The Best Mirrorless Cameras for Vintage Lenses in 2021

best mirrorless cameras for vintage lenses

When you’re deciding on the best mirrorless camera for your vintage lenses, narrowing down your options based on what you plan to shoot with it and where is a highly worthwhile exercise. It will ensure your choice has everything you need while saving you money by ruling out the things you don’t.

If you need a full rundown of all the features a mirrorless camera has and what they do, I recommend you start with this post and then come back here. But if you’re already familiar with those and just want to know your best options based on sensor type, camera size, and even some of the best budget buys out there, please read on.

To save you time, the table below gives a quick overview of three of the very best mirrorless cameras for vintage lenses. These are:

Sony A7C – the smallest full frame offering from Sony, boasting unrivalled battery life, in-body image stabilisation and weather sealing for a competitive price

Canon EOS R6 – a more budget-friendly option than the flagship EOS R5, but also bringing a full frame sensor, above average battery life and amazing frames per second in continuous shooting mode

Fujifilm X-S10 – another great value option from Fujifilm, coming in a retro-styled compact body with great handling, an APS-C sensor, and also packing in-body image stabilisation

Check those out, and then read on if you need to as we dig deeper into some further, more nuanced options based on what may be important to you personally.

Sony Alpha 7C Full-Frame Compact Mirrorless Camera Kit - Black (ILCE7CL/B)
Canon EOS R6 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera + RF24-105mm F4-7.1 is STM Lens Kit, Black (4082C022)
Fujifilm X-S10 Mirrorless Digital Camera XF18-55mm Lens Kit - Black
Year
2020
2020
2020
Sensor Size
Full Frame
Full Frame
APS-C
Megapixels
24.2
20.1
26.1
Lens Mount
Sony E-mount
Canon RF
Fuji X-mount
Shots Per Charge
740
510
325
Size
124 x 71 x 60 mm
138 x 98 x 88 mm
126 x 85 x 65 mm
Viewfinder
IBIS
Weather Sealing
Prime Delivery
Sony Alpha 7C Full-Frame Compact Mirrorless Camera Kit - Black (ILCE7CL/B)
Year
2020
Sensor Size
Full Frame
Megapixels
24.2
Lens Mount
Sony E-mount
Shots Per Charge
740
Size
124 x 71 x 60 mm
Viewfinder
IBIS
Weather Sealing
Prime Delivery
Buy on Amazon
Canon EOS R6 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera + RF24-105mm F4-7.1 is STM Lens Kit, Black (4082C022)
Camera
Year
2020
Sensor Size
Full Frame
Megapixels
20.1
Lens Mount
Canon RF
Shots Per Charge
510
Size
138 x 98 x 88 mm
Viewfinder
IBIS
Weather Sealing
Prime Delivery
Buy on Amazon
Fujifilm X-S10 Mirrorless Digital Camera XF18-55mm Lens Kit - Black
Year
2020
Sensor Size
APS-C
Megapixels
26.1
Lens Mount
Fuji X-mount
Shots Per Charge
325
Size
126 x 85 x 65 mm
Viewfinder
IBIS
Weather Sealing
Prime Delivery
Buy on Amazon

The best overall mirrorless cameras for vintage lenses

Although this guide is for buying a mirrorless camera for vintage lenses, it’s worth pointing out that the suggestions are being made with the idea that you may also want to use them with their native lenses and all their modern features.

It’s up to you quite how much this matters in your buying decision, though.

In the guide to buying a mirrorless camera for vintage lenses, we talked about the most important three features for when you’re considering which model to go for. These were:

  • manual focus assists
  • in-body image stabilisation
  • the sensor size

The best overall mirrorless camera for vintage lenses should really have some form of manual focus assist like focus peaking, and preferably in-body image stabilisation or IBIS. The best sensor size is dependent on what you shoot, though.

The good news is, any new mirrorless camera will have focus peaking. Unfortunately, IBIS is less ubiquitous. As it takes up space in the camera body, it tends to be missing from the smaller APS-C models. However, Sony did manage to get it into their Alpha A6600.

