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    Default Mirrorless Camera - Help needed

    Hi guys,
    I know that a lot of us are using DSLR, I have Nikon bodies and I use them a lot ( I have prime lenses and I love them ). But I find them difficult to carry and for a day of 12-16 hours of fishing on rocky rivers in Lapland ( where I like to go each year for several weeks ).
    I want to buy a mirrorless because is light, smaller and more easy to have with you even if I'm in the middle of river.
    I'm thinking to buy a Sony but I do not have great experience with this brand. I bought a Nex3 a few years ago but I'm not very pleased.
    Do you have any suggestions, advice?

    I'm thinking to start making some tying movies too
    Thanks a lot for your attention!
    Lucian

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    Default Re: Mirrorless Camera - Help needed

    Why a full on DSLR? Tonne of excellent small 'point and shoot'/zoom lens' to be had.

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    Fred Evans - White City, Oregon

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    Default Re: Mirrorless Camera - Help needed

    Panasonic Lumix series might fit the bill.

    JP

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    @Thanks for suggestion JCP.
    @ Fred, I use Nikon DSLR, in my opinion nothing can beat a DSLR when we talk about macro ( I take macro photos for my flies since 2007 ). I sunk 2 dslr nikon in rivers with prime lenses on them...
    I'm tired to bring kilos with me especially when I walk in swamps , between huge rocks in rainy conditions. Or walking kilometers in tundra over the wet pine roots and wet moss. I'm looking after a small body camera where I can change the lenses. I'd like to take with me a macro lens, a tele and a short prime lens . Easy to carry , easy to protect and easy to change during fishing time.
    For example, last time, I spent 2 weeks in Lapland, each time I had a bag with 2 dslr bodies, a tripod, 4 lenses , a sport camera and accessories. Total 10 kilos or even more...
    This Summer I took with me my wife's camera -the NEX3 from Sony. Not a fantastic camera, but easy to handle and light. I'm looking after something better, this is the reason that I ask for advice
    cheers,
    Lucian

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucian View Post
    @Thanks for suggestion JCP.
    @ Fred, I use Nikon DSLR, in my opinion nothing can beat a DSLR when we talk about macro ( I take macro photos for my flies since 2007 ). I sunk 2 dslr nikon in rivers with prime lenses on them...
    I'm tired to bring kilos with me especially when I walk in swamps , between huge rocks in rainy conditions. Or walking kilometers in tundra over the wet pine roots and wet moss. I'm looking after a small body camera where I can change the lenses. I'd like to take with me a macro lens, a tele and a short prime lens . Easy to carry , easy to protect and easy to change during fishing time.
    For example, last time, I spent 2 weeks in Lapland, each time I had a bag with 2 dslr bodies, a tripod, 4 lenses , a sport camera and accessories. Total 10 kilos or even more...
    This Summer I took with me my wife's camera -the NEX3 from Sony. Not a fantastic camera, but easy to handle and light. I'm looking after something better, this is the reason that I ask for advice
    cheers,
    Lucian
    For my days on/in the river I use Nikon AW1 which is rugged, waterproof and has a 1" CMOS sensor. For other stuff I have just bought a Lumix FZ2000. So far it looks very promising and covers just about everything you would want without having to carry loads of lenses.
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    Default Re: Mirrorless Camera - Help needed

    Quote Originally Posted by Lucian View Post
    @Thanks for suggestion JCP.
    @ Fred, I use Nikon DSLR, in my opinion nothing can beat a DSLR when we talk about macro ( I take macro photos for my flies since 2007 ). I sunk 2 dslr nikon in rivers with prime lenses on them...
    I'm tired to bring kilos with me especially when I walk in swamps , between huge rocks in rainy conditions. Or walking kilometers in tundra over the wet pine roots and wet moss. I'm looking after a small body camera where I can change the lenses. I'd like to take with me a macro lens, a tele and a short prime lens . Easy to carry , easy to protect and easy to change during fishing time.
    For example, last time, I spent 2 weeks in Lapland, each time I had a bag with 2 dslr bodies, a tripod, 4 lenses , a sport camera and accessories. Total 10 kilos or even more...
    This Summer I took with me my wife's camera -the NEX3 from Sony. Not a fantastic camera, but easy to handle and light. I'm looking after something better, this is the reason that I ask for advice
    cheers,
    Lucian
    Hi Lucian,
    You reasons to change are very typical of why people are changing to mirrorless; for me it was the ability to have a quality camera & lens that could be around my neck while fishing without causing a pain in the neck! I chose to go Micro 4/3 a few years back as it has the largest selection of lenses and camera bodies, especially of water resistant lenses and bodies that for me have stood up to saltwater, rain, sand and fish slime. Most of the pictures on my site (www.aucklandswoffer.wordpress.com) have been taken with Olympus mirrorless equipment and some Canon Powershot compacts. The system has some great macro lenses as you are into your close-ups of flies. Both Olympus and Panasonic have WR camera bodies in the medium and upper price ranges.
    You can get fast primes up to f1.2 for low light, the best stabilisation systems on the market for hand held shooting at shutter speeds of over 1 second, and the ability to shoot 40MP still life shots with a 16MP sensor that out do most DSLRs on the market. That's just the tip of the iceberg - frankly mirrorless shows what digital is capable of offering to expand your shooting envelope.

    I'd highly recommend you look at Welcome to Sans Mirror | Sans Mirror | Thom Hogan for very good technical reviews of bodies and lenses across all brands. This site is also great catalogue of what mirrorless can do: Petr Bambousek - fotografie p?írody, wildlife photography.
    Hope that this helps a bit in your search.







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    Similar situation as PS3737 above I moved from full DSR to micro four thirds a few years ago and I am delighted with the results and a lot easier to carry about while fishing.Have a look at the Olympus uk users forum for an idea of micro four thirds potential.

    Alex.

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    I listed a Fuji XT1 outfit for sale on here fairly recently. It is still available if you are interested.

    I downsized from an SLR and now want to shrink my camera kit even more.

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    Thank you for offer but I'm looking after a camera able to make videos with at least 60fps
    XT1 is nice and good for photo but at video is not what I'm looking for.
    Thanks!
    Lucian

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    Default Re: Mirrorless Camera - Help needed

    I got myself an Olympus OMD EM10 last Christmas when they had the cashback offers on - it might be worth waiting until later in the year to see if manufacturers repeat this. Fuji, Panasonic had similar.
    Camera is small, light and pocketable with a pancake lens but definitely worth holding it first to see how it feels in the hand. Image quality is good enough for me but I've not tried the video yet and it's not weatherproofed. Good lens selection as Panasonic lenses fit.
    If it's good video you are looking for, check Panasonics out.
    Fuji seem to have the best image quality but their lenses aren't cheap.
    I found this useful The Best Midrange Mirrorless Camera | The Wirecutter

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