It's difficult....

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Siobhan_K Regular Member • Posts: 225
Use Smaller, Slower Lenses on Mirrorless Full Frame

I note, Danny, that all of your samples are shot from a "normal" focal length perspective--35 - 50mm on full frame--and not at wide apertures. Your widest sample aperture is f/7.1.

Is this representative of most of your work? Shot from, say, 24mm to 85mm, around f/8 - f11?

If so, then the easy, easy way for you to maximize quality while saving weight = small prime lenses on mirrorless full frame. Have your cake and eat it, too.

I'm going to suggest some kits below, all of which are basically the same size-weight as an Olympus E-M1III + m.Zuiko, but offer all the benefits of larger-format image quality--particularly, dynamic range.

Canon: How about an 30MP EOS R or a 45MP EOS R5 with the tiny RF 35/1.8 and even tinier, nearly-pancake RF 50/1.8? (You might also consider the ultra-compact RF 24-105 f/4-7.1 STM zoom, given that it wouldn't interfere with your usual aperture preferences.)

Sony: pick a third- or fourth-gen A7 body at your preferred resolution (the A7C is tiny, but honestly they're all small) and pair it with a huge potential library of excellent tiny primes, from Sony's comparatively compact f/1.4 G-Masters to the near-pancake 35/2.8 FE Zeiss or the very budget-friendly 28/2. Or go third-party with the actually pancake-sized Samyang 2.8 FE primes.

Nikon: Pair a full-frame Z body at your preferred resolution with any of Nikon's f/1.8 S-line Z-mount primes (or the ultra-ultra-compact 24-50 f/4-6.3 zoom). There's barely any body size difference between a Z5 and the Z50 you'd considered; and while Nikon's 20/1.8, 24/1.8, 35/1.8 S-line primes aren't exactly pancake lenses, they're still quite compact. Or wait a month or two for Nikon's upcoming 28/2.8 and 40/2.8 pancake Z-mount primes.


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Canon EOS 5DS Canon EOS R5 Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Canon 85mm F1.4L IS USM Canon RF 28-70mm F2L USM +3 more
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