Feel like getting a cheap mirrorless body for macro


red_ryder

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Hi,

I currently have a Fuji X100 for general walkaround photography. But I miss not being able to shoot true macro. Since current mirrorless cameras can fit Nikon F-mount lens with adapter, I could buy a cheap one as a secondary camera and still use my old Nikon macro lenses.

Would that be a viable option? What body do you recommend?
 

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red_ryder said:
Hi,

I currently have a Fuji X100 for general walkaround photography. But I miss not being able to shoot true macro. Since current mirrorless cameras can fit Nikon F-mount lens with adapter, I could buy a cheap one as a secondary camera and still use my old Nikon macro lenses.

Would that be a viable option? What body do you recommend?
NEX 5 or 5n. Quite cheap now in BnS.
 

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Hi,

I currently have a Fuji X100 for general walkaround photography. But I miss not being able to shoot true macro. Since current mirrorless cameras can fit Nikon F-mount lens with adapter, I could buy a cheap one as a secondary camera and still use my old Nikon macro lenses.

Would that be a viable option? What body do you recommend?
yap sure is viable IMHO, if you are after M43 system it gives you better DOF without having to use really small apertures such as f16, f18.... and compromise sharpness. Only thing is that you might have to invest in a new off camera flash system if you need flash for your macro work.
 

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you can consider the Sony NEX 5N, APSC size sensor and good ISO capibility
 

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Pentax Q is a unique option.
5.5x crop factor for unique uses like macro and long range.
At 1:1 distance on your macro lens, it is 5.5x magnification.

Here are some macro samples I took with it.












Long range shots at 1100mm equivalent using a 200/2.8 here :
http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/world-nature/1141315-q-zoo-animal-portraits.html
 

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Pentax Q is a unique option.
5.5x crop factor for unique uses like macro and long range.
At 1:1 distance on your macro lens, it is 5.5x magnification.

Here are some macro samples I took with it.












Long range shots at 1100mm equivalent using a 200/2.8 here :
http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/world-nature/1141315-q-zoo-animal-portraits.html
Great stuffs! Makes me feel like getting a Pentax Q as well! Very good IQ from what i see here...
 

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Very nice macros. Are those handheld?

What's the price of a Pentax Q in the stores nowadays? No one selling in the B&S forum at the moment.
 

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Very nice macros. Are those handheld?

What's the price of a Pentax Q in the stores nowadays? No one selling in the B&S forum at the moment.
They are all with tripod.
Its just too hard to hand hold at this sort of magnification.
They were all taken with a 100mm macro, so at 5.5x crop factor, its a 550mm equivalent FL and any movement is highly visible.
Perhaps a 50, 35mm macro would be easier to hand hold, but I have not had one to try.

Just note that flash sync speed is 1/15 with a 3rd party adapter, so again reason for a tripod and flash set to 2nd curtain sync.
The new original Pentax adapter is supposed to be able to sync at 1/250.
The new Q replacement, the Q10 is supposed to have focus peaking too.
 

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