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    Question Moving from DSLR to Mirrorless Camera

    I have been using a DSLR for the past 7 years and wish to move to a compact/mirrorless camera. Can someone suggest which cameras I should look at?
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    Re: Moving from DSLR to Mirrorless Camera

    If it were me and I had the cash I'd switch to the Sony mirrorless system. They keep forging ahead with great cameras (enthusiast and pro level - the A9 is amazing as is the A7Riii) and their lens line up is getting better all the time. Which camera you choose really will depend on your budget.

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    Re: Moving from DSLR to Mirrorless Camera

    Any of the mirrorless systems are good.

    Cameras are often replaced more than lenses, so choosing a system with a selection of lenses that suit your needs should feature higher on your selection list.

    It all comes down to what you want the camera to do.
    Many models from the basic to the pro camera to choose from.
    And if possible, go and handle the cameras.
    There is no point spending hours and hours pondering over stat sheets selecting the "best", if it doesn't feel good in your hand.
    Check button placement, as it can be a pain if you have big hands. Or even the fact that as they are smaller, they offer less grip area to hold the camera, without hitting a button accidentally.

    Tell us what your now using, and what's wrong with it, or the reason for the move to mirrorless, and we can help point you in the right direction of several models from all the brands.
    "Anyone who recommends anything without knowing what you want to do with it should be ignored." Ken Rockwell

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    Re: Moving from DSLR to Mirrorless Camera

    I went to Olympus and after 30 ++ years of slr and dslr cameras and have never regretted it

    The Oly em 1 would be the best camera I have used while the Lumix fz300 is the most versatile

    BTW-- I have a spare very near new emd1 that come with a replacement 12-40 lens I needed if you are interested

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    Re: Moving from DSLR to Mirrorless Camera

    What is it that you do?

    Some mirrorless systems are better at certain things than others.

    I have a full Fuji kit to compliment my Canon DSLR kit. Canon for sport and wildlife. Fuji mainly for travel and every day use.
    I'll use both for portraits but prefer the Canon for the full frame benefits and OCF setup I have.

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    Re: Moving from DSLR to Mirrorless Camera

    Quote Originally Posted by Jamin View Post
    If it were me and I had the cash I'd switch to the Sony mirrorless system. They keep forging ahead with great cameras (enthusiast and pro level - the A9 is amazing as is the A7Riii) and their lens line up is getting better all the time. Which camera you choose really will depend on your budget.
    Hi Jamin, Thanks for response. Have looked at Sony, great camera, but at 85 it is a bit beyond my budget.
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    Re: Moving from DSLR to Mirrorless Camera

    Quote Originally Posted by nigel View Post
    Any of the mirrorless systems are good.

    Cameras are often replaced more than lenses, so choosing a system with a selection of lenses that suit your needs should feature higher on your selection list.

    It all comes down to what you want the camera to do.
    Many models from the basic to the pro camera to choose from.
    And if possible, go and handle the cameras.
    There is no point spending hours and hours pondering over stat sheets selecting the "best", if it doesn't feel good in your hand.
    Check button placement, as it can be a pain if you have big hands. Or even the fact that as they are smaller, they offer less grip area to hold the camera, without hitting a button accidentally.

    Tell us what your now using, and what's wrong with it, or the reason for the move to mirrorless, and we can help point you in the right direction of several models from all the brands.
    Hi Nigel, Thanks for your comprehensive response. At 85 I'm now limited to snapping the great-grandchildren, some street photography, buildings, and landscapes - mainly including the sea. I have looked at the Fuji X-series. Like its retro look, and lightweight, good range of lens. It handles well, and suits my smaller hands. I want to go from DSLR to a smaller camera, which means moving from a heavy backpack to a small messenger style bag.

    I have been using a Canon DSLR. Before that I had an Olympus OM-2 SLR, developing my own films!

    It seems the Fuji X range is quite popular. Thanks
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    Re: Moving from DSLR to Mirrorless Camera

    Thanks IanB,

    Being an old Olympus man I was temped by the EMD-1 (as I still have a number of Olympus Lens), but I was not at 'home' with it as the Fuji X. Thanks for your response.

    Cheers
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    Re: Moving from DSLR to Mirrorless Camera

    Hi Morgo, Thanks for response. I have looked at the Fuji and like it. What model are you using, and what lens. At 85 yo I'm now limited to snapping the great-grandchildren, some street photography, buildings, and landscapes - mainly including the sea.

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    Re: Moving from DSLR to Mirrorless Camera

    If I was in your place; I would be considering the Canon G5x ---- I have had several G models and they really were a good versatile camera. I only drifted away because Canon dropped the swivel screen . Now that is back I feel it would be a great "have with me" camera. 24-100/f2.8 or somewhere around there. Has many of the adjustable settings found on most 'big' cameras; not too big or heavy, but not a tiny pocket camera either; maybe a fit in jacket pocket and it can produce very good files including raw files

    the down side is you pay for what get sort of thing.
    I really liked my g models when truck driving / travelling and I would certainly get the latest version if I had a need for one

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    Re: Moving from DSLR to Mirrorless Camera

    Part of the equation definitely has to consider just how important "compactness" is. Because it will lead you down certain pathways.

    For instance, The sony A7's are great camera's and you find yourself thinking "how did they fit a full frame sensor in this thing" but the lenses are certainly not small.

    The Fuji system is a bit smaller.

    The mft system can be very compact if you choose specific combinations.

