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DSLR v Mirrorless

Discussion in 'AP Magazine Feedback & Suggestions' started by GeoffR, Aug 26, 2016.

  1. GeoffR

    GeoffR Well-Known Member

    Interesting conclusions in this week's cover article, I won't spoil it for non-subscribers by saying more. However, I think the question "which is best?" is the wrong one. The right question is "Which is best for me?".

    Neither DSLR or Mirrorless is inherently better than the other, they are different and will appeal to different users in different ways. Which ever one decides upon, the choice needs to be made on a personal level rather than based just upon opinions from others.
  2. 0lybacker

    0lybacker In the Stop Bath

    Trouble with cameras (and camera types), Geoff, is that they often excel at one particular task but may be, can be outshone in different areas of work by another type.

    Well, that's my excuse for a bulging cupboard!

    Cheers, Oly
  3. alfbranch

    alfbranch Well-Known Member

    I agree

    So true
  4. Terrywoodenpic

    Terrywoodenpic Well-Known Member

    there never has been a universal camera.
    But the slr and dslr have held the dominant position in the market place for some time now.
    Many, have perhaps chosen them for the wrong reason...we shall never know, nor is it even important
    It is almost certain that the mirrorless will inherit this status, and most development and marketing money will lead that way.

    The working photographer and specialist will go on their merry way as always, and use what ever that they find most useful.
    They can not afford to be mindfull of fashion.

    From a technical point of view, mirrorless have far more paths open to them for future developments and applications.
    And in time may excell in those areas now seen as the province of the Dslr.
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  5. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    The main fault of the article is that there is nothing to have a good whinge about. I thought that it was a well balanced article and even for those who had heard the arguments before it was informative, since it compared typical examples of both breeds on the same tasks.
  6. LesTele

    LesTele Well-Known Member

    If I may be so bold, it's another case of "stating the bleedin' obvious'.

    @basil Fawlty
  7. Fishboy

    Fishboy Well-Known Member

    For me it all comes down to something that a lot of people on here say to newcomers who ask for camera recommendations - they tell them to get themselves to a camera shop and see which one they like the feel of.

    I'm not going to compare the technical merits of DLSRs and mirrorless cameras, nor am I going to pontificate about which type is best suited to which type of photography.

    When I got back into photography I bought myself a Fuji X-T1 and an X-Pro1 and used them for a while...but there was something wrong. Not with the quality of the images but with the 'feel' of the cameras. After a while I decided to try a second-hand Nikon D2X and, despite the drop in technical specifications from the Fujis, it felt miles better. It sits in my hands perfectly (I've got rather large paws) and all of the controls fall where my fingers expect them to be. Since then I've also bought a Nikon D810 which, with the battery grip fitted, feels just as good in my hands.

    I suppose that what I'm trying to say is that when members of the forum recommend that newcomers handle cameras to see whether they like them I get the impression that sometimes people feel they're being fobbed-off. The truth, in my opinion, is quite the contrary. If you handle a camera that feels right in your hands - regardless of whether it's a DSLR, mirrorless, compact, bridge camera, rangefinder, TLR, large format or whatever - then you're going to be more inclined to get out and take pictures!

    Getting out and taking pictures is ultimately what it's all about.

    Cheers, Jeff
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  8. IvorCamera

    IvorCamera Well-Known Member

    Yes Fishboy your comments could have come from me too, well said!
  9. El_Sid

    El_Sid Well-Known Member

    Absolutely and thats part of the reason most of my current kit is Canon after years of Nikon loyalty - their AF cameras just didn't feel right yet when I bought an EOS1000 out of curiosity it felt so comfortable that I stayed with them.*

    *though not completely - I do have a couple of digital Nikons which in all fairness handle far better than their film brethren did...

    Getting sort of back on topic I had a breif look at the current issue in Waitrose - OK a couple of articles on SLR vs CSC is fine but a whole issue?... Er... no, thanks...:rolleyes:
  10. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    I find there's no conflict for me. Most of the time I use my M43 outfit because it's so light I can take it everywhere but every so often I'll go out with the Canon full frame system. My feeling is you just need to have a camera you can trust ready for when you see something you want to capture.
  11. 0lybacker

    0lybacker In the Stop Bath

    The 35mm slr could lay claim to be the universal camera, especially if it had interchangeable focusing screens, Terry. You are right about fashion. Pros also tend to be conservative (and poor), too, so when they find a camera that works for them they can be loathe to change it. Can't help feeling one inherent factor in the mirrorless will hold it back: there is an extra interpolation in the viewing system. Cheers, Oly
  12. Malcolm_Stewart

    Malcolm_Stewart Well-Known Member

    Having acquired far too many DSLRs over the years (and got rid of too few), I found the articles useful, and it seems to me that perhaps it's about time I changed from my very capable but heavy EOS 1D Mk IV to something else. But, I've dug it out of the cupboard and have charged its batteries again for our visit next Thursday to the Tour of Britain. It's never let me down - even when I've simply held the button down as the peloton raced by. The idea of a competent EVF on a CSC seems quite an attractive option - my Eos M is very deficient in this respect.
  13. nimbus

    nimbus Well-Known Member

    The camera that you will take with you is more suitable than the one you leave at home!

    I have both dslr and mirrorless, if I am walking a lot, travelling by train or just wandering about I take the Fuji mirrorless, the iq is as good as a dslr, but it is slower in operation. I was at a wedding recently and took both types, the dslr proved far superior in this scenario, I only took a handful of shots with the Fuji before consigning it to the bag.
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