When love breaks down: Why I sold my mirrorless camera

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Many of you will recall that I wrote a blog some months ago entitled ‘5 reasons why your DSLR is obsolete in today’s world’ and that, to say the least got a lot of people talking. It also drew much comment. We saw the hard line DSLR users spitting feathers, others crying ‘clickbait’! Clickbait? Isn’t it all just that? Well, all I can say is … darn, you clicked it though didn’t you? In fact, almost half a million of you did. Shouting clickbait on the internet is like running out into the street and shouting ‘don’t breathe air cuz they want you to’ it’s obvious and slightly moronic. This is just discussion, that’s all, its not important.

Anyways, the piece really was sincere and the reactions were expected. But we listened to your voices and today in the good name of balance, I write my own response … to myself. If you will excuse me I shall feel free to contradict.

So, why are all these CSC users so smug? Seriously they don’t shut up, heaven knows if they even have time for Making photographs when they seem to spend most of their time online forming clubs and chatting about how much they love the manufacturers and their trendy products. They openly seem to congratulate the ‘brand’ for their personal enthusiasm and successes if any. How can this be so? Surely it’s all nonsense? Surely it’s just a ploy to attract the brand attention and nail down some kind of preferential treatment or Ambassadorship? It’s smugness extreme and leaves me a little suspicious you know. Oh, the lion stirs.

So balance as promised, lets look at this from the die hard DSLR fans perspective, lets take a little shine off that squeaky clean mirror less polish.

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Samsung Going On A Camera Craze – Announces A New NX3000 Mirrorless

nx3000-02Looks like Samsung is bringing new cameras out faster than you can shoot a roll of 35mm film. The Korean company just announced a new entry level compact 20.3MP Mirrorless Camera – the NX3000.

Keeping in line with regular camera numbering convention (bigger model numbers = smaller cameras) the NX3000 is smaller than her bulkier NX300 bigger sister, while bigger than her tiny NX mini baby brother.

The NX3000 will be replacing the year old (already?) entry-level NX2000. And the feature list is indeed updated (as well as the color selection: black, white or brown faux-leather finish). It should be available in June 1st and estimated to cost $529 (with a 16-50mm optical image stabilized power zoom lens) or $479 (with a 20-50mm zoom lens).

Aside from a new 20.3-megapixel APS-C sensor, a flip-up-3-inch LCD and wink-control (similar to the selfie encouraging NX mini) and a longer lasting battery than the model it replaces. Hit the jump for more specs and images: [Read more...]

Samsung Wants A Bigger Piece Of The Selfie Action, Launches The Sub $600 NX Mini

Samsung is launching a new mirrorless camera, and they’ve designed it and priced it to reach out not only to photographers, but to everyone: today they’re introducing the NX Mini. (which can already be pre-ordered)

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This is the camera for the high school senior who loves taking selfies with her iPhone, Instagrams hourly, and started gaining an interest in photography after noticing how artistic that close-up macro shot she took of the dandelion on her front lawn was. Now she puts up more pictures of nature, like those centered, vignetted black and white shots of leafless trees with “#Winter <3″ in the caption (Oh, you know who you are if you do this. You know.) It’s always awesome to see someone new getting in touch with their creativity, and it’s great to see so many people out there today getting more into photography because of their smartphones. But what’s the biggest problem with a general audience (Mainly the kids in high school. I come from a sheltered town.) getting into something like photography? They don’t know where to take their next steps. Cameras in the past few years have generally been large, bulky, and expensive. With so many options out there, and with Nikon D38957539 this or Canon 90D that, people naturally get confused. [Read more...]

Is There A Light Leak Epidemic With Today’s Mirrorless Cameras?

A Highly Dramatized Light Leak

I don’t want to sound too superstitious, but it seems like there’s a pretty contagious virus floating around, and some of the newest cameras out there today are starting to catch it. In the past few days, three mirrorless camera models fell victim to the light-leak plague, and it’s uncertain whether they’ll be able to recover from it.

Okay, the last part was a joke. The leaks are fixable. And I made up the part about cameras catching diseases.

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Want a 4K Viedo Camera? The 4K Panasonic GH4 Is on Pre Order Starting at $1699

The Panasonic GH4

Back about a month ago came the announcement of the Panasonic GH4, a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) camera with the ability to record 4K video. Panasonic released word of its plans to keep the camera at a reasonable price of less than $2000, and it seems now that they went through and delivered.

Just recently, B&H put the GH4 up for pre-order at a price tag of $1699 for the body; along with an interface unit, the price is set at $3299. [Read more...]