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12-22-2013, 02:42 AM   #16
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Believe me. I offered. She doesn't want to because she's afraid that she'll see that she really does need to up her budget to get the low light performance she wants and accept a larger sized camera. She wants sharp, clear pics of our kids in their plays - under stage lighting... Personally, myself, I'm so severely myopic that a bit of softness doesn't bother me at all. I'm just thrilled that even my lousiest efforts with my K-x produced pics that I was happy enough with. Now that I bought the BF K-5ii special, the camera is way more than I know what to do with, so I'm having a blast learning.

I've tried to tell her that I think her best new option is the $460-$100MIR K-500 from Hunt's. That puts her into an entry level dslr with basic kit lens for under $400. No, that lens won't do everything she wants. No single lens will. She can borrow lenses from me or rent lenses. I think the reviews may have had some complaints about the K-500's low light and AF ability, but if it's any improvement over my K-x, I can't imagine that it would be unacceptable to her.

She's currently looking at used NEX cameras, which might work pretty well for her.


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12-22-2013, 06:43 AM   #17
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He desire to shoot plays and dance recitals in available light would best be served with a DSLR and a couple of fast lenses. With some careful shopping in the used market, she can do it for a reasonable price. Explain to her that the kind of photography she wants to do has a learning curve regardless of camera.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Giklab Quote
No, those have the 24MP sensor inside.
You're right, I got my Alphas confused.
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QuoteOriginally posted by dansamy Quote

She's currently looking at used NEX cameras, which might work pretty well for her.
If NEX cameras are now being considered, then she should definately take a gander at Olympus and Panasonic CSC's like the line of E-P... and E-PL... bodies. I can personally vouch for Olympus being a good choice for great WB capabilities and having nice kit lenses.

Like others have said, she unfortunately wants too much capability for too little money.

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I thought Olympus wasn't particularly committed to future R&D of interchangeable lens systems?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Giklab Quote
No, those have the 24MP sensor inside.
So does the D5200 in your first reply

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So does the D5200 in your first reply
Well mega oops. I totally forgot that the last two models had the same pixel count. durrrrrrrppp

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Maybe Santa can help. No other way I can see her needs being met unless she wants to go film. The Pentax X-5 is on sale at B&H right now for $169.

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I thought Olympus wasn't particularly committed to future R&D of interchangeable lens systems?
From a financial standpoint, Olympus is in some trouble.

From an engineering standpoint, Olympus's camera division is one of the most exciting places right now for innovation, IMHO. Their flagship EM-1 is sensational, and any naysayers are fixated wholly and solely on the four-thirds sensor size. It's smaller than the APS-C sensor you've been chasing down, but it's hardly tiny. Mind you, being a flagship, the EM-1 ain't exactly cheap.

Something to consider: Does your sister intend to take these photos during rehearsals, or performances? If the latter, I anticipate she'll need a camera with a viewfinder, else she'll have to compose with the LCD, pissing off everyone around her.

If during rehearsals, will she be able to approach the stage? I'm thinking focal lengths here. Something like the original Fuji X100 (the older, discontinued one) has Fuji's unique hybrid EVF/OVF, a 12MP APS-C sensor that performs beautifully in low light, and a stunning f/2 lens. But it's a wide-to-normal prime lens, so she'd need the freedom to move about. And despite being a superseded model, it ain't coming in under $250 either.

Her budget is impossible. Something has to give, and if not her budget, then her photographic goals.
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I've just thought of something - Look at used premium compacts: Maybe the Panasonic LX5, which has a very fast lens, or the Olympus equivalent.
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Maybe Nikon 1 J1/2/3 system? You can check IQ at Flickr.

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Find a used fuji F31 / F31fd / F40/45/47fd on eBay or Amazon and call it a day.

Those are the best low light p&s ever.
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Find a used fuji F31 / F31fd / F40/45/47fd on eBay or Amazon and call it a day.

Those are the best low light p&s ever.
I don't agree, those camera was good performers back in the days. But now days most high end P&S are better.
Newer cameras will have better noise reduction and retain more detail, and have faster lenses which make difference in low light.

A camera like Pentax MX-1 will outclass these old Fuji cameras.
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Well, she's presently considering micro four thirds or NEX.
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This suggestion may be way out there but i have a nikon ls820 bridge camera that costs $200 on Amazon. I have used it extensively at dark concerts and performs as good or better than my dslr and fast lens. I take this camera fishing and bouncing around in my truck and i am still amazed at the quality of the pictures i get from this
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