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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 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 the new 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)
digital sensor. A Micro/Four Thirds 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.

Panasonic and 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.

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