Advice Request for New Camera Equipment

1 year 7 months ago #616073 by Sharpie1
I am in the market for an easy-to-manage, somewhat lightweight and compact camera.  I currently have both a Nikon and Canon (older) DSLR.  I prefer Canon.  I have the Canon 50mm f1.8 lens and I shoot exclusively without flash.  I am by no means an experienced photographer.  

I would like a new camera to replace my extremely old Canon DSLR that has a CF card that is a headache to use.  I don't care if it is a DSLR or not - but I would like to replicate the performance of the 50mm f1.8 lens.  In fact, I prefer a prime lens.  

The perfect camera would be a point and shoot sized camera with wifi and large LCD that has a 50mm prime f1.8 or f1.4 lens attached and no zoom.  Prime 50mm only.

If this doesn't exist, I would take one that has a zoom lens built in - as long as it matches the speed of the 50mm f1.8 (and offers that focal length within the zoom range).

If this doesn't exist, I guess I will just need to get another EOS camera body.

Any helpful suggestions or advice would be appreciated.

Thanks...   TD

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1 year 7 months ago #616624 by garyrhook
You should look at a mirrorless micro 4/3s system with interchangeable lenses. There are many choices available to you, and some very good lenses.

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1 year 7 months ago #616662 by GaryA
Hey Sharpie-

You never mentioned a price-point/budget amount or how you plan to use the camera. I know you’re looking for a 50mm FOV ... but ... I am recommending a mirrorless Fuji x100F, fixed lens camera.  Okay, the lens is a f/2 23mm which feeds an APSC sensor which I turn translates to a full frame equivalent FOV of 35mm.  If you really really want a 50mm Full Frame equivalent ... I still recommend a Fuji mirrorless, maybe a XT20, or a XT3 w/ a 35mm F/2 lens.  Fuji lenses are amazing, Fuji build quality is top notch and Fuji designs its cameras with all the primary functions/adjustments on the surface of the cameras ... hence no menu diving for shutter speed, aperture, ISO, et cetera. 

To be honest, nearly all modern digital cameras will deliver exceptional images.  You won’t go wrong purchasing any of the major brands, Nikon, Canon, Sony, Pentax, Olympus, Fuji, et al ... they are all damn good and there isn’t a lot a difference ... except for camera with ISO Invarience sensors.  A ISO Invarience sensor allows the photographer to adjust the ISO during post processing and the image will appear similar to an image with the ISO adjusted in the field. I know that Sony, Nikon and Fuji have ISO Invarient sensors ... other manufactures may have caught up with their sensor designs ... I don’t know.  

One of the reasons I like mirrorless is that they have an Electronic Viewfinder.  An EVF allows you to see the image as it will appear on the memory card.  I rarely adust my settings per the light meter as I find it faster and more accurate to adjust the settings per my eye than per the light meter.

There are photographs everywhere. It is the call of photographers to see and capture those images.

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