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Old 01-28-2016, 10:39 AM   #15
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This is like asking what motor oil you use, 100's of opinions. I have a lumix lz1000 the same camera as the leica v lux but $500 cheaper. Great travel camera and hard to beat. I also have a new Sony a 6000, and it's wonderful and many pros are starting to see advantages of the new mirrorless designs and the A 6000 is a good one.

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Old 01-28-2016, 10:45 AM   #16
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Really like my Cannon 7D uses all the EOS lenses, easy to use , lots of flexibility in getting the shot . Reliable, always ready

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Old 01-28-2016, 10:56 AM   #17
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For high-quality images and a camera you can put in your pocket, check out the Lumix ZS50 - Leica glass and very adjustable - or just put it on full-auto and shoot.

The smaller Leica's are made by Lumix (Panasonic), they just cost more for the little red circle.

For SLR - the Nikon D3300 is not expensive, relatively light and makes excellent images.

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Old 01-28-2016, 12:17 PM   #18
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It so depends on what you are going to use your camera for and how much you will probably use it... and your budget. I've been a pro shooter for 35 years. I switched to digital in 2003 and now use Canon 1DX bodies because I primarily shoot equines and equine sports as well as cultural studies when I travel. I travel all over the world shooting in all weather/climate conditions and love having an insulated camera body. That said, I would not recommend my cameras because you most likely don't need that much camera. I only have them because it fills my specific needs.

Mostly shooting landscapes and travel photos? you have a big world of options. I know that many landscape photographers are loving their Sony cameras.
Not all sensors are equal. A camera might have lots of megapixels but it doesn't help if your sensor limits your quality, especially if you shoot in low light.

I would spend some time educating yourself on what is out there and talking to your local camera shop and you will start to see a pattern emerge of what is going to fit your individual needs.

I am going to Iceland in June. I will take my heavy 1DX with my wide angles for landscapes and my 70-200 for the Icelandic ponies, but with domestic flight weight/space restrictions, I am thinking of leaving my other heavy camera at home and picking up a smaller DSLR as a back up body. My journey of education on that is just beginning so I am probably in the same boat as you are right now. I hear a lot of talk about mirrorless... I must go read up. I know one thing, which is probably pretty important, less weight and compact is really nice, that is why my iPhone 6 gets a work out when I travel. Good luck!
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Old 01-28-2016, 12:26 PM   #19
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Normally I would jump on a Hassey as a C-500 is still in my stable, however it is just a Hassey body on Sony inards. Why not just buy a Sony? The Leica becomes more interesting at that point.
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Old 01-28-2016, 03:41 PM   #20
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My favorite website for researching cameras is dpreview.com
In particular, their "Search" webpage offers a drill-down method to help you pick the cameras that may be best for you. Their "Compare" link provides side-by-side comparisons of multiple cameras - e.g. The Leica models you listed. They provide a useful glossary, and in- depth reviews. Check out:

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Old 01-28-2016, 04:18 PM   #21
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Interesting thread. I think it is impossible to pick a camera and more importantly a lens system on a discussion board. But it is fun to talk about them.

I use a Nikon dx format, with both dx and fx lenses. I stopped upgraded camera bodies and started just spending my funds on lenses years ago. That makes my camera body out of date, but I am not a pro and it works for me.

I found that we were just using a Canon point and shoot on trips most of the time solely because of the ease of carrying it, and it takes good pictures but you don't get to think much, it does it all.

I split the difference with a Fuji X100s, and love it. It is small and light enough to take everywhere, it takes amazing pictures, and I find I don't miss having a bag of lenses. It now gets the most use. The Nikon is great for motorsports photography for example (80-200 f2.8 ED, heavy but fast focusing and sharp) but the weight and bulk just means I take it out less often.

The good news is there aren't many bad choices out there.

