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Mar 2, 2015
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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.

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May 17, 2017
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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.
The LX5 is a decent camera, as is the 7D.

I used to have the 5Dmkiii and a stack of lenses like you, although you have more fast primes. My favourite was the 100-400mm L IS and 70-200 f2.8 L IS for portraits. But together you’re talking 3Kg, so I went mirrorless. To be honest the quality isn’t much different, except the Fuji is ISO invariant, so I can raise shadows in PP without and banding or noise creeping in.

The X-T3 +100-400mm is less than 2Kg. I also have the 56mm f1.2, 35mm f1.4 and 16mm f1.4. But the biggest difference is the wysiwyg viewfinder. Adjusting the exposure, you can see in the viewfinder what the shot looks like and with the histogram you get everything you need to get perfect exposure without chimping the back. I’m using a monopod if I use the 1.4 extender.

When I go birding , most people seem to have the Nikon D500. Here’s a shot of a red kite I took with the Fiji a few weeks ago.

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Feb 16, 2019
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Unless you are going to buy more lenses I’d avoid an slr.
I’ve put mine to one side now.
I am really pleased with my Sony DSC-HX9V, had it for a while now super image quality.
Pity it doesn’t have a viewfinder, awkward into bright sun.
So, looking for a replacement at some point.
 
Jan 6, 2017
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Murvi Morocco XL
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since 2014
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
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.

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Sep 21, 2007
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Bridge I also think will do you well (y)

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 (y)
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. (y)
 
May 17, 2017
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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.
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. :p
 
May 17, 2017
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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. (y)
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.

So when I go birding I have the SX70, bino’s and FujiX-T3 with 100-400m. All under 3kg. Which is nothing compared to the Kata bag full of Canon gear I used to carry.:p

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Aug 13, 2019
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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.
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.

Looking to buy a wide angle lens or a simple prime with the proceeds.... If you know if any lenses for sale at reasonable prices please let me know
 
Oct 9, 2019
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Caravan for 25 years then cottages and B&Bs for 15 before finally taking the plunge with PVC
Having been a advanced amateur photographer since leaving school 50 yrs ago I have used many cameras but I settled on Canon EOS system when it first came out in film then Digital.
I can vouch for the argument about DSLRs being heavy, I used to have a 1DX with 500mm telephoto but I ended up in hospital having a Hernia repaired.
Currently using 1DX2 with lenses ranging from 16mm to 150x600mm zoom and I am now considering ditching the 1DX2 for the much lighter and more capable Canon R5 mirrorless as it has eye focus which works stunningly well for wildlife. I will keep the lenses though and use an adapter.

there has been much quality advice on this thread, and all I will say is think about what you want to take photos of be it travel/landscapes, portraits etc work out how much you want to spend and then research cameras and lenses that have been reviewed in magazines and utube. b&h is an American utube site that does lots of reviews. have a look at www.wexphitovideo.com for new prices and www.mpb.com for 2nd hand.
There is so much choice that i would suggest you buy 2nd hand first get your hand in and developed your skills before you feel the need to buy a new camera.
good luck
 
Feb 18, 2018
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Daughter just bought first SLR - Canon EOS 77D. I persuaded her to pair it with a nice 18-135 Nano zoom.
Just out of box with someone who knows nothing about cameras she’s taking nice shots ... Sharp images with plenty of bokeh if that’s your thing.

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