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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Alternatives to Big DSLRs


Almost a year ago, I was frustrated with the heavy gear that I had been carrying around for a decade. I forgot to have fun (outside of photography) while on my photo adventures. With additional factors, I came to the decision to sell my equipment and stick to smart phone photography. I have enjoyed the freedom that came with the decision and also the change in how I frame and view the world around me as a photographer with limited tools on hand. But I guess, photography runs in my blood and my thoughts. Lately, I have been wanting a bit more than just my smart phone photo-ops. Yet, not wanting to go back to packing on the pounds of big dslrs.

So I started researching a bit:-
http://www.techradar.com/news/photography-video-capture/cameras/best-compact-camera-2013-34-reviewed-963985

But I have questions about how Long exposure works in compact cameras... are ND filters, polarizers, etc etc. options on fixed lenses?

I would like something that allows me f/2.8-16 and 18-24mm full frame images. ISO between 50-1200 should be okay as well.

My interests for photography would mostly include: travel, waterfalls, creeks, beaches, lightning, mountains, desert, national parks, maybe some nightsky (northern lights, milky way, etc).

I would appreciate some feedback from fellow photographers with experience in compact cameras.





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Sep 18, 2017 at 09:57 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Alternatives to Big DSLRs


iPhone X?


Sep 18, 2017 at 10:17 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Alternatives to Big DSLRs


Shrug, I still use my ol' X-E1, works good.
And as k-h.a.w suggested, a smart phone, I like my S7...



Sep 19, 2017 at 01:24 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Alternatives to Big DSLRs


You might want to take a trip to the m43 forum.....

I see an EM10III or Pen F in your future.

Gordon



Sep 19, 2017 at 05:53 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Alternatives to Big DSLRs


flash wrote:
You might want to take a trip to the m43 forum.....

I see an EM10III or Pen F in your future.

Gordon


+1 great suggestion.

K-H.



Sep 19, 2017 at 07:11 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Alternatives to Big DSLRs


Since you're used to the smartphone 28mm field of view, the Ricoh GR II would probably meet your needs. I'm frankly astonished it was left off that TechRadar list.


Sep 19, 2017 at 08:32 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Alternatives to Big DSLRs


genji wrote:
Since you're used to the smartphone 28mm field of view, the Ricoh GR II would probably meet your needs. I'm frankly astonished it was left off that TechRadar list.


I wouldn't be upset, with a 24mm FOW either Works great for landscape. I have shot 14mm-24mm and 150-800mm range prior to my smart phone usage for many years. But thank you for your suggestion.




Sep 20, 2017 at 11:34 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Alternatives to Big DSLRs


I am also trying to keep the price under 1500$


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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Alternatives to Big DSLRs


flash wrote:
You might want to take a trip to the m43 forum.....

I see an EM10III or Pen F in your future.

Gordon



EM10MK3 -- no release date.


PEN f looks pretty cool. good size. good res. and good price.




Sep 20, 2017 at 11:38 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Alternatives to Big DSLRs


m43

I use Panny GX85 and the smaller GM5 with Leica lenses.



Sep 20, 2017 at 11:52 PM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Alternatives to Big DSLRs


iPhone X


Sep 21, 2017 at 02:43 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Alternatives to Big DSLRs


For that budget let me recommend the new XE-3 and 18-55 mm. But either 12 mm or 14 mm if 18 mm isnt wide enough for you.




Sep 21, 2017 at 03:02 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Alternatives to Big DSLRs


Pen F

It's a huge camera in a tiny box



Sep 21, 2017 at 11:08 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Alternatives to Big DSLRs


There are smaller DSLRs, like the Nikon D5600.

it's cheaper than many mirrorless, with good IQ, reasonably fast and good AF tracking (against mirrorless), lens are inexpensive (there are tones of choices, with good 3rd party options), battery last forever compare to most mirrorless ....

maybe some nightsky (northern lights, milky way, etc)
I think generally DSLR has some advantage in noise because the sensor is not on all the time.

For mirrorless, I would suggest Sony or Fuji (prefer 3:2 to 4:3 ratio).



Sep 21, 2017 at 04:33 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Alternatives to Big DSLRs


a smaller DSLR doesn't get you smaller, lighter lenses which are the big savings - m43 does

for the record, I have a D5300 (has a GPS and same sensor Q as all the other DX bodies) along with m43 GX85 & GM5 and Nikon FF

horses for courses...



Sep 21, 2017 at 06:58 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Alternatives to Big DSLRs


The Sony a6300 looks nice on paper. Does anyone have comparisons to Olympus/pen-f, Fujis ?


Sep 23, 2017 at 04:58 PM







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