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Oct 30, 2018 21:45 |  #1

I figured this would have been asked before but I can’t find anything when I search.

I’m looking to build a travel set up that’s smaller than what I currently bring (6d + 35L). I’m super new to even learning about mirrorless but this is obviously where I should be heading so, please help me!

1 body, 2 lenses. I shoot mostly candid people stuff. Some landscape. I have two young kids that I chase around.

Which body? A6000 good enough? Or a6500? Or full frame?

And sweet spot of lens pairing that gives good IQ but doesn’t break the bank


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Oct 31, 2018 12:32 |  #2

It's kind of a personal thing, what your size/budget/quality thresholds are. And what focal lengths you like.

My current travel setup is an A6500 with the 16-50mm kit lens and a Sony 10-18mm f/4. I used to have an A7, and I like the smaller size of the crop camera and lenses (although if someone wanted to swap me an A7RIII I'd do it!)
I'd like to get the e-mount 18-135mm to replace my kit lens for some extra zoom range.

If you don't care about IBIS or 4K video the A6000 is still a very good camera, and the 16-50mm kit is hard to beat for size/price/quality.


I'm not as up to speed on Fuji and micro 4/3, but there are a lot of options there also.

If you go full-frame with large aperture lenses the size/weight savings will be minimal vs. your 6D




  
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Oct 31, 2018 12:55 |  #3

Since you posted in the Sony section I'll go more in depth on Sony options I'd recommend. Most of this is based on my research rather than first-hand experience. List is focused on small size and value for money.

Crop:
- A6000 (budget), A6300 (adds 4K video), A6500 (adds IBIS)
budget lenses
- Sony 16-50 kit lens - good/cheap/small starter lens; not the best image quality, but surprisingly good for the size/cost
- Sony 18-135 kit lens - larger and more expensive, but better quality and way more zoom range; new kit lens for A6500
- Sigma 19mm f/2.8, 30mm f/2.8, 60mm f/2.8 - series of smallish, good, cheap primes
- Sigma 16mm f/1.4, 30mm f/1.4 - good, bigger, wide aperture
- Samyang 12mm f/2 - good, fast, wide-angle manual-focus lens
- Sony 35mm f/1.8
- Sony 20mm f/2.8 pancake - small, OK quality, a little expensive for what it is
more expensive lenses:
- Sony 10-18mm f/4 - I love my wide-angle for landscapes/architectur​e
- Sony/Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 - heard good things about this lens
- Zeiss Touit series

Full-Frame:
- A7III (budget, but still awesome camera), A7RIII (higher resolution)
budget lenses:
- Sony 28mm f/2 - small, good, cheap
- Samyang 24mm f/2.8, 35mm f/2.8 - small, good, slow AF
more expensive lenses:
- Sony/Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 - small, good
- Sony/Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 - very good
- Voightlander series - manual focus, but small and good
- Zeiss Loxia - manual focus, but small and good




  
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Oct 31, 2018 14:16 |  #4

This :

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IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/28KN​Z5w  (external link) RXV03666 (external link) by Pradip Kar (external link), on Flickr

RX100V, A7 + Contax Zeiss [28/2.8, 50/1.4, 100/2, 135/2.8]
https://www.flickr.com​/photos/53182994@N06/ (external link)

  
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Oct 31, 2018 14:20 |  #5

Between A7III and A7R2 at same price point, I prefer A7R2. The reason being with APSC On , you can get 18MegaPixel and you don't have to change lens. So practically with 35mm mounted, without changing lens, I can use effectively as 35mm for street/landscape and 52mm for portraits with APSC-ON/OFF


RX100V, A7 + Contax Zeiss [28/2.8, 50/1.4, 100/2, 135/2.8]
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Oct 31, 2018 14:22 |  #6

mzondeki wrote in post #18740930 (external link)
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Sorry, but I don't see a model number. Which camera is it?
Edit: We posted at the same time. I assume it is an A7RII?


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Oct 31, 2018 16:41 |  #7

If it's only for travel and you want max versatility with still good results, a7iii/a7riii with 24-240mm is hard to beat.


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Oct 31, 2018 18:52 |  #8

A7r3 + FE 35 + CV 21 (+ 1 more) is what I'll be bringing to an international trip next year. I could probably swing it with only those two for landscape and people. Will probably also take the Tamron 28-75 f2.8 for convenience, it depends on location. If I expect a lot of wide open spaces, then I may take the 24-240 instead.


