So many options, help me choose?

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  1. Scrappy

    Scrappy TPF Noob!

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    Hi! Long time lurker :) I'm seriously considering making the switch to a mirrorless camera, but there are so many options I'm feeling stuck on the decision making.

    I've been using Canon SLRs since my first film version in the late 90's. Currently I have a Rebel T3i. Lenses include the kit lens, a 70-300mm telephoto I rarely use, a nifty fifty that used to be my go-to for snapping photos of my kids, and my current favourite 85mm f/1.8

    I find that I'm moving into a stage of my family life where I just don't want to lug around my big DSLR everywhere. I find myself resorting to taking photos on my phone, which is a crappy alternative. I'm considering a mirrorless camera as something I can fit in my purse, get great photos, but still have the option of a decent portrait lens when I want to do the kids' school photos, etc.

    So I'd like one with a good everyday kit lens equivalent, that is fairly low profile for ease of carrying it around. And a good portrait lens option that won't totally break the bank. Is a Cannon mirrorless with the lens adaptor worth it in other aspects, and just keep my beloved 85mm? I've read conflicting opinions on the quality of using an adaptor. Or can I get a decently comparable portrait lens option on a better overall camera? Oh, a viewfinder is a must.

    As for "affordable" let's say I'd like to keep it around $1000 overall, but might consider a bit more if it's really worth it.

    Thanks so much or any advice or opinions!


     
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    robbins.photo Yup, It's The Zoo Guy Supporting Member

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    Egads... I thought we sprayed for lurkers just last month.... guess we are going to have to have a chat with that exterminator... lol

    So I'd probably look at something like a Sony A6000 with the 16-50mm included and maybe add in a 50mm 1.8 prime.
     
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    Causapscal No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I agree with robbins.

    Either, the Sony works fine with all others lenses, like Canon, Olympus, Minolta, etc. You can find great lenses at low-cost price.

    :encouragement:
     
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    I'd give Fuji a look. The XE-2s kit comes in at around a grand. Their kit zoom isn't half bad and makes very compact outfit.
    The X100T is another option. The 16mp X-Trans II sensor and fixed 23/2 Fujinon are killer.
     
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    I second the Fuji X100T. I had the chance to play around with one and really liked it. Simple, classic, fun to shoot. Electronic viewfinder is wonderful.

     
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    Love my fuji x-e2.
    Fuji has a fantastic lens selection, good software support, great camera options.
    Just picked up an x-a2 as a backup, and will be looking at the x-pro2 soon.
     
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    I evolved from FF 1Ds to mirrorless MFT and now to mirrorless APS-C. I shoot Fuji. Fuji is a niche, boutique type camera designed for those who shoot manual. The manual controls for ISO, aperture, shutter, et al, all reflect this niche. As a boutique type camera they are more expensive than a similar Nikon or Canon.

    But, (the big but), they are extremely well built and their XF lenses, at a minimum, are equal to my 'L' lenses.

    The X100T would most like fit the bill nicely for your needs. It comes with a fixed, prime lens, rendering standard portraits difficult without cropping. But Fuji does make screw in lens converters which will convert the fixed 35mm (FF/35 millimeter equivalent) to a 50mm FF/35 millimeter equivalent and another converter that will change the FOV to a 28mm FF/35 millimeter equivalent.

    If you desire a camera with interchangeable lens capability, the standard XF kit lens, 18-55 XF is wonderful. Extremely sharp with OIS. The Fuji X-E2 is a small camera that punches outside of its weight.

    The A6000 is a very nice camera and is quite affordable and will perform and deliver a great photo ... but it isn't a Fuji.
     
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    Thank you so much for the replies and suggestions. I'm going to look further into the cameras you recommended, it's good to have a place to start focusing.
     
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    PropilotBW Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I think Olympus OM-D E-M10ii would be a good fit for what you are asking for. If you're looking for low-profile and easy to carry around, it definitely fits that description. (I shoot the EM-5 Markii and love it!).
    I would add the E-M10 Mark II into your list of cameras to research.
     
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    Agree with Propilot, The body with M.Zuiko ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ or 17mm f1.8 :icon_thumright:
     
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    do you have lenses you want to keep? if they are full frame, then consider the sony a7 with a lens adapter. else, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 is amazing for its size and is close to your budget.
     
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