Depending on which camera you buy, your sensor will be full frame, APS-C, or micro four-thirds. The most noticeable effect of the different sensor sizes is how they change the effective focal length of the lens you use. A very brief example of that is as follows:

  • A 50mm lens on a full frame camera will give a 50mm field of view
  • A 50mm lens on an APS-C camera will give around a 75mm field of view (50mm x ~1.5)
  • A 50mm lens on a micro four-thirds camera will give a 100mm field of view (50mm x2)

If you don’t know why that is, all is explained right here.

The right sensor size for you will depend on what you plan to shoot with your vintage lenses. If you do a lot of landscape or cityscape, probably a full frame. If you only do portraits and macro, you might want a micro four-thirds. For a general shooter, perhaps split the difference with an APS-C.

The three cameras in the table below – the Sony Alpha A7C, the Canon EOS R6, and the Fujifilm X-S10 – cover the full frame and APS-C sensor sizes. They all have focus peaking and in-body image stabilisation as well as plenty of other features, and they’re all amongst the most recent releases by their manufacturer.

I’ve left out a micro-four-thirds option as I just don’t think they’re the best bet for shooting vintage lenses with for most people. Unless you really do only shoot with longer lenses, they’re just too restrictive with that crop factor.

So with all that said, and acknowledging it’s impossible to tell you which is the definitive best overall mirrorless camera for what you shoot with your vintage lenses or otherwise, these three are certainly high up among the current best.

Three of the best overall mirrorless cameras:

Sony Alpha 7C Full-Frame Compact Mirrorless Camera Kit - Black (ILCE7CL/B)
Canon EOS R6 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera + RF24-105mm F4-7.1 is STM Lens Kit, Black (4082C022)
Fujifilm X-S10 Mirrorless Digital Camera XF18-55mm Lens Kit - Black
Year
2020
2020
2020
Sensor Size
Full Frame
Full Frame
APS-C
Megapixels
24.2
20.1
26.1
Lens Mount
Sony E-mount
Canon RF
Fuji X-mount
Shots Per Charge
740
510
325
Size
124 x 71 x 60 mm
138 x 98 x 88 mm
126 x 85 x 65 mm
Viewfinder
IBIS
Weather Sealing
Prime Delivery
Sony Alpha 7C Full-Frame Compact Mirrorless Camera Kit - Black (ILCE7CL/B)
Year
2020
Sensor Size
Full Frame
Megapixels
24.2
Lens Mount
Sony E-mount
Shots Per Charge
740
Size
124 x 71 x 60 mm
Viewfinder
IBIS
Weather Sealing
Prime Delivery
Buy on Amazon
Canon EOS R6 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera + RF24-105mm F4-7.1 is STM Lens Kit, Black (4082C022)
Camera
Year
2020
Sensor Size
Full Frame
Megapixels
20.1
Lens Mount
Canon RF
Shots Per Charge
510
Size
138 x 98 x 88 mm
Viewfinder
IBIS
Weather Sealing
Prime Delivery
Buy on Amazon
Fujifilm X-S10 Mirrorless Digital Camera XF18-55mm Lens Kit - Black
Year
2020
Sensor Size
APS-C
Megapixels
26.1
Lens Mount
Fuji X-mount
Shots Per Charge
325
Size
126 x 85 x 65 mm
Viewfinder
IBIS
Weather Sealing
Prime Delivery
Buy on Amazon

The best value mirrorless cameras for vintage lenses

If you’re buying a mirrorless camera mainly for shooting vintage lenses on, there are a few functions and features that you don’t need to worry about or pay for.

The first and most obvious is the autofocus, which will be completely redundant with old manual glass. Next is the number of megapixels it has, which is a misleading number even when using modern lenses.

For what most people do with their photographs, which is to display them on a screen or print in small sizes if at all, huge megapixel numbers are unnecessary. If you’re using old glass anyway, they become even more so.

The usefulness of other functions and features will vary, depending on what and where you shoot. Weather sealing will be good when doing landscape work in Iceland but less important when doing portraits in a studio.

