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    Crop mode digital gives us more options than we had in film days. Obvious statement, sorry

    To explain, I can take my GR and it has 28mm native, and 35 and 47mm using the crop setting.

    Additionally I could take an A7 with a Loxia 35mm and use it in APS-C mode to get 50mm. Or take a A6000 body with the Loxia 35mm to gain 50mm.
    One lens, two cameras = two focal lengths.
    A spare camera might be wise on Guy's trip. You don't want to have one break and nothing to show when you return.

    Of course you could just crop in post. Not quite the same though when you are framing up ready to take a pic.

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    I have a good start on the camera & lenses.
    I'd take my A7R, 24-70 & 70-200.
    For this trip I would purchase an A7 MkII and the 16-35 and leave my NEX-7 and 10-18 at home.

    I'd take my Lowe Pro Urban Photo Sling 150 most everywhere. I can (just barely) get my iPad Air in the tablet compartment along with one or two lenses and a camera body. If I stuck with the NEX-7 and the 10-18 those would fit along with the A7R and 24-70. I don't think I could get two A7x bodies in it with lenses mounted. Guess I'll need to bring my Tamrac Rally 5 as well...

    I really like the Markins Q10i ballhead. It mates perfectly with the Acratech leveling base.
    I'd downsize from my Gitzo 3540 to something like the Feisol Tournament CT-3442 Rapid for this trip.

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    Re: Sony travel the world kit

    I am heading to Spain with the family in June and I am planning to take the following:

    Sony A7 II
    Sony FE 24-70 f/4 ZA
    Sony FE 70-200 f/4 G
    HVL-F43M Flash (because I don't have an A7s II yet)

    Have to make a decision on the following:
    Sony FE 55mm f/1.8 (under consideration)
    Sony FE 16-35 f/4 (under consideration)
    CV 21mm Ultron f/1.8 + CV VM-E Helicoid Adapter (under consideration)
    CV 35mm Ultron f/1.7 II + CV VM-E Helicoid Adapter (under consideration)
    CV 50mm Nokton f/1.5 + CV VM-E Helicoid Adapter (under consideration)

    I am still researching the performance of these primes on the A7 II, but I would take them instead of the 24-70, if I got them. Might go 21-35-50 as the 15 may be a titch too wide.

    All this packed into a Lowepro AW200 Sling bag. For a tripod, I would take a Giottos YTL8354 + Vanguard GH-300T Pistol Grip ballhead. For storage, I will take a WD My Passport Wireless 2TB Drive with SD Card Reader and an HP Stream 7 tablet with card reader so I can also FTP a copy of the images home when I encounter WiFi.

    Glad this is all in our heads as I will have to rob a bank to afford all of this...
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    If it was mainly a Sony only kit I would take A7II (when Sony finally give me a new one) with the FE16-35, A7s with FE24-70, FE 35 (would replace this with the FE 28 when it comes out), FE55 and finally leica APO-telyt 135, This plus iPad air would all fit in my Billingham Hadley pro and I could cover pretty much any situation with it. If I wanted to travel lighter I would probably go with the Leica M240 (plus Olympus EVF) with WATE and summicron 28 asph and the A7s with the FE35 and FE55. In either scenario I would also take the most excellent RX100 III which is so small that it fits in my trousers front pocket and can be with me at anytime.
    I wouldn't take a tripod
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    I see Sony is expected to release 2 new cameras. I suspect one is a 4k RX10 replacement. I noticed though no one had the rx10 in their lists. There's also very few images from it on here but have seen a lot of video from it elsewhere. I know of people raving about it like the rx1 but is it thought of as too big to be a second travel camera and not be considered at all?

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    Just came back from a trip around the world. We were in asia, our flights circumnavigated the globe. :P

    Nex-7 + touit 12mm (18mm)
    a7r + 40mm m-rokkor
    Contax G 90mm
    Sigma 19mm DN (28mm) - this wasn't on the trip but I'll add it for handing off the camera for other people to use.

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    No Sony, but I'm visiting Istanbul in a few weeks with just my Fuji X100T. Been doing this for years and I'm tired of all the gear lugging. If I'm not completely satisfied with the Fuji, I'll switch it for a Sony A7ll with the 35mm Zeiss.

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    Re: Sony travel the world kit

    Travel is a bit like weddings - some want the full monty treatment for total coverage recall decades later, others are happy with a handful of fine art images. Travel invites the full range from a few snapshots of the key sights and selfies (can't forget them) for the world weary, to something more significant but with limited time/will to carry and care for gear (backup, charging, etc); out to semi-pro or advanced documentary work - the real full monty, which is very different indeed to 'travel lite' or travel medium', in terms of logistics and itinerary planning.

    I advise looking with a steely eye at your travel plans and circumstances, then match them with your gear needs - needs, not desires. The more important it is to you, the more time to allocate to it and plan for it in your itinerary, and the better the equipment should be.

