First off, I know it has been a while since the last blog. However, I am back and plan to create blogs on a bi-weekly basis now. Also, blogs will be posted Thursday instead of Friday. So, this blow will be released Thursday March 3rd. The next blog will be March 17.
If you did not know, I have actually switched to mirrorless. In fact, I have switched to Sony. I currently own a Sony a6000. Previously, I owned a Canon 7D. I have picked three reasons why mirrorless is the wave of the future.
1. Focus Peaking
If you have a DSLR, you probably might not have heard of focus peaking before. Focus peaking is a tool that highlights (either yellow or red) areas in the frame that are in focus. This allows the photographer to quickly and accurately focus manually. If you look through the viewfinder you will see certain parts of the frame have red lines. By rotating the focus ring on the lens you will see the highlighted areas move closer or further depending on which way you rotate the focus ring.
Why can’t I just use autofocus? You can, however this piece of technology allows the photographer to save some money and just buy some manual focus lenses. You may be thinking, old manual focus lenses are not that sharp or good? Actually, some manual focus lenses are sharper than your autofocus lenses. There is no focusing mechanism or motors in the lenses which the makes the lenses smaller and lighter as well.
2. Lenses, lenses, lenses
As I just stated with focus peaking, this opens up mirrorless cameras to a huge selection of lenses. With focus peaking you’re not just limited to autofocus lenses. When mirrorless cameras (specifically Sony) came out there was only a couple lenses made specifically for mirrorless. What helped that were the numerous lens adapters that allow virtually any lens to be mounted to a mirrorless camera. My father had owned an Olympus OM-10 film camera. So, I bought an OM-NEX lens adapter. Now, I am able to use any OM lenses with my Sony a6000.
Since I have talked about manual focus lenses, it is time to talk about using autofocus lenses on your mirrorless camera. Up until recently, the focusing of non-propriety lenses on mirrorless cameras was unusable. However, after tests done by Jason Lanier, you are now able to use non-propriety lenses on mirrorless cameras. Jason used the Sony a6300 (due sometime in March) and the Metabones Mark IV. In his video, he shows how quickly and accurately the Sony a6300 is able to focus Canon L lenses.
If you are familiar with DSLRs, you probably know that it uses mirrors and an optical viewfinder. What you see in frame is sent to your eye through a mirror and a prism. When you take a picture, the mirror lifts up exposing the camera sensor behind it, thus taking a picture. However, in mirrorless cameras, there is no mirror or prism. There is actually nothing in front of the sensor. The sensor is reading the image and then sending that image to the back screen or the viewfinder.
Sony mirrorless cameras feature an OLED viewfinder. An OLED viewfinder is a very high quality LED screen. As I just mentioned, DSLRs use an optical viewfinder. In mirrorless cameras, they use an electronic viewfinder (EVF). An OLED viewfinder is an EVF just a higher quality and newer technology. An EVF allows for a big advantage compared to the standard optical viewfinder. What you see is what you get. Since the image is not going through mirrors, you are getting exactly what the image sees. You can make an exposure adjustment and see that right through the viewfinder. This allows the photographer not to have to take a picture and see if he/she needs to adjust the exposure. Ultimately, making mirrorless cameras quicker and easier than DSLRs to use.
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