My 3 cents: SL1 with Canon 15-85 IS.
I tried that combo and while I agree it's sweet... it weighs a ton. That 15-85 is a beast.
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My 3 cents: SL1 with Canon 15-85 IS.
If i want i lightweight camera for traveling, i would never take a camera with interchangeable lenses.
Sure, but just because your camera takes interchangeable lenses doesn't mean you have to take a bunch of them with you. I don't know where the OP lives, but right now in the UK you can buy an EOS M kit with 18-55 zoom lens and flash for £199. There's nothing else on the market for anywhere near that price that approaches it for IQ, and it makes a great travel outfit IMO.
I just took the SL1 + Tamron 18-270 hiking over 70+ miles. It worked great.
If you want it to be smaller, use the kit lens or the 40mm pancake or whatever smaller zoom or prime you like.
The batteries are also smaller than the 5D3 batteries.
How do you like the IQ of the Tamron 18-270? I've been looking at buying an SL1 kit as a lightweight option for some time. Carrying multiple lenses defeats part of the purpose of a lightweight/small kit, so a good superzoom would be a nice option for long hikes.
yep, but all the moisture in your breath is wet wet wet and it will condense upon any surface within the tent.
Alright, don't take silica gel. Your kit.
Whatever bag you use, take plenty of silica gel, or some raw rice. Condensation gets everywhere when you are camping.
The Gossamer Gear Mariposa is one of the packs of interest, but I don't see it in the local stores. If you ordered it directly from the manufacturer, how was your interaction with them, and do you think that they will work with a customer to get the right fit (that is, prompt no-fuss exchange of sizes, or just plain refund if it doesn't fit well at any size)? This pack got a very nice review at Section Hiker website, along with several others. Granite Gear looks interesting due to the extreme adjustability, with different shaped and sized shoulder straps, different shaped and sized belts, a framesheet system with different width attachments for shoulder straps and different height torso adjustment at 1" intervals. Well, I will be off to REI and see if anything in the store at the moment happens to fit me well, have main compartment panel access, and have lashing points for attaching a tripod. I could get lucky.
f-stop Satori does have a lot of Molle strapping on it, and some other ways to attach stuff to the outside, but it is true that it doesn't have a bedroll strap setup on the bottom. I have attached the tripod to the pack front midline by threading a pair of home-made stiff plastic loops (two plastic trash bag ties taped together with duct tape) through some loops near the top center of the pack, and then placing two tripod legs in the two stiff plastic loops. Perfect fit. You can mount many lens cases on Molle strapping. You can buy a lot of other gear that is made for putting on Molle strapping, generally from military suppliers. (Molle is the standard attachment system for the US Army, and lots of first responders use it as well).
Ultralight camping gear is not cheap! I will say that the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1 is a nice freestanding double-wall solo tent with the single annoyance of an end entry instead of a side entry. So I plop my butt just inside the tent, feet outside, take off shoes, and back into the tent. Fine and dandy, but it gets old if I am popping in and out of the tent through the night managing astro-landscape shots. If weather is good, I don't bother with the fly, I like the unobstructed view. It is a great beginner's tent, 5 minute set-up, probably one of the lightest freestanding tents out there.
CR should come up with some kind of way to host photographers of this caliber from time to time.
Video, Blog, or whatever. I think it would be cool and really set CR apart from (and above) other rumor sites.
Absolutely agree with that idea.
A "softbox" made from "robust ABS plastic"? Wouldn't that be a hard box?Pretty much what I was thinking too. Regardless of price, I don't this as much of an improvement over the good 'ole StoFen with a 10 cent Rosco gel taped to the flash underneath. And the StoFen can literally live on the flash and still store in the case, use no extra room, etc. (Which is the way mine lives.)Still small though! Unless you like harsh light.
Exactly. The 'softbox' is barely larger than the bare flash head, and the bounce door is about the same size as the flash head. Since light softness is proportional to the apparent size of the light source (relative to the subject), I can't see this being more than minimally effective as a diffuser or bouncer. The only thing that looks like interesting and useful functionality is the gel cassette, which means no cutting/velcro are required.
I think it's main advantage is the lead-off line: "A next generation flash modifier worthy of being seen on any camera..." In this case, function doesn't follow form.
This a bit like; We´re gonna chop off all your limbs but 2 (or 3 or 4), which ones will you keep? By the way, in this case eyes, ears, nose and throat counts as limbs ...I know, it's a rough one and I won't get into my reasoning behind the thread, but it goes back to what I do for a living which involves constantly planning for (and dealing with) worst-case scenarios.
For me, it's actually impossible to do this in reality, because what I shoot changes constantly and I have no specialty. I may shoot nothing but macro for months, then shoot sports, wildlife, and real estate all in one day. So my necessary gear list changes from one shoot to the next. I really envy people who have a specialty - if you take all of the money I have tied up in gear, I could have the dream set of gear for a single specialty - though I have a lot of great gear, so I'm not going to complain
I'm enjoying all of the replies - keep 'em coming.