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Feb 16, 2017 08:47:21   #
Woodworm65
 
Going to Italy, Switzerland, and France and will be gone for 20 days and all of my traveling will be done by metro or train and have decided that I may not want to drag my D7200 and two lenses along due to the fact that there is a considerable amount of walking and public transportation not to mention dragging a carry-on suitcase around, I have been on a similar trip several years ago but traveled by car. I plan on using my cell phone camera which does shoot in raw and does do a good job for the most part of taking pictures if I was traveling as before by car I would take my equipment, just trying to get other thoughts on my dilemma.
 
Feb 16, 2017 09:02:15   #
burkphoto (a regular here)
 
Woodworm65 wrote:
Going to Italy, Switzerland, and France and will be gone for 20 days and all of my traveling will be done by metro or train and have decided that I may not want to drag my D7200 and two lenses along due to the fact that there is a considerable amount of walking and public transportation not to mention dragging a carry-on suitcase around, I have been on a similar trip several years ago but traveled by car. I plan on using my cell phone camera which does shoot in raw and does do a good job for the most part of taking pictures if I was traveling as before by car I would take my equipment, just trying to get other thoughts on my dilemma.
Going to Italy, Switzerland, and France and will b... (show quote)


This is why the market for dedicated cameras is drying up and going high-end only...

The latest round of smartphone cameras is pretty awesome. It's only going to get better, since the camera is one of the "killer apps" of that product that causes people to buy a particular model or brand.

That said, there are pocketable options from Panasonic, Sony, and Fujifilm that make a lot of sense.

https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/2016-roundup-compact-enthusiast-zoom-cameras

That link goes to a very thorough analysis of your options.
Feb 16, 2017 09:02:36   #
orrie smith
 
Woodworm65 wrote:
Going to Italy, Switzerland, and France and will be gone for 20 days and all of my traveling will be done by metro or train and have decided that I may not want to drag my D7200 and two lenses along due to the fact that there is a considerable amount of walking and public transportation not to mention dragging a carry-on suitcase around, I have been on a similar trip several years ago but traveled by car. I plan on using my cell phone camera which does shoot in raw and does do a good job for the most part of taking pictures if I was traveling as before by car I would take my equipment, just trying to get other thoughts on my dilemma.
Going to Italy, Switzerland, and France and will b... (show quote)


If you prefer your DSLR, you may want to look into a small sling bag or back pack rather than a carry on suitcase. The weight would not be that great for a camera and two lenses.
Feb 16, 2017 09:03:14   #
insman1132 (a regular here)
 
While cell phone camera's have come a long way, if this is a once in a lifetime trip I am not sure I would rely on having only it with me. Hey, just a thought, but maybe this is a good excuse to get a good Bridge Camera that will be a great backup to your DSLR in the future??
Feb 16, 2017 09:05:30   #
Woodworm65
 
Thanks for your opinion I would never give up my present equipment if I was traveling the way I did several years back and I will look at those options, not something I even thought about thanks again.
Feb 16, 2017 09:13:18   #
rmorrison1116 (a regular here)
 
Depends on what you consider wrong. Your phone will not enable you to take images as your D7200 will. If this weren't the case then it wouldn't be a phone with a camera it would be a camera with a phone. As for the wrong thing, that's for you and no one else to decide. If you don't think you can handle carrying the big Nikon and two lenses, maybe you'd consider just one lens like a 18-300 or 28-300. If your major concern is weight then pick up a nice pocket camera for the trip. A good pocket sized bridge camera will still give you better options than a call phone and do a better job.
 
Feb 16, 2017 09:15:13   #
burkphoto (a regular here)
 
Woodworm65 wrote:
Thanks for your opinion I would never give up my present equipment if I was traveling the way I did several years back and I will look at those options, not something I even thought about thanks again.


Take a look at Daniel J. Cox's site. He is a long-time convert to Micro 4/3... used to be exclusively a Nikon full frame user.

http://naturalexposures.com/corkboard/

The guy and his wife lead very high end, exotic photo adventures to places all over the globe. He knows a little something about traveling with gear.
Feb 16, 2017 09:38:54   #
anotherview (a regular here)
 
You are as right as rain.

Which camera and lens to carry presents itself as a necessary choice to any serious photographer because results matter.

Given so, I recommend that you pick one DSLR camera and one lens to go with it. Consider that the variety of subjects found during travel may justify an all-purpose lens like a moderate zoom lens with a focal length range of 24-105mm.

