Camera for the parks...

Discussion in 'Theme Parks Attractions and Strategies' started by blackacex2, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. blackacex2

    blackacex2 Mouseketeer

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    Before my next trip to Disney World I am planning to purchase a great camera and learn all I can.

    I'm looking at a DSLR: Nikon D5100 with the tamron 17-50 and a 35mm 1.8

    OR

    Sony RX-100 (Pocketable 28-100mm f1.8-4.9 lens, 1" sensor)

    OR

    Sony NEX-5R with 18-55 f3.5 kit lens and 16mm 2.8 lens

    What's your gut instinct on those options for disney photography? I really am not thrilled about the idea of carrying around the 5100, but I'm also not thrilled about getting poor low light action shots with the RX-100 or paying a premium for E-mount glass (the 35mm 1.8 e-mount is $450)

    Mainly, I want to be able to photography the boardwalk at night without it looking like a blurry mess- not sure if the RX-100 can pull that off.
     
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  3. redkel

    redkel Earning My Ears

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    The 5100 would be the way to go -- the Nikon sensors and high iso capability combined with a 1.8 fixed would make for really nice night shots. The Nikon will last you a long time. I'm not a Tamron fan, but they've got some decent glass.

    A cheaper option would be to find an older Nikkor/Nikon manual (AI) focus 1.8 -- would still work for you at a fraction of the cost. It just depends on how much work you want to do. I'm not sure if the "live view" would function properly -- but TTL (viewfinder) would be fine.

    I do not take my Nikon D3 or D300s (and 50 lbs of glass) into the parks...no way. I shoot for a living and I'm on vacation! I take a pretty decent PTBS camera (Nikon L110) and enjoy the awesome tripod night shots that are on my PP+ CD. :)

    Good luck shopping. Try dpreview.com for a million camera reviews.
     
  4. mom2rtk

    mom2rtk DIS Veteran

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    Honestly, if you want good night shots on the Boardwalk, a tripod will make the biggest difference.
     
  5. DAZY3BYZ

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    I have the 5100 and its a wonderful camera. You'll be able to get some great low light shots with this camera and that lens. That would be my vote.
     
  6. Notso

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    I am planning to take my 5100 and 35mm 1.8 to the parks next week. I am not taking any of my zoom or walkabout lenses. The 35mm is my fave anyway.

    Honestly, of the cameras you mentioned, this will be the best to use when you are home from Disney. Only a DSLR is an SLR. You won't regret it!
     
  7. ramsfootball92

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    I have the Sony NEX-5 and I love, love, love it! It is so small and easy to use. I bought predominately to snap action shots of my daughter, she jumps horses and my son that plays basketball. Plus I have a grandbaby that I like to capture :) The main limitation is the lack of zoom unless you purchase the additional lens.

    I took lowlight and night time photos with outstanding results. Now, I am not a photographer so others may disagree. The portability factor, quality of video and ease of use make it a winner for my family.
     
  8. Snooks23

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    I'm having the same problem. I have a Nikon D3000 & it gets so heavy sometimes. I'm thinking about selling it & getting a Nikon J1. I got it to start learning photography & I just didn't get into it! So idk if ill want to Cary a big camera around!
     
  9. g8torphan

    g8torphan Registered

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    Can't offer much opinion on those as I've never used one.
    But I can tell you snapsort and dpreview.com are good sources for comparisons.



    But this seems to be as good a place as any....

    Any thoughts on these 'bridge' style mega zoom cameras?

    Fuji SL300
    Panasonic Lumix DMC LZ30K *new in 2013; wont ship until April*
    Olympus SP 810 UZ

    Or any suggestions for around $250?

    I'm leaning towards the Panasonic, but I'd like it to come out and get some reviews first.

    Thanks and sorry about the threadjack :rolleyes1
     
  10. blackacex2

    blackacex2 Mouseketeer

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    Get the canon S100! It's the best camera for $250 with no competition in sight.
     
  11. blackacex2

    blackacex2 Mouseketeer

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    Ehhh ok so the S100 isn't a mega zoom- but it might be good enough anyway
     
  12. blackacex2

    blackacex2 Mouseketeer

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    The NEX 5 has a lot of appeal and has an awesome CMOS sensor and focusing system... I just wonder if the kit lens could photograph dark rides, parades, or low light stuff well. There is a 1.8 35mm prime lens for it but it's $450 vs $199 for the Nikon lens.
     

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