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BuzyG

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Treated myself to a new camera today, ready  for our trip out to New Zealand.  My last camera was a Coolpix P610 bridge camera with a small sensor and a x60 zoom.  It was great for taking photos of surfers hundreds of yards away.  Not so good at capturing landscapes and was generally too cumbersome to be lugging on a walk. 

So after much interwebbing, this time I have gone for a Camera I hope will be far more suited to walking a pocket sized Lumix TZ200.  Much smaller with a bigger sensor, but still a decent 15x Zoom. 

Will be good to have a zoom lens in my bag again.  The smart phone I have been using since I drowned my Coolpix in turps, takes lovely land scapes, but when you spot something of interest, even a few hundred feet away,  it is useless.

Any any way enough of my new toy.  What is everyone else carrying to capture their days out walking?
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Bigfoot_Mike

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Re: Which cameras do you take into he hills walking
« Reply #1 on: 23:13:36, 20/09/19 »
If looking for wildlife, I will take my Canon 7D II and a long lens. This combination, with a monopod weighs more than 5kg. For landscapes I will take a 5D III with a wider angle zoom.


I have walked for about 8 miles on the flat with the long lens combination.

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Re: Which cameras do you take into he hills walking
« Reply #2 on: 06:48:05, 21/09/19 »
If intending to take photos, then my Canon 100D with a 28-75mm lens and a 100-300mm one. I found it was one of the lightest SLRs when I bought it and it still gets favourable comments on that front when I lend it to people.
If not, then I use my Samsung Galaxy S7 'phone.
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Re: Which cameras do you take into he hills walking
« Reply #3 on: 08:24:11, 21/09/19 »
On a long walk (>10 miles) I just use my phone but on shorter ones I take my 5DS with a 24mm lens

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Re: Which cameras do you take into he hills walking
« Reply #4 on: 09:14:36, 21/09/19 »
I have a canon 5d and various lenses but they weigh a ton so I only take them out when I looking to just take photos. For carrying on walks etc I have a canon EOS 50M mirrorless camera with a 32mm wide angle and a 50 - 200mm telephoto lenses. Which are very light and produce some reasonable quality photos.

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Re: Which cameras do you take into he hills walking
« Reply #5 on: 09:30:00, 21/09/19 »
I used to have Nikon slr but it was no use when walking..just too bulky. I now take an Olympus 1s on every walk. It is the best compact I have ever owned. It has lots of external controls which makes it similar to an slr. The smallest apperture setting is 2.8f which is great.It has  a mid size sensor which doesnt compare to a bigger slr for producing quality pics but it is very close and it is a trade off I`m willing to accept.The zoom runs from 22m to 300m. It will fit into a coat pocket, but I use small case slung over my shoulder...

The best shots for me are those that appear as you walk round a corner...could be a fox, or a deer or a lovely view in a village. Having it slung over my shoulder ready cuts down on time....
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Re: Which cameras do you take into he hills walking
« Reply #6 on: 09:41:30, 21/09/19 »
Occasionally I'll take my Canon 500 with a 17 - 70mm lens; particularly if I'm going somewhere new. Usually on a days hike though it'll be the more compact Sony RX100. An excellent little camera with a big (for it's size) 1" sensor. At 28 - 100mm zoom it's a similar zoom range to the Canon, especially when you take crop factor into account.
Having said all that though, last month we went to Northumberland for the week and I took both, but I had a 10 - 20 on the Canon as I was intending to photograph the 'Angel of the North' and various castles and seascapes etc.

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Re: Which cameras do you take into he hills walking
« Reply #7 on: 12:30:55, 21/09/19 »
My GoPro Hero 4 camera, either the Silver or Black version.
Residing in its tiny reinforced plastic housing, its fully waterproof, and its 12m pixel camera provides excellent results.
The video capabilities in 4k is superb, but the thing i like most about them, are their tiny size and portability.

Obviously a larger digital SLR camera will take better shots, but they weigh considerably more, and theres always that doubt in your mind about what if the weather really turns nasty.

Condensation, damp and changes in humidity are no friends of expensive camera gear, that's why i like the GoPro camera, for its size, weight and portability, and it can be used in every kinds of weather.

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Re: Which cameras do you take into he hills walking
« Reply #8 on: 13:12:57, 21/09/19 »
I sold my camera after an 'incident' at Culzean Castle country park. I was close to the edge of a cliff/run off to the beach, overgrown and slightly wooded area when I heard a rustling to my left. Turning round I was no more than 6 feet away from a deer, looking straight at me; trying to grab my camera to try (and fail) to get a quick shot I felt I lost a few valuable seconds of what was probably a once in a lifetime experience. 

