WHY ARE THERE SO MANY DSLR AND MIRRORLESS CAMERAS FROM EACH BRAND?

Buying a camera today is tough! How do you choose which brand, and then once you got that figured out you find out that there are several models from each brand!!! How are you supposed to choose which camera you should buy?

HERE’S THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN CAMERAS:

There are many good camera companies right now. And the competition between them all is good for the consumer. Just seeing what the features are between each camera brand is mind boggling, however, the features from the cheapest camera carry on to the most expensive, just that they are more intense with the more expensive. Let’s go over each major brand and see what we can learn:

CAN I TAKE GREAT PHOTOS WITH ANY MODEL OF CAMERA?

So many different choices in cameras now!

ASK THIS QUESTION BEFORE YOU START DECIDING WHICH CAMERA IS FOR YOU:

  • Can I get perfect photos with the cheapest model, as good as the expensive model?

ANSWER: YES !

Every camera made today will let you choose your own shutter speed, F-stop number, and ISO setting. That is the basics to taking great photos. If you understand how to use all those, then you will be fine.

So, why should I spend anymore for a camera?

Let’s look at one brand of camera and see what you get by going with more money:

NIKON:

Nikon has 16 DSLR cameras on their website. They range from: $499.00 (US dollars) to $6499.00 (US dollars).

Also, they have: 8 camera models that are listed as: Mirrorless cameras. They range from: $859.95 (US dollars) to $5499.95 (US dollars).

So that means they have 24 different models to choose from. The first thing you need to know is what the difference is between DSLR cameras and Mirrorless cameras. Then half your job is done. To learn about that go to: CLICK HERE

Then the next job is to decide how much money you have to spend on a camera. You have the price ranges here now. Realize also that the prices quoted here are Nikon’s suggested Retail price. The price you pay could be considerably less, depending on where you shop.

Learn how to do the different settings in your camera. The one nice thing is that you can set the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO in any of these cameras. As you go more money in a more expensive camera, you will get faster shutter speeds, higher ISO range, and the aperture won’t change because that’s a function of the lens. The other thing that would change is the ability to do video better and offers more features for the videographer. In some cases you may get more durability with the camera, as they can handle more rugged wear, and waterproofing. With the faster shutter speed, you also get improvements in the light meter, the motor drive, the autofocus will be better because they use a new higher technology in their focus now. In order to learn more about the different features, go to the NIKON website here: https://www.nikonusa.com/en/nikon-products/cameras.page

OTHER CAMERA MANUFACTURES OFFER THE SAME FEATURE DIFFERENCES.

If you take a look at the other manufactures, they will have impressive and differences between their different models.

To study each manufacture, go to their websites, listed here:

CANON CAMERAS: CLICK HERE

OLYMPUS CAMERAS: CLICK HERE

PENTAX CAMERAS: CLICK HERE

SONY CAMERAS: CLICK HERE

FUJIFILM CAMERAS: CLICK HERE

PANASONIC CAMERAS: CLICK HERE

LEICA CAMERAS: https://leica-camera.com/en-US

There are a few other, not so well known brands. If you have interest in studying their information, contact me here: Email: editor@123photogo.com

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LENS HOOD! A VITAL PIECE OF CAMERA EQUIPMENT!

For those of you who have a DSLR camera or Mirrorless cameras, this one is especially for you. I used to work in a camera store, and one of the things our customers would ask me is: What can I do to make my pictures better? Well, I explained to them how many times people get something called “lens flare” and then described how it shows up on their photos. And “Bang”, they bought it every time.

You want better photos, don’t you? Then read this article by Brian Leng from Picture/Correct:

“What’s that weird thing on the front of your lens?” This is something I hear every time I teach a photo workshop. Well, you canʼt blame the students. They’re usually beginners, and since we were all beginners once, I try to cut them some slack.

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Various lens hoods

Lens hoods or lens shades are a vital piece of camera equipment that you must have on all lenses. Why? Because its main purpose is to prevent lens flare, which happens when you point your lens toward the sun at just the right angle. It looks like a series of translucent rings. Sometimes you’re able to see them through your eye piece and are able to change your angle, but most of the time they appear unexpectedly—and they arenʼt easy to Photoshop out.

