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Offline retoohs

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RX10 or is there better option for travel camera
« on: May 10, 2015, 11:45:40 AM »
I know I've brought this option up before but one last time before I buy the RX10, is there a better option for a travel camera? I used to travel with my A99 and Konica Minolta 80-200/2.8 G Konica Minolta 17-35/2.8 and KM 28-70/2.8. I then thought why do I own great lenses like the 16-35/2.8CZ, 24-70/2.8 CZ and 70-200/2.8G and not use them. One of the reasons is the cost of travel insurance and the other is my usual destination is Thailand and fungus is always a worry. Last couple of times I have traveled with the best gear I have as the IQ is far superior, ignored travel insurance and taken every precaution I can while traveling to negate the chance of fungus such as storing each item separately in ziplock bags with silica gel sachets and letting the gear adjust to changes in temperature before opening. The truth is I don't take my heavy bag out all the time with me as I should and miss many good shots. I've a long time been considering the RX10, it has a great lens range for traveling and is weather and dust sealed. Trouble is it is not FF. Is there any options for FF and where I can use a single lens that are weather and dust sealed? Rex suggested the A6000 as a good travel option which has a bigger sensor than the RX10 but afaik is not sealed and the lens I was looking at for it is over $3000 plus it still is not FF. I'm wondering about traveling with my A99 full ket and the RX10 might not be a better option where I could leave the A99 kit in my room in Bangkok in a drybox and carry the RX10 around and only when I dedicate time just to photography or travel around Thailand carry my big kit. It is a real issue for me as I know I run the gauntlet with fungus in the tropics. Can those that live permanently in the tropics tell me how they deal with the humidity? I have invested in the dry bags divers use, one is a backpack I can fit my whole camera backpack into and the other a smaller one I can fit A99 with lens plus 70-220/2.8 into which takes care of the rain. Any advice on humidity and suggestions on travel camera greatly appreciated.
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Re: RX10 or is there better option for travel camera
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2015, 11:13:11 PM »
Have you investigated the RX100III? The lens is a F1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* (24-70mm)? At around $900 Canadian and 522g it is smaller and lighter than the RX10 at around $1500 Canadian and 812g. Personally I know nothing about either camera and neither will solve the full frame loss. However it is more of a pocket camera and may suit your needs.

I could suggest an A7 series E mount cam with an LA-EA4 adapter to allow use of your existing lenses but the cost may be prohibitive at around Canadian $2000 +. It is small and is weather and dust sealed but your lenses are heavy and the adapter adds weight, but it is full frame.
Sony A7, A850, A77, A700 || Sony>> 70-300G, 28-75 f2.8 SAM, 16-80CZ, 50 f1.4, FE 28-70 OSS, FE 24-70CZ f4 OSS, LA-EA4 || Minolta>> 300 f4 G HS, 200 f2.8 G HS, 100 f2.8 (D) Macro, 50 f1.7, 28 f2.8, 28-135 f4-4.5, 70-210 f4, 500 f8 Reflex, TC x 1.4 HS, TC x 2 HS. || Sigma 21-35 f3.5-4.2. || Tamron SP 24-135.

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Re: RX10 or is there better option for travel camera
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2015, 10:36:48 PM »
Check what Ascot said. I took last year from a friend his RX100III and must say i was very impressed. It has also a pop up view finder :)
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Re: RX10 or is there better option for travel camera
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2016, 02:44:56 AM »
Sorry I've been so slow replying to this but have not been able to get on this site lately for one reason or another. I'm currently on a 3 month trip in Thailand and with my RX100lll. I bought it last time I was in Thailand 7 or 8 months ago. What a great travel camera. My A99 is sitting back in New Zealand and the only thing I miss not having it here is the 25kg my bag weighs. OK the images are fantastic from the A99 but the slight compromise is way offset by the convenience of the RX100. I carry it in my pocket so always have it with me. The lens being limited to 70mm long is an issue but when desperate if I switch from RAW to JPEG I get the extra length with digital zoom and while it is a compromise in IQ the quality is still very good. I will not be getting rid of my A99, I just love the images that come out of it but it will not be used nearly as much when I'm traveling light. I've tried to put some pics up but the site wouldn't let me, I'll try again soon.
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