What all this means is you can get a great value mirrorless camera for your vintage lenses by going for one of a lower spec but that still meets your needs.

The lowest priced new Sony mirrorless camera, the Alpha 6100, doesn’t have IBIS but it won’t set you back very much compared to some others. And neither would the Canon EOS M200.

To get IBIS in a similar body, you can go for the Sony Alpha A6600, which is still good value relative to their flagship full frame models. Fujifilm’s X-A7 is another great value entry-level mirrorless camera that would be ideal as something to shoot your vintage lenses on.

The Panasonic Lumix G90/95 brings a few more features than the X-A7 and is a little more expensive too, but is also very good value for what you get.

Three of the best value mirrorless cameras:

Sony Alpha A6100 Mirrorless Camera with 16-50mm Zoom Lens, Black (ILCE6100L/B)
Fujifilm X-A7 Mirrorless Digital Camera w/XC15-45mm F3.5-5.6 OIS PZ Lens, Dark Silver
Panasonic LUMIX G95 20.3 Megapixel Mirrorless Camera, 12-60mm F3.5-5.6 Micro Four Thirds Lens, 5-Axis Dual I.S. 2, 4K 24p 30p Video, Pre-Installed V-Log L, 3” Flip-Out Touchscreen - DC-G95MK (Black)
Year
2019
2019
2019
Sensor Size
APS-C
APS-C
Micro Four-Thirds
Megapixels
24.2
24.2
20.3
Lens Mount
Sony E-mount
Fuji X-mount
m43
Shots Per Charge
380
270
290
Size
120 x 67 x 59 mm
119 x 68 x 41 mm
130 x 94 x 77 mm
Viewfinder
IBIS
Weather Sealing
Prime Delivery
-
-
Sony Alpha A6100 Mirrorless Camera with 16-50mm Zoom Lens, Black (ILCE6100L/B)
Year
2019
Sensor Size
APS-C
Megapixels
24.2
Lens Mount
Sony E-mount
Shots Per Charge
380
Size
120 x 67 x 59 mm
Viewfinder
IBIS
Weather Sealing
Prime Delivery
-
Buy on Amazon
Fujifilm X-A7 Mirrorless Digital Camera w/XC15-45mm F3.5-5.6 OIS PZ Lens, Dark Silver
Camera
Year
2019
Sensor Size
APS-C
Megapixels
24.2
Lens Mount
Fuji X-mount
Shots Per Charge
270
Size
119 x 68 x 41 mm
Viewfinder
IBIS
Weather Sealing
Prime Delivery
-
Buy on Amazon
Panasonic LUMIX G95 20.3 Megapixel Mirrorless Camera, 12-60mm F3.5-5.6 Micro Four Thirds Lens, 5-Axis Dual I.S. 2, 4K 24p 30p Video, Pre-Installed V-Log L, 3” Flip-Out Touchscreen - DC-G95MK (Black)
Year
2019
Sensor Size
Micro Four-Thirds
Megapixels
20.3
Lens Mount
m43
Shots Per Charge
290
Size
130 x 94 x 77 mm
Viewfinder
IBIS
Weather Sealing
Prime Delivery
Buy on Amazon

The best compact mirrorless cameras for vintage lenses

If a small camera size is more important than a small camera price, there are a number of compact mirrorless cameras that come packed full of features if you are prepared to pay a little more.

The aforementioned Sony Alpha 6600 is one of the very best compact mirrorless cameras out there, having one of the best battery capacities of any mirrorless today. It’s also one of the only APS-C models to have IBIS. The Fujifilm X-T4 does too, although it also has a markedly bigger body.

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 III is another very fine compact mirrorless camera, although its micro four-thirds sensor could restrict you when it comes to shooting vintage lenses. That depends on your style of photography, however. For portraits or wildlife, the extra crop factor could be a good thing.

Another compact option is the Canon EOS M6 II. Its APS-C sensor is bigger and more versatile for vintage lenses than the OM-D E-M5 III‘s micro four-thirds one, although there is no IBIS or weather sealing or built-in viewfinder on the Canon.

