If you could start all over again which system would you buy into?

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  1. HMHB

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    If you were in the position where you could start all over again with your camera system, what would you buy now?

    It would be nice to hear what people use at the moment and the reasons why they might look to another brand :)

    The reason this question came up in my mind is because I bumped into an elderly chap out in the forest the other week and he'd got 3 Sony dSLRs around his neck, and he'd traded in all his old gear for the Sony cameras.

    I currently have all Canon gear, 40D and 350D cameras and a selection of lenses, including my favourite 100-400L.
     
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    Nikon crop
    A few Sony crops
    A Canon FF
    Pretty much all the compact systems (still have some)
    Back to Nikon FF
     
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    To my mind there's no better system than Canon. If anyone is interested in changing to Canon I'm currently selling all my Canon gear in the classifieds :p

    I've moved to MFT, recently bought an OM-D and I'm very happy with it. I think it depends what your primary interests are. For example while there's a couple of longer telephoto lenses for MFT there's nothing to match your 100-400L.

    While I've taken images I like in every focal range more or less I like the 24mm to 100mm equiv range the most where MFT has some great primes. Coupled with the 5 axis image stabilsation and high ISO perfomance on the OM-D I find I can take images in much lower light than with my 50D.
     
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    On APS-C other brands don't offer me anything over what I have, I've got to the point where I am happy with my lenses. I'd just buy another A77.

    If it was paying my wages, then a Nikon FF.

    If I wasn't bothered about bigger lenses and AF speed, a Sony NEX.
     
  5. Johnmcl7

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    I did start all over again three years ago when I'd had enough of the Olympus E-3 and its dodgy AF systems, the obvious choice was to go to the D300 but I didn't think that would have made the switch worthwhile and I didn't like crop/FF issue. The Olympus system only had one sensor size so all the lenses from the top end ones to the bottom were designed for that sensor whereas a lot of the top Nikon lenses are designed for the FF so the 35-100mm on Olympus gives the useful 70-200mm but on Nikon it would be something longer.

    So I went with a D700 setup gaining not just a functioning AF system but a much better one and much improved high ISO and then mixed it with a micro 4/3 setup to give a more portable side and video. Given the choice again I wouldn't hesitate to spend the money on the D700 setup again as it's been worth every penny although I probably wouldn't buy most of the micro 4/3 stuff again, perhaps just one GH body, the 14-140mm and the 20mm F1.7.

    John
     
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    I think i would stick with my Nikon FF :)
     
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    I've had just about everything and probably enjoyed my A77 the most however I've just picked up a D7000 with a 35 mm because the current price and size was the cheapest way for me to get a high spec DX model again.

    I also feel there are some better lens options in the Nikon/Canon mount than Sony at present or I'd likely just have bought another A77.... But I'm really talking about telephoto, the Sigma 100-300 f4 is awesome but I'd like to try some of the Nikon glass.

    If it wasn't for the sheer size and weight I'd probably have bought a 7D but I feel the D7000 will currently give me a good mix of what I'm looking for and I could add a cheap D300s for motorsport if I decide the D7000 is lacking there.
     
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    Pentax K-30. I did sold my first D7K hoping to get pentax which was in promotion with cashback during Dec. Not sure now but think it was around £380 - £50 (cashback). IMO that was superb value but by the time managed to sold, missed the promotion. Fortunately, due to some laziness, lens stayed with me and it was back to D7k.

    Smaller body, focus peaking, weather sealing, simpler menus, in body IS and cheap used lenses. Going by reviews online, easily compete with D7K and 650D. If back in promotion, this is no brainer and definitely will get one.
     
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    I'm happy with Canon and don't see a point in me switching to another brand. I'd like to upgrade few bits and bobs, but I'll stay in Canon camp for now.
     
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    I'd stick with canon(ff) for now.

    Every time I have changed bodies I have looked at the options and canon always come up tops as a system

    I find there bodies more ergonomic and easier to use, with great live view etc and the lens selection for me.

    Roger of lensrental recently went through a process online choosing a system and ended up with canon also, worth a read through, though YMMV.
     
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    I don't like the handling and feel of the canon bodies I tried, so it will have to be Nikon for me. Though I must admit I will take a good look into Leica as well.
     
