I'm new to Nikonian. I'm a 5' 1" 60 yr old woman who has just injured my neck and won't be able to carry, even using a cotton carrier, a D600 with 80-400mm lens while doing the 2-day walking safari in Zambia. I would appreciate recommendations for a lightweight quality camera to carry along with my binoculars. I use an Op Tech harness for the binoculars and might be able to handle a dual harness. The D600 will be my main setup in the jeep and canoeing part ( my husband will paddle) of the safari. I can't imagine being without a camera while I walk. I do have the lightweight 70-300mm lens which I could use, but this still might be too heavy for me.
I've been reading the posts about a mirrorless camera and meet someone this weekend using one for street photography - the person raved about it - so lightweight. Would any of these camera work for me? lens? If not, any other ideas? Without spending a fortune.
Several of us (including me) have bought an Olympus OM-D E-M5. I really like the camera, and it looks like it will become my new travel camera. I also have a Panasonic 45-200 to use on it, which will give about the same field of view as your 80-400 on a D600. If you got the E-M5 with the 12-50 kit lens, that plus the Panasonic 45-200 would give you a substantial zoom range, albeit with slow lenses. As far as spending a fortune, that camera with those lenses would be about $1600, but there are less expensive Micro four-thirds cameras that are also compatible with those lenses.
The E-M5 is a bit confusing to set up, because it has lots of options and somewhat obscure menus, but once it is set up to your liking, it works just like a DSLR.
>I've been reading the posts about a mirrorless camera and meet >someone this weekend using one for street photography - the >person raved about it - so lightweight. Would any of these >camera work for me? lens? If not, any other ideas? Without >spending a fortune. > > >Thanks in advance. >Lynn >
Sorry to hear about your neck. Do you have a budget and focal length preference? This would help make specific recommendations easier.
Honestly, with your lenses and Nikon investment the Nikon 1 V2 might be a great option. With the FT1 adapter you can use all your Nikon lenses. Acts as a lightweight backup body for your main lenses (with the crop it's very nice). And with the kit lenses you'll still have some nice options.
But if you don't want to go with Nikon I'd suggest something in the micro 4/3 set. I personally bought Fuji's X-E1 but they don't have much in the long lens category yet.
Hi Lynn, I am about to buy my wife the Sony HX50V...780mm effective reach and pocket size.I can let you know in 2 weeks what its like. I had a Nikon J2 and 2 CX lenses plus the VT converter to use with my other lenses. It got ruined with water damage, so i needed to replace it. My experience was that although it took VERY nice images, it was still a largish camera with lense attached. Then if you use your nikon glass it becomes a large camera. So i purchased a D5200 DSLR, but light and more usable than the J2. So i'll be carrying the Sony for a pocket camera, and the D5200 for a light walk around. My D800's for heavy gear. Safe travel fro your trip. Rick
Nikon V1 or V2 with a 30-110 will get you a 300mm equivalent at about half the weight of the D600 body alone. And it will fit in a bag that's much much smaller. If you need more reach, pair it with the FT-1 adapter that will let you use Nikon F-mount lenses like your 70-300, which turns into a 190-810mm (yes that's not a typo) supertele. And it will still weigh less than your current setup.
Hi Lynn, I've now used the Sony HX50V. It is definitely up to the reviews. Quite small, plenty of different program options. 20MP and a 780mm Zoom. Nice option if size, weight and zoom length are the factors. Here is a very quick snap of Lake Wanaka New Zealand, settings were in the basic point and shoot mode.