Quality Nature and wildlife set up for around the £2000/$2730/€2250 mark.

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Quality Nature and wildlife set up for around the £2000/$2730/€2250 mark.
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Now then, I may be suffering from Covid Pandemic stress, post Brexit blues (I voted to remain and one of the worst political fiascos ever), indecision (most likely), or GAS (definitely), but I am exploring options to secure a good quality nature and wildlife camera set up for the foreseeable future. I enjoy taking landscape pictures including mountains, sea-views, and sunsets, alongside wildlife ranging from birds of prey (plus metal birds of prey), insects and dragonflies/butterflies. I would like to dabble in macro imagery too at some stage in the future. My family would like me to take better family pictures (apparently, I keep chopping off heads or am too slow to capture the moment). I like to travel/walk a lot in better times so need to be mindful of weight.

My current set up is a Panasonic FZ200 and Sony A6000 with 16-50 and 55-210 lenses.

I started my journey looking at 100-400mm lenses and realised that my ideal combinations may well be too expensive.

  1. Sony A6600 plus 100-400 G lens with 16-70 F4 lens £3934/$5371/€4415
  2. Fuji X-T4 plus 16-80 lens and 100-400 lens £3549/$4846/€3983

Both these set ups are probably too expensive. I could save on the Sony by going A6400, kit lens and 70-350 £1719/$2347/€1929, but now not having the reach I may need. The Fuji set up could be reduced by getting the X-S10 instead of the X-T4 but keeping the 100-400 lens £2998/$4093/€3365. I would lose weather sealing with this option. There does not seem to be a telephoto zoom to match the Sony 70-350 in Fuji terms.

  1. Panasonic G80/85 with 12-60 lens and 100-400 lens £1789/$2443

I could reduce the cost of the Panasonic set up by getting the 100-300 m2 lens but will be sacrificing reach to do so. The G80/85 has also been around awhile like the A6000.

  1. Sony Rx10iv £1700-£1280/$2321-1747/€1908-1437 depending on supplier. Stays portable, no need to change lenses. Could buy Sony 10-18 F4 lens £599/$818/€672 for A6000 to do landscapes and family gatherings. Alternatively, I could update my mobile phone!!

Anyway, thank you for reading thus far. I am not averse to buying some items as ‘nearly new’. What would readers thoughts be on my options/courses of action? Have I missed anything out that you would recommend? Stay safe and well. John PS have attached a few pictures to show the images I like to capture.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Sony a6000
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