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Old 10-04-2014   #1
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Which Camera?

I've come up with about $1200.00 & am looking for a general-purpose digital. I've got my Nikons (F2AS, F3HP, & FM3A) to cover almost everything, but I'm thinking about a digital for a packing, fishing, & general wandering-around camera. The short list is X-Pro1 or XE-1. I like the rangefinder-look & have a number of film rangefinders I can use. Am asking for advise on either one or suggestions for anything else. Thanks for any input.
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What lenses do you have and like? That will likely dictate a camera choice.
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Panasonic GX7 for interchangeable lenses or Fuji X100T for fixed lens.

Can't go wrong with either one.
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I have the X-e2 and the EVF is great. I don't even think about it. The standard zoom is super sharp and its lots of fun to use with adapted RF lenses. People always ask me if its a film camera
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FWIW, I tried the Fuji XE-2 and the Sony NEX and stayed with the Sony. I use the Zeiss 55m for portraits and the Touit 32mm for "normal." Focus peaking works great with my MF lenses, better IMHO than on the Fuji's. For sports or birds I go to the SLR, but for general, the Sony A6000 is great.

You mentioned $1200… The Zeiss 55mm is fab and works with the full-fram Sonys, but it's a little too expensive for that budget. The Sony 50mm is pretty good and has image stabilization. The 32mm Touit used prices are down as Zeiss has made other lens announcements.
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Maybe wait for the new Panasonic LX100
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Maybe wait for the new Panasonic LX100

Some nice features and maybe the next one I buy, but since my current Panasonic is still working fine. Might buy this one a little later when prices drop a bit more.

Retail $899

Up to F16, 1/4000, 16mp and micro 4/3 sensor





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I love my Fuji X-E1. My brother loves his X-E2. My dad loves his Sony 7. My friend loves his Sony 7. The Panasonic DMC LX100 looks like a nice camera...

I didn't narrow it much for you, but my point is you won't really be disappointed with any of them.
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... I've got my Nikons (F2AS, F3HP, & FM3A) to cover almost everything...
Mobile phone, the rest is waste of money. In your case and my...
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I'd give up a lot including style to get waterproof or at least weatherproof for your stated use.

My go-to wet camera is a waterproof smartphone. Battery life is pretty good. I also have a 5m waterproof P&S but the battery life is poor.
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I've got my Nikons (F2AS, F3HP, & FM3A) to cover almost everything, but I'm thinking about a digital for a packing, fishing, & general wandering-around camera.
Nikon 1 maybe?
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Some nice features and maybe the next one I buy, but since my current Panasonic is still working fine. Might buy this one a little later when prices drop a bit more.

Retail $899

Up to F16, 1/4000, 16mp and micro 4/3 sensor





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Just one point - you'll get about 12mp output in any aspect ratio since the lens's image circle doesn't cover the whole sensor.
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The sony a7 seems like the obvious choice, no need for new lenses as you can use all your nikkor and rf lenses. I'm sure you can find a used a7 and a M and F adapter for $1200 total.

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To answer your question regarding the X-Pro 1 vs the XE-1: the X-Pro 1 is a bit quicker. If you appreciate the ability to view what's going on outside of the frame and, or plan to use the camera often in bright sunlight, the X-Pro 1's OVF is useful. However the X-Pro 1 requires old-fashioned screw-on diopters – as do your Nikon SLR bodies.

The XE-1is less expensive and is a good way to find out if enjoy the Fujifilm X system.

The Fujinon lenses perform well. The 27/2.8 is a great walking around lens. The 14/2.8 and 23/1.4 are larger and heavier, but they would be useful for landscapes. The 18/2 is intended to be a reportage lens. The high-level of software-based barrel distortion correction can degrade details at the frame's extreme edges. Many assume this is chromatic aberration, but it's not.
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Do you want to use your Nikon lenses? If so, forget any m4/3 with its 2x crop, APS-C will be all right and full frame ideal. So, the Sony A7 could be your ideal choice, followed by Fuji, Sony and Samsung APS-C mirrorless. If you're eye is o Fuji, by all means, but to me I thought they were trying to be something they aren't (that is why I prefer Sony).

I think you should take a look at the Nikon D7100, it will meter with your manual focus lenses.
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