I recently forwarded an article about the new Canon M2 to a friend of mine who I know has been shopping around for a camera for quite a while.  He wants a good camera and a limited budget is a strong factor for him.  I previously (and still do) recommended he get a Fujifilm X100s.  Here’s what he wrote back to me about the M2 and my response:My friend:

Yes, I am still looking and this does look like a good option. I had set my eyes on the Fuji X100, but it looks like it doesn’t compare. So probably about $500 total?

My response:

the Fujifilm X100S 16 MP Digital Camera with 2.8-Inch LCD (Silver)
is still an awesome choice.  I don’t know if you can even compare that with the M1 or M2.  X100s comes with a really great lens – the only lens you will ever need.

…and dude, $500?  You can easily spend several thousand on a single prime lens if you want to.  If you do get a body that can take interchangeable lens, you are going to want a 50mm prime for sure, for portraits.  How much you spend depends on how wide the aperture goes.  You can get a 50mm 1.8 II for $85 on Amazon.  If you want L quality you need to go up to the 1.4 which is about $400 on Amazon.  That should be plenty.  The 1.2L runs over $1600 on Amazon.

Frankly I would still get the Fujifilm X100S which runs $1300 on Amazon, and has everything you will ever need in one package.  If nothing else, I would get this on The Strobist’s recommendation.  Here’s an article he wrote end of last year on which camera to choose.

What he says regarding lenses – choose primes over zoom lenses – this is the advice Omar Mullick gave me way back and it’s golden.  That zoom kit lens you get packaged with most expensive DSLR cameras is complete garbage – don’t waste your money getting a body + kit lens, you’re far better off getting a body only and then buying one or two primes separately.  Like I said, I never used a camera without a zoom lens before I got my DSLR, and when I got it I got two primes.  I never miss not having a zoom lens.  The only time I wish for one is on the very rare occasion I’m taking a shot from a great distance:

1) some pretty bird in the back yard

2) the Grand Prix in baltimore

3) possibly some other future sporting event, like equestrian or a bike race

Those occasions are SO rare it can never justify spending money on a zoom lens.  Maybe if I were a pro sports photographer, it might be justified, but even then maybe only if someone else was paying the bill – photographers do not make much money.  I sold my first stock photo ever, recently.  I’ve made a whopping 42 cents.  I figure if I can manage to sell another 300,000 images a year I can go pro and do photography full time.

Finally, here’s a post comparing the Fujifilm X100s vs the Canon EOS M. Keep in mind its talking about the M1, as far as I know the M2 isn’t available in the US quite yet.

Published by Fuad Kamal

Principal & lead architect of Anaara, Fuad develops enterprise native iOS applications for companies such as First Data & major telecom companies. He also mentors iOS & Swift for Thinkful. If you've been to any major airport in the world recently you've stared at his work - those flight arrival/departure screens are part of the Flight Information Display System (FIDS), whose interface he developed back in the day in Flash 7. In his spare time he enjoys martial arts, cycling, and photography. On rare occasion he will write poetry and work on post production for films.

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