It’s summer time and I am planning a quick escape to recharge, away from my city, the web and 4G signals. To travel light, efficient packing is key. This should be simple with the Sony Nex-7, the 16mm pancake with wide angle adapter, the 18-55mm kit lens-mainly for video- and the 50mm f1.8 for low light/shallow depth of field and a compact tripod. Small footprint, big on image and video quality. The Nex-7 boasts one of the best APSC sensors, regardless of all the sensor goodness and stunning DXO ratings, it just can’t compete with current full frame cameras in the real world and I am a little irritated because I have no idea what lays ahead, landscapes, portraits, snap shots, street or night shots in the rain -and I want to be ready for anything.
Even though I prefer lightweight cameras and lenses for travel, it is very tempting to pack the Canon 5Dmk3 with the pancake instead, much better low light performance, instant auto focus, better shallow depth of field, much better video and weather sealing might come in handy too. Weight is still an issue since the Canon 5Dmk3 body hits the scale at 860grams (approx 30.3 oz) the Sony Nex-7 body at 292grams (10.3 oz) that’s a penalty of 568grams or approx 1 1/4 lbs.
I plan to pack at least two additional lenses, preferably a wide angle zoom and a kit zoom or tele zoom. Heavy L glass is not an option and fortunately I still have my ancient 20-35mm f3.5-4.5 USM and 28-105mm II f3.5-4.5 USM lenses, (descent image quality, discontinued, very reasonable $$ used). I really enjoy shooting with the pancake and the first test shots showed great sharpness and bokeh wide open.
To lighten the load I will leave the tripod behind and pack a small bean bag instead. With Canon’s 5Dmk3 high ISO performance I am not worried. Of course this doesn’t mean I will never use the Sony Nex-7 or a compact again, however, when traveling through regions I might never return to I feel better with a full frame set up ready for any challenge.
If you find this article inspiring, please consider helping me maintaining this blog by purchasing your gear through my product links to Adorama and B&H. It will cost you nothing and allows me to keep adding! Or consider making a direct donation using PayPal, thank you!