I came up with a plan which will both give me a small carry around option as well as providing longer focal lengths without the need to resort to big, expensive lenses. My solution is the super small SL1 APS-C sensor DSLR. Paired with my 24mm f/2.8 pancake lens it is very small and has the field of view of 38.4mm with a fast aperture. Paired with the very inexpensive EF-S 55-250mm STM lens it also has an equivalent range of 88-400mm with image stabilization.
Here are some shots from this morning, all at 250mm, or 400mm equivalent.
|f/5.6, 1/750 sec., ISO 800|
|100% crop of the above image.|
|f/6.7, 1/90 sec., ISO 800|
|f/6.7, 1/1500 sec., ISO 400|
|f/5.6, 1/90 sec., ISO 400|