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p.2 #1 · Ultralight Hiking! Camera suggestions!


Another vote for the Sony RX100 - Definitely good enough quality that it is worth taking over a smart phone. Quite a bit better than the S90, which I had for a while. The high ISO noise of the RX100 is pretty similar to my old EOS-40D DSLR. At low ISO, resolution and dynamic range are actually noticably better. Handling isn't as good, but it's not bad for a compact, once you get used to it, and obviously there is more DOF due to sensor size.

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Apr 29, 2013 at 03:31 PM
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p.2 #2 · Ultralight Hiking! Camera suggestions!


If you're considering the Coolpix A, you should also take a look at the Ricoh GR when it comes out. Very similarly spec'd cameras with 28mm equiv lenses and 16mp APS-C sensors, and the list price of the Ricoh is $300 less. If I was going ultralight, I could see a place in the bag for both the RX-100, and the GR with the wide-angle adapter that gets it to 21mm.


Apr 29, 2013 at 03:36 PM
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p.2 #3 · Ultralight Hiking! Camera suggestions!


My vote goes to the Sony RX100. I use it instead of my 5dm3 when I am travelling light. I am completely satisfied with its image and build quality.


Apr 30, 2013 at 03:28 PM
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p.2 #4 · Ultralight Hiking! Camera suggestions!


Top drawer quality and capability in a portable package..Sony RX1.


Apr 30, 2013 at 03:41 PM
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p.2 #5 · Ultralight Hiking! Camera suggestions!


6D and 2-3 high quality lightweight manual focus primes

Shouldn't exceed much more than 1KG, if at all.



Apr 30, 2013 at 04:54 PM
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p.2 #6 · Ultralight Hiking! Camera suggestions!


Panny GX1 and a couple of lenses


Apr 30, 2013 at 07:34 PM
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p.2 #7 · Ultralight Hiking! Camera suggestions!


shoenberg3 wrote:
6D and 2-3 high quality lightweight manual focus primes

Shouldn't exceed much more than 1KG, if at all.


Way to much weight... otherwise I like the thought..

I'm cutting ounces.. that is how strict I am getting. I am shooting for a 9 day hike with a pack + food under 20lbs.

I can't cheat on this, I'm doing a nice write-up for an article and I have to document it well. I will not be taking a phone...

Thanks for all of the suggestions thus far. I am going to have to spend some serious time studying these cameras!

The trip will be in Montana in September.. It is going to be epic! :-)



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p.2 #8 · Ultralight Hiking! Camera suggestions!


I look forward to hearing about your choice, and seeing the results.


Apr 30, 2013 at 08:56 PM
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p.2 #9 · Ultralight Hiking! Camera suggestions!


I know many people scoff at Canon's G1X, but it's has very good IQ due to it's large sensor (almost APS-C size). But, although it takes good video, it's all auto. The nice thing is you wouldn't need any other lenses, has a high rez fully articulating screen and a (sucky) OVF in case you need it.


May 02, 2013 at 01:26 PM
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p.2 #10 · Ultralight Hiking! Camera suggestions!


Sony RX-100


May 02, 2013 at 07:50 PM
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p.2 #11 · Ultralight Hiking! Camera suggestions!


I hike and climb with a D600, usually a general range zoom lens and one or two prime lenses, depending on distance and location. Never felt I would save much weight in the big picture by going with something smaller, as the whole point for me to go to these places is to take nice photos.

My body weight plus full pack weight compared to the savings by going with a light weight camera is less than 2% - not worth it to me.



May 02, 2013 at 09:13 PM
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p.2 #12 · Ultralight Hiking! Camera suggestions!


B Landau wrote:
Sony RX-100

+1
Claude



May 02, 2013 at 09:19 PM
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p.2 #13 · Ultralight Hiking! Camera suggestions!


EB-1 wrote:
On what planet is 8x10, a few lenses, flim holders, etc. ultralight?

EBH

On Pluto (if it still counts as a planet). With just 1/17 of earth's gravity, even an 8x10 could be considered ultralight.



May 03, 2013 at 08:00 AM
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p.2 #14 · Ultralight Hiking! Camera suggestions!


Another vote for Sony RX100 (just get back from Yosemite with lots of great pictures)


May 03, 2013 at 07:01 PM
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