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Thinking of "downweighting" my camera!

JJGEE 15 7.8k 18 England
23 Dec 2016 12:31PM
Sad I seem to be upweighting all my gear, except the tripod which is carbon fibre and relatively light

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User_Removed 15 4.3k 2 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2016 12:35PM

Quote:I'm thinking of 'down weighting' my Nikon kit as well and I am considering the G80, I would be interested to hear how you are getting on with it.

Well, I put it in my bag last week for a trip to Caerlaverock, intending to take the odd 'snap'. Got there and found my Nikon Battery was flat, as was the spare so the G80 was pressed into service and it did me proud. I'm still trying to figure out all the settings, it would help is camera makers used the same abbreviations for the different tasks.
I didn't want it to replace my D500 but I can see on walks it will suit me much better.
Two images just resized to upload, I normally shoot in jpeg because I use an old version of Elements.

Ross_D 6 841 1 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2016 1:06PM

Quote: so am thinking of downweighting

Just go on a diet (after Christmas of course ! ) ,.. lose a few pounds and save a few pounds by not having to buy new gear Smile
georgehopkins 12 112 England
23 Dec 2016 1:37PM

Quote:I currently have a Canon 7D Mkll with the Canon 100-400mm IS Mkll which I use almost exclusively for wildlife photography. At 78 I'm just beginning to find the combination a bit heavy to carry around for long periods even though a use a camera "vest", so am thinking of downweighting the kit.
Is there a smaller camera combination out there which will do this for me while retaining most of the great features of the Canon, shutter speed, low light capability etc.? I especially want to keep a viewfinder, I don't like back screens other than to review a picture, find them hard to see in bright light!
All suggestions will be greatly appreciated and followed up.
Happy Christmas!

If I was on "Wildlife Walkabout" I use to use the 7Dmk11 with the 300mm F4 +1.4 it was a bit lighter, the 100-400 lens is a heavy lump after a while. The equivalent Pentax body is quite light not sure of the pentax long zoom lens though.
saltireblue Plus
10 10.6k 61 Norway
23 Dec 2016 3:21PM

Quote:../... the straight out of the camera JPGs in Fuji are astonishing for those purposes and significantly ease the workflow.

Have to agree with this - the jpegs are fantastic, and I have also often used them instead of the RAW files. (Shooting 2 cards RAW/jpeg)
John_Wannop 15 109 Wales
23 Dec 2016 6:47PM
If you want to keep with a DSLR how about a Nikon D500 and the new Nikon 300mm f4E PF ED VR and a 1.4, Its as light as your going to get and and still have a dslr!
I have used that combo and it was great.
StrayCat 16 19.1k 3 Canada
23 Dec 2016 7:44PM

Quote:Another plus is I am more likely to take my compact and lightweight camera with me and therefore use it more often.

I think that is the key advantage of M4/3 over a DSLR and lenses. Learn to live with the compromises, and it puts the fun back in photography.
orts 9 4 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2016 9:05PM
Just moved from Canon 7 + 100-400 weight 2550grms to FujiXT2 + 100-400 weight 1882 grms, a saving of 668grms. ( 1 pound 7.5 ounces) Posted last 5 shots with this combination the owl shot was with a 1.4 extender. The lens also has a great 5 stop IS.
Chris_L 6 5.5k United Kingdom
23 Dec 2016 10:44PM
The Sony mirrorless bodies are very light, lightweight batteries too - but you still have the problem of lens weight. IQ is excellent, viewfinder excellent. I love my Sonys.

To truly feel a difference I think you'd need to go to Micro Four Thirds or Fuji. I've only had personal experience of MFT and it's a great system, there are some drawbacks but the killer feature is the size and weight.

For photography where you probably need fast and accurate auto focus, good tracking etc then mirrorless isn't really good enough. With the possible exception of the a6300 which has the world's fastest AF, has a decent size sensor and weighs next to nothing.
cheddar-caveman 16 1.2k England
24 Dec 2016 12:11AM
Goodness me, so many options! I think it's a trip to the local camera shop on Boxing day sales and play with a few of these combinations!
Will I miss this sort of shot by downweighting????
chappo1 12 6 14 Australia
24 Dec 2016 5:51AM
I have "stayed on the ship" I have a Sony A99 with macro, fast 50mm prime, 70-300 G and a Zeiss 24-70 (which I love but it is heavy)
My solution was to buy an A6300 (crop sensor) with an 18-200mm lens. Total weight of this set-up is 800 grams.

I toyed with the idea of the full frame A7RII but, in the end decided to run with two cameras and use the A6300 for my walkabout set-up and the big A99 when I want to do some serious pixel peeping work.
I have fellow camera club members with all brands mentioned and in my view they are all good cameras....john
JJGEE 15 7.8k 18 England
24 Dec 2016 11:26AM

Quote:Will I miss this sort of shot by downweighting????

I doubt it as it is the skill of the photographer not the weight of the camera / lens Smile
cheddar-caveman 16 1.2k England
24 Dec 2016 11:34AM
You just made my day GrinGrinGrin Happy Christmas!

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