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    Although I've always owned Canon SLR cameras (and now the digital versions) recently I've been a little confused and unsure of what Canon will be producing in their range to suit people like me.

    Therefore I've found myself whilst out and about at RSPB reserves eyeing the Nikon cameras that a lot of others are using with some interest. It would be very costly for me to change over but I would never rule it out if Canon continue to disappoint me with their new cameras.
     
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    I just did, I sold my Nikon gear and bought Canon.
     
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    I have 'started again' many times - good old eBay :rolleyes:

    Started my photography hobby (aka money pit) with a canon crop based system, sold and updated the body a couple of times (40d and 2x 7d's) then sold most of that and bought a FF canon (5d2) with associated red ring lenses, then sold that and dabbled in micro four thirds (GF1, G1 and G3), then sold that and bought a load of Nikon crop stuff (D3100, D5100 and 5 lenses), then sold that and went back to micro four thirds including most recently a GX1 and an OMD and 9 lenses. Sold all the micro four thirds stuff just before Xmas....

    ....and at the moment I have a Sony RX100 posh compact. Even with a capable pocket friendly camera I still cant be bothered to actually go out and take any photos! :facepalm:

    More money than sense - definitely.
     
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    Used to be in the RAF in Germany so had the chance of buying tax-free. On the camp they had a range of cameras and I remember trying to decide between a Nikon and a couple of lenses and a Hasselblad.
    I chose the Nikon. Given my time again, I'd pick the Hasselblad.
     
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    I have no idea what I'd do. As I have brought in to Canon, since getting in to this DSLR lark I've had no reason to follow what Nikon, Sony etc are doing. Pointless really.
    I would think I'd stick with Canon, I have no real issues with my gear, but, and I know it sounds silly, I'd be happier with high end lenses that are black rather than white, so maybe I would go to Nikon.
     
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    I'm in the Nikon camp (DX) having recently gone from a D3100 to D7000.

    I'm very happy with what I have and don't feel the need to switch allegiances. However, if I were to go FF, I'd still check out the competition beforehand...no point in cutting my nose off to spite my face. Saying that, I'd only consider Canon as an alternative as I just don't think Sony can offer as many accessories/lenses like Nikon/Canon can. I can't see me swapping to the Dark Side, but you never know!!!!!

    Oh, and Dave_Bass 5, I like the white lenses on Canon gear!!
     
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    I agree, can't stand those silly white coloured lenses, nor the red ring on the black. It's like a halfords stripe added.
     
  19. HMHB

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    I don't like the white colour of my 100-400 lens. I don't think you can even get a lens hood to match the colour so if you do get a Canon hood for this lens it looks even more stupid with a black end to it!
     
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    The lenses are white for a reason. The hood doesnt need to be.

    Though nikon have eventually got with the flourite elements with the 800 :D

    You can always add a lenscoat anyhow.
     
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    Why, so you can look extra paparazzi?
     
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    I'd still stick with Leica M, but I'd buy lenses sooner and all secondhand as they move from expensive to unafordable in no time at all. I might go for the Monochrom only as I do 95%+ in B&W anyway.
     
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    I'd prefer pink.
     
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    ...she does scrub up quite well.... ;)
     
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    Just like my mum.
     
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    Wow this thread us reality for me now. Following the burglary I have an opportunity to start again on the digital side of things. And with my children making comments now like daddy please don't get another big camera you are embarrassing us ;) it is a lot of food for thought.

    I'm comfortable with what I like and with my style. I could do with much smaller although to me size and weight never bothered me.

    I find it really hard and I'm all over the place for rx1, to Fiji X, to Oly omd or ep5 to just giving in and going leica M.

    Interesting times but also very confusing.
     
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    very true... now Leica M would be a great choice... :smashin:
     
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    Simple if you have lots of money go Leica (tbh Id rather the RX1 as its cheaper and very good besides the AF), if you need good AF go Oly, if you dont need good AF and dont wan to spend loads go Fuji.
     
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    Lol you make it sound so simple. Based on AF and what seems to be done excellent lenses in a small package I am getting drawn to Oly.

    If only they did a pen 5 with integrated evf. In other word an xe1 that hast fast focus and good lens choice.
     
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    apart from cost - what's wrong with an accessory EVF ?
     

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