If I were looking for a new mirrorless camera for my vintage lenses, I’d certainly want APS-C over micro four-thirds. And if I wanted a compact one, Sony pretty much have all price points sewn up with the Alpha 6600, the Alpha 6400, and the Alpha 6100 – three cameras that you can learn all about right here.

The Canon EOS M6 II does compete with those though, and the Olympus is a good option if you do a lot of portrait or wildlife photography, or anything else where the micro four-thirds crop factor helps rather than restricts your use of vintage lenses.

Three of the best compact mirrorless cameras:

OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 Mark III Body Silver
Canon EOS M6 Mark II Mirrorless Camera for Vlogging + 15-45mm Lens, CMOS, APS-C Sensor, Dual Pixel CMOS Auto Focus, Wi-Fi,Bluetooth and 4K Video
Sony Alpha A6600 Mirrorless Camera
Year
2019
2019
2019
Sensor Size
Micro Four-Thirds
APS-C
APS-C
Megapixels
20.4
32.5
24.2
Lens Mount
m43
Canon EF-M
Sony E-mount
Shots Per Charge
310
305
720
Size
125 x 85 x 50 mm
112 x 68 x 44 mm
120 x 67 x 69 mm
Viewfinder
IBIS
Weather Sealing
Prime Delivery
OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 Mark III Body Silver
Year
2019
Sensor Size
Micro Four-Thirds
Megapixels
20.4
Lens Mount
m43
Shots Per Charge
310
Size
125 x 85 x 50 mm
Viewfinder
IBIS
Weather Sealing
Prime Delivery
Buy on Amazon
Canon EOS M6 Mark II Mirrorless Camera for Vlogging + 15-45mm Lens, CMOS, APS-C Sensor, Dual Pixel CMOS Auto Focus, Wi-Fi,Bluetooth and 4K Video
Year
2019
Sensor Size
APS-C
Megapixels
32.5
Lens Mount
Canon EF-M
Shots Per Charge
305
Size
112 x 68 x 44 mm
Viewfinder
IBIS
Weather Sealing
Prime Delivery
Buy on Amazon
Sony Alpha A6600 Mirrorless Camera
Year
2019
Sensor Size
APS-C
Megapixels
24.2
Lens Mount
Sony E-mount
Shots Per Charge
720
Size
120 x 67 x 69 mm
Viewfinder
IBIS
Weather Sealing
Prime Delivery
Buy on Amazon

The best full frame mirrorless cameras for vintage lenses

To get the maximum out of your vintage lenses and shoot them at the focal length they were made to be shot at, you’ll need a full frame camera.

This is particularly useful if you want to do a lot of landscape work or wide angle street photography. And a mix of those two means a good, small and lightweight full frame mirrorless would be fantastic as a travel camera.

Unfortunately, that bigger sensor means having a bigger body too, although the Nikon Z7 is a lot more compact than a lot of its contemporaries. As is the cheaper Canon EOS RP in fact, although it lacks the weather sealing of the Z7.

If size is less of a concern, Sony’s flagship full frame mirrorless cameras like the Alpha A7R IV bring some serious specifications and great results to match. They are among the most expensive of all mirrorless cameras too, though.

The Panasonic Lumix S1R is another fine option from a company who usually stick to micro four-thirds in their mirrorless range, and brings their industry-leading video capabilities to a full frame model.

For sheer performance, the Sony full frames are hard to beat here. But if size is a factor too, don’t sleep on the Nikon and Canon offerings. They may be lower in spec but you might find yourself wanting to shoot with them more if having a big camera limits your willingness to use it.