    Better is not bigger here, otherwise you would not be reading a Sony forum would you? ;-) Better is a better match. Make every piece earn its place, be ruthless. Gear forums are full of people who just love the equipment, often for its own sake - hence camera porn. Be prepared to walk away from the one percent shots you need that exotic lens for, for example. Consider what you want to see as your 'trip portfolio' when you return home. The more you know the more prepared you are.

    Consider the wastes of precious shoot time devoted to lens changes, adapters, filters, and all the fussy stuff like stitching, tripods, etc. It's all going to destroy spontaneity, exact an opportunity cost, including the next great image you cannot find the time or energy, or the approval of impatient significant others, to take.

    Final word goes to Steve McCurry:

    "I don't want to get too technical. I hate all of that. In the end it just depends on what your picture looks like. You print it out and put it on the table and that's proof right there. Everything else goes away."
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    Re: Sony travel the world kit

    May be you did not read post #1 by Guy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slingers View Post
    I noticed though no one had the rx10 in their lists. There's also very few images from it on here but have seen a lot of video from it elsewhere. I know of people raving about it like the rx1 but is it thought of as too big to be a second travel camera and not be considered at all?
    Oh, probably more than good enough but what's the fun of a complete one-piece solution that doesn't involve endless configuration decisions

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    So I'm off to Palermo for a few days and have at least decided on the lenses I will take FE55, FE16-35 and the leica elmarit-M 90 but which body A7II or A7s. I keep changing my mind but am now leaning toward the A7s as it lighter, I like the silent mode for street and it can take in any lighting situation. Am I mad?
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    Take both if you can. You can have the 16-35 on one body and the 55 or 90 on the other.
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    Re: Sony travel the world kit

    I am with Viramati on this.

    I know some are wishing for a more substantial camera from Sony. But please, Sony, keep the A7 series small, it is a major attraction to the system in the first place. If you are going to use gloves or need a larger camera for your big hands, get a grip. Perhaps a third party could design an accessory grip with larger buttons for your specialized needs, but we want the base camera to stay small. The same goes for a potential A9 camera, give us add-on's to improve the ergonomics for photographers with larger hands, gloves, and specialized needs.

    And please give us more smaller lenses!
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    Quote Originally Posted by HiredArm View Post
    Take both if you can. You can have the 16-35 on one body and the 55 or 90 on the other.
    I know, I know but I'm trying to keep it simple and everything in a Billingham Hadley small bag rather than my usual Hadley pro as I used to travel with one or two Leica M bodies and a 28 and 50 mm lens and loved the simplicity of it. I will though be carrying the wonderful RX100III as well which will probably get the most use as I am with my wife who will get on my case if I concentrate to much on the photography!!

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    Definitely understand that and definitely understand wanting to go without much gear. My thinking comes mostly from if/when you happen to stumble on that future print 24 megapixels is going to give you a bit more leverage over 12 to crop should you need to since you aren't taking a very long lens with you. On the other hand at night the A7s will definitely be king when it comes to getting shots with lower noise and being able to AF in dark/near dark circumstances. Hence my "take both" call for these big trips.

    Call it personal experience from leaving some shots (didn't have the right lens with me or just didn't bring all the right gear with me) in a foreign land... and my brain.
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    Re: Sony travel the world kit

    Quote Originally Posted by engel001 View Post
    I am with Viramati on this.

    I know some are wishing for a more substantial camera from Sony. But please, Sony, keep the A7 series small, it is a major attraction to the system in the first place. If you are going to use gloves or need a larger camera for your big hands, get a grip. Perhaps a third party could design an accessory grip with larger buttons for your specialized needs, but we want the base camera to stay small. The same goes for a potential A9 camera, give us add-on's to improve the ergonomics for photographers with larger hands, gloves, and specialized needs.

    And please give us more smaller lenses!
    Going bigger for Sony = End of me being a Sony user.

    They can stick it where their sensors will not get any light.

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    I think there's room for smaller FF FE body (A7) and a more robust FE body (A9.) Robust doesn't have to mean that it will suddenly become ungainly or even as large as a pro DSLR. It can be better build quality, better weather sealing, dual card slots, sturdier slot doors, or more ergonomically friendly for those with larger hands such as what they did with the A7II.
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    Re: Sony travel the world kit

    Those will be discounted from being part of a travel kit for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HiredArm View Post
    Definitely understand that and definitely understand wanting to go without much gear. My thinking comes mostly from if/when you happen to stumble on that future print 24 megapixels is going to give you a bit more leverage over 12 to crop should you need to since you aren't taking a very long lens with you. On the other hand at night the A7s will definitely be king when it comes to getting shots with lower noise and being able to AF in dark/near dark circumstances. Hence my "take both" call for these big trips.

