Login or Join Now

Upload your photos, chat, win prizes and much more

Username:
Password:
Remember Me

Can't Access your Account?

New to ePHOTOzine? Join ePHOTOzine for free!

Like 0

Street Photography

Join Now

Join ePHOTOzine, the friendliest photography community.

Upload photos, chat with photographers, win prizes and much more for free!

pedrozo
pedrozo  2 England
5 Jul 2013 - 11:03 AM

Hi There,

Can anyone recommend a good small (compact) digital camera to take out and about with me when doing a spot of street photography?

I currently have a Canon SLR, however, just feel this is a little too big and obtrusive. What I'd like is something along the lines of the Lumix GX1 but perhaps a bit cheaper. A small adjustable lense is a must.

Thanks

Pete

Sponsored Links
Sponsored Links 
5 Jul 2013 - 11:03 AM

Join ePHOTOzine for free and remove these adverts.

SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 54203 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jul 2013 - 11:19 AM

Fuji X10 or Lumix G5

SteveCharles
5 Jul 2013 - 1:26 PM

Having just had a look to see how much it is before commenting, I see the GX1 & 14-24 is £349 on Wex. Seems pretty good if that's a camera you are interested in.

Fwiw I use a Fuji x100s for street and can't recommend it highly enough, but probably outside your budget. Original x100 is cheaper, but fixed 35mm lens also (by adjustable I assume you mean zoom?). Otherwise X10/X20.

GlennH
GlennH  91886 forum posts France1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jul 2013 - 1:52 PM

Do it the Daido Moriyama way - cheap(ish) compact, concentrate on the picture.

Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1314893 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jul 2013 - 2:03 PM

Something along the lines of the Fuji x10 or the newer x20.

The older cheaper X10 is good enough for me.

http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/tag/fuji-x10/

The GX1, GF2, GF3, EPM1, EPM2 etc are all good, but an EVF viewfinder if required would bump the cost up.

And these will only retain there really small size by using a compact prime.

2-8535148195-82843ac5f0-z.jpg

mikehit
mikehit  46144 forum posts United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jul 2013 - 2:30 PM

The Panasonic G3 is looking ridiculously good value at the moment at £189

http://www.camerapricebuster.com/Panasonic/Panasonic-G-System

Last Modified By mikehit at 5 Jul 2013 - 2:30 PM
Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1314893 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jul 2013 - 2:32 PM

Especially if there are still a few deals about fitted with the 14mm or 14-42 PZ Smile

Found one

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Panasonic-DMC-GF3-12-1MP-Compact-System/dp/B0057LZHA0/re...

Or this

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Panasonic-DMC-GF3-14mm-14-42mm-3-5-5-6/dp/B007FOWRZK/ref...

Last Modified By Paul Morgan at 5 Jul 2013 - 2:35 PM
Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1314893 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jul 2013 - 3:37 PM

Forgot to add, the Olympus EPL3 might be a better option than a GF or GX camera, it comes with a handy tilting screen on the back the lifts up behind the camera, its very discreet.

Or the new Olympus EPM2 with the 14-42mm kit lens, a little dearer, but you can claim a free 17mm pancake lens, very handy for the street.

ChrisV
ChrisV  7724 forum posts United Kingdom26 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jul 2013 - 3:45 PM

As I mentioned a while ago my GX1 went Kaput. I was quoted £212.64 for repair - I'd spent just under a tenner to send it for assessment.

So I bought one from eBay for £202.98 from Eurotronics_4_less. It's obviously a grey import having a US plug charger [they were up-front about that] and body only, but the GX1 really is a terrific little camera - especially at that price. Unfortunately I don't think they have any left [they'd obviously got a batch of them], but there are a few others for not much more - some with kit lenses.

I've already got lenses including the 20mm pancake [a fabulous lens, but not cheap] and the 14-42 x lens which is not much bigger when switched off.

Quality wise for a compact and pretty unobtrusive looking camera there's not much to touch it at the price it's currently available for.

Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1314893 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jul 2013 - 3:54 PM

I`m not sure about the GX1 but I know the GF2 and GF3 can be hacked, giving more or less the same video quality as the 5D mark 11.

I got my GF2 sorted out the other day, a word of warning though, you might have a job editing the files unless you can find a way of re-wrapping them Smile

I had loads of fun building a truck from meccano that I can clamp this little camera to and runs along scaleletric track for low level footage Smile

SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 54203 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2013 - 5:40 PM

Any recommendations filter-wise for the G5? Am I right in thinking that a linear polariser will be OK as I've got one of those in 52mm but not a circular one. I don't want to buy one unnecessarily. It doesn't actually specify in the manual which to use.
Either a Hoya or Hama will do I expect but I'm not sure if the make/type is crucial for M4/3 gear.

Last Modified By SlowSong at 9 Jul 2013 - 5:41 PM
Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1314893 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2013 - 5:46 PM

What filter thread is on the lens, is it 46mm, if it is all you need do is buy a step up ring 46-52mm, there just a couple of quid on Amazon.

Your linear polariser will be fine.

Last Modified By Paul Morgan at 9 Jul 2013 - 5:47 PM
SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 54203 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2013 - 5:49 PM

It's a 52mm thread, but is it best to use linear or circular?
I've got a linear one so if it's that I'm sorted. Doesn't say in manual which you should use.
I've tried the linear one but it doesn't seem to have an effect at all.

Last Modified By SlowSong at 9 Jul 2013 - 5:52 PM
Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1314893 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2013 - 5:50 PM

Linear is fine Chris, I`m still using a few that are 30 odd years old, they work just fine.

It might be worth getting a small hood as well, you might even have one floating around.

Last Modified By Paul Morgan at 9 Jul 2013 - 5:52 PM
SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 54203 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2013 - 5:55 PM

I've got a hood, came with camera kit.
It's not easy to see any difference in the viewfinder when turning the polariser around. Possibly something to do with being digital. I'll give it a whirl though.
Ta. Smile

Just tried it outside, no difference in pictures at all. Strange.

Last Modified By SlowSong at 9 Jul 2013 - 5:58 PM

Add a Comment

You must be a member to leave a comment

Username:
Password:
Remember me:
Un-tick this box if you want to login each time you visit.