Sony A7riii/A9 - FE 12-24/4 - FE 24-240 - SY 24/2.8 - FE 28/2 - FE 35/2.8 - FE 50/1.8 - FE 85/1.8 - EF 135/1.8 Art - F 600/5.6 - CZ 100-300 - Astro Rok 14/2.8 - Tamron 17-28/2.8 - 28-75/2.8 RXD, 70-200/2.8 VC

  
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Nov 02, 2018 16:32 |  #9

Like the OP, I was looking for a travel setup for people/landscapes and I was getting tired of carrying the D810 and Sigma Art 24-70mm f/2.8 (that body and lens weighs about 4.5 lbs.). I finally settled on a Sony A7II, Sony 35mm f/2.8 and Voigtlander 15mm f/4.5. The 35mm Sony is light and compact and I got it just in case I needed autofocus for something but in truth, I rarely used anything but the Voigtlander on this last trip. Not many people shots, I guess.

The Sony 35mm f/2.8 is expensive at $800 new but, if you don't mind giving up the weather sealing and maybe adding a touch more focusing noise, the Rokinon/Samyang 35mm f/2.8 gets good reviews and is currently at $279. That lens is also slightly smaller and lighter than the already featherweight Sony.

The interesting thing about Sony is that they still sell previous generation cameras new at a discount instead of discontinuing them entirely, like Canon and Nikon does, so you can buy a new A7II or A7rII brand new from B&H for a reasonable price.

After thinking about it a bit: buy a used A7II on the forums, should be $850 - $900 for a pretty nice one. Pair that with the Rokinon 35mm f/2.8 and you will have a decent walk-around setup for under $1,200. This will give you a chance to see if you like the Sony system; you can always upgrade/expand if you like it or sell the body and lens at a minimal loss if you don't.


Nikon Z6, Nikkor 24-70mm f/4 S - Samyang 12mm f/2.8, Nikon 105mm f/2 DC, Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6
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Nov 02, 2018 22:02 as a reply to  @ Ross H's post |  #10

Why do you recommend the a7 over the a6?


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Nov 03, 2018 03:59 |  #11

Brushy wrote in post #18742651 (external link)
Why do you recommend the a7 over the a6?

I just like FF. I've been shooting for over 40 years so, obviously, I started with film. When I started shooting digital, it was almost always FF, I'm just used to the format after all these years. To be fair, I've never shot with a 6000 series camera so I can't directly compare.

I also feel like FF is the future - as the cost of the electronic components drop, there is less reason to keep APS-C, except for entry-level equipment. As always, YMMV, but I'm impressed by the Sony A7 series, enough that I'm considering selling all my Nikon stuff and going all-Sony (something I swore would never happen). I like the colors and dynamic range I get out of the A7II, I understand that the A7III is even better. Here's a shot that I took on my last trip with the A7II and Voigtlander 15mm, click on the link to see it full size (1920x1080):

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Nikon Z6, Nikkor 24-70mm f/4 S - Samyang 12mm f/2.8, Nikon 105mm f/2 DC, Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6
Nikon F2A, Nikon F4s - Nikon 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6D
Sony A7II, Voigtlander 15mm f/4.5, Voigtlander 40mm f/1.2

  
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Nov 25, 2018 09:03 |  #12

I use an a6300, kit lens, 35/1.8, and 10-18/4 for travel, and it works well.
Everything fits in a small Tamrac Tradewind 3.6 shoulder bag.
It's tight, but it works.




  
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Dec 09, 2018 12:49 |  #13

On my trip to Sicily earlier this year I took the A7RIII, the Sony FE-55 f/1.8 for people shots, and a Zeiss Loxia 21 for landscapes. You could do the same with the A7III and save some serious $$$. If I were to change anything on my next trip, it *might* be to swap the FE-55 for a 24-240. The would be a little loss of IQ, but that would be offset by the versatility of the zoom.


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Dec 27, 2018 19:11 |  #14

For travel, I have found the following smaller lenses to be best. For camera, go full frame and get the A7II if price needs to be kept down. For CY lenses, purchase a techart pro TAP adapter that allows the A7 to focus the manual focus lenses.

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Loxia 21 (or just about any Loxia. Manual focus only though).
Contax G 45 (with autofocus adapter for contax g)
Contax G 90 (see above)
CY 35-70 (Not all that small but pure magic)
CY 28 2.8 (magic)
CY 100 3.5 (dont let the 3.
FE 85 1.8
FE 55
CV Lanthar 180

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FE 28 (and also with wide angle extension)
FE 35 2.8
FE 50




  
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Dec 29, 2018 14:26 |  #15

Whats your budget? The a6500 is an excellent camera!


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