Europe: Start voting now! Exploring Lisbon with a Canon 100D – Travel Technology
In this musical spectacular…
- Who wants to go to Eurovision?
- Where did my wallet go? Off to Birmingham Airport
- SN2038 Birmingham Airport to Brussels National Airport
- Some time at Brussels Airport
- SN3819 Brussels National Airport to Lisbon Airport with the AeroSmurf
- Into Lisbon and The Tuk Tuk Hostel
- Exploring Lisbon with a Canon 100D
- The Eurovision Song Contest
- Off to Porto with Comboios de Portugal
- Time at Porto Airport
- FR8513 Porto Airport to Birmingham Airport
- To the trains!
- Eurovision… Douze points!
With me staying in a hostel, I wasn’t prepared to “risk” my normal photography kit. Whilst the Canon 6D and the lens on it have depreciated down to not a lot (and I’m considering the Canon 6D MkII personally right now – although if the right Sony A7 came along, I could be tempted), sometimes smaller kit is worth the effort.
For this purpose, I rummaged around what I had. And what looks least “professional”, but could knock out some decent photos.
And whilst the iPhone is more than capable of knocking out decent image after decent image, I love the ability to fiddle. That – and a proper optical zoom lens is a must have (which is something I sadly don’t have on an iPhone 8)
In my kit, I have the little brother of the Canon 700D – the Cannon 100D (or Canon Rebel SL1/Canon Kiss X7). Whilst its been superseded by the 200D (which has a lot of improvements such as DualPixel autofocus and the 80D imagining sensor) does the Canon 100D make a decent travel camera that you can pick up on the cheap second-hand?
Let’s find out.
I’ve paired this with an old friend of mine – a Canon 28-105 f3.5-f4.5 II USM lens.
This is a step-up from the standard Canon kit lenses optically, however due to the crop factor of the sensor, then lens becomes a 44.8 to 168mm lens – a short standard to telephoto length. Whilst I would had loved an 17-85mm or an 18-135mm lens – getting one at a price point I could stomach was impossible in the time allowed.
And I’m not using the 18-55 standard lens. That lens and me… lets just say I had more than my fair share of arguments with the cheap plastic wonder that is that lens.
Or for the wide-angle stuff, using the iPhone was always an option.
Considering I spent a lot of time in the past with this lens with a camera that had a cropped sensor in the past, it’s a limitation I would work around… most of the time.
Thus this package comes in at a light 782g/1.72lb (375g for the lens, 407g for the camera), and is very throwable over the shoulder.
For a more professional review of the lens, click here. For the camera click here.
So, does that package work as a whole? Let’s find out
I headed to Manteigaria to catch up with Jon and Adam. And also had coffee and egg tarts. Because. Breakfast.
The camera dealt with the light conditions well, with the lens and basic AutoFocus system locking on well.
Heading outside – the mixed light conditions gave the camera a lot of work to do.
We walked down from the cafe down to the coast, and towards the Eurovision village.
Why are we in Lisbon anyway? This song by Salvador Sobral – for some unexplained reason – won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2017.
With a few hours to kill before we needed to be elsewhere, Jon and I jumped on a tram tour to explore the city. Which gave some interesting views of the city
With the tram climbing up one of the hills, it’s interesting to watch daily life.
We got off at a mid-point to check out the views… and they weren’t bad at all.
Having a short-throw telephone lens is helpful some days – as you can do street photography on the sneak.
A little bit of zoom works well here to frame the shot.
Overall: I’m not disappointed in the images from the Canon 100D – not at all. It was able to keep up with my photography style (if a little slow at time writing RAW files). The autofocus system – whilst basic, locked on and worked with what I threw at it in the cafe. The camera worked with the conditions I threw at it – and gave the lovely Canon colour I’ve grown to appreciate.
Is it still a great travel camera? Yes it is. I used hardly half a charge during a day (with a fair bit of image checking and focusing), and it’s small enough to be discreet and not stand out when you’re behind them lens. Look around and you can pick it up on eBay for £150 upwards. The lens you can pick up for £50 to £100 depending on the condition.
But it is the best current Canon travel camera? I’m going to be blunt. No. The 100D has been outpaced by the Canon 200D/Rebel SL2/Kiss X8 (which has a flippy/tilt screen, DualPixel AF, and a lot more Autofocus points in LiveView mode) if you prefer a full-body style camera.
If you are happy with Mirrorless Bodies (Which allows for even more compact lenses), there are a lots of options. The Canon M50 is one such camera that’s attracted by my attention (which I might investigate when I get some time and money this year) along with the Canon M6. Even the Sony A7 family starts to intrude at that sort of pricing and quality (as well as looking pretty discreet)
I’m a long-time fan of Canon kit, and I find it works well for me when I’m shooting – and the 100D and 28-105 lens made a reasonable kit for me to shoot with when I travel, without too many compromises.
If circumstances call for the use of light travel kit, I’ll be sure to pick the 100D up again for travel photography.
But maybe with a different lens, which is wider to grab those missing shots.
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