Hi guys! Like what the title implies, I am a beginner thats been practicing with my sisters olympus ep-1 for about three months now. I have a pretty good hand on the basics if you ask me and now, Im ready to buy my first camera. Here are my choices:
1. A second hand Fuji X100 ($650-700) - It shoots well and capable of producing very nice bokehs (which are my favorite), plus it has the retro look that I really dig. Problems with this that I think are the fixed focal length and various performance issues (that people say the latest firmwares have fixed, but not all!). Some also say that this is not the best cam for beginners.
2. Bnew Samsung NX300 ($900-950) - Ive read reviews of this and all of them gives it atleast 4 stars out of 5. It shoots really well and also has the same retro looks. Ive handled it at a shop nearby and I must say I am impressed with the body and performance of it (especially the touch to focus, speaking of focus it does so really fast). The local electronic guy offered me the camera along with the standard 35mm-50mm lens, additional 50mm-100mm zoom lens, tripod (which is useful as I plan on doing alot of videos), carrying bag and extra battery. Now it also has problems, first the additional bulk. Im planning to travel like 2-3x a year. Next is the fact that Ill need to buy atleast one more lens (looking at a f1.7-8 20mm lens) which would set me back another $300-400. Lastly, this one is a minor but the flash needs to be attached which adds more to the bulk. The lack of EVF does not bother me though, plus the camera has loads more of features that well Im not planning to use that much but are good to have.
What do you guys think?