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  1. #1
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    Travel camera suggestions

    Hi I'm relatively new to site, but I hoped with so many experts you might be able to give me some advice.

    I travel quite a bit in the developing world with my work and would love to capture some of what I see. So I can use it for talks, etc when I come home. However I'm not keen on dragging my D5100 and lens with me and sometimes big cameras draws to much attention or take up too much space.

    So I wondered if there was a quality camera you guys could recommend that has similar creative controls to a DSLR, produces sharp images, light, small and affordable. Ideally I would prefer to stay with Nikon because i am familiar with the manual controls, but would consider another brand if it better suited my needs.

    If you had some suggestions or if you already owe a camera you keep for travel. I would welcome your recommendations.


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    Re: Travel camera suggestions

    I've been toying with the idea of getting one of the Fuji X series for the same reason. Something that I can throw in a coat pocket, but with some creative control to it. The X-100 gets great reviews, but it's a fixed focal length (28mm equivalent I think). The X-20 has a zoom lens, but not as large a sensor as the X-100. Now that the X-20 is out, the one I've been eying the most is the X-10. Down to $369 USD last time I looked. I'd love to hear if anyone has any experience with these or other recommendations.
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    Re: Travel camera suggestions

    Fuji also has the XM-1. But I find some of the lenses are a bit over-priced. Sony Nex series would be another choice. You can also look at Olympus and Panasonic does pretty good with their GF series.
    Last edited by AC016; 07-02-2013 at 08:06 PM.
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    Re: Travel camera suggestions

    These are all great suggestions. Really giving me food for thought. Has anyone seen a Nikon P7700? I wondered he that compared.
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    Re: Travel camera suggestions

    My brother has a Canon G11 that is often referred to as "the brick" due to its ruggedness. He is very happy with the results he gets from it and he doesn't have to pamper it. He has indicated that it is a good travel camera.

    The G11 may not be available new any longer, but I believe that it is replaced by the G12. You might like to look into either of these further.

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    Re: Travel camera suggestions

    I've just bought the Nikon P7100 for the very same reason, I'm off to Turkey in 9 weeks time and didn't want to lug my D90 and lenses over there, I did look at other models but the P7100 has an optical viewfinder, something a lot of camera's don't seem to have today, I was going to buy one a couple of years ago, but then it was selling for around 400, I picked mine up from Amazon for 244.
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    Re: Travel camera suggestions

    I carry a Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5... Panasonic makes the same camera and badged for Leica... The controls are surprisingly close/same as the Nikons...


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    Re: Travel camera suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by FredKingston View Post
    I carry a Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5... Panasonic makes the same camera and badged for Leica... The controls are surprisingly close/same as the Nikons...

    Do you know if a Speedlite SB-400 would work on an LX7?
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    Re: Travel camera suggestions

    I don't know about that combination, but my SB-600 and SB-910a certainly work on my LX5...

    Of course, the size of those lights makes holding the combination unwieldly...

  10. #10
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    Re: Travel camera suggestions

    Consider the Nikon 1 cameras. They would allow for you to use some accessories from your D5100. The is also a attachment that allows you to use your DX and FX lenses on the Nikon 1 bodies. I don't use my FX lenses on my V2. I want portability, as you do. I have purchased a Nikon microphone which works on both of my cameras. The Nikon remote is also compatible with my D600 and V2.
    Last edited by Phillydog1958; 07-03-2013 at 12:57 AM.
    Nikon 1 V3: w/ 6.7-13mm ultra wide, 18.5mm prime, 10-30mm PD, 70-300mm CX, Nikon SB-N7 Speedlight, FT1 Lens Mount
    Nikon D810: w/ Nikon MB D12 Battery Grip,
    Nikkor: 16-35mm f/4G, 24-70mm f/2.8G, 70-200mm f/4G, 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G, Micro 105mm f/2.8G, 50mm 1.8G
    Nikon TC-20EII Teleconverter, Nikon SB-700 & SB-600 Speed lights





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