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    Mirrorless?

    If I decide to buy a new camera, should I get mirrorless?


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    Re: Mirrorless?

    mirrorless or mirrored that is the question? Are you looking for better image quality? What is your budget? What is your experience level? are your trying to cut down on weight of equipment?

    A little bit more information is warranted if you seek advice, so others can help you properly

    https://www.tomsguide.com/face-off/d...orless-cameras

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    Re: Mirrorless?

    Quote Originally Posted by slsl6 View Post
    If I decide to buy a new camera, should I get mirrorless?
    Start doing your research now. Nikon is supposed to drop a new mirrorless camera this month...

    https://nikonrumors.com/2021/06/13/n...-details.aspx/
    Last edited by FredKingston; 06-17-2021 at 10:24 PM.

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    Re: Mirrorless?

    Let me put it this way. Are DSLR's on the way out, the way digital has replaced film cameras? Do mirrorless cameras take better photos than DSLR's? I'm at a lower price range, but I would think the answers would apply to any price range.

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    Re: Mirrorless?

    Quote Originally Posted by slsl6 View Post
    Let me put it this way. Are DSLR's on the way out, the way digital has replaced film cameras? Do mirrorless cameras take better photos than DSLR's? I'm at a lower price range, but I would think the answers would apply to any price range.
    You're likely to receive strong opinions on both sides of these questions.

    Quote Originally Posted by lucien View Post
    mirrorless or mirrored that is the question? Are you looking for better image quality? What is your budget? What is your experience level? are your trying to cut down on weight of equipment?

    A little bit more information is warranted if you seek advice, so others can help you properly

    https://www.tomsguide.com/face-off/d...orless-cameras
    Your answers to these questions and others - e.g., what subjects do you commonly photograph? - are more likely to produce useful responses.
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    Re: Mirrorless?

    Quote Originally Posted by slsl6 View Post
    Let me put it this way. Are DSLR's on the way out, the way digital has replaced film cameras? Do mirrorless cameras take better photos than DSLR's? I'm at a lower price range, but I would think the answers would apply to any price range.
    Thats the $100,000 question. Everyone wants to know that same thing. Because everyone is asking the same question as you, I doubt you will get a straight answer from anyone. If you have nothing to loose going to mirrorless, you are in a better situation than others who have invested thousands of dollars into their DSLR's and F mount lenses asking if they should make the switch. That being said, I have both and I use both. Mainly, I use the DSLR's for fast action like sports and birds in flight and the Z6 for just about everything else. The IBIS found in the Z6 alone makes it worth it to me for that to be my daily shooter, not to mention the sharper images edge to edge using the native Z lenses and everything being lighter and more compact. The answer is not the same for any price range, unfortunately. I would not be as happy, for example with the Z50, lacking the IBIS. If you have a chance, head into BestBuy or local camera store to see if you even like the electric view finder, or if you prefer the OVF in the DSLR's. Some prefer the EVF, others hate it. I like it, but I do get the same eye fatigue after extended use that I get staring at my computer monitors too much. In my opinion, it's more about the newer technology in the sensor and processor than if the camera has a mirror or not. The mirrorless all have the newest tech. If you get a new, quality DSLR, it'd be tough to tell on a blind test what camera took what images. How ever much you want to simplify the question, it is not a simple answer.
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    DX- Tokina 11-16 f2.8, Sigma A 18-35 f1.8, Nikon 18-140 f3.5-5.6
    FX- Tamron 15-30 f2.8, Nikon 35-70 f2.8, Nikon 80-200 f2.8, Nikon 24-120 f4, Nikon AF-P 70-300 f4.5-5.6 Sigma C 150-600 f5-6.3
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    Re: Mirrorless?

    Quote Originally Posted by slsl6 View Post
    Let me put it this way. Are DSLR's on the way out, the way digital has replaced film cameras? Do mirrorless cameras take better photos than DSLR's? I'm at a lower price range, but I would think the answers would apply to any price range.
    The brutal truth is that stand-alone interchangeable lens cameras are only being bought by professionals and some photo-hobbyists for actual use taking still photos. Otherwise they are being bought as a more affordable digital video camera by people making YouTube videos and some other projects. So guess what segment of the market is being served more? The camera makers are trying to capture that active video market in a market that has shrunk to a small fraction of what it was 12 years ago. The smartphone has killed things that much.

    Mirrorless serves the video market better, so that is where the manufacturers want to move. They do have to balance the established market in the overall scheme. But they want to make people want the mirrorless bodies and phase out DSLR. Sony had the advantage of not having an established DSLR legacy.

    So what do you buy? Do you even care about shooting video? Want to do stills and video? Most mirrorless viewfinders lag in displaying the image by some fraction of a second compared to an optical finder. It does make a difference with tracking fast action sports and flying birds. Optical viewfinders work at the speed of light without a video buffer. Will a DSLR ever have an animal eye-detection auto-focus mode? Would it not be nice to have an aftermarket split-prism to manually focus a mirrorless?

    There are trade-offs with going either way. It is up to you to reflect on what you see yourself using the camera for tomorrow and 3 years from now. Then basing you decision on that.
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    D7000 50mm f/1.8G Sigma 150-600mm f/5.6-6.3 C
    CoolPix 995 (infrared converted) 70-200mm f/2.8G VR Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Art
    Lumix DMC-ZS6 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
    500mm f/8 reflex Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD

  8. #8
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    Re: Mirrorless?

    weight and cost are also a factor. Even the person's age. Not many seniors walking around with full frame gear.

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    Re: Mirrorless?

    I'm 74 and carry a D810 w/200-500mm and the largest tripod Manfrotto makes. Somebody forgot to tell me I'm not supposed to.
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  10. #10
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    Re: Mirrorless?

    Quote Originally Posted by FredKingston View Post
    I'm 74 and carry a D810 w/200-500mm and the largest tripod Manfrotto makes. Somebody forgot to tell me I'm not supposed to.
    I didn't mean it as a blanket statement. If I offended any elder members I apologize. I was speaking generally, people are trying to drop the weight/size of their gear. For every one of you there are probably 5 going the other way, in terms of size/weight.





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