Camera recommendation please
NEX has a bigger sensor than m4/3 and would hence give an even shallower DoF at a given aperture. I think m4/3 is a better system though, there are more lenses available. OM-D is weather sealed which is ace, but the kit lens is the only weather sealed one and the IQ isn’t as good as some of the others. It’s got loads of features though.Posted 4 years ago
I’ll recommend the sony nex series, as usual. Nex 6 or Nex 7.
I have owned to m4/3 cameras but have now settled on nex. Sensors, form factor, menus (not that sony are great but olympus are awful) and raw processor support all came into it for me.
Your requirements may differ.Posted 4 years ago
Olympus menus get good press generally, and I’ve no problem with them. YMMV of course
E-p1/e-p2 in my case, which may be very different from your slr. But yes, I think controls are very ‘personal preference’ with mirrorless systems as they’re inherently fiddly little things.Posted 4 years agogeetee1972Member
I’ve got two cameras currently and would like to have just one that combines the best of both.
One is a second hand Nikon D200 with a very bright 1.4 50mm Nikon prime lens (in reality the depth of field is so small at anything less than 1.8 that I never use it) the other an aging Canon Powershot G10.
The Canon has good manual control and useful auto settings and is compact but doesn’t have the control over depth of field that the Nikon does and while the shutter lag is OK, it’s still frustrating. The lag as the picture saves is also very annoying.
The Nikon is a fabulous camera but it’s big, heavy and consequently intrusive, i.e. it’s not particularly discrete.
The money no objective choice would be a digital Leica range finder but that’s so far out of the ball park it’s a joke.
I really like the Fuji range but the X-E1 and especially the X-Pro 1 are still very pricey. The X100 looks just about in budget but again it’s right at the limit.
I want the camera for every day use, lots of family portraits and days out; I’d like to get the depth of field control for portraits without the bulk of a DSLR.
What are peoples’ recommendations.Posted 4 years ago
E-p1/e-p2 in my case, which may be very different from your slr.
As far as I know they are similar to my SLR, or at least the earlier ones were.
And yes – Nikon 1 has a pretty small sensor – they have got round image quality issues fairly well but you can’t get around the DoF thing.Posted 4 years ago
There are good deals on the X100 at the moment due to the release of the X100s. I’ve seen them pristine on ebay for under £500.
Other options include sticking with a smaller sensor but going with a faster lens
This review will help as it has a shot designed to compare depth of field
The other option is NEX 5 or 6 and the cool new collapsing lens with maybe one fast prime for shallow depth of field. But total cost will in X100s territory
Or a microfourthirds and fast prime combo. But again the fast prime will be pricey
Oh and focal length is an issue for shallow depth od field. So I’m not sure that X100 will be that shallow a depth of fieldPosted 4 years agojohnellisonMember
How do you work that out? It’s a system camera much like a PEN. Loads of different lenses with different/variable apertures available, hence ability to control DoF.
It has a 2.7 crop factor, so their only fast lens, the 32mm f1.2 is equivalent to an 86mm f3.2 full frame lens, which is pretty limiting if you want shallow depth of field.Posted 4 years ago
How do you work that out? It’s a system camera much like a PEN. Loads of different lenses with different/variable apertures available, hence ability to control DoF
DoF in an image is dependent on several things:
Distance to subject (further = more DoF)
Focal length (larger = less DoF)
Sensor size (larger = less DoF)
So Nikon 1 having a small sensor will make it harder to get shallow DoF. This may or may not be an issue depending. I have a fairly small sensored camera (four thirds) but when using macro the DoF is still razor thin, and I have to stop down often.
However if I want to take a portrait in sunny weather, I can’t get the background to blur as nicely.Posted 4 years ago
It has a 2.7 crop factor, so their only fast lens, the 32mm f1.2 is equivalent to an 86mm f3.2 full frame lens, which is pretty limiting if you want shallow depth of field.
That’s not to bad. Dare I say quite good. I use to find f4 100mm quite good with full frame(on film)Posted 4 years ago
I guess it’s down to priorities. The OP wants depth of field control. The nikon one has to be last on the list in that case. It may have one lens that may well do the job, but it’s £800.
You could get similar results with a £180 lens on a sony or £220 on m4/3. Plus have option of narrow depth of field with lenses at other focal lengths, and the ability to adapt legacy lenses.
Now… if the OP wanted fast AF as a priority…Posted 4 years agoAlexSimonSubscriber
The Fuji X100 does look nice.
A wedding tog I know, has one about his person at all times:Posted 4 years ago
Here are his first tests:
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