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Mar 04, 2013 14:20 |  #1

I don't want to lug all my gear around my trip to Sydney. I'll be there for 10 days, and as many of you know...when you're more worried about getting the right shot you don't always get to enjoy the vacation part of it.

I was thinking of buying an x100 to bring along, but my only concern is the fixed 28mm not being wide enough for some of the amazing wide landscape shots I'm sure will be found all over sydney. I take comfort in knowing my skills of stitching photos is up to par though.

I was just wondering if there was a better option. Thanks


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Mar 04, 2013 14:22 |  #2

Thinking of PnS is correct.
You have adequate options, depending on your expectations.
Also you can try Canon M with large crop sensor or similar line of Sony NEX and likewise.


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Mar 04, 2013 17:36 |  #3

Do you have a budget? There are loads of options out there if you don't mind dropping some money. The X100 is a great, great camera, and a used one is under $700 now, but it has its quirks and if you're already worried about it not being wide enough (it's a 35mm equivalent, by the way, not a 28mm...unless you get their expensive WA converter) you might find that to be a self-fulfilling prophecy. (I personally haven't found it all that restricting personally, but I'm not all that into wide stuff.)

Have you thought of a Fuji X-E1 with the 18-55mm kit lens? The whole package is bigger than the X100, but that lens is one of the best APS-C standard zooms, period and you can get a used kit on Amazon Warehouse Deals for $1050 right now.


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Mar 04, 2013 19:12 |  #4

I intend to pick up a G1x before my next trip


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Mar 04, 2013 19:55 as a reply to  @ jdpence's post |  #5

The new Leica M and 21 lux?




  
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Mar 04, 2013 22:43 |  #6

The only inconvenience you get from a camera during travel is when you get home and are disappointed with the poor quality because you didn't use your best.

I'd take a lightweight dslr set up if you have one. Single lens and bag, and the P&S if you feel you need it.




  
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Mar 05, 2013 06:30 |  #7

I had the same issue. I'm teaching English in Korea at the moment with my girlfriend and we intend to spend about a month and a half after our contract traveling around southeast Asia. I bought a Olympus E-PL2 for the trip because I don't want to carry my heavier gear. Focus is pretty snappy and the image quality is good.




  
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Mar 05, 2013 08:16 as a reply to  @ Keith_D's post |  #8

Thanks guys, just went ahead an ordered a XE-1 with the kit lens. I figured it would give me better performance and more versatility than any comparably priced models


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Mar 05, 2013 09:30 |  #9

Drakeskakes wrote in post #15678854 (external link)
Thanks guys, just went ahead an ordered a XE-1 with the kit lens. I figured it would give me better performance and more versatility than any comparably priced models

Sweet. I'd be happy to take it off your hands for free if you don't like it!

One word of advice: if you're a RAW shooter, bear in mind that compatibility with the X-Trans sensors is still in the larval stage. Lightroom/ACR just got their act together and improved their demosaicing algorithm, Aperture isn't compatible at all, Capture 1 does about the same quality job as LR, and Silkypix (which comes with the camera) is awful to use. JPEGs, thankfully, are better than most. The specific advice, though, is that if part of your workflow is to run your RAWs through DNG converter - don't! You'll want to keep all of those original files in the inevitable case that Adobe's handling of them continues to improve.


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Mar 05, 2013 17:46 |  #10

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Sweet. I'd be happy to take it off your hands for free if you don't like it!

One word of advice: if you're a RAW shooter, bear in mind that compatibility with the X-Trans sensors is still in the larval stage. Lightroom/ACR just got their act together and improved their demosaicing algorithm, Aperture isn't compatible at all, Capture 1 does about the same quality job as LR, and Silkypix (which comes with the camera) is awful to use. JPEGs, thankfully, are better than most. The specific advice, though, is that if part of your workflow is to run your RAWs through DNG converter - don't! You'll want to keep all of those original files in the inevitable case that Adobe's handling of them continues to improve.

Thanks for the heads up. Usually I just import using LR4 and edit as I see fit, save the edited as it's own file and leave my originals alone. Hopefully it works


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Mar 06, 2013 01:06 as a reply to  @ Drakeskakes's post |  #11

I'm wondering if I should have gotten an NEX-7


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Mar 06, 2013 09:03 |  #12

airfrogusmc wrote in post #15677242 (external link)
The new Leica M and 21 lux?

Wow, nobody came back on this one. ;)

That would have been my choice. (actually, my choice would have been an M6 and a 21 Lux, but I fear that would have gone over even worse).


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Mar 06, 2013 09:03 |  #13

Drakeskakes wrote in post #15682295 (external link)
I'm wondering if I should have gotten an NEX-7

No. The XE-1 is a terrific camera.


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Mar 06, 2013 21:26 |  #14

Take your gear - or at least some of it.
You'll be there for no more than an hour and regret having left it home.
Sydney has so many amazing photo opportunities, many that you simply can't get with a p & s or something like a G Series camera.
If you're going to be there for 10 days, I'm guessing there will be day trips to places like the Blue Mountains as well and again the same thing applies. You just can't get some shots without decent gear.
I coudn't imagine going to Sydney without a DSLR and selection of lenses.

Off topic, I know, but while you are in Sydney, make sure you do a Bridge Climb.
It will be 3 or so hours you will never forget.


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