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Old 08-23-2015, 06:03 PM   #29
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Interesting thread and already some very good advise...
My advise will actually be very simple....
The VERY BEST camera you can have is the one you carry with you all the time. It actually that simple. You can have the best camera money can buy but if it's sitting on a shelf someplace it's of no value.


In my case, I have been fortunate enough to have photography take me to some of the furthest reaches of our globe. The downside to this type of work is the amount of gear you need to pack to ensure your able to get the shots the trip demands. In my case that meant dragging 17 Pelican cases full of gear. Everything from underwater hand or remote rigs, to aerial rigs to a couple complete sets of fast lens and several pro bodies. When your on an ice flow in the High Arctic there is no camera shops and FedX does not deliver... So if you need a 600mm lens to get your bear shots you better have two of them as the first one could be out of service really easily...... Mind you that why they invented Duck Tape......lol

So when the the mirrorless system began to show up in the market. I was thrilled to see the super high quality images these little systems could produce. It's amazing what you can product in such a small little package.

In my case I still pack around DLSR kit that has a permanent spot under the bed in my AS. But my go to camera for the last couple years has been full frame Sony RX1. This is not a camera for everyone but for me it's been great.

So in closing remember that camera gear is just that "gear" if it's not in your hand when opportunity knocks. All the gear in the world will not help you. So the very best camera you can have is the one you have in your hand

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Old 08-23-2015, 06:38 PM   #30
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Good advice, Doug. The same goes for what firearm to carry, as well.

The RX1 is such an awesome camera... I only wish it had a zoom lens on it.

But then again, I guess that's sort of what the A7RII would do for me. I tend to shoot more wider angle stuff than long. The A7RII with the 16-35mm zoom is really calling my name. Not a very small, nor light-weight camera, but the output is stunning and that focal length range just lights me up!

Still, I find the output of m4/3, when used with the best quality m4/3 lenses, to be stunning as well, though not as suitable for VERY large wall prints. And the gear is much smaller, lighter, and less costly. A Lumix GX7 or GX8 with Lumix 7-14 (14-28mm equivalent) or Olympus 9-18 lens (18-36mm equivalent) makes a pretty sweet set-up... with a 60mm f/2.8 macro in the pocket, to compliment.

This is why so many of us decide to have multiple camera systems!
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Old 08-23-2015, 07:46 PM   #31
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Doug beat me to the only line of truth about cameras. It's the one you have in your hand when you need the shot. Books have been printed shot with an iPhone. Television commercials and some portions of sitcoms have been filmed with iPhones.

Bottom line, a well recognized photographer once said (paraphrasing) it isn't the camera stupid. It's the art, the eye, the knowledge of the photographer that makes great photos.
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Old 08-24-2015, 12:54 PM   #32
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Camera for Travel

Hello, I an avid travel photographer and travel the SW/NW. I have the 5D Mk lll and several lenses for serious photos.
I bought the Canon 7D Mll with a 18/135 mm zoom(just for fun), and use a 70/200 zoom f4. this combination is great. I use the 7D Mk ll with the new 100/400 and that's an outstanding combination for wildlife. Of course that's not cheap nor a small package.
The only caution I can say about the mirror less cameras, is be careful when changing lenses, as dust can get on the sensor, there's no protection to keep out dust.
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Old 08-24-2015, 02:31 PM   #33
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The only caution I can say about the mirror less cameras, is be careful when changing lenses, as dust can get on the sensor, there's no protection to keep out dust.
carlose... your caution about taking care to keep dust out of the camera body applies to ALL interchangeable lens cameras, including all DSLRs like Canon and Nikon, etc. Dust can get on the sensor of any of them. If the photographer is quick and careful when changing lenses there is little to fear. Most ICL cameras these days also have sensor vibratory features to shake dust off.
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Old 08-24-2015, 03:09 PM   #34
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So often, I grab a great photo with my cell phone because as Doug said, my DSLR is not with me!
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Old 08-25-2015, 03:03 PM   #35
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Thanks for starting this thread. I'm leaving for an oversees trip soon and had planned on lugging my old Canon T2i and a few lens's along as I've done the past several years, when you got me thinking. I do dislike touring around town and carrying that big camera, its heavy, awkward, and makes a more obvious tourist than I already am. The DSLR is fine for car camping and auto touring.

Researching the micro 4/3 they appear to be very capable replacements for a DSLR, at about the same costs. Like the SLR's the $$$'s are in the lens collection.

Not yet ready to give up my older SRL gear what do you think of this camera, the Sony RX-100 IV? It's tiny, but it appears to be capable of some great detail. The first negative is the cost, but the plus is its small portable size. Someone said earlier, the best camera is the one you have.
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Old 08-25-2015, 03:12 PM   #36
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I was asked about camera recommendations...

