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michealo

« on: March 06, 2012, 04:35 »
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Most gigs / festivals ban professional equipment so I can't bring my 5D2 (and it is too heavy to lug around in any case)
so I'm looking for a smaller camera specifically for this

Important considerations include

Lightweight
Good high iso performance
Excellent autofocus, particularly in low light
>= 12 mp

What would you recommend?

I'm considering

Fuji X100 (but am concerned about the focus)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1


Ed

« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2012, 07:42 »
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If professional cameras/photographers are banned at a festival, then you shouldn't be uploading those images as stock images in that you are required to get a property release and/or model release for images taken.

By photographing them and uploading them, you are opening yourself up to legal liability that will get you into some big trouble.  Go to the festival, enjoy it, take pics for yourself and your family.  Don't upload them as stock or editorial images.

michealo

« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2012, 08:02 »
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If professional cameras/photographers are banned at a festival, then you shouldn't be uploading those images as stock images in that you are required to get a property release and/or model release for images taken.

By photographing them and uploading them, you are opening yourself up to legal liability that will get you into some big trouble.  Go to the festival, enjoy it, take pics for yourself and your family.  Don't upload them as stock or editorial images.

Thanks but I didn't say I intended uploading them anywhere

« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2012, 08:07 »
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How big is your budget.  Is the Leica M9 out of the question?

michealo

« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2012, 11:11 »
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How big is your budget.  Is the Leica M9 out of the question?

Interesting suggestion but I was thinking around 1000 euro or less

If I won the lottery it would definitely be on the purchase list

It definitely has the image quality I'm after

« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2012, 12:02 »
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If professional cameras/photographers are banned at a festival, then you shouldn't be uploading those images as stock images in that you are required to get a property release and/or model release for images taken.

By photographing them and uploading them, you are opening yourself up to legal liability that will get you into some big trouble.  Go to the festival, enjoy it, take pics for yourself and your family.  Don't upload them as stock or editorial images.


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myself working to get into a festival in July

« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2012, 12:49 »
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How big is your budget.  Is the Leica M9 out of the question?

Interesting suggestion but I was thinking around 1000 euro or less

If I won the lottery it would definitely be on the purchase list

It definitely has the image quality I'm after

The fuji might be a good option then, like you were thinking.  I'd be interested to hear other options as well if anyone has ideas.

microstockphoto.co.uk

« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2012, 13:09 »
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Both look like good cameras, although in different classes.

The only problem could be that sometimes those cameras may still not pass control: you can't always trust security to tell a reflex from a bridge camera; everything with a protruding lens is borderline, they once blocked me with an Olympus SP550uz at the Columbiahalle in Berlin, while they allowed compact cameras and phones. Problem is I am still to find a good compact, let alone a good phone.
« Last Edit: March 06, 2012, 13:18 by microstockphoto.co.uk »

« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2012, 13:50 »
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After having been on tour with the band I manage over the past 2 weeks I regret not getting the  4mp Sony NEX7 that I had promised myself, much easier to travel with I'd imagine than my A900. But of course for a long reach the lens needed would bulk things up and may alert security, but you could mount a smaller lens and keep the required lens in a pocket. Not cheap though !

« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2012, 22:49 »
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How long until you need the camera? The Olympus OM-D EM5 is coming out about the end of March - the real advantage here being that its got a very high standard of weathersealing which I think could come in handy at a festival.

michealo

« Reply #10 on: March 09, 2012, 06:08 »
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Thanks Holgs will check that one out

« Reply #11 on: March 09, 2012, 07:46 »
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The Olympus OM-D EM5 boasts a 16 megapixel three fourths sensor.  Hopefully they will upgrade their SRL series.  They make nice lenses but the "top of the line" E5 only has 12 megapixels (& too much noise above 100 iso).  I had to switch to Canon.

RacePhoto

« Reply #12 on: March 12, 2012, 23:00 »
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1Gx but same as the rest, if they can't tell a big old P&S from a nice new APS-C there's no telling.


 

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