Which Camera to take on a Cruise??? 6D or S100

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Clay King Regular Member • Posts: 306
Which Camera to take on a Cruise??? 6D or S100

Going on a week long cruise in less than a month.  I'm trying to decide which camera to bring with me.  I'm concerned about airports, foreign countries, etc...  I don't know if I really want to bring the 6D and a couple lenses, or just bring the Canon S100.  The cruise will go from Ft. Lauderdale, to Key West to Grand Cayman, to Ocho Rios Jamaica back to Ft. Lauderdale.  I can live with the S100, but I love my 6D.

Anybody have any wisdom from experience to offer???

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Lumixdude Senior Member • Posts: 2,782
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Really? You're going on a holiday and you want to lug around a full frame DSLR and a bag full of lenses? The S100 is a better choice, but I'd look at getting a small APS-C camera, you'd pick up an EOS M for next to nothing in todays market and make full use of maybe one or two of your lenses with an EF mount. You'd also love to have the 22mm prime for what you're doing as well.

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OP Clay King Regular Member • Posts: 306
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Lumixdude wrote:

Really? You're going on a holiday and you want to lug around a full frame DSLR and a bag full of lenses? The S100 is a better choice, but I'd look at getting a small APS-C camera, you'd pick up an EOS M for next to nothing in todays market and make full use of maybe one or two of your lenses with an EF mount. You'd also love to have the 22mm prime for what you're doing as well.

I wasn't planning on a bag full, maybe just the 40 pancake, the 85 f/1.8 and the 70-300 IS USM.  Instead of the 85, I could take the 24-105 or a Tamron 28-75 f/2.8.  I hadn't thought about the eos-m, but I can get one of them with the 18-55 on it for $356 on amazon right now, and that might be the way to go.  Price goes up to $399 for the 22 prime...

Thanks for the idea, I am going to have to think long and hard about that...

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EthanP99 Senior Member • Posts: 2,436
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All I brought on my vacations is my rx100. If taking photos is your first priority, take the SLR. If not, take a pocketable high IQ camera.

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Colin Franks
Colin Franks Senior Member • Posts: 1,617
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For all shots on the boat, the pocket camera will do, but if you're spending time on numerous islands, I'd sure want the 6D for those potentially great images.

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PenPix Veteran Member • Posts: 3,261
Re: Which Camera to take on a Cruise??? 6D or S100

Clay King wrote:

Lumixdude wrote:

Really? You're going on a holiday and you want to lug around a full frame DSLR and a bag full of lenses? The S100 is a better choice, but I'd look at getting a small APS-C camera, you'd pick up an EOS M for next to nothing in todays market and make full use of maybe one or two of your lenses with an EF mount. You'd also love to have the 22mm prime for what you're doing as well.

I wasn't planning on a bag full, maybe just the 40 pancake, the 85 f/1.8 and the 70-300 IS USM. Instead of the 85, I could take the 24-105 or a Tamron 28-75 f/2.8. I hadn't thought about the eos-m, but I can get one of them with the 18-55 on it for $356 on amazon right now, and that might be the way to go. Price goes up to $399 for the 22 prime...

Thanks for the idea, I am going to have to think long and hard about that...

I stopped taking may FF on vacation.  It's bad when your camera gear weighs as much as your luggage… it made vacations feel like work.

If I want to travel very light, I just take my Fuji X-20.  It takes very good pictures in most situations, and decent ones at night if I'm careful with my settings and prop myself or the camera against something.  If I know I'll do a lot of night photography, it's a small APS-C as suggest above.

I will add that you should take a waterproof camera with you.  They're not the greatest quality things, but when I'm near the water, they let me take pictures where I normally wouldn't venture with my regular cameras. $150 isn't a lot to spend and they don't get much better until you go to something like Nikon's AW1.

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Joshua123 Regular Member • Posts: 335
Re: Which Camera to take on a Cruise??? 6D or S100

My wife and I took a cruise to Alaska last summer. I took using my D300 along with a Nikon 24-70 and a Nokon 70-300. Very pleased with the combination. I used my cell phone i4s for a few shots.

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Lumixdude Senior Member • Posts: 2,782
Re: Which Camera to take on a Cruise??? 6D or S100

Clay King wrote:

Lumixdude wrote:

Really? You're going on a holiday and you want to lug around a full frame DSLR and a bag full of lenses? The S100 is a better choice, but I'd look at getting a small APS-C camera, you'd pick up an EOS M for next to nothing in todays market and make full use of maybe one or two of your lenses with an EF mount. You'd also love to have the 22mm prime for what you're doing as well.

