Have you ever wondered if a mirrorless camera was for you? I couldn't live without my mirrorless, and I'm about to unveil the reason why, and the curtain into my own bag!
I've felt the pressure!
I know what it's like to wonder if your gear is "enough." I've definitely fallen prey to looking at what other photographers use and deeming that as "crucial to have." What a load of gibberish though!
It's about YOU.
Yes, for once I will tell you, that it is about you! Your gear is not about what you think you should need, it's about what you actually need and will aid you in your hobby or profession.
For me, I shot on a cropped frame Nikon D3200 for 4 years as I started out my professional photography business. It's worth is around $80 now, but I took some of my absolute FAVORITE pictures to this day on that camera!
I had the kit lens from the company, and 2 prime lenses. My babies f/1.8 80mm and my favorite f/1.8 50mm.
Why I Upgraded
It was important to me that I mastered my own gear before I wanted to upgrade. I mean, heck, only just recently were digital cameras introduced! We've been shooting on mechanical and film cameras long before we had the luxury of taking a hundred images within minutes!
I changed my gear when I noticed that my shutter was starting to glitch. It would only trigger every few hits, and that was extremely inhibiting with my wedding images. I also wanted the full frame so that I didn't have to run a billion miles to take a far image without a zoom, and I wanted a body with more focusing pixels.
01. My Mirrorless Canon EOS R
I spent 10 months researching, asking, and testing out cameras before I decided that the Mirrorless Canon EOS R was the right camera for me. All these tips are outlined in my post "5 Things You Must Do Before Buying A Camera."
Let me tell ya, I ADORE my mirrorless Canon Eos R. With a burning passion! It is at the level of camera that I need it to be when I am shooting weddings or fashion shoots.
Here's why I LOVE my switch to mirrorless
First of all, there's no reflecting mirror in the camera, so that means that the light passes through the lens directly onto a digital screen. With no mirror to flip up and down when taking an image, the shutter sound is almost completely silent. The camera has a function that can make an artificial sound of the mirror which can be turned on and off. During weddings I turn off the "shutter" sound and it is complete silence when I take an image. I'm a freaking ninja at weddings!!
I also noticed a significant difference in the color of my images, they felt a little more HD, and had great color definition. The face detection on my particular camera is beyond excellent. Like many cameras it can track eyes, but you can also use the touch screen to select what you want in focus.
The sensor on the camera has a lid that automatically slides over it when you take a lens off so that there’s never dust in it which is so nice for housekeeping.
But, my favorite feature is that I can see exposure changes immediately since what you see in the viewfinder is a digital reading instead of a reflection.
02. The Complications of Mirrorless Cameras
The only issue I've notices is if you’re shooting lowlight with an off camera flash it can be difficult for the camera to focus since it is reading from a low exposure before the flash hits.
It can also be more expensive. There are specific lenses that are made specifically for mirrorless bodies, but you can also purchase an adapter so that you can use your other lenses on the body.
Price when buying cameras is not a little issue. It's a large investment! If price is the biggest limiting factor for you, you can always go used or refurbished if you buy from a trusted source. ALWAYS make sure that your camera has been tested and doesn't have any big issues that would be a hassle to fix.
Keep in mind too, that cameras, if used for business, pay themselves off. If you use it like a work horse and take care of it, it will be worth the investment.
03. Finishing my Gear - the Lens
I purchased a Tamron f/2.8 24mm-70mm zoom lens with an adapter to my canon mirrorless body. It's a wonderful lens, has exceptional clarity, and focuses easily. I'd been informed to be careful with Sigmas (another comparable lens brand) due to their need to be maintained and focus corrected frequently.
I am a little different than other portrait photographers - most like their portrait lenses 50mm and higher, but for me, I ADORE the wider feel of the 24mm-70mm. While I love close up shots, I prefer wider images that give more of a story into the frame.
All in all, the best camera is the one you have.
Since owning a mirrorless camera, I've also expanded into canon's line of film cameras. You'd be surprised what you can do with a hunk of metal, so keep that at the forefront of your mind. An upgrade is needed when the gear starts to inhibit your work. Take your time to find the right one for YOU!
That's a wrap!
I've LOVED my switch to mirrorless!
You just worked through another blog post! Pat on the BACK! These tips and tricks are things that I've learned over years of work.
My goal? Simple: gift to you what I wish someone had gifted to me.
It's hard to pave the way, and it's even harder to learn from mistakes, but I'm here, rose lemonade in hand, ready to give!
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