There and then I decided the best pictures I was equipped to capture were the ones logged in my memory.

Sold the camera and bought my puppy with the proceeds. :)
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Re: Which cameras do you take into he hills walking
« Reply #9 on: 14:42:02, 21/09/19 »
I used to have Nikon slr but it was no use when walking..just too bulky. I now take an Olympus 1s on every walk. It is the best compact I have ever owned. It has lots of external controls which makes it similar to an slr. The smallest apperture setting is 2.8f which is great.It has  a mid size sensor which doesnt compare to a bigger slr for producing quality pics but it is very close and it is a trade off I`m willing to accept.The zoom runs from 22m to 300m. It will fit into a coat pocket, but I use small case slung over my shoulder...

The best shots for me are those that appear as you walk round a corner...could be a fox, or a deer or a lovely view in a village. Having it slung over my shoulder ready cuts down on time....


Yes that one was on my short list, having had a few Olympas cameras over the years.  The Lumix won out mainly for being even more compact and full of features.  I also don't like the tilt screens.  The Coolpix had one and it was just some thing else waiting to break.  Handy for  tight shots but overall I prefare  not having one.

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Re: Which cameras do you take into he hills walking
« Reply #10 on: 15:20:58, 21/09/19 »

Yes that one was on my short list, having had a few Olympas cameras over the years.  The Lumix won out mainly for being even more compact and full of features.  I also don't like the tilt screens.  The Coolpix had one and it was just some thing else waiting to break.  Handy for  tight shots but overall I prefare  not having one.
I used to have a little CASIO exilim..great little camera..then got into pixel peeping and comparing one image to another and dreaming of the ultimate camera..I spent lots of money and ended up with slrs littering my shelving..my photography didn`t improve that much, & I was hopeless to start with anyway.. 8) but  I so enjoyed all that technology...then heard the saying that the best camera is the one you have with you....

A few years down the line the penny dropped &  now I get as much pleasure out of taking a shot, with whatever camera I have, as looking at one on my pc screen later that evening...
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Re: Which cameras do you take into he hills walking
« Reply #11 on: 18:16:59, 21/09/19 »
iPhone, GoPro Hero 4 Silver or a Nikon D90.
It just depends how far Im going, if I want to concentrate on the walking I use the GoPro and IPhone
If I feel the need to get some decent photos, Ill take the D90 as its quite heavy although I do have a rucksack clip thing that puts most of the weight onto my shoulder.

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Re: Which cameras do you take into he hills walking
« Reply #12 on: 20:16:15, 22/09/19 »
If looking for wildlife, I will take my Canon 7D II and a long lens. This combination, with a monopod weighs more than 5kg. For landscapes I will take a 5D III with a wider angle zoom.


I have walked for about 8 miles on the flat with the long lens combination.
My daughter tells me you have some serious kit there Mike, exactly the same cameras as a freind of hers who is a professional photographer .

It was a miserable day here. So for something to do we did a little unscientific test of our various Cameras.

1st Canon 700D
2nd Panasonic Lumix DC-TZ200
3rd Samsung S10
4th Panasonic TZ7
5th Samsung S5 mini.

No suprise with the first two in order of sensor size as you might expect.

3rd was a suprise. My daughter recons the S10 does a lot of processing before it stores the picture, clever stuff.

The S5 mini clearly doesn't it was very much last.

Here are the pics cropped for comparison. Should any one care to compare.  ;)





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Re: Which cameras do you take into he hills walking
« Reply #13 on: 20:31:36, 22/09/19 »
My daughter tells me you have some serious kit there Mike, exactly the same cameras as a freind of hers who is a professional photographer .

It was a miserable day here. So for something to do we did a little unscientific test of our various Cameras.


1st Canon 700D

No suprise with the first two in order of sensor size as you might expect.
3rd was a suprise. My daughter recons the S10 does a lot of processing before it stores the picture, clever stuff.
The S5 mini clearly doesn't it was very much last.


Here are the pics droped for comparison. Should any one care to compare.  ;)
 


You are definitely in danger of  becoming a pixel peeper....its a slippy slope down for you. ;) Better you go cold turkey now before it takes hold.... :)
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Re: Which cameras do you take into he hills walking
« Reply #14 on: 20:41:46, 22/09/19 »

You are definitely in danger of  becoming a pixel peeper....its a slippy slope down for you. ;) Better you go cold turkey now before it takes hold.... :)


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