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Mirrorless Cameras - 8/28/2013 8:43:26 AM   
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I recently purchased a Sony Nex-6 camera. I should have bought it before my vacation, but as my Daughter is an avid photographer and she uses a Canon DSLR camera, we relied on her to take most of the pictures. I was using a Sony Cybershot camera but was very disappointed with the quality. Anyway, with Danielle leaving and taking her camera, I decided I wanted a better camera. I intended to get a DSLR, but the camera guy introduced me to this "Mirrorless" technology.

The camera takes amazing pictures, and I can get other lenses for it in the future. It has a view finder also which was important to me. It also has a dial menu, much like my existing camera to make the transition a little easier. And it's smaller than a DSLR. Frankly, I like that it is less complicated than her DSLR.



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RE: Mirrorless Cameras - 8/28/2013 10:03:45 AM   
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We call those "EVIL" cameras (Electronic Viewfinder / Interchangeable Lens).

Basically, if you take your DSLR and set it to "mirror open" mode, it's the same sort of thing - you have to use the LCD (or a LCD viewfinder) to compose your shots rather than using an optical image. But on the plus side, you don't have the lag of the mirror bouncing out of the way, and you can do some cool stuff, like taking continual shots when the trigger button is half-depressed, and when the trigger is fully depressed, storing several images leading up to (and potentially several images following) the actual shot that you were trying to get -- this is gGood for photographing sports or wiggly kids.

I have a friend who has a APS-sized DSLR, my dad has an EVIL. They're both really decent cameras.

Still, the biggest contribution to photo quality is the optics. Dad has a primary 200mm lens, my friend has a zoom that'll zoom to 200mm, and of the two, the shot taken with the fixed 200mm primary is superior - not because the EVIL has a better imaging system (it doesn't!), but because the optics are simpler and "cleaner".

So, whatever camera body you get, make sure you feed it with a lens that you're happy with, and life will be good.

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RE: Mirrorless Cameras - 8/28/2013 8:52:10 PM   
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Well so far I like my EVIL camera. Takes amazing video as well, altho not a replacement for the video camera.

Danielle moves into university this weekend, and Grandma and her big brother are in town for the event...so I'll have my first go at multiple pictures of family. We shall see how they turn out.

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RE: Mirrorless Cameras - 12/6/2013 10:33:06 AM   
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I have a Pentax K-01 camera which I bought earlier this year as a body only. I have enough Pentax lenses from my previous camera so why waste money on another? !
I didn't know it was a mirrorless camera - indeed I had never heard of them - until I saw it didn't have a viewfinder of the type you put your eye to on the back. Just an LCD screen which I found hard to use.
With the sun on the subject, it is also behind me and making any image on the LCD screen invisible.
But a visit to a on-line forum introduced me to a Swivi viewfinder which you attach to the camera's tripod screw socket and up against the LCD screen. It is like holding your hands around the LCD screen, with a rubber eyepiece on the back section with a magnifying lens (this part can be swung out of the way if you wish - but why would you?)
Now I can see the image clearly and getting some good images (technically; I'm not boasting).
The thing is (and this might be a drawback), it makes the camera twice its previous size. This makes it more impressive (or pretentious!).

Other devices are available from other firms, each working in their own way (such as an eyepiece to replace the missing viewfinder).

< Message edited by Dabberagain -- 12/7/2013 4:39:30 AM >


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RE: Mirrorless Cameras - 12/11/2013 1:35:00 PM   
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Same thing for my Dad's camera - if you don't mind spending good money, you can get an electronic eye-viewable viewfinder to supplement the camera-back unit. Sometimes it's the only way to really take a decent picture, so it may be worth it.
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RE: Mirrorless Cameras - 12/11/2013 4:03:30 PM   
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I'm sure you are right, Bittmann.
But I must say that I like the way things work now, and the image quality is great. But that is something in the camera (you see I am on the ball with regard to the technicalities) that you have to be careful to keep clean!
Oh, yes, that's it - the CMOS sensor! I don't know if that is the reason behind the better images (technically, I mean - not boasting about my photographic skills).

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