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Topic # 94280 7-Dec-2011 14:27
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Hi guys I shoot with a Canon 600D with Sigma 18-250mm and never change lenses ever due to OCD about dust getting inside.

I shoot people, things and videos more than landscape. I try to shoot events but don't have the composition artistry to make things anything more than boring.


I am thinking of indulging in Canon 5D Mk3 if/when it comes out but am a bit worried about these new nikons and panasonics coming up with mirrorless cameras.

Are mirrorless potentially better/worse/in what way??? 

Swype on iOS is detrimental to accurate typing. Apologies in advance.

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  Reply # 555018 7-Dec-2011 14:31
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I know a pro photog who uses 1D series and 5DII cameras for stills, and a micro 4/3 for video. Their video AF is way advanced of Canons DSLR focus, which sucks really really badly, and he likes the flip out screen. GH2 I think he uses.

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  Reply # 555168 7-Dec-2011 18:39
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Nikon already has a big investment in the DSLR market so their 1 system was built with mid tier consumers in mind. Nikon 1 isn't bad for people who want something a bit better than a typical compact camera, but its small sensor limits it significantly compared with the DX/FX based DSLRs.

On the other hand, I have used a Panasonic GF1 and it was actually quite good although I noticed some quite significant shutter lag with action shots. I also much prefer the way my D90 feels in my hands and provides a myriad of controls right at your fingertips, but ultimately the end result from the GF1 is very similar at ISO400 or below.

There is a school of thought that says that reflex cameras are a legacy from the 1950s, but personally all I really care about is that fact that modern DSLRs perform as good as, or better than, anything else currently on the market in terms of image quality and operational speed. After all, I'm still more than happy to drive a car with an internal combustion engine.


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  Reply # 555317 8-Dec-2011 09:15
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No need to be worried about them, your camera will still work!

I find the MILCs (mirrorless inter-changeable lens camera) to be a fine enough concept, smaller camera and all that. But once you stick a lens on it, other than a small prime, they end up being just about as big as a small DSLR anyway! And with no viewfinder (unless you buy one!)

The Sony ones have the same sensors as some DSLRs, the Pan and Oly ones have a 4/3 size sensor. The Pentax Q and Nikon 1 series have even smaller sensors, though at least with a lens on they are still small.

They are not for me.

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  Reply # 557338 13-Dec-2011 10:47
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I would've thought if you're not going to get the benefit of the smaller size of a mirrorless, then stick with a standard DSLR, especially if you see yourself getting extra lenses.

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