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Old 01-28-2016, 05:58 PM   #22
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I prefer Nikon. However, some of the posts above have good points. CCD specifications are important along with optical specifications. Digital zoom is no replacement for optical zoom and performance. I switched to digital only when I could not tell the difference between digital and film. That happened to me when the CCD reached a value of greater then 10 mega pixels and a good lens. So in short test drive as many cameras as you can in the types you want and see which one does what you want. You can learn a lot from the internet and then going to a store and trying them out.
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Old 01-28-2016, 06:14 PM   #23
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I think you should get another Contax G2. Shoot film.
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Old 01-28-2016, 07:10 PM   #24
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I used to shoot with the Contax G2 system, with the complete line of lenses. When the digital age took over I lost interest in my hobby and sold my gear. Now I'm interested in getting back into it. I have been looking at some compact cameras and want opinions.
1. Leica D-lux
2. Leica V-lux
3. Hasselblad Lunar
4. Hasselblad Stellar ( pocket camera, no interchangeable lenses)

Thanks for your input📸
The Contax G2 was a great system. Ever sorry you sold it?

If I were going to buy just one camera now, it sould be a Sony a7RII. It's a mirrorless DSLR with 42Mpix of resolution, and the most advancd sensor on the market by most measures. But the reason I'd recommend it is that it can use lenses from virtually any other camera system you might want: Nikon, Canon, Leica, Contax... and on. There are a host of adapters for all those lenses available. And of course Sony sells lenses for it as well, and Zeiss makes a line of lenses that are truly brilliant for the new Sony A7 cameras. It's really near medium-format sensor capability in a body that can use whatever glass you want it to. It also shoots very decent video (4K video at that!) Very hard to beat.

For what it's worth, I make my living as a filmmaker and currently shoot with several cameras: Nikon D810, Contax 645/PhaseOne back, Sony a7s, Red Epic Dragon (for motion).
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Old 01-28-2016, 08:10 PM   #25
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I would endorse the Sony A7 as well. Full frame sensor, and as FilmGuy said, Sony leads the market in sensor development right now. I migrated from Nikon. The A7 is my go-to digital, but when out camping, I still prefer to shoot film. Rolleiflex SL66, Mamiya 7, 4x5, 8x10.
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Truth is it is almost impossible to buy a bad camera these days. There never has been a better time for the medium technology wise. Personal preference and goals are what will ultimately drive your choice.

As a pro art photographer I use all sorts of cameras, from my iPhone, Canon, Leica and Fujifilm. All are excellent. My personal go to choice is the X-Pro cameras from Fujifilm as it offers the best bang for the buck and is half the size and weight of my Canon 5D MKII and lenses. It makes a superior travel kit and the glass quality is amazing. The lens selection has gotten quite good and gets better all the time. At least 90% of my current work for the last 2-3 years has been with the X-Pro1 and I'm about to grab the higher res and much improved X-Pro2.

Do your research and make a selection based on your personal preferences and needs, but do give the Fuji cameras a hard look. Extra bonus for an old film guy: The X-Pro2 has very good film emulator capability from the people who made some of the best films in the industry. Really remarkable technology these days!

Good luck and have fun with your search!
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Old 01-28-2016, 08:51 PM   #27
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I am not a professional photographer but a hobbyist. In December I got rid of my Nikon and lenses and went with a Sony A6000 and could not be happier. Previously I always found myself walking around with a lightweight lesser camera and leaving the Nikon at home with the bag and lenses. Now I merged the power/quality with the ease of carry and have some great pictures to share. Sony/Minolta and third parties are continuing to debut lenses for the A6000 A7 line and it is even getting pros to switch.
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Old 01-28-2016, 09:15 PM   #28
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I shoot wildlife and sports with a Canon 5D Mark III with Canon lenses (given ability of this combination to focus and track birds in flight and other fast moving objects adequately), and a Sony A7R II with Sony and Canon lenses for landscapes and travel, given its outstanding sensor and relatively light weight. I can recommend both, and could answer any specific questions by PM. Joe

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