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It's a fixer, but we love it!

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maljo@inreach.com
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It's a fixer, but we love it!
Mar 5, 2014

After all, "location, location, location."

Balcony House, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

Here's the dilemma:  I used the D800 + 24-70 f2.8 zoom at 245 mm and f5.6, hand held.  Tripods not allowed.  Visiting this ruin involves a reservation and climbing steep ladders and crawling through narrow tunnels.  I could have gotten just as good an image from a Olympus or Fuji mirrorless, with less weight and size.  In the tunnel, I was proceeding on one hand and two knees, using one hand to hold the camera and keep it from banging on rock.

Image quality from the newer mirrorless cameras is good enough (for me) that image quality is not longer the major deciding factor in purchasing equipment.

Crown Fountain, Chicago, Illinois, Nikon D800 + 24-120 zoom:  f5.6, ISO 1400, 1/500 sec at 120 mm

I think I could be happy using a mirrorless camera for 80% of my images, saving the D800/E for tripod mounted landscapes I might want to print the size of China, and for sports and wildlife.

For cities, ancient and modern, for European vacations, for macros of flowers, for museums, for candids and family, I say pack light.

I have always strived for the best I could be or do or buy.

Now, I'm escaping from the "tyranny of only using the best."  Good enough is good enough.  And it's a lot less expensive.

The next time I visit my fixer mountain chateau I'll be using a smaller camera.  You'll never know the difference.

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In reply to maljo@inreach.com, Mar 5, 2014

Maybe the A7r?  It has its problems, but it has the same sensor as the D800 without the AA filter.

Or, the A7...

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In reply to maljo@inreach.com, Mar 5, 2014

D800 + 24-70 f2.8

That's a pretty bulky combo for travel. I do walk around a lot with the D800 with a lightweight prime.

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In reply to maljo@inreach.com, Mar 5, 2014

maljo@inreach.com wrote:

Tripods not allowed. Visiting this ruin involves a reservation and climbing steep ladders and crawling through narrow tunnels. I could have gotten just as good an image from a Olympus or Fuji mirrorless, with less weight and size. In the tunnel, I was proceeding on one hand and two knees, using one hand to hold the camera and keep it from banging on rock.

I use a 17 oz. 4 1/2" x 2 5/8" x 2 3/4" Sony RX1 in these type situations (especially multi-day backpacking trips where size and weight are crucial) and I have been very pleased.  As a plus, you don't lose the option of big prints either with its full-frame sensor and fantastic lens.  The RX1 can be had for decent used prices these days.

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In reply to maljo@inreach.com, Mar 5, 2014

dont bump the iso too much than mate ...otherwise your EM1 will look very bad next to the output of the D800..but yes I agree at Base ISO most shots will look as good with the new mirrorless cameras for holiday snaps

the 24-70 is a big lump of glass...perhaps look for a lighter lens while traveling ..a variable aperture zoom perhaps

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In reply to maljo@inreach.com, Mar 6, 2014

That's why I just picked up an X-T1. A fraction of the size and weight of my D3, but with outstanding IQ and a decent build quality as well. Horses for courses - it's good to have choices at hand.

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An excellent choice!
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I'm tempted by the XT1 myself.

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In reply to maljo@inreach.com, Mar 6, 2014

maljo@inreach.com wrote:

I'm tempted by the XT1 myself.

maljo

So far, it seems like a decent camera. I haven't had a chance to take it out and really try it yet, but playing around with it over the last day or so I think it'll work out nicely. Unfortunately, mine has the light leak issue that's cropped up, but it's not fatal to the camera for my normal shooting, so I can deal until they come up with a fix. Otherwise, I'm quite pleased so far, and the size/weight is really handy.

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