Over the last 13 years I have made a
large investment in Canon EF L lenses and I intend to keep my original Canon 5D
DSLR Camera which I purchased in 2006 to use with them.
However, I had hoped for a new compact and lightweight Canon 'Mirrorless' 35mm
full frame camera body to also use with them but I soon learned that if I wanted
to invest in the new 2019 Canon EOS R or RP, I would have to either use an
adapter to fit on my EF L lenses or purchase the new Canon RP lenses.
These days my niche subject is street photography and I like to use autofocus
lenses, so I reckoned perhaps the Canon RP camera with a Canon 50mm RP lens
would be all that I required as an investment? So I checked out Camera
Compact Meter to compare the sizes of my 2006 Canon 5D rig and
the new 2019 Canon RP rig, both fitted with Canon 50mm Lenses and no adapters.
The new RP rig is on the left -
Admittedly, the new
Canon RP + 50mm RP Lens rig is lighter to carry around and contains all the
latest Canon 'Mirrorless' technology but the overall size is a bit of a bummer
and even more so if I added a lens hood. You would think if Leica can scale down
a camera body and compact lightweight lenses, Canon with all it's development
power could have matched the Leica size with the new Canon RP system as shown in
the 50mm rigs below -
Okay, for professional
photographers, the new Canon R and RP cameras (even with an EF adapter) are
about the right size for sports and wildlife photography or landscapes with the
R on a tripod but for the enthusiast who wants a FF rig for general and street
photography (that does not cost and arm and a leg like a Leica) why not try a
little harder Canon?
13th February 2019
A Camera Worth Considering?
I remain somewhat disappointed by
the latest batch of Nikon, Panasonic 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.
I can understand a professional photographer who uses a large and heavy DSLR FF
camera welcoming the new Canon, Panasonic or Nikon FF Mirrorless Cameras with
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 FE 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
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
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.
If you purchase GoPro accessories, (harness belt, etc) and the appropriate
Conversion Tripod Adapter for attaching the Panasonic LX100 II to
it, you can use the camera for action videos (within reason) and also for