Need help choosing an ILC system.

Started Dec 19, 2017 | Discussions thread
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PannyMan17 New Member • Posts: 3
Need help choosing an ILC system.

Long time lurker first time poster.

I currently own 2 cameras, a Panasonic FZ1000 and Canon G16. I've used these to learn photography over the last few years and I'm ready to jump into a interchangeable lens system. Ideally I'd like an APS-C mirrorless or DSLR. Please note that I'm not overly concerned with video, this camera is used for stills.  I intend to keep my FZ1000 to use as a video camera.  This is also for personal use only, I'm not a professional just a very enthusiastic amateur.  My budget for gear is $3000, though I'm willing to invest more if needed.

This is what I'm looking for in terms of lenses. I want all my lenses (save for the astrophotography one) to be stabilized

  • Fast wide lens for Astrophotography
  • Fast stabilized standard zoom (approximately 24 - 85)
  • Fast stabilized standard prime (28 or 25mm)
  • Fast stabilized light telephoto prime (85mm or 100mm)
  • Sharp telephoto (something with 200-300 mm max reach) with excellent stabilization
  • Optically excellent wide zoom, don't care if its fast

This is what I'm looking for in terms of the camera body

  • APS-C sensor, decent blend of size and low light capability
  • Fast autofocus with good subject tracking in both the viewfinder and in live view
  • A good degree of physical controls, I love the controls on my G16
  • Intervalometer
  • A touchscreen with touch to focus functionality similar to my smartphone
  • Ability to edit RAW files in OpticsPro 11 as I already own this

Other accessories

  • Lightweight bounce flash with diffuser
  • Decent tripod for astro (I have an Amazon Basics right now)

My subjects in order of frequency

  • Kids and family photography (lots of indoors and poor lighting)
  • Event photography (birthday parties, weddings, nights out, etc)
  • Nature photography (zoo, hiking in the woods, etc)
  • Landscape photography
  • Astrophotography
  • The occasional portrait
  • Building photography when I'm in a big city

I am not loyal to any brand and am willing to try any camera solution that works for me.  I don't need to hit every point but I'd like to get close and the varied array of options out there are very difficult to wade through.  Thanks for any help!

Canon PowerShot G16 Panasonic FZ1000
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