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Photography this Week: Mirrorless Edition

In keeping with the theme, we’ll take a look at some of the mirrorless camera advice that can be found around the web. I’m stubbornly sticking with my DSLR, but there’s certainly a whole new mirrorless world developing out there. The good thing about that is that it’ll (hopefully) force Canon and Nikon to innovate a bit–which I think many would agree they haven’t been super aggressive about the last few years.

Our lineup of photography contest is pretty straightforward this week. We cover one of my favorite subjects, dogs, and keep the next two pretty general. If you’ve got a couple of fantastic sports shots, that might actually work well for both.

Lastly, we’ll take a look at the Word Press Photo award winners. When looking at these (and they’re riveting, if also (some are) a bit discomforting), remember what the judges were saying in the video interviews from last week–there was a theme of finding a unique angle on a story told over and over again.


Mirrorless Cameras: Some More Advice

Mirrorless versus DSLR: Which Camera is Best?

Neither kind of camera is better any more than men are better than women. It all depends on what you want to accomplish. Mirrorless are superb fun cameras, and DSLRs are the go-to camera for serious work. You can use a fun camera for serious work if you’re less picky about color rendition than I am, and you can ruin your vacation lugging a DSLR and lenses around with your family — but it’s always better to have the right camera for the job. Ultimately you need both a mirrorless and a DSLR system.

Takeaway: Ken Rockwell is often my go-to source for info on photography subjects, and he doesn’t fail here. The right camera for the right job is how he looks at it. Even if you can’t afford the kind of range and equipment Rockwell has, you should still consider what you’re going to be photographing and making sure you’re properly equipped for it.

Five Super Sharp Portrait Lenses for Your Mirrorless Camera

In terms of technical speak, if you want to get the absolute best performance from your camera, you’ll need a solid lens. Many portrait photographers that use DSLRs tend to reach for the closest 70-200mm f2.8 zoom lens that they can get their hands on. But you don’t necessarily need those!

Takeaway: The world of accessories for mirrorless is expanding, and there’s some top-notch glass available from outside the usual suspects.

Leaving a DSLR for a Mirrorless Camera

I asked DPReview to compare the 8 cameras, and it spit out a plethora of specs for me. As I looked through the giant list of comparisons, I realized that some things were more important to me than others so I created a Google Spreadsheet for the results I cared about. For example, the main reason to make this move is size and weight, but some of these mirrorless cameras can still be a bit big, so volume was a number I calculated in my spreadsheet.

Takeaway: I love this entry because she lays out how she approached the decision-making process and the steps she took to get information and then parse it down to its most important. Lots of different sources of research here.


Featured Photography Contests

Smooch Your Pooch Dog Photo Contest

Deadline: 2/27/2015

Subject Matter: Dogs licking people. It’s cuter than it sounds.

The Sporting Chance Photography Contest

Deadline: 2/28/2015

Subject Matter: Sports.

The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition

Deadline: 3/10/2015

Subject Matter: Not specified.


Cause it’s one of the most prestigious photo contests out there…

World Press Photo Winners


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