Coffee Break: “Why Mirrorless is the future”

Fellow blogger and Olympus aficionado ATMTX posted an interesting read this morning about how DSLR cameras will ultimately lose.

If you are an avid follower of Digital Imaging technology or photography enthusiast, you surely will have noticed that more and more strides that are making headlines (whether from sensors, auto-focus speeds, size and build quality) are all coming from Sony, Olympus, Fuji and Panasonic: major players that currently dominate the mirrorless market, not including Leica or Hassleblad (ballers).

But…not so much from Nikon or Canon. Seriously, when was the last time you heard any buzz from those two? The only buzz I’m hearing from these two giants are negative news: Nikon is on a decline, Canon’s 5D MkIV missed the mark with fans, etc.

Olympus PEN-F

Now anyone that knows me will tell you that I’ve been a firm believer in the mirrorless market since picking up a Sony A6000 back in September of last year, but the transition was not as smooth as people think. Not due to any technological restrictions, but mentally I had to go over the hurdle that these little cameras were going to be the future.

DSLRs have always been a staple in “pro” photography as long as I’ve been doing any enthusiast level photography 8 years ago. We have been marketed to death that DSLRs are the “future” and that professionals are shooting nothing less than a big flapping mirror.

I was one of those believers since I started using the Nikon D40, my first DSLR, for my trip to Italy during the Summer of 2009. Actually, you can take a look at those pictures now and see how much I’ve matured as a photographer since then: Italy 2009

We can go over the years of photos I’ve taken with the D40 and then the D60, but fast forward to 2014 when I picked up a Sony RX100 Mk I “point and shoot” camera.

Spoiler Alert: the image quality was so good from this little one inch sensor, that I sold my D60 because I was thinking, “why do I need to lug this crap around when this little pocket camera takes better photos?” (this was also the same time when I’ve become acquainted with the German lens company Carl-Zeiss, but I digress).

This transition ultimately led me to where I am now: the Sony A7II and the Olympus PEN-F.

I’ll eventually post a story of my transition to mirrorless, but go ahead and read this article because I feel that ATMTX nailed it on explaining everything: link


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