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Apr 22, 2013 00:17 |  #1

Hi friends, sorry if this thread is it at the wrong place but it is the best I could guess.

Quick story short, I am hired to shoot night time events, where a dslr, any removable lens camera or any ''professionnal looking camera'' is prohibited. No way around this rule.

This said, I want the point and shoot on the market. I used to own a G15, which I liked. Good F1.8 aperture, fast focussing in daytime. Once the sun is down? Too slow. Can often take several seconds to focus and that is a deal breaker. Also, it's 28mm focal lenght equivalent is often too tight, I would prefer something wider.

Basically, I need as much advantages of a dslr, in a non-removable lens compact camera.

So, my key points are:

-Fast focussing
-Great aperture
-Wide lens
-Minimal shutter lag
-Manual settings, RAW files


Brand isn't important, not restricted to Canon only.

What are your recomendations? I did as much research as I could, but getting opinions from other photographers is always better.

Thanks, David.


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Apr 22, 2013 00:57 |  #2

Sony RX1.

But you're never going to get fast focusing with any of the choices.

If that's out of your price range, take a look at what Fujifilm offers. I have an x100 and really love it. You'll get somewhat faster focusing from the x100s but again, this is where these cameras have a weakness.


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Apr 22, 2013 01:48 |  #3

Your asking for a fast wide angle (wider then 28mm) point and shoot, I dont think it exists. Your really not going to get a fast lens, wider then 28mm, without it being huge. Your best bet might be something like an olympus pen with the 12mm lens, Thats the smallest fast wide angle set up I can think of.




  
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Apr 22, 2013 14:00 |  #4

Sony's RX1 definitely looks to professionnal, I won't be able to get in with it. I have looked at the X100, but it's 35mm equivalent is too tight. Maybe the X10 or X20 would be better, anyone used any of them and a G15 that could compare the autofocus speed?


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Apr 22, 2013 23:05 |  #5

My recommendation is to find real photostore in LV and check small cameras in real if you want to know how fast AF is.
Also check if you need extra batteries, because some of them have small capacity and some of them will take up to five hours to charge.


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Apr 23, 2013 01:59 |  #6

Rivest wrote in post #15855344 (external link)
Sony's RX1 definitely looks to professionnal, I won't be able to get in with it. I have looked at the X100, but it's 35mm equivalent is too tight. Maybe the X10 or X20 would be better, anyone used any of them and a G15 that could compare the autofocus speed?

Yes, check out what Fuji has to offer. You need a large sensor. Forget about the G15. Canon's compact offerings are a joke. I'd say you're going to need to rely on prefocusing for your needs.


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Apr 23, 2013 22:23 |  #7

Gabriella_Ashton wrote in post #15853625 (external link)
Sony RX1.

But you're never going to get fast focusing with any of the choices.

If that's out of your price range, take a look at what Fujifilm offers. I have an x100 and really love it. You'll get somewhat faster focusing from the x100s but again, this is where these cameras have a weakness.

The Olympus models focus quite fast, very fast in fact.


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Apr 24, 2013 06:22 as a reply to  @ elrey2375's post |  #8

Check the RX100. It's got a decently large sensor and zoom range.


  
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Apr 24, 2013 13:56 |  #9

Sony NEX-5r us a very good camera.


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Apr 24, 2013 14:07 |  #10

Olympus xa4, portra 400 @ 800/1600.. just a thought :)




  
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Apr 24, 2013 18:37 |  #11

kasey wrote in post #15861450 (external link)
Check the RX100. It's got a decently large sensor and zoom range.

I have (and like) an RX100 and wouldn't describe it as fast focussing, which is one of the OP's criteria. That being said, I don't use any other compact, so the focussing speed may be the same or even better than the other compacts listed.


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Apr 25, 2013 22:47 |  #12

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Your asking for a fast wide angle (wider then 28mm) point and shoot, I dont think it exists. Your really not going to get a fast lens, wider then 28mm, without it being huge. Your best bet might be something like an olympus pen with the 12mm lens, Thats the smallest fast wide angle set up I can think of.

Ummm...there are TONS of point and shoots with fast wide angles. The Canon S90, S100, S110, Olympus and Nikon both have compacts that start at around 24mm and f1.8-ish...I could find half a dozen within 2 minutes.

As for interchangeable lenses...Sony has the 10-18 f4 (15-27 equiv) and M4/3 has the Panasonic 7-14 f4 (14-28 equiv). Fuji has a 10-24 f4 (15-36 equiv) on their roadmap, but its release date is still 6-9 months away at best.

There's also a Zeiss 12mm (18mm equiv) f2.8 coming very soon for Sony E and Fuji XF mounts. I'm sure there are even more I'm forgetting about.


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Apr 25, 2013 22:51 as a reply to  @ LowriderS10's post |  #13

The other item that may be an issue with some of these cameras is shutter lag.
After shooting with a good DSLR, it seems like these cameras are working in slow motion - it can be very frustrating.


just a few of my thoughts...
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