Mirrorless or entry-level DSLR?

Started Nov 3, 2012 | Discussions thread
Wally626
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Re: Mirrorless or entry-level DSLR?
In reply to xAoiSora, Nov 5, 2012

xAoiSora wrote:

- Portraits

- Toys/figures (macro)
- Snapshots during travels

I have given myself a budget of about USD700 to get myself a camera with the kit lens and a nice, affordable prime like the 50mm 1.8. I would use the 50mm for macro and portraits, and use the kit lens for everything else like random snapshots. After a lot of hours of Googling (and using study time for camera research instead), I've narrowed down to between the Nikon D3100, Nikon D90, or Olympus E-PM1.

For your needs you could get buy with something like the Sony RX100. The issue with your wish list and budget is Macro. The 50mm primes, although fast and OK for portraits are not macro lenses. You would need to add a closeup lens adaptor (cheapest) or by a Macro 50mm lens, these tend to be f/2.8 and cost a lot more. List on the Nikon 55mm f/2.8 micro is $410, most people find lenses closer to 100mm useful for macro, the Nikon 105mm f/2.8 is $900.

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