Migrating To Mirrorless? Here’s Everything You Need To Know To Make The Switch

Oct 8, 2014

Tiffany Mueller

Tiffany Mueller is a photographer based in Hawi, Hawaii. You can follow her Twitter here and her personal life here.

Migrating To Mirrorless? Here’s Everything You Need To Know To Make The Switch

Oct 8, 2014

Tiffany Mueller

Tiffany Mueller is a photographer based in Hawi, Hawaii. You can follow her Twitter here and her personal life here.

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mirrorless-migrationMirrorless cameras have been picking up steam as manufacturers continue to advance the technology that goes into the small, but powerful camera bodies. Many photographers have already abandoned their DSLR’s to make the switch to mirrorless and it’s a trend that probably isn’t going away any time soon.

The Full Scoop

If you’ve been thinking about jumping on the mirrorless bandwagon, you can learn everything you need to know to help you make an informed purchase in this two hour presentation by veteran mirrorless shooter, Gabriel Biderman for B&H. (If you’re just plain curious about them, the video will most likely address all your questions and concerns.) Have a look:

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Myth Busting

Sometimes it can be difficult to accept change, much less embrace it. There’s no exception when it comes to our cameras. There are still a lot of diehards shooting film out there not ready or willing to make the move to digital (and, to be clear, I mean no disrespect, I dig film, too!). The same can be said for the DSLR vs mirrorless movement. A lot of it comes down to personal preference, as mirrorless (like film or DSLRs) are not for every shooter, but it helps to be fully informed of the facts before you dismiss a certain style.

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What are your thoughts on mirrorless cameras? Are they poising themselves to replace our DSLR’s or are they more of a niche use camera? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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12 responses to “Migrating To Mirrorless? Here’s Everything You Need To Know To Make The Switch”

  1. Martin Kamín Avatar
    Martin Kamín

    First: weight is almost same ;)

  2. Guest Avatar
    Guest

    I’ve made the switch from DS to Mirrorless and haven’t looked back. Bought the Sony a6000 and this mirrorless beats most DSLRs in terms of auto focus, frames per second, weight and price. Also the 24.3 MP sensor takes incredible pictures.

    Only downside is its just a bit small for my big hands.

    You can check out the quality of a couple of my images here: http://www.slrlounge.com/game/user-profile/14196/

  3. Greg Silver Avatar
    Greg Silver

    I’ve made the switch from DSLR to Mirrorless and haven’t looked back. Bought the Sony a6000 and this mirrorless beats most DSLRs in terms of auto focus, frames per second, weight and price. Also the 24.3 MP sensor takes incredible pictures.

    Only downside is its just a bit small for my big hands.

    You can check out the quality of a couple of my images here :
    http://www.slrlounge.com/game/user-profile/14196/

  4. Amaryllis Avatar
    Amaryllis

    Met a Sony rep at school the other day and I did get to try out the A7 and A7R, but that didn’t convince me. They were both amazing cameras and I did dig the EVF on those cams because it looks amazing, but I’m not convinced the refresh rate would be working as nice in dimly lit situations.

  5. Gvido Mūrnieks Avatar
    Gvido Mūrnieks

    Yes- mirrorless is the future! But no – this doesn’t mean, small cameras.

    For example, the Sony a7r is an awesome FF camera, to travel around, because of the small size, when using small lenses. But, when using lenses, like popular 70-200 f2.8 – you will need bigger grip and therefore bigger body.
    In the end, in my opinion, big entry level DSLRs will be replaced with small mirrorless cameras, but the big prosumer DSLRs will be replaced with big mirrorless cameras.

    1. Tiffany Mueller Avatar
      Tiffany Mueller

      Great take on things, Gvido!

  6. Gordon Lewis Avatar
    Gordon Lewis

    Who wrote the text in the gray boxes? Was he or she a native English speaker? I’d find these “facts” more convincing if they were more clearly and grammatically expressed . Aside from this is the logical fallacy that we need to choose between two alternatives. Who says we can’t shoot with mirrorless AND mirrored cameras if we so choose?

    1. Tiffany Mueller Avatar
      Tiffany Mueller

      The gray boxes are slides from Biderman’s presentation. He elaborates on them in the clip!

      Also, +1 for using mirrorless and mirrored cameras. Both have their place in the world. :)

  7. moonshin Avatar
    moonshin

    i have a nikon d600 and a sony a6000. i wish the sony had some big telephotos like the sigma 150-500, and a good macro like the tamron 180mm. then i would probably sell my nikon and switch strictly to mirrorless

  8. GaryGarth Avatar
    GaryGarth

    Mirrorless is the future but for now, FF DSLR works alongside mirrorless well.

    M43 for travel/casual, FF DSLR for when I need the benefits.

  9. Erind Avatar
    Erind

    I own a Nikon d7000 and just got myself a fujifilm x100 too. While the fuji is more travel or take around friendly, it also takes very good pictures and has an amazing hybrid viewfinder that I would not trade in for the Nikon’s. It is a good looking piece too.
    For the downsides I can mention that it is not so comfortable to hold since a grip is missing and the battery life is just weak. So now I am on my way to a trip and even though I have very limited baggage space and weight, I went for the Nikon. I am sure I will be taking more than 200 pics before having access to a charger again.
    Everyday shooting I pic the Fuji no doubt

  10. anonymous photographer Avatar
    anonymous photographer

    I agree – mirrorless is the future, all the dials and the mechanical mirror/prism viewfinder are what loyal dslr owners are holding on to…but having menu driven settings, and electronic viewfinder(that zooms in on the smallest detail) are the reasons I switched to mirrorless – and my last dslr was far from entry level. I sold it with a zoom lens, kept all my other lenses, and got an adapter to micro 4/3 – works great. that being said – size was not an important reason I switched, image quality was the #1 reason – not that mirrorless is superior yet, I believe it is at a point where dslr is not superior anymore – a great lens, on a solid body…with the correct settings (on either format) will produce an amazing photo. entry level gear(on either format) will still take a great photo, and its a good thing the debate is over small details, in certain situations – because dslr and mirrorless give the control to do whatever you want and be creative