A tag along question; my situation is a bit more complicated. I need a more portable, waterproof camera to keep with me in the hunting blind and take good action shots in a real hunting situation. Right now I am using an Olympus Stylus Tough point and shoot camera. It's ok, but not great. Is there anything that is a step up but not giant size that could handle rain, mud and a dog shaking on it?
I bought a Sony dslr but would go with Nikon or Canon if I had to do it over. There is nothing wrong with the Sony, but there seem to be far more glass options available for the other 2.
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1) Weather proof, I already destroyed two cameras getting them wet or dropping them in the water. In addition to duck hunting which hazards you are probably aware, I also spend a lot of time wade fishing and drift boat fishing. I'm around water a lot.
2) Relatively compact, Like to carry it in a fishing vest or hunting kit.
3) Fast enough lens to take low level stationary shots or medium light (overcast daylight conditions) action shots.
4) Sharp enough resolution for a 5x7.
5) Not too complex, my current camera requires a degree in computer science.
6) Fast follow-up shots. My current camera has an annoying lag that causes me to miss shots.
Maybe the perfect camera doesn't exist, but even a step up from my current camera would be great,
Just to let you know I'm not a complete newbie, I used to be a big 35mm nut. For twenty years I had a complete Canon F-1 system, motor drive, good Canon lenses from 24mm up to a nice 300 mm f 2.8. I also had a Nikonos II for underwater conditions and a housing for my Canon. Then around 1991 I switched to Nikon, still have three Nikon bodies, some great lenses, but haven't taken a film shot in over five years. The reality is that I wouldn't take one of my Nikons in the boat with me even if I was still using 35mm technology.
For a point and shoot it is hard to beat a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 or really any of the Lumix cameras, they take good action shots range anywhere between 10x optical and 60X which would take you out to 1200mm, a 400mm 2.8 lens will run you north of 11k$ to put it in perspective. my wife has one has gotten some great action shots with it over the years
Anyone know about GOPRO camera?
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My two cents: I would buy a used Canon EOS 1D Mark III body. It has been my workhorse for years. I shoot tons of retriever and waterfowl hunting images. Live in northern NY where the weather can get downright snotty and cold and this body can take a big lickin' from frigid temps to rain to wet dogs. I would also buy a used Canon 70-200 2.8 AF/is. I would also consider a used Canon TC-1.4 teleconverter.
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