nikon n80: a midrange slr with superb exposure control by the industry’s best brand. fits the same lenses the professionals use. $480 – body only, no lens;

contax g1: a luxurious range finder suitable for the professional or amateur. fits in your pocket, and is well worth the price. $700;

canon powershot s110 digital elph: 2.1 megapixel digital quality in one of the smallest digital cameras made. this is a treat. $599;

nikon coolpix 995: the choice for serious amateurs and professionals wanting affordable digital technology and manual control. $900;

have camera will travel

want to learn more? start by picking up an instructional guide to travel photography, or better yet, learn it in the field. travel to exotic locations with professional photographers who will teach you the ropes face to face. here are four online resources to help you book a photo tour. is a comprehensive travel site offering online booking.

voyagers international has been leading photo tours for the past 13 years, from africa to china.

photo travel is a simple but exhaustive page with a complete list of links to independent tours and operators.

photosecrets provides links to guides and photography programs around the world.