Three of the best full frame mirrorless cameras:

Sony α7R IV Full-frame Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera (ILCE7RM4/B)
Nikon Z7 FX-Format Mirrorless Camera Body w/ NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S
Canon EOS RP Full-frame Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera + RF24-105mm Lens F4-7.1 IS STM Lens Kit-- Compact and Lightweight for Traveling and Vlogging, Black (3380C132)
Year
2019
2018
2019
Sensor Size
Full Frame
Full Frame
Full Frame
Megapixels
61.2
45.7
26.2
Lens Mount
Sony E-mount
Nikon Z-mount
Canon RF
Shots Per Charge
530
330
250
Size
129 x 96 x 78 mm
134 x 101 x 68 mm
133 x 85 x 70 mm
Viewfinder
IBIS
Weather Sealing
Prime Delivery
-
Sony α7R IV Full-frame Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera (ILCE7RM4/B)
Year
2019
Sensor Size
Full Frame
Megapixels
61.2
Lens Mount
Sony E-mount
Shots Per Charge
530
Size
129 x 96 x 78 mm
Viewfinder
IBIS
Weather Sealing
Prime Delivery
-
Buy on Amazon
Nikon Z7 FX-Format Mirrorless Camera Body w/ NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S
Camera
Year
2018
Sensor Size
Full Frame
Megapixels
45.7
Lens Mount
Nikon Z-mount
Shots Per Charge
330
Size
134 x 101 x 68 mm
Viewfinder
IBIS
Weather Sealing
Prime Delivery
Buy on Amazon
Canon EOS RP Full-frame Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera + RF24-105mm Lens F4-7.1 IS STM Lens Kit-- Compact and Lightweight for Traveling and Vlogging, Black (3380C132)
Camera
Year
2019
Sensor Size
Full Frame
Megapixels
26.2
Lens Mount
Canon RF
Shots Per Charge
250
Size
133 x 85 x 70 mm
Viewfinder
IBIS
Weather Sealing
Prime Delivery
Buy on Amazon

The best APS-C mirrorless cameras for vintage lenses

If a full frame sensor isn’t really important to you and what you shoot with your vintage lenses, you could get a fully-featured camera in a more compact body and probably for a lower price if you went with an APS-C mirrorless.

You will have around a 1.5x crop factor but I haven’t found this too restrictive with what I shoot. My 28mm lens acts like a 42mm and my 35mm acts like a 52mm, which are both absolutely fine for street shooting.

To get IBIS and weather sealing in an APS-C mirrorless camera, you’ll need to look at the Fujifilm X-T4 or the Sony Alpha A6600, which is getting quite a few mentions in this guide.

The X-T4 is quite a bit bigger than the A6600 with a lot more dials on top and an SLR-style housing for the viewfinder. Both of these cameras have above average battery life compared to other mirrorless models.

Another option is the Nikon Z50, which lacks IBIS but is smaller than the Fujifilm X-T4 and cheaper than both that and the Sony A6600.

Sony and Fujifilm are really the main producers of APS-C mirrorless cameras though. The A6100 and the A6400 offer further, cheaper options from the former, while the X-T200 and X-T30 are also great value models from the latter.

Three of the best APS-C mirrorless cameras:

Fujifilm X-T4 Mirrorless Camera Body - Black
Sony Alpha A6600 Mirrorless Camera
Nikon Z50 Compact Mirrorless Digital Camera with Flip Under "Selfie/Vlogger" LCD | 2 Zoom Lens Kit Includes: NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR & NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm F/4.5-6.3 VR
Year
2020
2019
2019
Sensor Size
APS-C
APS-C
APS-C
Megapixels
26.1
24.2
20.9
Lens Mount
Fuji X-mount
Sony E-mount
Nikon Z-mount
Shots Per Charge
500
720
300
Size
135 x 93 x 64 mm
120 x 67 x 69 mm
127 x 94 x 60 mm
Viewfinder
IBIS
Weather Sealing
Prime Delivery
-
Fujifilm X-T4 Mirrorless Camera Body - Black
Camera
Year
2020
Sensor Size
APS-C
Megapixels
26.1
Lens Mount
Fuji X-mount
Shots Per Charge
500
Size
135 x 93 x 64 mm
Viewfinder
IBIS
Weather Sealing
Prime Delivery
Buy on Amazon
Sony Alpha A6600 Mirrorless Camera
Camera
Year
2019
Sensor Size
APS-C
Megapixels
24.2
Lens Mount
Sony E-mount
Shots Per Charge
720
Size
120 x 67 x 69 mm
Viewfinder
IBIS
Weather Sealing
Prime Delivery
Buy on Amazon
Nikon Z50 Compact Mirrorless Digital Camera with Flip Under "Selfie/Vlogger" LCD | 2 Zoom Lens Kit Includes: NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR & NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm F/4.5-6.3 VR
Camera
Year
2019
Sensor Size
APS-C
Megapixels
20.9
Lens Mount
Nikon Z-mount
Shots Per Charge
300
Size
127 x 94 x 60 mm
Viewfinder
IBIS
Weather Sealing
Prime Delivery
-
Buy on Amazon

