Also, the 50mm f/1.8 one will be awesome for your fishing trophy shots (with a nice bokeh effect).
DSLR for Both Landscape and Angling Photography
Type: Mid-size SLR
Weight: 1010 g
Sensor size: Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm)
Resolution: 36 MP
Weather resistant: Yes
ISO: Auto, 100-819200
It’s my understanding that wherever you’re (kayak) fishing, it might be very scenic there.
Then it’s logical to assume that some of you anglers might want to take not only prize catches, an odd shot of an animal/bird that you spy, but also landscapes.
And if you want a professional level DSLR, I encourage you to look at Pentax K-1.
This digital camera offers:
lowest level of digital noise,
a very effective image stabilization (for handheld shooting),
fabulous image quality (even in low light),
widest dynamic range,
Just to name a few.
Not to mention that it comes with the most affordable price tag possible in the category of top-performing full-frame cameras (WITH the lens).
What are the drawbacks?
If you’ve used Canon or Nikon in the past, you’ll need time to get used to it.
Pentax has a bunch of so-called “unique technologies” which makes it difficult to master right away. For some the design and interface might seem “damp” with an unusual choice of functions/modes/control buttons.
(This is true for both version I and II.)
Check out the video below where Mattias shares the 5 reasons why Pentax K-1 is still worth buying in 2019:
unique tilting LCD screen
excellent image quality at high ISO units with no digital noise
built-in Wi-Fi and GPS features
quality handheld shooting in bracketing mode, HDR and even Pixel Shift
you get a lot of value for the price
not the fastest autofocus compared to other full-frame DSLRs
pretty low speed of continuous shooting
small image buffer
difficult to master right away for people new to Pentax technology
An Affordable Full-Frame Beast for Your Fishing Trips
Pentax K-1 is suitable for any type of shooting:
low light images,
And it’ll certainly be a great choice for fly fishing photos too.
In fact, I learned that carp are active day and night, and that a large part of carp angling takes place during evening/night time. So if that’s your thing then you’ll likely enjoy shooting with a Pentax camera.
If you’re into landscape photography as much as angling photography, then definitely check out the Pentax K-1.
It’s probably one of the most underrated full-frame DSLRs right now.
Best (Fishing) Camera for Advanced Photographers
Canon 5D III
Type: Mid-size SLR
Weight: 950 g
Resolution: 22 MP
Sensor size: Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
LCD screen: Fixed
Weather sealed: Yes
ISO: Auto, 100 – 25600 in 1/3 stops (50-102400)
For those anglers who also have advanced photography skills, I decided to include a full-frame Canon 5D III to my list.
This DSLR is beautiful for a number of reasons.
fantastic image quality especially when coupled with a right lens,
weather sealing and high battery life make it possible for harsh conditions,
(Just to name a few.)
By the way…
It’s important to emphasize that it’s a professional-level camera, so if you’re a total beginner consider other options I mentioned above.
To be able to manage Canon 5D III well and produce truly fantastic fishing images, you need to have a prior experience in photography (and DSLRs).
crisp photos with a creamy background
magnesium body with moisture protection elements
excellent viewfinder and LCD screen
large coverage of autofocus points
HDR mode available
wide possibilities for videographers
variety of AF settings
pretty large and heavy
no peaking focus when shooting videos
should you ever have to repair, the costs will be high
Canon 5D III: The Jack of All Trades
I’ll say this:
Many will argue that Canon 5D III is the jack of all trades, as it does everything well.
While it’s a professional full-frame camera, an enthusiast with experience would be able to handle it without any problem.