I wasn't planning on a bag full, maybe just the 40 pancake, the 85 f/1.8 and the 70-300 IS USM. Instead of the 85, I could take the 24-105 or a Tamron 28-75 f/2.8. I hadn't thought about the eos-m, but I can get one of them with the 18-55 on it for $356 on amazon right now, and that might be the way to go. Price goes up to $399 for the 22 prime...

Thanks for the idea, I am going to have to think long and hard about that...

Well you're going to be paying for your luggage and then you're going to have to cart it around, so its something to think about. You're going to want better quality shots than what the S100 can provide, and it's not very often you get the chance to do travel photography, so I'd seriously look into it. I mention the EOS M body primarily because you have a bag full of lenses already. You could take one of your zooms and pretty much be done with it and still have APSC quality images. The IQ you will get out of the EOS M will be on par with a 700D it just wont be much fun at night, but you could stow your S100 away for those times where the EOS M is being more temperamental.

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Richard Weisgrau Veteran Member • Posts: 3,530
Re: Which Camera to take on a Cruise??? 6D or S100

If you are not going to print big or be in real low light, then the S100 is a good choice. Lugging a 6D around seems like a fun spoiler.

I am going on assignment next week for several travel websites. I used to take full frame Nikon gear on those kinds of jobs. No longer since this is a web use only license and no low light scenes.

I am taking my grab and go kit + a second body. The whole kit weighs in at just over 5 pounds. You can see the bag and gear here.

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Glenn NK Contributing Member • Posts: 967
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I've only cruised twice - four or five days to Alaska and two weeks to Hawaii.

Took all the gear I had - two bodies (30D and 5DII), five lenses and tripod. Same gear went with me to Europe last fall and when I flew to Hawaii three years ago.

I bought the gear to achieve good images on special occasions - that's what the cruises and trips were - special occasions. Can't imagine why I'd leave the good gear behind for a special occasion.

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BertIverson Veteran Member • Posts: 3,903
Re: Which Camera to take on a Cruise??? 6D or S100

Clay King wrote:

Going on a week long cruise in less than a month. I'm trying to decide which camera to bring with me. I'm concerned about airports, foreign countries, etc... I don't know if I really want to bring the 6D and a couple lenses, or just bring the Canon S100. The cruise will go from Ft. Lauderdale, to Key West to Grand Cayman, to Ocho Rios Jamaica back to Ft. Lauderdale. I can live with the S100, but I love my 6D.

Big sensor cameras excel in poor light and possibly for large printing. If neither of these needs is high on your list, go with the S100.
Recently, I went on a 14 day trip to Europe. My RX100 went with me and the DSLR stayed at home.

my 0.02
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happysnapper64 Veteran Member • Posts: 5,421
Re: Which Camera to take on a Cruise??? 6D or S100

Hi Clay. We are hoping to get away this year on a cruise also, to the fjords in Norway. I have just bought a Oly E-PL5 for that eventuality, but this thread has got me thinking. As no airports will be involved, I may take both DSLR [60D or 7D] + the OLy. The DSLR with a long lens for shots from the boat & the Oly for when we go ashore. Could you do something similar? DSLR lenses would be either 70-200f/4 IS L or 55-250 + 15-85, but only a max of 2.

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mike703 Veteran Member • Posts: 6,708
Re: Which Camera to take on a Cruise??? 6D or S100

I agree with those who say that travel is a great opportunity to take photos - I'd never go on an interesting holiday like that with just a compact.  But I wouldn't lug an FF system around either... as someone else suggested above a happy compromise could be a cheap APSC DSLR or a 4/3. A wide range zoom and a fast medium-wide prime would do nicely.

Best wishes

hikerdoc Senior Member • Posts: 2,248
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I have done a number of the Caribbean cruises. I would primarily suggest the smaller camera. I usually take a D700 and a couple lenses as well for selected occasions. I carry a little V1 on most "shore excursions". The poverty on many of the islands makes one feel very self conscious with large expensive gear. Cruise sponsored shore excursions in the Caribbean tend not to lend easily to great photo opportunities and tend to have crowds and/or tour buses/vans. Many include beaches, sand not being a great companion with photo gear; or water with snorkeling, jet ski or sailing which may also limit use of the DSLR. On many of the action excursions such as rain forest zip lines you are required to remove all gear and store in lockers. You can always go off on your own, but actual free time at any one island is limited and tends to be midday with high contrasty sunlight and shadows. They generally have you out of port (and hopefully in the casino) by the time of the day you would really love to be out with your 6D, tripod, lenses.

