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Title: Hiking / Photography
Post by: vaughaag on February 07, 2016, 10:54:49 PM
I have recently rediscovered the joys of hiking in the hills and on the moors, camping out and enjoying some fantastic sunrises and sunsets. This highlighted a slight problem for me, weight.

I have reduced my camping gear down from 25KG to just over 7KG but have struggled to shed any real weight when it comes to photographic equipment. I wondered if anyone else enjoyed spending 2 or three days out in the wilds with their camera and what kit they used. I am happy to list photographic / camping gear setups if people are interested.

Title: Re: Hiking / Photography
Post by: Faldrax on February 08, 2016, 01:31:50 PM

While I'm not in the habit of camping in the wilds, I have recently put together a 'travel' setup, for when I am out and about with the family and so want something small and light.

This is an A6000, with the 16-50 and 55-210 kit lenses, plus the 50 f/1.8.
The entire set fits in a small lowepro shoulder bag, and for the options it gives me is a fantastic setup.

It's clearly a compromise - APS-C rather than FF, kit lens in place of f/2.8 glass, but it certainly punches above it's weight :lol:

Title: Re: Hiking / Photography
Post by: vaughaag on February 08, 2016, 01:58:56 PM
Thanks for the info, I have looked at the A6000 and A7II several times and been really taken by both. Maybe I should now make the jump..

I use a Lowepro Toploader with chest harness to carry most of my gear in front of me and all my other gear/camping gear is in my rucksack. I have just weighed everything in two setups;

Camping Gear (inc food, fuel and water) - 12.77KHG
Camera Gear (inc tripod, lenses etc) - 8.1KG

Camping Gear (inc food, fuel and water) - 9.16KG
Camera Gear (inc tripod, lenses etc) - 8.1KG
Title: Re: Hiking / Photography
Post by: chappo1 on February 08, 2016, 07:38:41 PM
This ability to use A mount lenses with an adaptor is a game changer. I am ying off the A7R II ( for me) but more urgent is a small light model for my wife.  Her aging A55 needs to be replaced but she will not compromise 1 gm on weight and wants to be able to use her SAL18250 again because it covers all ranges and is light.
The A6300 looked a definite but no IBIS is a stopper....john
Title: Re: Hiking / Photography
Post by: vaughaag on February 08, 2016, 10:29:51 PM
Thanks John,

I have looked at the A7II, the cost of the RII puts me off a little. I have a stack of old glass that would work well on either.

The thing that has held me back from mirrorless is the feel in my hand, my A77 fits so well to my hand and I can operate it whilst looking through the viewfinder without having to look at any of the buttons. I will try and track another down in a shop, not may UK stores or those around me in any case stock them.

Title: Re: Hiking / Photography
Post by: Faldrax on February 09, 2016, 01:43:04 PM

the A6000 certainly has a very different feel in the hand (I'm comparing it to a gripped A900!), but I am slowly getting used to using it.

I have EVF set to display what I am changing when I am setting things (IE it switches to mimic the rear LCD), so I can select things off menus, etc, with the camera to my eye - which makes it much easier to use.

It did take a few tries to get a custom menu set that I was happy with, and I'm still not sure I have it right.

I suspect I will upgrade to an A6300, but probably in a years time, when the price has had a chance to 'settle' :).

All my current e-mount lenses have OSS, so I'm not missing IBIS currently. It's difficult to tell how much I'd miss it if I were using an A6300 + A-Mount lenses via adaptor - in part it will depend on the ISO behaviour.

I have my A6000 set to Auto 100-3200, as 3200 ISO images using it are quite acceptable - while my A900 I keep at ISO 200 unless I need to increase it (I do set higher standards for the images from my A900 though).
ISO is probably giving me a couple of stops, since the A900 is fine at 800, and acceptable up to 1600 with some PP, while IBIS gives 2-3 stops.

What I need is the A99II, to do it all in a single body :)
Title: Re: Hiking / Photography
Post by: linzthom on March 23, 2016, 09:42:13 AM
Personally, all I take hiking/travelling etc is my a77ii and a sony 18-250 and a Joby Gorilla pod. Nothing else other than 2 spare batteries and a charger. That's it. The end. And I have never felt I've need more.

When I'm home it's the a77ii and Tammy 150-600 and tripod............. and in support in the field the a580 coupled with the 18-250. 2 bodies max and 2 lenses max. Everything else is just 'nice to have' in my kit.  Works for me.

Lindsay (NZ)
Title: Re: Hiking / Photography
Post by: vaughaag on March 24, 2016, 10:09:28 PM
I generally research each new place and take the kit I feel I will need. Shorter walks only have the basics.