Mirrorless for street photo...fuji or sony?

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  1. mechanical_eye

    mechanical_eye TPF Noob!

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    I am more of a hobbyist photographer. My interests are landscapes,night,family and street photography. Currently I own a very good(obviously for me) setup including Nikon D7200, DX 35mm f1.8 & Tokina 11-16 f2.8 proDX II that actually serves my purpose very well.

    But recently I am feeling that I lose my oportunities outside a lot, as I can't carry my DSLR everywhere, specifically in street photography. So I'm planning to get a mirrorless (entry/older mid range) at low budget. (less than 800usd)

    My prime concerns are-

    1.pocketability(at least portability)

    2.low budget

    3.street photography

    Torn in between-

    A. which body? SONY or fujifilm? (I need a viewfinder)

    B. which lens? (any prime/pancake/small one wider than 35mm)

    C. new or used? entry or older model mid level bodies?

    Sorry for lengthy post and thanks in advance.

    (consider me novice for mirrorless )



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  2. jaomul

    jaomul Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    If you don't need a viewfinder something like an Olympus epl5 or epl6 with something like a sigma 19mm f2.8 or even an Olympus 17mm f2.8 should be very cheap on fleabay
     
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    mechanical_eye TPF Noob!

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    sorry I forgot to mention, I need a viewfinder.
    & thanks for your reply, Olympus is not available that much here at south asia as far as I know

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    No prob, I missed the Fuji and Sony in the title. You can usually do better with second hand. The problem with Sony and fuji is that although great cameras, their respective lenses are not that much smaller than a Dslr, so your overall carry isn't that tiny. As regards quality, I don't think you can do wrong with any model that has the bells and whistles you need. Image quality certainly won't be an issue.

    I'd still recommend trying to find either an Olympus or a Panasonic for your use. Maybe online etc. The olly EM5 can be got with low shutter for approx 300 dollars. It has a viewfinder and is weather sealed. Panasonic have a few similar, I believe a G80 is kind of their best all rounder in the non specialist price range

    Edit- before I get the wrath of Fuji and Sony users, my comment in respect to size I'd due fact that OP already has dslr system so a small system to compliment might make more sense here
     
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    cgw No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Also have a D7200+4 primes. Splurged last fall and bought a Fuji X100T. For street shooting, the D7200 was just too bulky, too obvious and(sometimes)too noisy. The Fuji is near-perfect: small, discrete and virtually silent. The 35mm-equivalent fixed(23/2)lens is superb and not restrictive, though I did get the TCL-X100 conversion lens for 50mm equivalent reach. The black version is very stealthy.

    With Black Friday and the holidays approaching, you should be able to find a deal on an X100T, especially with its replacement(24mp X100F)crowding it off the shelves.
     
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    I agree with cgw, this is about as perfect camera for your needs as it gets. If your on a budget get the X100T, if not, get the X100F. Don't forget to buy an extra battery to keep in your pocket. You can go on the Fujifilm X photographers website and view images from that camera to get a good idea of image quality. Flickr is another place to view as well.
     
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  7. mechanical_eye

    mechanical_eye TPF Noob!

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    thanks for the suggestion, these are awesome picks for street shots , but fixed lens, don't you think this limits possible use of a nice camera?

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  8. jaomul

    jaomul Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I'd agree a fixed lens limits you if a fixed lens doesn't suit your style. Some shooters are excellent with just a fixed lens and like it. I would hate to have just a single fixed lens
     
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    You already have a perfectly great DSLR. By design, the X100T will not duplicate all its functionality. What you gain is portability and low visibility--two key considerations for street shooting. Image quality is not an issue. The X100T took me back to my not-so-remote broke-ass grad student days when an old Minolta SRT-101 and 58/1.4 was all the camera I could afford. Fixed lenses require a sharp eye and some practice in visualizing a shot. The optical/electronic viewfinder on the X100T trains you to do this. The optical finder's range-correcting frame lines let you see exactly what's in and out of the shot.

    I shoot regularly here in Toronto early on Sunday mornings with a couple friends. A film camera with a 50mm on my shoulder and the Fuji around my neck are all I carry. Can't say I've missed much for it.
     
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    You have not really defined the budget. The problem I see is that viewfinders are rare on low cost small bodies. The old Panasonic GM5 was probably the smallest but it was not really cheap. I checked the B&H lists and their lowest costs are the Sony a6000 and the Panasonic GX85, both currently around $600 US. There was supposed to be a new Sony low end alpha body, but I do not think it got released.
     
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    Used Olympus EM10 MKii or EM5 MKii (if you want weather sealing) with Oly 17mm f1.8
     
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    The Fuji A3 with normal zoom lens is about $600. It performs very well.
     

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