Not including one of Sony's A7 bodies in this roundup makes me wonder about these tests.
ttran88: Sorry but I have to say Sony A6000 is the best mirrorless camera for both midrange and enthusiast .
d3xmeister, A6000 paired with "enthusiast" Zeiss 55mm, Zeiss 35mm, Zeiss 24-70, Zeiss 16-35, 70-200 OSS !!
gnewsch: What's the deal with the US shipping only? You'd think that an e-commerce giant like Amazon would have the know-how to help set up an international shop from the start. That would have been vastly more interesting than this test run in a market that is already saturated with a lot of good online shopping camera stores.
Nothing to do with Amazon not wanting to or being able to ship internationally. It's about brand licensing in Foreign countries where Nikon, Canon, Sony etc have brand licenses in place.
ABDurbs: Sony RX1 with FF sensor and outstanding 35mm Zeiss lens in a body that fits in your pocket. That's innovation and for me the best camera this year.
Oh boy I wish I had never put my PERSONAL opinion to print. How do I remove my posting ??
Nikguy: I can understand the two leading cameras excellant and state of the art. However as we all dream of a pocket camera that can statisfy 80% of the needs of a big camera heavy (I know the Oly is somewhat small) my vote is with my RX100 the fun begins with pocketabilty and great photos. There are no losers to me in the list but we keep trying to pit one system against another, That keeps them all making better equipment and WE enjoy the results. Isn't the free market great!
No photography DNA ??
Sony RX1 with FF sensor and outstanding 35mm Zeiss lens in a body that fits in your pocket. That's innovation and for me the best camera this year.
cary smith: Basically good advice.But - D300 would be better for telephoto work than D700.And, one, only one, body??? What if it fails? Happened to me on safari with D200, glad I also had a D40X.
On drives in Sabi Sands Pvt Reserve, South Africa, I normally take 1 FF with 24-70 lens, 1 APS-C with my long lens, a Manfrotto monopod with qucik release brackets on the FF and long lens, and a small HD camcorder. As you probably know, sometimes room is limited on the safari vehicle, so you can't take a big bag or too much extra gear on the drive.
I must add here that there is nothing better than having a guide who is a photographer because they will always put you in the right place for the best shot possible. I once had a guide who was not a tog and it was a bit of a nightmare trying to get him to move the vehicle for the best shot.
A great article Dallas, and IMO spot on. The least equipment you can get away with is always best when travelling anywhere.
For me the biggest benefit when going on safari to a South African private reserve is you don't need a long, heavy lens to get the action - you could almost get away with a good P&S. That said, if you are spending the sort of money you will be then take a good DSLR body,3 good fast lenses, a good P&S and of course lots of data cards. I like that you took a separate camcorder Dallas.