:This thread would benefit from some pictures; if you're recommending a camera, show us what it can do...

Nice photos, but what this shows is more about the photographer than the camera. Digital in a way makes that less so, the more you take the chances of getting lucky increase, but I know a photographer who uses shots as sparingly as they would if it was the most expensive film and still gets great results. And someone else with a pro level SLR who produces mediocre snapshots.
Link to my flicker below, I've only ever had one camera at a time, it shouldn't be hard to spot where I changed from a compact to M4/3, though the Panasonic LX5 was a very good compact. I shoot in raw and play with in Lightroom, I like it when a photo captures what it felt like to be somewhere, yet despite a reasonable understanding of the technology and composition my results are unpredictable.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/phbike/

I agree with you about digital. Also what this shows is post editing. Doesn't make much sense to compare photos when one person may just be taking jpegs and maybe cropping them at most and somebody else is shooting Raw and spending hours with Lightroom afterwards. Even comparing IQ on DP Review can be tricky. Great photos, though, PH.

Re: Best camera for touring

11 February 2016 - 8:15pm
Almost any modern camera is capable of taking decent pictures so you really need to think about what is important to you (which it sounds like you already have: "easy to handle, light, quick to pick up and shoot with good picture quality and battery life" etc.). I get the impression that you want something small and simple (to operate) so I have ruled out micro four third format and DSLRs (but I could be wrong)

My reckoning is try to get an idea as to how automatic you want your shooting to be and how much control you want to take - will you want to override the camera's decision making and choose/experiment with your own settings or be happy with what the camera decides? If you want to choose your own settings without going through menus, there are some compact cameras with knobs and dials that make changing settings a lot easier - like the Canon G series; there are other compacts that only have automatic 'style' modes. As others have said - decide on things like viewfinder and file formats. If you want a wide range of focal lengths, a super-zoom bridge camera might be more up your street.

Once you've decided on a few key features, I would say go to a shop and try them for size - some brands/models just feel more 'right' and intuitive than others to the individual. As you have said, you want a camera that you are going to handle easily and be quick to shoot with. Cameras are like bikes - some people prefer hub gears over derailleur, some prefer straight bars over drops - both get the job done .

Re: Navigation - Garmin

11 February 2016 - 7:47pm
Ride with GPS has good set of pages on Garmin settings.
If you are using a Garmin for route map navigation, you want to read them.
The default Garmin settings make following a set route more difficult than
it needs to be. Still have not found the "Cake Stop Button", for food stops
leave the Garmin on.

http://ridewithgps.com/help/?cat=9

Re: Best camera for touring

11 February 2016 - 7:07pm
F70100 wrote:This thread would benefit from some pictures; if you're recommending a camera, show us what it can do...

Nice photos, but what this shows is more about the photographer than the camera. Digital in a way makes that less so, the more you take the chances of getting lucky increase, but I know a photographer who uses shots as sparingly as they would if it was the most expensive film and still gets great results. And someone else with a pro level SLR who produces mediocre snapshots.
Link to my flicker below, I've only ever had one camera at a time, it shouldn't be hard to spot where I changed from a compact to M4/3, though the Panasonic LX5 was a very good compact. I shoot in raw and play with in Lightroom, I like it when a photo captures what it felt like to be somewhere, yet despite a reasonable understanding of the technology and composition my results are unpredictable.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/phbike/

Re: Best camera for touring

11 February 2016 - 6:58pm
On my desk are 5 cameras ranging from a Nikon Coolpix 330 to an Olympus OMD. The Nikon has survived two years of abuse but my Olympus 500UZ went for over five years before dying on me, the 600UZ lasted 18 months and one drop killed the Fuji S8000!

The things I look for in a touring camera are the following

Easy to source power - I prefer AA batteries, available almost anywhere
Reasonable zoom function - @ 12 is best I find
Light and easy to hold - i've sometimes had the camera in my hand for several hours
Simple menu - i'm not aiming for art pictures, just reasonable quality images - i've been known to take 10000 pics on a two week tour!
Must fit in my bar bag and jacket pockets - no good saying a haselblad is the best camera if you can't carry it!

Currently the Finepix is the camera that travels with me, it's quite tough, light, cheap and takes most stuff quite adequately. The OMD is nice but it's too complicated for quick shots and heavy too so whilst it's small it's not a tour camera.

Re: Navigation - Garmin

11 February 2016 - 6:54pm
I don't see how any of the above phone 'v' GPS helps the OP learn more about his new Garmin.

Re: Pump Recommendations

11 February 2016 - 6:45pm
mnichols wrote:Heltor Chasca wrote:mnichols wrote:anyone found a way of keeping the pump protected on the bike? Cling Film maybe?

[emoji23] Or similarly shaped, stretchable, item? Can't think what [emoji535]


That gave me an idea, I've made a sheath out an old innertube. I cut it to just a bit longer than the pump and sealed one end with pucture repair cement,put the pump in the sheath and attached to the bike - now it's nice and protected from the winter elements. I'll probably take it off in summer as it looks a bit naff, but will keep it safe in the winter

Napoleon would be proud. Good work...b

Re: Pump Recommendations

11 February 2016 - 6:44pm
Heltor Chasca wrote:mnichols wrote:anyone found a way of keeping the pump protected on the bike? Cling Film maybe?

[emoji23] Or similarly shaped, stretchable, item? Can't think what [emoji535]


That gave me an idea, I've made a sheath out an old innertube. I cut it to just a bit longer than the pump and sealed one end with pucture repair cement,put the pump in the sheath and attached to the bike - now it's nice and protected from the winter elements. I'll probably take it off in summer as it looks a bit naff, but will keep it safe in the winter

Re: Pump Recommendations

11 February 2016 - 6:41pm
[quote="Erudin"]This pump is £5 excluding postage if bought between 6pm-7pm:

I've ordered two!

Re: Navigation - Garmin

11 February 2016 - 5:36pm
Does your smart phone work in the rain?
Can you operate it when you wear thick gloves?
Will it last for 15hrs or more even with the screen on?
Will it take a Li battery?
Will it take AA batteries bought from the corner shop?
Will it take AA NiMh rechargeables?
Is it GPS accurate to 7ft?
Can it display full OS mapping?
Does it have a magnetic compass?

If it does all of these things, it's a good thing to have.

Re: Loire a velo. Logistics.

11 February 2016 - 5:32pm
MartinBrice wrote:andymiller wrote:You always have had to pay extraNo - back in the day we partly dismantled the bikes and wrapped them up and took them as hand luggage, and spent an hour reassembling them at the other end. Carrying a dismantled bike on the Paris Metro in the rush hour was something I vowed never to do again. Paying £30 for the bike to go seemed a reasonable price at that point in time!

Yes true. I've also lugged my bike and luggage on the RER — riding between stations is definitely easier.

Re: Triskell Guide to Cycling Holidays in Brittany

11 February 2016 - 3:44pm
pga wrote:There is a big initiative in converting old railway routes into greenways (voie verte). The quality is often very good, much better than the NCN. The network is being added to all the time. Check online.

This may be a decent starting point - http://www.af3v.org/CarteAF3V/carte-detaillee.html

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