My Photo Equipment
A camera I have found to do great shoots, is small enough it can be slipped in to your top pocket and is less to worry about when travelling, is Sony's Compact Cameras. Now coming with larger optical zoom lens and more easy to use features for taking that just moment photo.
See Sony's Cameras HERE
When space is a concern, you could just take your smart phone, "Samsung Galaxy" as it's light and has multiple uses; camera, phone, hookup to wifi and listen to music. But this is my hobby, something that I love doing and when travelling solo helps stop me feeling lonely.
I am now hooked with Lumix micro 4/3 cameras and lenses.
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Keeping with compact "micro 4/3rds" I have brought myself the Lumix GX7, that came with a 20 mm lens and a spare battery. I already have a good collection of lenses that will fit this camera, I like the look and feel. But what I like is, I have a camera again with a view finder, the main reason I brought the GX7 is for time laps shooting and now I have a reason to travel off somewhere to practice!
I am still new to time laps photography, but it's the fun in learning something new and of course visiting great places. I like the way a time laps movie shows what the eye can't see, giving an almost actual feel of being there to the viewer.
Basically time laps is a photo taken many times of the same subject, then converted to a video to view. On average a 10 second video at a frame rate of 24/fps would mean nearly an hour of taking photos every 5 seconds, depending on what you are shooting it could be more or less. Which means time, battery life and good memory cards are very important. My previous Lumix GF5 has the same battery charger as my new GX7, the battery from the GF5 is slightly lower powered, but at least I have 3 batteries.
Also having a good tripod will be essential to making a great time laps along with choosing the right camera settings and photo editing software.............................Read this guide How To Shoot Timelaps
Lumix GX7 Manuel
I have sold my Nikon D7000 (See below) and I already have 3 Lumix Micro 4/3rd's lenses so it made sense to buy a smaller Lumix that I can fit my lenses to. So I have just brought a Lumix GF5, I could have brought the GF6 for the same price that has 16 megapixels and wifi compatibility. But I am still happy using the memory card slot and not having to carry a laptop/tablet. The GF5 also comes with a 14mm pancake lens, which is more compact and making it good point and shoot camera.
The only downside I have found to the GF5 is there is no viewfinder and makes it difficult to view subject in bright sunlight.
45 - 200 zoom, 7 - 14 wide, 14 - 42 standard and the 14mm fixed focal lenses.
I have 3 camera body's as mentioned above, but you need to be extra careful when changing lenses as you want to keep the mirror and sensor clean to avoid any costly damage.
The standard lens 14 - 42 is fair quality and fair range. The replacement is a 12 - 35 HD that is a must in your kit, but you may find very expensive, especially if you are saving for your travel's.
But a keen traveller/photographer may also be keen taking the 12 - 35 and the 35 - 100 X series lenses, as would be good for most types of shooting.
- The Black Rapid Yeti Camera strap; SEE HERE It is a one shoulder solution perfect for carrying my G2 with 45 - 200 zoom and the GF5 with the 14 mm lens. I have been on full day hikes, using this strap, also taking my wide angel lens and water bottles has made life easy, in respect of ease of use and not weighing your back down.
- Manfrotto Pixi Mini Tripod; the PIXI is great for achieving hard to get video and photo shots while keeping your camera steady. Close the legs and use it as a comfortable grip to capture great videos.
- Manfrotto 190DB Tripod
- Goliton® Adapter for tripod, convert GoPro mounts for Common Camera with 1/4" connector
View the Lumix G Forum & Reviews for all Lumix cameras.
Also I have put a playlist of useful tips and tricks for Lumix micro 4/3 cameras:
But my current equipment I now own a Panasonic Lumix G2 with 14 - 42, 45 - 200mm plus the 8mm fisheye lens. (June 2011)
I found that this camera felt small with my big hands at first after using the Sony DSLR-A100.
I am very very happy with the G2 as I get to know my way around. Very compact ideal for traveling and great for video also!
Free software: I use to convert from my G2 & GoPro MP4 format to AVI files using the excellent Free MPEG Streamclip is a powerful video converter and editor for mac and Windows. It can convert MPEG files between many formats, for downloading videos to You Tube.