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Author Topic: Best - Light weight camera to bring on vacation  (Read 3388 times)

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Goofy

« on: December 16, 2013, 10:26 »
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I am interested in seeing what you folks think is the best camera to bring on vacation? I refuse to bring my 1D Canon and its 24-70 or 70-200 lens due to my physical limitations! Therefore, I want a camera that is good enough to pass the inspections of Shutterstock but light weight as well and easy to carry without the pain and suffering of the bigger dSLR cameras- also only one lens as well.  Any ideas or recommendations?   

 

Thanks.


« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2013, 10:43 »
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Sony A7 (24 MP) or A7R (36 MP).
Full frame mirrorless cameras.

There is a kit lens (28-70) for the A7.
I am waiting until they start to sell the Zeiss 24-70 f4 and then I am going to buy the A7R.
The sensor performance is similar to Nikon D800E, but in a much smaller and lighter body.

Sure, there are smaller and lighter options but to me A7 / A7R seem to offer the best compromise between quality and weight.
The main problem at the moment is the lack of dedicated lenses for full-frame E-mount.
I just hope Sony will release a telezoom and an ultrawideangle zoom quickly. 17 mm tilt-shift would be cool as well, but this will probably not happen too soon.

I have a 5D II + 6D + many L lenses but travelling with them is very hard, I need something lighter, too.

You could probably pass Shutterstock inspection with cheaper cameras, but for me personally it wouldn't be good enough.
« Last Edit: December 16, 2013, 10:53 by Snufkin »

Goofy

« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2013, 11:03 »
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Thank you Snufkin!

Beppe Grillo

« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2013, 11:09 »
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I agree with Snufkin.
The Sony A7 is the most incredible photo camera that I have seen lately!

« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2013, 12:00 »
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Another option would be a Canon Rebel with a 40 mm pancake lens.  I haven't tried the pancake lens but the reviews are good and a Rebel body is fine for stock.

« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2013, 16:47 »
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Canon Ixus 220 HS !!  small, light, cheap, built in zoom and the only people not to accept images from it is Alamy ;)  always in my pocket  8)

« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2013, 18:57 »
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I use the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX200/V 16.2 MP Digital Camera with 30x Optical Zoom and 3D Sweep Panorama 
- easily accepted by all agencies, even alamy now

it's lightweight with excellent 30x zoom and easy to protect within my ski jacket - I use it skiing and on hikes where I don't want to carry my dslr

the images here were all taken with the Sony
http://cascoly-images.com/pix/image-type/skiingfrance-images/
« Last Edit: December 16, 2013, 19:00 by cascoly »

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« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2013, 19:16 »
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Another option would be a Canon Rebel with a 40 mm pancake lens.  I haven't tried the pancake lens but the reviews are good and a Rebel body is fine for stock.

Agree! I have Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM and the sharpness is superb even at 2.8.

http://www.dpreview.com/lensreviews?sort=rating

« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2013, 19:38 »
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I too have been considering the Sony A7 or A7R for the same reasons as you - a bad back and neck problems make lugging my D700 and various lenses around less than ideal when traveling and as I am used to the quality of the D700 it just seems like a great choice. I'm also waiting for them to come out with more lens options but if I were heading out on vacation right now I would buy one. Tried them out at PhotoExpo and they seem really terrific and will certainly pass inspection by Alamy as well as Shutterstock.

I was leaning toward the A7 - 24MP is more than you need for just about anything and certainly fantastic if you shoot for shutterstock. I'd probably get a 50mm lens or thereabouts and also bring a zoom - you're lucky since you shoot Canon there are adapters for Canon lenses - The Nikon ones were still in the works last time I checked which is the other reason I'm waiting. I'd bring a telezoom so you have the option even if it sits in the hotel room safe most of the time.

I've also just taken my 50mm f/1.4 and my D700 when I'm looking to travel light - or my D5100 and the 35mm f/1.8 which is amazingly sharp and versatile - which is always your other option.

Good luck and have a great vacation!

Goofy

« Reply #9 on: December 17, 2013, 00:31 »
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I love the 50mm F/1.4 lens - and it's super lite! If canon can add just a few more pounds on their 1D I can use it for my next bowling match!

Uncle Pete

« Reply #10 on: December 17, 2013, 02:01 »
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I'm sure all of the above are good answers and suitable.

Mine personally right now is the EOS-M. I'm enjoying it and the APS-C sensor, the 22mm is fine and I'm probably going to order the zoom any day. Kind of defeats the "small, pocket size camera" big sensor theory, but 22mm just isn't enough power.

So there's one vote for EOS-M mirror-less.

« Reply #11 on: December 17, 2013, 02:58 »
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I'm thinking about the Sony Rx10, 24-200mm, 2.8 constant aperture and does good video too.

Ed

« Reply #12 on: December 17, 2013, 15:03 »
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Fuji X100s

Shoot in RAW and JPG - the JPG files are as good, if not better, than what my 5D MK III produces.

Lightroom does not handle RAW images that well (still).  This camera outperforms my 5D MK III at night.

The camera fits in my front pocket and in my coat pocket.
« Last Edit: December 17, 2013, 15:05 by Ed »


 

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