Currently all I have is a Canon SX100 IS point and shoot.
In the film era, I had a Pentax SLR with 28-80 cheap lens (abandoned when went digital).
My wife takes more than 100 snapshots and several videos per month.
We want a better camera and can afford spending up to 4000$
We do not make money of photography.
Most of the snapshots are of our family.
At least half are taken indoor (low light).
About 5% are in low light plus long distance such as performance on stage.
Most of the rest is outdoor.
My wife wants a small camera and I want fast lenses.
What do you say about the following combination:
- Canon 600D + 50mm f/1.4 + 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II
- Panasonic GF3 + Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 + Leica Summilux DG 25mm f/1.4
This combination provides:
- Extremely small camera for standard distance.
- Fast lenses on both 50mm and 80mm (35 equivalence).
- Best zoom on 100-300 (35 equivalence).
On the other hand, investing in two different camera systems costs money.
Any better alternative with similar cost ?
You basically want/need a camera for family pics, both outdoor and indoor, which account to 95% of your usage, + "5% low light + long distance" like on a stage from a distance.
You also mention a fondness for fast lenses, and a preference for small bodies.
$4,000 !! for family pictures ! wow.
I would suggest:
1) canon 600d + 15-85 zoom + flash. That will cover all your family pics indoor + outdoor.
2) To satisfy the fast lens need: canon 50mm 1.8 OR canon 35mm f/2. I am fond of the 35 however it is a "normal" lens, not a portrait lens.
3) As far as the stage from a distance in low light. The 70-200 L 2.8 mark2 - is a very heavy expensive overkill, and I don't see a parent/needing or lugging around such a heavy, expensive, professional lens. This lens was intended for pro's shooting action like a basket ball game.
As I assume your stage activity is not fast moving like sports, you probably could get away with the 70-300 IS, or the 70-200 L F/4 IS. You can also consider a fast prime if the stage distance is more or less constant such as a 85mm 1.8, or 100mm 2.8 macro.
1) camera 700 + flash 400 + lens 750 = 1850
=1,950 (and is probably all you need)
3) the zooms I suggested are 500 - 1200 additional - the primes all around 350.