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Offline David Lipnowski

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Mirrorless Cameras
« on: July 09, 2014, 07:42 PM »
Just curious to see who uses mirrorless cameras for work. I know a lot of wedding photogs are dumping their Canon & Nikon DSLR kit, and moving to Fuji and Sony setups.

I'd guess that a few of you use one as a supplemental camera to the big bulky DSLRs, but not even consider switching altogether for assignments such as sports where a long lens with fast AF is needed.

From playing with a few different models for a couple of weeks, they look like they have some really strong features at a fraction of the size, and more importantly to me, weight. I'm sure they will be taking a huge chunk out of the DSLR market.

Just wanted to see if anyone had any thoughts on the topic.

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Re: Mirrorless Cameras
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2014, 10:30 AM »
I was using a Fuji X100 for a while, it was a nice little point and shoot with a DSLR-size sensor and made some nice pictures but it was completely impractical for me.

I sort of envisioned using it like my old Leica, for quick street work but I found it too clumsy.

I did end up using it for things like long-exposure night shooting and environmental portraits, I really liked the 1/1000 sync speed for controlling ambient, but that was the problem... I bought it for quick and dirty and it really only worked for me for slow and methodical.


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Offline Martin Bazyl

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Re: Mirrorless Cameras
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2014, 04:03 PM »
I use two mirror less Sony bodies, the a77 and the a99, and have no complaints.  Obviously my drawback is lens selection but they are getting their rears in order



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Re: Mirrorless Cameras
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2014, 04:20 PM »
Just curious to see who uses mirrorless cameras for work. I know a lot of wedding photogs are dumping their Canon & Nikon DSLR kit, and moving to Fuji and Sony setups.

I'd guess that a few of you use one as a supplemental camera to the big bulky DSLRs, but not even consider switching altogether for assignments such as sports where a long lens with fast AF is needed.

From playing with a few different models for a couple of weeks, they look like they have some really strong features at a fraction of the size, and more importantly to me, weight. I'm sure they will be taking a huge chunk out of the DSLR market.

Just wanted to see if anyone had any thoughts on the topic.

-David

Hi David,

A mate of mine, Nikon shooter, picked up the Fuji XE-2 and assorted lenses and, whilst not a "wedding photog, per se", has done a few commercial/event jobs where, before, he would have normally  used a Nikon DSLR (DX and/or FX) and assorted lenses, he would use his XE-2.    Also, add to this, Fuji is (allegedly) coming out with a few "2.8" zooms in the 16/18-50(ish)/2.8 and 40/50-135(ish)/2.8 lenses which should accommodate most wedding photogs needs/desires/wants, etc…  ;).   Also, he picked up the Fuji 56/1.2  for low light/shallow DOF stuff  … when he, already,  has a Fuji 60/2.4 ::).   

Also, there's a new deal out where if you pickup an XE-2 you receive an 18/2 lens and there is a $500 or $600 mail-in rebate involved … maybe check with Don's to find the real deal  :)


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Re: Mirrorless Cameras
« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2014, 05:38 PM »
Thanks for the feedback guys.

Jack, I did actually buy an xe2 with the 18mm f/2, and ended up returning it. I was not happy with the quality, though i think it was more of the lens than the camera ( i've read that this lens has the poorest IQ of Fuji's primes). It may have just been a bad copy, but I didn't feel like going through the hassle to exchange it for another before a trip, so just returned the thing.


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Re: Mirrorless Cameras
« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2014, 11:23 PM »
Thanks for the feedback guys.

Jack, I did actually buy an xe2 with the 18mm f/2, and ended up returning it. I was not happy with the quality, though i think it was more of the lens than the camera ( i've read that this lens has the poorest IQ of Fuji's primes). It may have just been a bad copy, but I didn't feel like going through the hassle to exchange it for another before a trip, so just returned the thing.

Hi David,

One of the photo retail guys out here, YVR, who flogs the Fuji kit, has mentioned that the 18/2 ain't the best but, at no charge, it was worth it but, at it's regular price ($???), it wasn't worth it.    That, to me, just didn't make sense.  I can see someone who does' know better (image quality) might like it as a good, if not screaming, deal … but, as a retailer, I would want to make sure they knew that, comparatively speaking, the 18-55 kit lens has better reviews and, in all probability, better image quality.   

That said, I have, yet, to hear much in the way of negative comments regarding the XE-2 and the other primes and, for that matter, the zooms :)  OOC, have you had the opportunity to try the camera with any of the other lenses?

Cheers, happy trails and continued good shooting :)

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Re: Mirrorless Cameras
« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2014, 09:15 PM »
As a guy who does a lot of weddings, I wouldn't want to use a mirror-less camera for one.  Weddings take a big toll on equipment, and they just aren't going to cut it in either performance or durability.


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