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#1 toni-a

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Posted 05 January 2018 - 08:22 AM

Was just wondering, about ideal combo for hiking/landscape photography.

Priorities:

lightweight and compact+++

high dynamic range

high zoom ratio changing lenses while hiking is a big no no for many 

long exposures sensor noise

not hugely expensive: max 500$ 

 

 

non issues

high ISO performance 

lens speed f5.6-f16 range  is just fine  

flash

FPS

auto-focus 

 

Can be a plus but non essential: 

weather sealing 

tilt/swivel screen

close focus capability 

high resolution

 

my current combo for that is 750D plus Canon 15-85 I am offering  to my sister as Christmas present (with 18-55 STM lens though instead of 15-85) 

what combo would you suggest (not necessarily Canon)



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Posted 05 January 2018 - 09:27 AM

Not answering your question but I just came back from a trekking vacation where I used the Sony A7R II plus the 24-105mm f/4 G OSS. I may be getting old but honestly ... it was too much both size- and weight-wise.

I'm now seriously considering to go for the Pana LX100.

 

So I would suggest to go for a premium digicam for the outdoors.


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Posted 05 January 2018 - 09:29 AM

Christmas was 2 weeks ago.



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Posted 05 January 2018 - 09:36 AM

Your list is filled with mutually exclusive criteria.

You can hardly have "lightweight and compact+++" and ("high dynamic range" + "long exposures sensor noise") for instance.

The price point of $500 is totally unrealistic for such expectations.

 

Your best bet is probably an used 1'' compact camera. Look at Sony, Panasonic and Canon's offerings.


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Posted 05 January 2018 - 12:36 PM

Charming list, toni-A.

 

Let us know of you find this miracle. FPS is always good, no matter if 0.5 or 15 fps. And Auto-focus? Wow.  :D


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Posted 05 January 2018 - 01:40 PM

I love cameras with non issues!

 

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Posted 05 January 2018 - 01:45 PM

used EOS M[something] + 11-22 + 18-150 might even fit in the budget



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Posted 05 January 2018 - 05:01 PM

For hiking I use m43 body with couple of small fast primes. GX80, 12/2 and 45/1,8. Rougly equivalent to A7 kit Klaus desribed above, at half the weight. Of course, trade-off is less resolution and no zoom, two focal lenghts only. Zooming with foot works with primes at “standard” view angles, for me at least. If needed, there are 20/1,7 or 35-100.
Does not answer original q with low budget expectation, though.

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Posted 05 January 2018 - 05:47 PM

I would go the MFT route as well.

A good and minuscule hiking setup would be a smallish body such as Pany GX80, Oly E-M10 mk II or Oly Pen-F and the following lenses:

  • UWA zoom (18-36 FF equiv): Oly 9-18 
  • Standard zoom (24-64 FF equiv): Pany 12-32
  • Tele zoom (70-200 FF equiv): Pany 35-100)

EDIT

If you want an even smaller kit, a Panasonic GM5 can be had for quite cheap and it's about the same size as the Sony RX100 while offering roughly the same IQ as the bodies above.


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Posted 06 January 2018 - 10:19 AM

I'm now seriously considering to go for the Pana LX100.

So I would suggest to go for a premium digicam for the outdoors.

 

Exactly my thoughts too. However, I would also mention the

Sony Rx100 (III, IV or V) ... I personally went with the Lx100,

because I perfer the better viewfinder and better accessability

to the main controls. Regarding imagequality the Lx100 is on par

with the Rx100III ... I would see the IV and V as slightly better.

(Why would you prefer the Lx100 rather than take an Rx100 or one

of the Canon  compacts?).

 

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Posted 06 January 2018 - 11:34 AM

Towards Sony would have been my suggestion, too, but the RX 10III is 3 ×, the 10IV 4 × more expensive than the given limit. 4 days ago I saw pictures a friend made with a RX 10III. Very impressive, and 24-600 equiv. constantly mounted on a camera which is nearly as big as a EOS 5D III with a kit lens. The RX 10IV is somehow tickling my curiosity, how it feels compared to an X-T2 + 100-400.

 

The Lumix is also a bit steeper than the budget, but certainly worth it's price. 



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Posted 06 January 2018 - 01:10 PM

The Christmas is celebrated on Jan. 7th by the eastern churches, and Lebanon is probably a territory of the Antioch patriarchate. Just so you know. :)

 

My wife is using a kit of Canon 650D, the EF-S 18-135 STM lens and occasionally the Tamron 70-300/4-5.6 VC which covers almost all the bases. However, when she went to shoot a space launch she took my Canon 1D4 and 100-400 L lens in lieu of the Tamron. :)



#13 toni-a

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Posted 06 January 2018 - 05:46 PM

My 5D plus tokina 24-200 does the job prefectly however unfortunately the weight and size is a true problem

My 750D plus 15-85 was just perect for this although 85mm was rather short for our type of landscaoe



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Posted 06 January 2018 - 05:49 PM

The Christmas is celebrated on Jan. 7th by the eastern churches, and Lebanon is probably a territory of the Antioch patriarchate. Just so you know. :)

 

My wife is from Orthodox church while I am Catholic, yes Lebanon is a country where a wonderful mix of confessions live together, so I  have to bring Christmas presents twice :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:






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