artyH wrote in post #16352461
My travel camera is a T2i with light lenses, e.g. the old 35F2 or a light zoom. For hiking, I would take a look at the SL1 and the 18-55 STM IS, or a small light prime. Even the 17-40L is compact and light, and would be good for backpacking. I like optical viewfinders.
I now leave the 5DIII home most of the time along with the 24-105, 70-200 f/2.8 IS II and the 430EX II.
I carry the SL-1 with the 18-135 STM. Very pleased with the IQ, the weight, the handling, everything.
And, of course, this lens covers the range by the above lenses and a bit more reach.
L quality lens? Nope. 5DIII quality body? Nope. Tradeoffs. But I take more photos now.
The 5DIII is not totally reserved for professional use by me but the vast majority of non-pro use is with the SL-1. It's better than any Rebel I have ever owned and I have owned most of them. I like the shots far better than what I could get with the 30D, 50D and 60D as well.