Thanks for all the feedback so far
! Sorry for the length here. It got a little longer than I realized. dcm
- What a great and well crafted reply! You are thinking along the same lines as I am. That's why I tossed out this thread, to get feedback from others. Other than an old 18-55 kit lens and a 10-22, I don't own any EF-S lenses either. However, I do own the Tamron 18-270 and so far, that is my running favorite. My biggest concern is the IQ but regardless, it's still better than the D20 on IQ overall. The 18-270 is what kept me from buying the 18-55 STM kit lens even though I think that is a good lens for the SL1 and lightweight, etc. I could still get it later though.
I want to carry a DSLR is to get better wide shots in camps, RAW images that can be pushed more in post and have better flash or exposure controls. The lenses other than the 40 pancake that I have considered are the EF-S 10-22 and the EF 15mm Fisheye. That is such a fun lens but I'm wondering how much I would really use it for the price in weight. In general, I am more of a wide lens junkie than a telephoto shooter. If I took the 18-270 and still decided to take a 2nd lens, it would probably be an ultrawide lens which is why I purchased the 10-22 in the first place before the 2012 trek. I suspect that I would rarely change the lens while on the hike so it might just be a waste of weight. But then, you never know!! LOL! It cracks me up how long I've done this and still struggle with these kinds of decisions. But I guess eventually one just has to draw the line and resolve to 'keep it simple' (KISS). That's what I did in 2012 when I decided to just take the D20 and nothing else and I survived but this time I am trying to push myself to take it up a notch.
Aside from weight, a big concern and challenge when taking anything on a hike is (for me) the logistics
. Using up room in the pack and then having to manage the stuff all the time. It's there, it's in the way, it has to be moved around, it takes up space and it displaces something else. It has to be organized along with the rest of the stuff. It has to be cared for and protected. So I'm weighing the aspects of either just having a neoprene cover on the camera in a ziplock inside the pack or having a ThinkTank or other decent but fairly lightweight bag outside the pack hanging on the straps in front with carabiners and stretch cords or something.
Last time, I used a small super strong magnet on the P&S and I could easily yank it off my strap, take a picture and then *click* it back on the strap without even looking. Worked like a charm. I can't do something that easy with the SL1 unfortunately.
I have an S95 but it's pretty fragile and not very tolerant of dirt. I think it would likely die on day 2 or 3 from the dust alone. I got a good deal on the SL1 and I am almost resigning it to be a potential throw away if it gets damaged or super dirty on the trip. I've got an old Rebel XT that I have had in mud, dirt and all kinds of crap and it's still going. It's just too old though.
Good point on batteries. On the last trek, I got lucky with the batteries. I barely made it through! I will definitely take plenty of batteries. It appears the batteries are smaller for the SL1.
Keep in mind that I have several months of prep hikes (shakedowns) to try things out and test different scenarios with the DSLR and P&S.
If anyone wants to see some pics from the last trek in 2012 that I shot with the D20, here they are...http://rustythegeek.zenfolio.com/718r
- (The actual 10 day trek at Philmont is the last gallery.)