Mirrorless Cameras vs the DSLR in the New Year

“For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.” ― Henri Cartier-Bresson

Today’s Rant by Joe Farace

I’ve been passionate about photography since I was eight years old, when my patents gave me a Kodak box camera. It’s one of the reasons I created this blog and my car photography site but in Novembers this—what I thought was an undying passion—was sorely tested when I was hired for a project that required me to shoot using full-frame and APS-C DSLR and a bunch of lenses.

This morning (when I wrote this) I went to the UPS Store to ship these lenses back from whence they came and felt a sigh of relief as if a giant burden was lifted from me. And it was a burden. The three lenses along with shipping box and brown crunchy paper packing material weighed 25 pounds. Yes Virginia, I don’t get to keep gear loaned to me by cameras manufacturers although I suspect that’s not true of all so-called reviewers.

During the month I engaged in all kinds of photography from macro photography, studio portraiture, outdoor portraits, documentary photography, and low light shooting. These are all genres I enjoy but as the month progressed I looked forward with dread to each additional shoot. Why? The gear was unbearably heavy and awkward to use. From time to time during these shoots, I also used some of my Olympus and Panasonic gear and the comparison sometimes made me want to weep. I think the above comparison photo, with some of my DSLRs, tells part of the story.

This is not to say that my choice of the Micro Four-thirds system is perfect. While I have a bunch of bodies and some lenses, the system lacks focus and a depth of focal lengths that I would like to add but can’t afford.

I lust for the $797.99 Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. lens and some others. And the image quality of even some of the high-end Micro Four-thirds cameras, including one from the Lumix GH4 that I used for the portrait at left, have noise in the shadows that would have pixel peepers running for their 4.7-lb 100-megapixel $32,995 Hasselblad H6D-100c’s. Me? I’ll just remove noise using the Nik Collection’s free (for the time being) Dfine plug-in and enjoy the experience of shooting photographs.

Lots of people have written posts about why they love their mirrorless gear and I just wanted to add my voice to that refrain.

PS: For some time, Mary has not been happy with her Nikon DSLR gear. I recently offered to give her my entire Canon DSLR system including two bodies and a dozen or so lenses in trade for her Nikon gear, which I would then sell and use to purchase a Panasonic Lumix G9. I’ll let you know how that goes.

Author: Joe Farace

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