I have had a request made, by a friend of mine, to help him find "the right kit", with an $800 budget. Part of my trouble is setting aside my own biases toward gear, because they're radically different from his needs. So, figured I'd expand the brains applied to the problem and ask here. Qualifications or 'must haves' for this little exercise are:
Budget: $800 or less
Focal requirements: Good for shooting family events/portraits (think Christmas gift opening, Thanksgiving dinners, etc), general travel with *some* level of telephoto capability
- My estimate here is something equivalent to a decent 24-70 combined with an equivalent of 70-200
- Shorter end end should be f/4 or faster (better body ISO handling can mitigate this)
Size: Smaller is better; no FF or Pro bodies
Resolution: 15MP or better
Pretty much everything else is fungible. His primary drive is more useful focal lengths than the cell phone has available; primary usage is web/PC displayed photos. Kits that can come in budget and include a basic flash (non-popup) would be stellar but not necessary.
I am imagining a smaller ILC of some form (m4/3, Canon M, etc) but even bridge or advance P&S w/ the appropriate focal ranges, etc could be considered.
Thanks in advance, All!