Tor M writes:
Starting with no current lenses - what is the best all purpose camera? Nikon D750? Canon 5D Mark III? Sony A7R II?
I know the question is rather silly; but still...
DIGLLOYD: I don’t see it as silly at all; it’s the same question many photographers are pondering these days, particularly with Sony’s aggressive advances and the incremental same-old CaNikon DSLR offerings.
Still, “best” is highly subjective, relating to personal uses for a camera system.
If I were shooting only personally (not professionally and as a reviewer), Sony full-frame mirrorless would now be my go-to kit for my outdoor activities. The available lenses now are there for most uses and I’m not a sports or action shooter and the EVF is a valuable feature for me. There are plenty of specific usage reasons to choose something else, but few reasons to do so for most users.
Here is the kit I’d go with for my hiking, very compact stuff:
- Sony A7R II
- Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 (rumored)
- Zeiss Loxia 21mm f/2.8
- Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2
- Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2
- Sony 55mm f/1.8
- Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8
Here is a B&H Sony Mirrorless Wishlist of the items I’d carry.
I’d add the Sony 24-70mm G Master and Sony 70-200mm G Master as all-arounders, though I’d probably not hike with them. The Sony 85mm f/1.4 G Master looks excellent, but it’s large and heavy and it remains to be seen if it betters the Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8.