This combo can easily go in a small camera bag with a sling strap, to carry everywhere. This bag can hold a spare battery, spare memory card, small cleaning kit, and a battery charger, along with a memory card reader for transferring image files to a hard drive.

Of course, relying on one camera and one lens brings a challenge to extract the most from the gear in relation to subjects.

So you could consider a bag that can hold a second lens (a prime lens of choice?) and perhaps a speedlight (if you use flash lighting).

I own and use such a bag filled with this selection of gear. I include a flag for controlling the use of flash lighting.

Good luck.
Woodworm65 wrote:
Going to Italy, Switzerland, and France and will be gone for 20 days and all of my traveling will be done by metro or train and have decided that I may not want to drag my D7200 and two lenses along due to the fact that there is a considerable amount of walking and public transportation not to mention dragging a carry-on suitcase around, I have been on a similar trip several years ago but traveled by car. I plan on using my cell phone camera which does shoot in raw and does do a good job for the most part of taking pictures if I was traveling as before by car I would take my equipment, just trying to get other thoughts on my dilemma.
Going to Italy, Switzerland, and France and will b... (show quote)
Feb 16, 2017 10:47:00   #
truckster (a regular here)
 
Woodworm65 wrote:
Going to Italy, Switzerland, and France and will be gone for 20 days and all of my traveling will be done by metro or train and have decided that I may not want to drag my D7200 and two lenses along due to the fact that there is a considerable amount of walking and public transportation not to mention dragging a carry-on suitcase around, I have been on a similar trip several years ago but traveled by car. I plan on using my cell phone camera which does shoot in raw and does do a good job for the most part of taking pictures if I was traveling as before by car I would take my equipment, just trying to get other thoughts on my dilemma.
Going to Italy, Switzerland, and France and will b... (show quote)


The reason we "drag along" our DSLR's is for the ability to "get that shot" just right. I would suggest you look into sling backs or backpacks. I just bought a used small backpack off Craig's list for $15. It has a strap across your chest so it will not slip off your shoulders. I have it carrying my charger, filters, cleaning stuff and three lenses. It is a breeze to lug around. On a train or bus you could hold it in your lap for most trips and keep it on your back for short hops. I've used it on one cruise and now it is my go to bag when traveling.


Feb 16, 2017 10:49:00   #
truckster (a regular here)
 
Seems I was unable to post my second pic of the bag ... so here it is.


Feb 16, 2017 10:52:53   #
truckster (a regular here)
 
Let's try again ..
 
Feb 16, 2017 10:53:49   #
G Brown
 
Can you download and save your pictures off the phone? when will the memory be full? what else do you have to carry to save carrying the DSLR?

have fun
Feb 16, 2017 10:55:59   #
JPL
 
Woodworm65 wrote:
Going to Italy, Switzerland, and France and will be gone for 20 days and all of my traveling will be done by metro or train and have decided that I may not want to drag my D7200 and two lenses along due to the fact that there is a considerable amount of walking and public transportation not to mention dragging a carry-on suitcase around, I have been on a similar trip several years ago but traveled by car. I plan on using my cell phone camera which does shoot in raw and does do a good job for the most part of taking pictures if I was traveling as before by car I would take my equipment, just trying to get other thoughts on my dilemma.
Going to Italy, Switzerland, and France and will b... (show quote)


The phone can be ok. But it is limited to fixed focal lengt. That is the biggest limitation. If you have no problem getting all your shots with the wide lens of the phone, than you are good to go.
Feb 16, 2017 13:06:41   #
Rongnongno
 
Woodworm65 wrote:
I plan on using my cell phone camera which does shoot in raw and does do a good job for the most part of taking pictures if I was traveling as before by car I would take my equipment, just trying to get other thoughts on my dilemma.

Take whatever you want, it is your choice. If you are comfortable with what you have there is no point making a change this far along in the game.
Feb 16, 2017 22:57:28   #
TriX (a regular here)
 
burkphoto wrote:
This is why the market for dedicated cameras is drying up and going high-end only...

The latest round of smartphone cameras is pretty awesome. It's only going to get better, since the camera is one of the "killer apps" of that product that causes people to buy a particular model or brand.

That said, there are pocketable options from Panasonic, Sony, and Fujifilm that make a lot of sense.

https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/2016-roundup-compact-enthusiast-zoom-cameras

That link goes to a very thorough analysis of your options.
This is why the market for dedicated cameras is dr... (show quote)


Thanks for the very informative link - considering one for my wife, and this review is very useful.
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