    Ians suggestion of a G5x is a good one if you are happy with fixed lens options. Sony Rx100's, Panasonic Lx100's etc would be similarly worth looking at.
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    Re: Moving from DSLR to Mirrorless Camera

    Here is a quick run-down of crop sensor mirrorless systems along with their pros and cons.

    Canon (EOS M3, M6, M10, etc). Very limited selection of native mirrorless lenses. Bodies are so-so. The main advantage is ability to use all Canon EF lenses via an adapter, as well as all accessories.

    Sony (A6000, A6300, etc). More of a selection of native crop lenses. Is able to use full frame lenses without an adapter. Well supported by third party lens manufacturers (but not as much as Canon). This is an advantage if you wish to build up a collection of Sony lenses in anticipation for a future move to an A7 or A9 series camera.

    Fuji. Large selection of excellent lenses. No full frame option to eventually migrate to.

    Micro Four-Thirds. Even smaller sensor than APS-C means more depth of field and generally poorer sensor performance. However, there is a massive selection of bodies and lenses, and they are all theoretically interchangeable. "Theoretically", because you may lose some functions when a lens from one brand is mounted on the body of another brand.

    Leica (TL2, CL). Probably too expensive for you, but if you wanted outstanding build quality and a luxury product, this is it.

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    Re: Moving from DSLR to Mirrorless Camera

    Sony (A6000, A6300, etc). More of a selection of native crop lenses. Is able to use full frame lenses without an adapter. Well supported by third party lens manufacturers (but not as much as Canon). This is an advantage if you wish to build up a collection of Sony lenses in anticipation for a future move to an A7 or A9 series camera.

    Hi Keith. thanks for your input. I've been using Sony gear for some years now and found that the A mount cameras (DSLTs) were very well supported with lens selections both from third party and from Sony. However I haven't found that to be the case with the mirrorless range though. I owned a full frame A7 for 12 months or so and eventually sold it on as I couldn't get a decent long lens to suit it without adapting other manufacturers lenses and losing functions. In place of it I bought an A6000 APS-C sensor unit and found the lens selection better but still lacking in the longer end of the scale (300-600).
    Tamron and Sigma do not make an equivalent E Mount lens to their A mount range and very few of the crop sensor lenses are suited to the full frame A7 range. (I was sold a Samyang 12 mm by DCW and told it suited full frame.. but it didn't)!

    Perhaps you know something I don't, but would love to know which third party lens makers have a full function 150-500 mm zoom suited to a full frame Sony E Mount. I would have another A7 or A9 now if the lens selection was better.

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    Re: Moving from DSLR to Mirrorless Camera

    closei I am a bit of an outlier in that my lens needs are very limited and catered for by nearly everybody who makes ILC's. I only need to own two lenses - a fast 35mm prime, and a 90 or 100mm macro. I don't need a long lens because I don't go birding or shoot sport or spy on celebrities

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    Re: Moving from DSLR to Mirrorless Camera

    Quote Originally Posted by Keith_W View Post
    closei I am a bit of an outlier in that my lens needs are very limited and catered for by nearly everybody who makes ILC's. I only need to own two lenses - a fast 35mm prime, and a 90 or 100mm macro. I don't need a long lens because I don't go birding or shoot sport or spy on celebrities
    Fair enough but many will have other interests and for wildlife, birds etc you do need that extra length. (Unless you've got the subjects captive).

    My response was from your statement about building up a collection of lenses to go on to A7 or A9. Many just wont suit.

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    Re: Moving from DSLR to Mirrorless Camera

    The longest telephoto zoom lens in the Sony range AFAIK is the 100-400.

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    Re: Moving from DSLR to Mirrorless Camera

    Quote Originally Posted by Keith_W View Post
    The longest telephoto zoom lens in the Sony range AFAIK is the 100-400.
    Yes that could be a useful one, only released a couple of months ago. Just about have to mortgage the house to be able to buy it.. and the camera.

    I'll probably stay with the A65 and Sigma 150-500 a bit longer for my bird outings. Need to wait for the price to come down or Sigma to come up with something.

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    Re: Moving from DSLR to Mirrorless Camera

    Quote Originally Posted by Keith_W View Post
    Here is a quick run-down of crop sensor mirrorless systems along with their pros and cons.

    Canon (EOS M3, M6, M10, etc). Very limited selection of native mirrorless lenses. Bodies are so-so. The main advantage is ability to use all Canon EF lenses via an adapter, as well as all accessories.

    Sony (A6000, A6300, etc). More of a selection of native crop lenses. Is able to use full frame lenses without an adapter. Well supported by third party lens manufacturers (but not as much as Canon). This is an advantage if you wish to build up a collection of Sony lenses in anticipation for a future move to an A7 or A9 series camera.

    Fuji. Large selection of excellent lenses. No full frame option to eventually migrate to.

    Micro Four-Thirds. Even smaller sensor than APS-C means more depth of field and generally poorer sensor performance. However, there is a massive selection of bodies and lenses, and they are all theoretically interchangeable. "Theoretically", because you may lose some functions when a lens from one brand is mounted on the body of another brand.

    Leica (TL2, CL). Probably too expensive for you, but if you wanted outstanding build quality and a luxury product, this is it.
    AND to all the other kind members who have contributed to this thread. Thank you for your very helpful advice, which I have taken onboard. Considering my age, my rather narrow range of potential subjects, requirement for a compact and light camera, and restricting myself to a modest budget of say $2,000 $2,500, I'm heading towards the Fuji X Series. Here I find the minimalist view would be an X100F, fixed lens. I am already becoming a 'collector' with my original Olympus OM SLR, Canon DSLR, both with a variety of lens. Again thanks.

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