The LX5 is a decent camera, as is the 7D.I use a Samsung phone for everyday snapshots taken on the fly.
I have a Panasonic lumix LX5 for when I want a high quality result to top the smartphone.
For macro and nature photography I use a Canon 7D with an assortment of lenses, 300mm f4, 100mm f2.8 macro, 200mm f2.8, 20mm f2.8, but I mostly use my 100mm IS macro and 300mm IS telephoto.
I have always preferred natural light so I very rarely use flash but do lug one about with me just in case.
A small lightweight Manfroto tripod for when I'm using a hide and for some macro work.
That pretty much covers all the bases for me so I'm never short on choices.
Another vote for Fuji mirrorless cameras. I bought an XE-3 for our travels - much more compact than a DSLR and the quality of photos is outstanding.Fuji X Series Mirrorless.. not cheap but the images are superb....
I started with an X Pro 1 (that I may sell at some point) but now I have an XT-2
Identical to me. I have both those cameras. I love my P900. I am a bit of a birder, and for the purpose of identification, it's perfect.Bridge I also think will do you well
I had the Canon SX60 which I loved, then in a fit of need to buy something I bought the Nikon Coolpix P900 which I really like
It has the equivalent of a 2000mm lens, which is awesome and costs around £500
XE-3 has some great reviews and a real head turner, much like the X100F. I put a red shutter button on mine and it looks the part.Another vote for Fuji mirrorless cameras. I bought an XE-3 for our travels - much more compact than a DSLR and the quality of photos is outstanding.
I bought mine with an 18-55 F2.8 zoom, which is brilliant, and picked up a 27mm pancake lens off ebay which is also brilliant - and tiny, making the body and lens small enough to go in a pocket. Perfect for evenings out, and it means I am much more likely to have my camera with me - after all, the best camera in the world is the one you have with you when you need it!
Totally auto or as creative as you want to be.
Also, if such things are important to you, it looks gorgeous - a bit like a 70's rangefinder.
I bought the SX70 for bird identification and it works better than my Hawke binos because of the reach. Nearly bought the P900 as well because of it’s even better reach and the excellent quality in good light, but held off because I read the P1000 was coming out. When it came out, I couldn’t get over the size of it.Identical to me. I have both those cameras. I love my P900. I am a bit of a birder, and for the purpose of identification, it's perfect.
Finally got round to listing the X Pro 1 for sale... I'm also selling my 60mm XF F2.4R Macro lens as I rarely use it.That’s a great price. You could try the X Pro locally, on Facebook first, there’s no fee to pay.
I’m so pleased with this camera that when the X-H2 comes out, I’m going to buy that. Rumour has it, it’ll have the same processor and AF as X-T3 but with in-body stabilisation. For handheld wildlife shots I need the extra stability.