The best micro four-thirds mirrorless cameras for vintage lenses

Although I don’t think micro four-third mirrorless cameras are the best option for what I do with vintage lenses, their smaller sensors can be an advantage if you shoot something that requires longer lenses, like wildlife or portraits.

Besides that, you can also get more features packed into the camera body than you do with APS-C models and for a very good price too.

The compact Olympus OM-D E-M5 III comes with IBIS and weather sealing, which you’d have to pay a lot more for to get both on the APS-C Sony Alpha 6600.

The larger Olympus OM-D E-M1 III has those features too, along with a battery that is said to get you up to 420 shots on a full charge, which is around 100 more than the E-M5 III.

Panasonic are the other main producer of micro four-thirds mirrorless cameras, and one of their best options for vintage lenses is the Lumix G90/95. It also comes with IBIS and weather sealing, and will get you up to 290 shots on a single charge.

Whichever manufacturer you go for, all micro four-thirds cameras use the m43 lens mount, which is very simple to fit vintage lenses on using a simple and common lens adapter.

Three of the best micro four-thirds mirrorless cameras:

OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 Mark III Body Silver
OLYMPUS OM-D E-M1 Mark III Black Camera Body
Panasonic LUMIX G95 20.3 Megapixel Mirrorless Camera, 12-60mm F3.5-5.6 Micro Four Thirds Lens, 5-Axis Dual I.S. 2, 4K 24p 30p Video, Pre-Installed V-Log L, 3” Flip-Out Touchscreen - DC-G95MK (Black)
Year
2019
2019
2019
Sensor Size
Micro Four-Thirds
Micro Four-Thirds
Micro Four-Thirds
Megapixels
20.4
20.4
20.3
Lens Mount
m43
m43
m43
Shots Per Charge
310
420
290
Size
125 x 85 x 50 mm
134 x 91 x 69 mm
130 x 94 x 77 mm
Viewfinder
IBIS
Weather Sealing
Prime Delivery
OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 Mark III Body Silver
Year
2019
Sensor Size
Micro Four-Thirds
Megapixels
20.4
Lens Mount
m43
Shots Per Charge
310
Size
125 x 85 x 50 mm
Viewfinder
IBIS
Weather Sealing
Prime Delivery
Buy on Amazon
OLYMPUS OM-D E-M1 Mark III Black Camera Body
Year
2019
Sensor Size
Micro Four-Thirds
Megapixels
20.4
Lens Mount
m43
Shots Per Charge
420
Size
134 x 91 x 69 mm
Viewfinder
IBIS
Weather Sealing
Prime Delivery
Buy on Amazon
Panasonic LUMIX G95 20.3 Megapixel Mirrorless Camera, 12-60mm F3.5-5.6 Micro Four Thirds Lens, 5-Axis Dual I.S. 2, 4K 24p 30p Video, Pre-Installed V-Log L, 3” Flip-Out Touchscreen - DC-G95MK (Black)
Year
2019
Sensor Size
Micro Four-Thirds
Megapixels
20.3
Lens Mount
m43
Shots Per Charge
290
Size
130 x 94 x 77 mm
Viewfinder
IBIS
Weather Sealing
Prime Delivery
Buy on Amazon

The best older mirrorless cameras for vintage lenses

All of the models suggested so far have been recent releases. I don’t think any came out any earlier than 2018. However, if you wanted to save some money, there’s no reason why you couldn’t go for an older mirrorless camera for your vintage lenses.

This could be a shrewd move if you need one to shoot only your vintage lenses and don’t care about most of the advanced features of the new ones.