You might peruse the cruise guide before you leave in regards to planned activities at each stop to help plan what gear you will bring. Many of the descriptions are much more impressive than the actual experience. The beautiful waterfall is indeed beautiful, but you are there for ten minutes along with 500 other people on buses from several cruise lines. I would love to get back to many of these islands to spend a couple days on my own to explore some of the beauty, culture, activities you see as you drive by in a van on the way to the beach or sugar plantation tour.

Norway and Alaska are different and are much more scenery oriented cruises than the Caribbean cruises which I found to be oriented to just get away to someplace warm!

I am going back down in 3 weeks! It is -8F (-22C) here in New Hampshire this am with a brisk wind on top of it.

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Re: Which Camera to take on a Cruise??? 6D or S100

Clay King wrote:

Going on a week long cruise in less than a month. I'm trying to decide which camera to bring with me. I'm concerned about airports, foreign countries, etc... I don't know if I really want to bring the 6D and a couple lenses, or just bring the Canon S100. The cruise will go from Ft. Lauderdale, to Key West to Grand Cayman, to Ocho Rios Jamaica back to Ft. Lauderdale. I can live with the S100, but I love my 6D.

Anybody have any wisdom from experience to offer???

As you love your 6D you may regret taking anything 'inferior'.  If it was me I'd take the 6D and the EF24-105 (which I appreciate you may not have) - it's a great travel lens covering most eventualities both on board and when you disembark.  Plus just that lens and the 6D is not too much of a pain to carry.

Somebody else mentioned the EOS M and the 18-55 which would be a smaller alternative and not far off the 6D in terms of image quality - but check you can get on with viewing on an LCD, especially in direct sun.

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I'd go light and free, unless photography was the main reason for the trip.

Lumixdude Senior Member • Posts: 2,782
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If anything, you may regret getting home and not being able to blow up some really great shots to anything bigger than 14x12s. When you do travel photography your eyes are wide open and you get some real opportunities to get some nice wall hangers. These days I wouldn't travel with anything less than µ4/3 camera. Bodies are so cheap that you can get high IQ large scale prints and not break the bank.

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stevo23 Forum Pro • Posts: 20,890
Re: Which Camera to take on a Cruise??? 6D or S100

Clay King wrote:

Lumixdude wrote:

Really? You're going on a holiday and you want to lug around a full frame DSLR and a bag full of lenses? The S100 is a better choice, but I'd look at getting a small APS-C camera, you'd pick up an EOS M for next to nothing in todays market and make full use of maybe one or two of your lenses with an EF mount. You'd also love to have the 22mm prime for what you're doing as well.

I wasn't planning on a bag full, maybe just the 40 pancake, the 85 f/1.8 and the 70-300 IS USM. Instead of the 85, I could take the 24-105 or a Tamron 28-75 f/2.8. I hadn't thought about the eos-m, but I can get one of them with the 18-55 on it for $356 on amazon right now, and that might be the way to go. Price goes up to $399 for the 22 prime...

Thanks for the idea, I am going to have to think long and hard about that...

That was bad advice Clay and I'm sorry you had to hear it. The S100 is OK, but not worthy. For a small travel camera, look at a Fuji X20 or Sony RX100 for instance. But in truth, if you're on a cruise, one 6D and one 24-105 is not a huge burden.

But really, there is no contest here - take the 6D. You don't need the pancake although it's stellar. Your primary lens on a trip like that where you want to economize should be your 24-105. Next you want a portrait type lens like the 85. But even just the 24-105 is possibly all you need. You get near ultra wide to portrait length.

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stevo23 Forum Pro • Posts: 20,890
Re: Which Camera to take on a Cruise??? 6D or S100

Lumixdude wrote:

If anything, you may regret getting home and not being able to blow up some really great shots to anything bigger than 14x12s. When you do travel photography your eyes are wide open and you get some real opportunities to get some nice wall hangers. These days I wouldn't travel with anything less than µ4/3 camera. Bodies are so cheap that you can get high IQ large scale prints and not break the bank.

But you just advised him to take the S100...?

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Undah Veteran Member • Posts: 5,330
Take the 6d

It's what you got it for. Plus on a cruise it's so easy to take pictures, then go put it away when you're done. 6D+ 24-105 over anything.

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