    Call it personal experience from leaving some shots (didn't have the right lens with me or just didn't bring all the right gear with me) in a foreign land... and my brain.
    As I rarely shoot longer than 50mm I might just consider r the 2 body 2 lens solution as the will both just squezze into the bag along with the iPad and RX100

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    Those will be discounted from being part of a travel kit for sure.
    Speak for yourself. My A7 and A7R have been all around the world with me on trips 2-3 months at a time with vertical grips pretty much welded to them.
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    Re: Sony travel the world kit

    I'm off to Italy and Croatia in a couple of months for two weeks and I'm probably taking the A7II and A7s (although if the A7rII is around maybe that & A7s). Love the resolution of the A7r but the low light A7s and uber flexible 24mp of the A7II really win out for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HiredArm View Post
    Speak for yourself. My A7 and A7R have been all around the world with me on trips 2-3 months at a time with vertical grips pretty much welded to them.
    Yes, of course, I was speaking for myself (all my posts and "likes" indicate that unlike some others ). 2 camera (+ a smaller one) had been around the world with me as well. What I was talking about is the tendency of Sony for going heavier and bulkier (as from A7 to A7 II) and the projected, speculated heft of the A9.

    BTW, I do not own the A7 II and I notice that you do not either.

    If we do have our f2 compact/lightweight primes (because the market as the whole demands it and not because a few here are for or against it), we can all appreciate a well rounded light weight kit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    BTW, I do not own the A7 II and I notice that you do not either.
    No I don't but I can tell you 100% that the reason I don't own a A7II has nothing to do with size and everything to do with the fact I'm being patient for what MAY be around the corner. At the very least I will buy the A7RII to replace the A7R that was modded. At most I will trade in my A7 towards two of whatever "Pro" bodies Sony release and only hold onto the A7R-FS of my current bodies should the rumored pro bodies be true and offer significant improvements for my own desires.

    As for small size I have never denied that they should make them for those that want them. I legitimately hope they do continue to offer choice (S/M/L) in all focal lengths like they do in 35mm.

    What I am VERY against (I would go so far to say I am very very adamant about this) is that SOME (not you specifically Vivek) telling me or others what I/we should want, what should work for me/us, and what I/we don't need because THEY don't want it or see the benefit/purpose of having. Just goes to prove we all view the same camera differently for our own purposes... often beyond the manufacturer/engineer's initial designs.

    There's never been a FF camera as flexible as this one. Some view it as a "poorer man's or woman's M." Some view it as a 35mm digital back to use any lens you can find/make an adapter for at the focal length it was intended to be used. Some view it was a flexible compact system camera. Some view it as an evolution of a view camera but in compact form. Some view it as an huge improvement to multispectral photography. Some view it as an improved astrophotographers camera.

    Neither of these descriptions are wrong and these cameras can be all of those things.
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    What is an M?

    [It ain't poor man's whatever. One has to have some heavy padding to own these and use them. I know poor. I come from a very (economically) poor background.]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    What is an M?

    [It ain't poor man's whatever. One has to have some heavy padding to own these and use them. I know poor. I come from a very (economically) poor background.]
    Of course and that's why I said a poorer... Not poor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    What is an M?

    [It ain't poor man's whatever. One has to have some heavy padding to own these and use them. I know poor. I come from a very (economically) poor background.]
    Leica M series starting with the M1 up until the M7 and then digital M8 to M240/M-P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Viramati View Post
    Leica M series starting with the M1 up until the M7 and then digital M8 to M240/M-P
    Oh, that! Until recently, using those, one can forget about the lenscap and keep clicking via "liveview" offered by the wonderful OVF.

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    A7s, with 35 and 50 loxia lenses, plus a canon 85 f/1.8 LTM for portraits and tele. maybe the WATE in my bag for occasional use....sorry, got to this discussion late
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    I'm in palermo at the moment and in the end came with the A7II, A7s, 16-35, 55 & 35. During the day it is the A7II AND 16-35 and at night the A7s and 35 or 55. In the end the A7s & FE 35 are so small and light I just added them to the suitcase and I'm glad I did so
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    Re: Sony travel the world kit

    I will be travelling in Myanmar in August with my Contax 645, sinar 54 lv back with some lenses (maybe stick to 55 and 120).
    Will also take the A7r with the 55/1.8.

    But I wonder if I should add a wide angle for the Sony : either the new small 28 or the very different Canon 24 TSE. I have used mainly Alpa SWA for wide and I fear too much distorsion and lack of movement.
    But I have never used a TSE lens : is it convenient to use on a sony, can it work handheld (took many pictures handheld with the alpa) ? Thank you for sharing your views.

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    Re: Sony travel the world kit

    Quote Originally Posted by OliverM View Post
    I will be travelling in Myanmar in August with my Contax 645, sinar 54 lv back with some lenses (maybe stick to 55 and 120).
    Will also take the A7r with the 55/1.8.

    But I wonder if I should add a wide angle for the Sony : either the new small 28 or the very different Canon 24 TSE. I have used mainly Alpa SWA for wide and I fear too much distorsion and lack of movement.
    But I have never used a TSE lens : is it convenient to use on a sony, can it work handheld (took many pictures handheld with the alpa) ? Thank you for sharing your views.
    In Myanmar, I would recommend to bring a relatively large aperture, high quality WA lens for temple interiors (temples are hard to avoid in that country). 20 or 21mm will mostly do it.

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