Best cameras on a budget of under £500

Best cameras on a budget of under £500

Buying a used camera is a great way of saving money, and still get your hands on top quality gear. Used cameras are a fantastic way of buying on a budget, and we’re going to look into the used Fujifilm camera and lens options that are available in today’s market. Fujifilm make amazing cameras and generally don’t charge too much for their products, so as a second hand option, they’re perfect for anyone on a tighter budget, but still wanting quality cameras equipment.

I’m going to see what I can purchase for £500, which is $626 as I write this. For a camera and a lens, this is not a lot of money, but if you’re in the used market now and you’re trying to buy a camera and a lens together and you’ve only got about £500 pounds i’m going to show you the best options in the Fujifilm used market.

So, let’s see which camera and lens combinations I’ve managed to find that. Please do bear in mind that this market changes all the time and actually camera prices are going up and up and up, so the used market is a great place to go to get some really fantastic gear.

I’m online now looking at different websites to see what i can find and so I guess we’ve got two options here. The first way to go would be to go for a camera and lens combination where you’ve got a fixed lens on that camera. So we’re not getting two separate things, you’re just getting one that’s got comes together with a lens already fixed on to the camera, and that will save you some money because you don’t have to go out and buy another lens.

Obviously, it limits you because you can’t add more lenses in the future but it gives you a great camera lens combo. So the first one you can look at is the Fujifilm X-100s. The X-100s is a beautiful camera. I had the X100 and my brother’s got the X-100s, so i’ve used it many times and it’s got fantastic features on it. The Fujifilm X-100s has he X-Trans 2 sensor in it which is a really beautiful camera sensor, which produced very filmic images with a lot of texture. It has got a viewfinder in it, not like the Fujifilm X-M1 which only has a screen on the back.

Fujifilm X100s

The X100s has got the fixed lens that’s 23mm, which is a 35mm equivalent on a 35mm camera. It’s a beautiful lens, which is wide enough for most subjects and portrait too.You can purchase this camera for £479 on the used market. This keeps you within the budget of £500.

The other option you can go for is a really legendary camera, in fact these are really hard to come by but in the UK there’s suddenly quite a few of them available. This is the Fujifilm X-70. It has the X-Trans II sensor in, just like the X100s, but it doesn’t have a viewfinder, so you are just looking at the back of the camera to see your photos. Instead of the 35mm equivalent lens you’ve got a 28mm equivalent lens, which is an 18.5mm, and instead of an f2 lens there’s an f2.8 lens, so you’d have to decide what you preferred out of those.

I can see this for £479 in the used market.

Let’s move on to camera and lens combinations, which can cost more money, but let’s see if we can bring this in for under £500. I would initially go all the way back to Fujifilm’s first cameras which have the X-Trans sensors in and see what they cost. The first camera that i would get is the Fujifilm X-T1. If i was starting out now and I was looking for a camera body now, and i didn’t have much money I would buy the Fujifilm X-T1 every time.

Fujifilm X-T1

You can get it on here for £154. It’s just stupidly cheap for such a good camera. It’s got the X-trans II sensor in it and it has lovely machined dials at the top. I had this camera for a long time, and it was absolutely fantastic. I’ve taken some some of my best photos on this camera and I love it. This really was a legendary camera and it kind of began this mirrorless surge that we’ve seen in the market over the last few years.

Right, let’s see what you can buy alongside this camera. One option could be to go for the Fujifilm XF50 f2 lens. That’s a great lens, and is 75mm equivalent in 35mm terms, which is a brilliant focal length. This is only £324. Together, with the X-T1 you are only spending £478, and you’re getting a fabulous set up.

Another lens you could purchase is the Fujifilm 27mm f2.8 lens. That’s £294, so together with the X-T1 you are well under the £500 budget. This lens is slightly wider, but one stop slower, so you’d need to decide which combination you prefer.

If you didn’t want to buy the Fujifilm X-T1, you could look at another camera, such as the Fujifilm X-E1. This camera has the earlier sensor called the Fujifilm X-Trans 1 sensor. It’s one of my favourite Fujifilm sensors as it looks so very filmic, with really beautiful colours. The cameras is a cut down of the Fujifilm X-Pro 1, so it has less features but still a great sensor. The X-E1 is only £199.

If you wanted a wider lens with the X-E1, you could purchase the Fujifilm XF 27mm, which is £294, and so you’d still be under the £500 budget, at £493.

My final option is to go go for the Fujifilm XF23mm f2 lens. It’s the same lens that’s in the Fujifilm X100s, which is a 35mm equivalent lens on a full frame camera. This lens is £334, so if you bough this with the Fujifilm X-T1 you’d still be under the £500 budget, at £488.

My favourite combination of these would be the Fujifilm X-T1 and the Fujifilm 23mm f2 lens. The camera has legendary status among Fujifilm fans, since it was the first mirrorless camera to really compete with the bigger DSLRs from Canon and Nikon. In man ways, this X-T1 began the mirrorless revolution for professional photographers to feel like they could leave their bigger, full frame cameras at home.

Fujifilm XF23mm f2 lens

It’s amazing what is on offer in the used market, and this short blog piece is written to help you to realise that you don’t necessarily need to purchase a brand new camera, but dipping not the used market can be very rewarding, and save you a lot of money!

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