Oh don’t get me wrong, I love my Nikon D800. Sometimes, however, I think it is too good a camera to have around. I love that I can make some great prints, I love that it allows me a lot of flexibility on shoots but it genuinely is too cumbersome to be carrying around all the time.
Ever since I found out about mirrorless cameras with their tiny, almost pocket sized frames I have always considered one as a second body. Given that my gear is exclusively Nikon, it made sense to pick up a Nikon mirrorless since that would allow me to use existing gear. Or so I thought. While the rest of the camera manufacturers seem happy enough to have a universal hot shoe, Nikon goes with a proprietary one. I digress though, this post isn’t about my grievance with Nikon 🙂
I’ll skip the unnecessarily detailed technical differences. Photography sometimes should be about the image, the story, not sensor sizes and megapixel counts. So let’s talk about convenience. Let’s talk about capturing the perfect image without wasting time. I don’t know about you guys but walking around like a tourist with a DSLR around my neck is not my cup of tea.
This is not the first time we’ve been coerced into embracing multiple formats. Crop frame sensors came with their advantages as well but DX paved the way for FX as full frame sensors started to grab preference. Every photographer with a DX camera wants to jump ship and buy a FX; having convinced themselves that life and art would suddenly become wonderful with new gear. If you have read my earlier article, Top 5 Tools Every Fashion Photographer Should Be Using I have spoken about an almost fervent need to splurge on new gear every budding photographer goes through.
While I was skeptical during the initial launch of the mirrorless cameras, I have long grown to appreciate the many advantages they seem to offer. Hey! High frame rate video recording! Autofocus so fast it will make your eyes water 🙂 The sheer convenience and near DSLR quality of the images themselves have me drooling after some of the offerings in the market. Aren’t those Fujifilm XM-1 models simply gorgeous?
Sleek looks apart, mirrorless cameras are here to stay. They definitely are pintsize powerhouses and I look forward to owning one in the near future. Just as soon as I can figure out which one out of the many amazing cams out there!
Do you use a mirrorless camera? What’s your take on it? Drop a comment below, let me know 🙂