10 Mar Why I don`t use DSLR cameras
There was a sharp discussion caused by the entrance of the cameras without the mirror into the market, also as known as “mirrorless” or “CSC”. Perhaps not so much by the absence of the mentioned mirror, as by the replacement of the essential optical viewfinder with the improved electronic viewfinder. It cannot be denied that this debate wouldn’t have been that controversial, if it were not for the traditional brands still grasping at the mirror and the optical viewfinder, meanwhile the emergent or minority brands have embraced the electronic viewfinder and the “mirrorless” concept as a new standard with no way back.
But let’s stop this endless and pointless discussion and speak to the question – why the professional who each year produces 200.000 photographs, around 10 videos and travels to 12 countries sides with the “mirror less” cameras?
1. – Because of the reduction of the mechanical elements
For someone like me who releases around 200.000 photos per year, going without such a mechanical element as a mirror clearly decreases the chances of camera failure during the work. Also, and this is very important, while removing the mirror hit on each shot, we reduce the chance of that the picture will appear trembling, something that happens regularly while shooting at slow speeds, and in my case it’s almost always.
But with the new Sony A7s I can go further, easily deactivating through the menu the mechanical shutter, entering an absolutely electronic mode, avoiding another mechanical movement and extending thereby the useful life of my cameras.
2. – Because I think that electrical viewfinder is an advantage
My work is divided into photography and video almost by 50%, so the optical viewfinder is a great deterrent for me. Let me explain why.
If you used your DSLR camera once for the video recording, you’ve experienced the problem of not being able to look through the optical viewfinder (the one you admire so much) as activating the live view the mirror flips up completely nullifying the mentioned viewfinder. If you are in an interior it may not be a big deal, but if you are in the exterior with a lot of light you’ve seen that it’s impossible to frame well, more difficult to focus accurately on the small screen of your DSLR, which has almost become a mirror for the light. The solution is to buy an electronic viewfinder like Zacuto, which costs 1000$ and is almost as big as your DSLR.
Well, this doesn’t happen with the cameras without the mirror, as our electronic viewfinder provides us a right vision in any situation, including exteriors with a lot of light.
Also, I have no need to check the photo after making it, the picture will be the same I saw it in my viewfinder, I’m done with missing a crucial moment, I’m envisioning the photo previously. If you saw it, you captured it, simple as that.
3. – Because I can use almost every lens from the market
There is no doubt that in a lot of cases the best results and performance are obtained with the lens from the own brand of the camera, whatever it may be.
But who wants to be limited by the catalog of a brand when you can choose from an endless list?
While in the DSLR we are limited with the original lenses and those which third brands produce for the particular brand, in case of the “mirrorless” cameras the only limit is your wallet, because through an adapter ring you can use almost any lens from the market, from the brand new Leica M or Carl Zeiss till even the film PL, going through the old Contax, Yashica, Voigtlander, etc.
Moreover, with the Metabones adapter we can use the popular Canon and Nikon, keeping the stabilization, focus and other automatic systems.
You don’t need no longer change the lens if you change the body.
4. – Because they are smaller and lighter
As I said before, there were some years when I visited 12 countries, those are thousands of kilometres, a lot of them on foot to the mountains carrying a heavy backpack. The fact of the camera, and lenses as well, being smaller and lighter not only makes my work much easier, but allows me to carry more equipment when it is necessary. Let’s say that in my backpack I put 2 cameras and 3 lenses, and now I can take 3 cameras and 5 lenses. It shapes well the productivity and so the profitability of my business. Yes, I said business, because for me the photography is it. Remember I said that I am a professional? And why I put an emphasis on it? Because it seems like to appear more professional you need to carry a huge and heavy equipment with you, so, well, I’m the clear example of that this argument is as weak as obsolete.
5. – Because it is the system of the future
I truly think that the cameras without a mirror are the future, we can see that more and more brands manufacturing the lenses and accessories are producing an entire lines of the products, some of the really high quality and very professional for these cameras. The manufacturers of the cameras had been a long time trying to get rid of the mechanical elements of the cameras, and now thanks to the high quality of the electronic viewfinders and advances in the sensors, there is no reason to keep using the old prism and the folding mirror. So I’m not just sure that not any brand which produces “mirrorless” cameras will come back to the manufacturing a range of DSLR, but as well I think the general brands sooner or later will go through the hoop and embrace the “mirrorles” concept as a normal one.
And the last argument.
Because of all the reasons I fall back on in this article, I would like to think that for this discussion on if the cameras without the mirror are professional or not, there is no long time left. But for sure to stop hearing this same old song we need to wait till the general brands will introduce the line of the “mirrorless” cameras.
Meanwhile, a lot of professionals like me will continue to produce the high quality material with these cameras, which offer us all we need and more to achieve as good or even better results than ones we had with our old DSLR.