22nd November 2018
A Camera Worth Considering?
I remain somewhat disappointed by
the latest batch of Nikon and Canon '35mm Full Frame' mirrorless cameras as the
large size of the new lenses leave a lot to be desired, especially if you are
using existing Nikon or Canon DSLR lenses with an adapter. The word 'Compact'
alongside 'Mirrorless' seems to have disappeared from the advertising?
I can understand a professional photographer who uses a large and heavy DSLR FF
camera welcoming the new Canon or Nikon FF Mirrorless Cameras
their 'what you see is what you get' electronic viewfinders and large optical
lenses are ideal for professional photography but the enthusiast who seeks
smaller and lighter cameras with more compact lenses for carrying around, is
left coming up short. Even the very small bodied Sony FF mirrorless cameras like
Sony A7 III use large Sony autofocus lenses
although you can fit smaller manual focus lenses like the
Zeiss Loxia range without an adapter.
If you want to scale the body and lens size down to a reasonable
compact/lightweight level, you can go Micro/Four Thirds technology which offers
a smaller 2x crop (a 50mm focal lens delivers a 100mm field of view)
24-70mm (field of view) lens
with at least a f2.8 fast aperture is ideal for general use which encompasses
landscapes, portraiture and street photography. If the lens opens wider to f1.8
or f1.4 aperture, that is an added bonus and opens up the ability to shoot in
low light and deliver decent images at ISO:800 up to A3 print size.
Olympus have a stream of options for
Micro/Four Thirds Compact Mirrorless Cameras with loads of lenses to choose from
but why not consider a hidden gem, the
Panasonic Lumix LX100 Mark II compact
camera with its electronic viewfinder, 17MPixel 2x crop digital sensor, a Leica
fixed 24mm - 75mm (field of view) f1.8/f2.8 zoom lens with image
stabilisation? Its compact enough to fit into a larger pocket or in a small
camera bag attached to a waist belt and the image quality from it's Leica zoom
lens is ideal up to A3 print size in the ISO:100 to ISO:800 range. Smaller print
sizes will allow higher ISO settings for extreme low light conditions. The icing
on the cake is its 4K video capability.
To help protect the LX100 II lens from dust, dampness and scratches, you can
screw fit a B+W 43mm UV filter onto the front and leave it on, even when the
lens is retracted into the camera body. A third party 43mm lens cap can clip onto the
filter, for when the camera is not in use.