May 18, 2016 at 5:34PM
GH4/Sony A7/Fuji and rangefinder M lenses?
I did something quite stupid and my Nikon D7200 fell down and broke. I am looking at mirrorless systems and I am not too much involved in Nikon gear, I bought everything second hand and can sell it again for more or less the same amount. Moreover I can always keep some Nikon lenses in case I get a mirrorless (like the Nikon AIS 105mm 2,5 which I like).
I like trekking and outdoor photography. I have 1 (maybe 2) project down my way in a few months which will be in high altitude (above 4000m) so weight and size are important factors for me since I will be carrying everything on my back. I am getting involved more in video and probably these projects will be about 50%-50% videos – stills. Since I will be “out in the field”, I prefer to have a minimum kit with 1-2 camera bodies and 3-5 prime lenses, plus spare batteries.
Other stuff I will carry, a Manfrotto Q5 photo/video head and a Manfrotto 190 tripod. For the audio, the Rode NTG2 and Tascam DR40.
I would like something that:
- is small
- does not attract unwanted attention and looks more “touristy”
- is rugged
- takes good stills
- is good in low light
- preferably does 4k internally so I can skip on the external recorder and downscale the video to have a good 1080p
I am looking now at these possible choices:
- the Fuji x-pro2 (or the upcoming XT2 in case it comes before end of summer), I like the colors from the Fuji cameras
- Panasonic Gh4 (for video only)
- sony A7R II
Lenses I am considering are primes from Leica M o R, Zeiss, Voigtlander, Nikon, Canon, etc. as long as they have good image qualities and are small and light to carry.
Right now I am considering the Leica M Summarits (like the 75mm), Voigtlander M 15mm and 35mm, Leica M Tele elmar 135mm, Nikon AI 135mm 3,5. I will probably take 2-3 among these focal lengths and use my legs for zooming in and out and then add a telephoto for wildlife.
I am quite interested in the Leica or Voigtlander M ones, since it’s possible to have 2-3 top quality primes for less than 1 kg of weight, which is remarkable.
I know from experience how trekking, especially in high altitude, can take its toll, so I prefer to have less stuff and use it at 100% than having too much around and then using it at 30% or nothing at all.
So far, I am leaning at getting either the A7RII (1 body) or the Fuji Xpro2 + GH4 (both bodies) and then the Leica M 75mm and 35mm (Summarit, which do not cost too much), adding then a wide angle and a telephoto for wildlife (something like a Nikon 400mm 5,6 or a Canon 400mm 5,6 or the 4,5 FD version which are cheap, small and have good quality). This would be around 3-4 kg max and I don’t want to take more than that and leave any extra weight I can carry for spare batteries and food, so I can stay longer in the field.
I never used a Sony camera so far, nor any mirrorless. My questions are:
- any user experience on documentary videos using rangefinder lenses? I did not find much info on this except from people using them on the RED cameras
- Gh4 or the A7 family in outdoor harsh situation? Any first hand experience?
- mirrorless cameras consume batteries a lot faster than DSLR, but on the other hand DRLR used for video are not so frugal on power either. Moreover ML batteries are usually smaller. Any experience with recharging Sony/Panasonic/Fuji batteries in the field with a solar panel or a power pack like for example the Goal0 Venture 30?