Changing camera systems

macmasseymacmassey Registered Users Posts: 65 Big grins
edited January 12, 2022 in Cameras

I have a Canon 7D Mark II and assorted lenses. I'm getting older and the camera is beginning to feel too heavy for me and I'd like to switch to a lighter camera that will be used primarily for travel and hobby photography. Mirrorless seems to be the wave of the future and I believe are lighter than traditional DSLRs. I do have big hands so the new camera can't be too small. Plus I'm concerned about the learning curve if I switch to Fujifilm or Sony, but I do love the retro look of some of the Fujifilm cameras. Looking for suggestions. Price range would need to be $2500 or less including a lens or two. Hopefully the camera would have a decent travel lens available. Thank you all in advance.


  • ziggy53ziggy53 Super Moderators Posts: 23,012 moderator

    Lenses are still a major concern of weight. It's hard to beat the physics of light-gathering large-aperture lenses and their weight.

    Since you have Canon equipment, I have to mention that I use a pair of Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless bodies and a mix of lenses, including adapted EF and EF-S lenses mounted via 2-adapters:

    • Canon EF-EOS M Mount Adapter (refurbished)
    • Viltrox EF-EOS M2 0.71x Mount Adapter, adapts FF lenses and increases FOV while also increases effective aperture (similar to Speed-Booster adapter)

    The lenses I typically carry include:

    • Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM (my only EF-M-native lens)
    • Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM (Nano), a really excellent "kit" lens for the M50.
    • Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM, a super-wide zoom for stills and full-HD video plus a wide zoom for 4k. Balances nicely on an older Zhiyun Crane (not sure which model).
    • Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM, a great standard/normal zoom for Canon APS-C.
    • Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM, cheap and lightweight, but consistently pleasing images used properly.
    • Sometimes - EF 70-200mm f4L IS USM, not cheap and not too light, but much lighter than the 70-200mm f2.8 lenses I have. The Viltrox adapter makes it similar to an f3 lens for exposure.
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  • macmasseymacmassey Registered Users Posts: 65 Big grins

    Thanks so much. This is very helpful. It's great that my current lenses could still be used! I'll check out the M50 soon.

  • sapphire73sapphire73 Registered Users, Super Moderators Posts: 1,822 moderator

    @macmassey, curious what you decided to do? Hope you found something that works for you!

    I was a Canon shooter for a long time, then Canon and Fuji, and now mostly Fuji. But I am still interested in hearing about other mirrorless systems, like what @ziggy53 is using. I upgraded to the Fuji X-T4 a year ago and then hurt my shoulder so that delayed putting it to good use. I find the Fuji menu less intuitive than Canon but find a lot to love about the Fuji system.

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