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Not yet ready to give up my older SRL gear what do you think of this camera, the Sony RX-100 IV? It's tiny, but it appears to be capable of some great detail. The first negative is the cost, but the plus is its small portable size. Someone said earlier, the best camera is the one you have.

The RX100 is a very capable camera. I have recommended it in the past with a high degree of satisfaction.
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Agreed... the RX100 is among the very top choices in cameras of its type.

dpreview.com is an excellent resource to find reviews on cameras. You should stop in there to read about it.

Also, check out the Lumix LX100, my favorite always-have-at-hand-in-my-manbag camera. It's a sweet little camera, indeed, and provides fantastic image quality.
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I'm very happy with my Fuji X100T. Small size, great color. No lenses to lug around. Perfect for worldwide travel.
This is what I usually reach for when going to take photos. I have had plenty Canon EOS DSLR's Leica M's, Canon FD's, Panasonic 4/3's, etc., but I love the quality and portability of the X100. It has a fast, fixed 35mm equivalent lens and the same sensor size as the crop frame Canon DSLR's. Oh, did I say it is portable?
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The Fuji X100T is a great camera, indeed... particularly for those content with the fixed focal length.

For a lot of folks, however, the fixed focal length is more limiting than some are comfortable with... many people want a zoom lens to provide both a wider and a longer range of focal lengths.

For someone who is exploring what camera to buy... this is a choice you will need to make... will you be content with:

-a camera having a fixed focal length prime lens,

-a camera with a built-in zoom lens

-a camera with the ability to mount a variety of zoom and prime lens

There is nothing inherently wrong with any of these choices. Some people prefer the restraint of a permanent single focal length and others prefer the versatility of a zoom or interchangeable lens camera.

Which kind of photographer are you?
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The Fuji X100T is a great camera, indeed... particularly for those content with the fixed focal length.

For a lot of folks, however, the fixed focal length is more limiting than some are comfortable with... many people want a zoom lens to provide both a wider and a longer range of focal lengths.

For someone who is exploring what camera to buy... this is a choice you will need to make... will you be content with:

-a camera having a fixed focal length prime lens,

-a camera with a built-in zoom lens

-a camera with the ability to mount a variety of zoom and prime lens

There is nothing inherently wrong with any of these choices. Some people prefer the restraint of a permanent single focal length and others prefer the versatility of a zoom or interchangeable lens camera.

Which kind of photographer are you?
Good points - it is exactly the type of photographer. There are always trade offs. Fixed lenses don't zoom and zoom lenses are bulkier and generally slower. i like to do landscapes, low light candids and street photography so the fixed is what I usually grab. Doing bird photography means hauling out the Dslr and big lens. It is nice to have both. The 4/3 is a good compromise for one who wants a do it all camera. It is relatively small and can handle a variety of lenses. Plus, with an adapter it can use vintage lenses (like my old Canon FD's) and get great shots.
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I have followed the this thread with interest and I am surprised that there has been no discussion regarding clip on lens for the smartphone. I only mention this because I now use the iPhone as my primary means of taking pictures and am looking to purhase a set of snap on lens for it. So I was hoping to read what others thought about them before I went and bought some.
Anyway if anyone has any knowledge about using them I would be grateful to hear what you think of them.

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Good points - it is exactly the type of photographer. There are always trade offs. Fixed lenses don't zoom and zoom lenses are bulkier and generally slower. i like to do landscapes, low light candids and street photography so the fixed is what I usually grab. Doing bird photography means hauling out the Dslr and big lens. It is nice to have both. The 4/3 is a good compromise for one who wants a do it all camera. It is relatively small and can handle a variety of lenses. Plus, with an adapter it can use vintage lenses (like my old Canon FD's) and get great shots.
remphoto... don't get me wrong. I am sold on interchangeable lens cameras, cameras with built-in zoom lenses, and cameras with fixed focal length lenses. I have, and use, them all.

I use a Ricoh GR for street photography. This incredible camera has an APS-C sensor and a fixed (equivalent of) 28mm lens. It's very small with a sleek, clean form-factor... and great IQ.

I also use the Sigma DP Merrill cameras, each of which has a fixed focal length lens. These cameras provide an absolutely stunning image quality, at the price of a little less operational convenience and a quirky, though effective image processing software. For the price, size, and image quality, these cameras are fantastic. For cityscapes, landscapes... the rendered detail is absolutely stunning.

No camera meets all needs well. Thus, depending on the application at hand, there is a huge range of diversely different cameras that may be appropriate.
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