For example, if you wanted a full frame mirrorless, you could pick up a Sony A7R II for perhaps around half of what an A7R IV might cost.

For a cheap APS-C Sony mirrorless, the older Alpha 6000 may lack some of the features of the more recent A6600, A6400 and A6100, but it’s available at a very low price to make up for that.

I could be here all day suggesting older models, but I think one of the best things you could do instead is click this link that will take you to a search on B&H Photo, sorted from low price to high. And then browse at your own leisure.

Another option would be to check out what’s available on the secondhand market. One option for this is to see what’s currently on eBay, but for more peace of mind and return policies etc, you can also take a look at KEH Camera  and Used Photo Pro.

Wrapping up the best mirrorless cameras for your vintage lenses

What’s considered the best mirrorless camera for vintage lenses is going to vary from person to person. For some, a full frame sensor will be crucial while others will prefer a micro four-thirds. And plenty more will be happy in the middle with an APS-C.

I can’t tell you which is the single best choice for you, but I hope this guide has pointed you in the right direction and given you enough information to make your choice.

A lot of the suggested models are so fully-featured and come at such price points that buying one only to shoot vintage lenses may be overkill. If you’re going to take full advantage of everything they bring though, they are worth it.

For vintage lenses only, don’t be scared to scared to go for an older, superseded, or secondhand mirrorless. They’ll still probably be more than good enough and can save you a good amount of money too.

Whichever direction you take and whichever camera you go for, all that’s left to say is that I hope you enjoy shooting it as much as I do and that you get some results you’re proud enough of to share with the world. 🙂

Bestseller No. 1
Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless Vlogging Camera Kit with EF-M 15-45mm Lens, Black
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF for fast, accurate autofocus that helps you get the photo you want right as the moment happens
  • 241 Megapixel APS C CMOS sensor and the DIGIC 8 Image Processor delivers incredible color, clear details, and stunning range
Bestseller No. 2
Panasonic LUMIX GX85 4K Digital Camera, 12-32mm and 45-150mm Lens Bundle, 16 Megapixel Mirrorless Camera Kit, 5 Axis In-Body Dual Image Stabilization, 3-Inch Tilt and Touch LCD, DMC-GX85WK (Black)
  • Fine Detail Performance: 16 megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor with no low pass filter resulting in a near 10 percent boost in fine detail resolving power over existing 16 megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensors
  • Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera Kit: With 2 super compact lenses 12 32mm F3.5 5.6 and 45150mm F4.0 5.6, shoot lighter and faster with the modern hybrid photography performance of a mirrorless camera and nearly half the bulk of most DSLRs
Bestseller No. 3
Sony a7 III (ILCEM3K/B) Full-frame Mirrorless Interchangeable-Lens Camera with 28-70mm Lens with 3-Inch LCD, Black
  • Advanced 24.2MP BSI Full-frame Image Sensor w/ 1.8X readout speed Advanced 24.2MP Back-Illuminated 35mm Full-frame Image Sensor
  • 15-stop dynamic range, 14-bit uncompressed RAW, ISO 50 to 204,800

If you found that guide to the best mirrorless cameras for vintage lenses useful and want to dig deeper into the topic, why not take a look at these other posts too:

  1. The best mirrorless cameras for your street photography
  2. A comparison between the Sony A6100, A6400, and A6600
  3. A guide to buying a mirrorless for vintage lenses camera

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  1. Great article, I went through the same logic when I was looking at a digital camera for legacy lenses earlier in 2020. As my old kit was a CONTAX system with both Zeiss and Tamron lenses. I ended up selecting the Fuji X-H1 both due to functionality and size with handling larger lenses. To compensate for crop factor I fitted a Metabones Speedbooster adaptor. Thus a 200mm F3.5 Zeiss becomes a 145mm F2.5. Achieved some stunning photo. As used by RHKYC.

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    • Thanks for reading and adding your thoughts, Jules. It’s certainly a purchase that needs some consideration. Great to hear you’re happy with the decision you made and the results you get from it 🙂 And the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club are too! I had to Google that 😀

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