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I have had to accept that due to a continuing spinal problem that I will have to give thought to the weight of equipment when I purchase my next camera system which will almost certainly be either Canon or Nikon. Health problems have unfortunately delayed this decision already by several months. I am taking the time to do as much research as possible.
I wondered whether most people do stick to original manufacturers lenses or choose a mixture of both for a particular reason? Are there lenses from Sigma or Tamron for example which are better than the Canon/Nikon equivalent for the price? I have started to gather weights of all the available equpment to help with my decision. I still have an open mind on what level of camera to purchase and hope to join a club, do a course and get back into photography again purely for the fun factor.
I took your advice some time ago and got a professional to take photographs for our Florida villa which we rent out and that proved to be a very wise move so thatnks for that.
Best wishes Mike
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If weight is a major consideration perhaps you should consider the Olympus O-MD.
Traditionally, the CaNikon lenses have better image stabilisation and better (quicker, more silent) AF than third-party lenses. However, over recent years, third party lenses have closed the gap.
Some lenses from Tamron are an excellent alternative to the Canon (and probably Nikon) lens: the 17-50 f2.8 for example or the Sigma 150-500. So with judicious buying you can get a killer set of 3rd party gear.
In most cases, to notice significantly superior sharpness from the OM stable, you need to be doing all you can such as use a tripod, mirror lock up etc otherwise handling artefacts will probably mask any differences (I am sure some will disagree with that).
I prefer to by Canon if I can but can think of some 3rd party lenses I would happily have bought if I could not afford Canon.
If spinal problems are an issue my first sugestion would be Olympus OM-D - I have justbought the Panasonic GX-1 and if it was not for a desire to photo birds in flight, I could see myself ditching the 7D etc.
Quote: If weight is a major consideration perhaps you should consider the Olympus O-MD.
Very much so.
Much lighter than a dSLR, especially if three or four lenses are also carried, almost as good image quality (99.99% of photographers would never notice the difference if the photographs are merely going to be viewed on a computer monitor or printed up to A4 size) and a great deal of fun.
I have just a couple of third-party lenses, chosen because I reckoned that they're better than their Nikon equivalents: the Zeiss 100mm Makro Planar and the Voigtlander 58mm.
In most cases, the marque lenses keep their value better. Manual-focus Nikon lenses that are 30 or 40 years old still fetch respectable prices on eBay. Canon keeps changing its lens-mount so their MF lenses don't seem to do as well.
I keep my old AIS lenses because they're smaller and lighter than the AF equivalents with performance that's every bit as good.
I too have suffered with spinal problems, specifically my L2 disc has caused me raging sciatica, so I have to be very careful carrying gear. The new Canon 6D looks promising as a lighter and more compact DSLR.
Quote: If weight is a major consideration perhaps you should consider the Olympus O-MD
Its what I use, but you don`t have to restrict yourself, there`s plenty of other very capable CSC`s.
I found going CSC to be very beneficial, I`ve got an old shoulder problem that`s been getting worse, weight is a huge factor.
Consider prime lenses. My latest 35mm F1.8 standard lens weighs just 200 grams or around 7 ounces, Look at the focal lengths you have used in the past from your Exif data. If you mainly use a zoom at one particular magnification, then buy the prime equivalent.
A Nikon 3200 plus 35mm F1.8 weighs only 700grams, that includes the battery.
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