A lens hood keeps the light from entering the lens from the sides and degrading the quality of your image. It helps improve the saturation, color, contrast, and density of the photograph.

Why do I have so many students come to class with “naked lenses”? The reason is simple—they arenʼt told that a lens hood is an essential piece of camera hardware for the production of quality images.

Lens hoods are also good protection for the front of the lens, keeping it safe from damage and fingerprints. The tulip shaped lens hoods are used on zoom lenses to accommodate the many focal lengths of the lens. Lens shades for fixed focal length lenses are not tulip shaped.

camera lens hoods
An example of lens flare

There are many different lens hoods produced by third party manufactures, which are less expensive than brand name equipment. They can be made out of plastic, metal, or rubber. Rubber lens hoods are ideal, because theyʼre best for shooting through glass; the rubber may adhere directly to the glass without slipping and thus reduce reflections. As an added bonus, rubber lens hoods can collapse to take up less room in a camera bag.

The most important thing to remember when buying a lens shade is to find one to correspond to your lens’ focal length. An incorrectly matched shade will produce “cut off” on the corners of your image, which is just as bad as lens flare, if not worse. The rim of the shade contains the necessary information for matching it to the lens. The shade will list the circumference of the corresponding lens in millimeters, and it will also show the focal length of the lens which the shade was designed to be used on.

Why some manufactures donʼt include a lens shade with the purchase of a new lens is beyond me, but what I find even more startling is that camera stores that donʼt recommend lens shades to their customers. Itʼs no wonder so many people fail to realize the necessity of this equipment. I personally have lens hoods or shades for all of my lenses and use them whether Iʼm photographing indoors or outdoors.

how a lens hood works
How light slips through the sides of the lens without a lens hood.

If youʼd like to improve the quality of your images, I highly recommend that you buy a shade for all of your lenses.

About the Author:
Brian Leng (calphotoworkshops) is a photography educator at Santa Monica College, Pasadena City College, and Glendale Community College. He leads photography workshops around the downtown Los Angeles area and hosts overnight workshops in many locations in the Southwest. He is a graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography and has worked as a freelance photographer in Los Angeles for over 30 years.

Here are some examples of lens flair on photos:

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Was this something paranormal, or lens flare. When the photo was first viewed, the author thought he caught a picture of an alien space ship, but in reality, it was just a lens flare (light, striking the front element of the lens)
This is hard to do, but, this photographer was purposely trying to get the light in the background, to create a special effect. And then when the photo came back, they noticed the lens flare on the right of the photo. AAAHHH
Shooting directly into the sun or some other light, you are playing with fire. It may seem really a good idea, but, you will almost always have lens flare, that could destroy your photo.

NEW PRODUCTS FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS THAT ARE MIND BOGGLING !!

We live in an amazing world of technology. And the photo industry is no exception to the rule. With the big brands going head to head in creating the ultimate camera, the lens manufactures are doing the same.

Today’s blog is going to focus on several new products just recently introduced that, I think, are stunning achievements.

Here we go:

Olympus launches $7,500 super telephoto 300-1000mm zoom!

At the time that Olympus told the world they were calling it quits, a big company from Japan said, “NO WAY” ! Olympus is too big of name to call it quits. And JIP (Japan Industrial Partners) steps in and buys the company. And JIP creates a new company called “The New Imaging Company” to handle and take care of the products, such as Olympus. 95% of the Olympus company was sold to JIP, and JIP is usually not a company that likes defeat. They saw a potential with Olympus and we may see some incredible products, now coming with the Olympus name on it.

Just announced: The Zuiko 150-400 has been introduced with the ability to pair it with their new 1.5X teleconverter. This will take the 150-400 mm lens up to an amazing 300-1000mm lens system.

The M.Zuiko 150-400mm may be the most expensive Micro Four Thirds lens ever made, but it’s also the most unique. There is simply no equivalent lens on any other system, and certainly none that offers this kind of awesome range in such a compact, hand-holdable frame. Combine this with the Olympus TC-20 2x Teleconverter and it delivers a staggering 750-2000mm range! And of course the price will be for the serious photographer as well. This comes with a remarkable $7,499.95 / $6,499 price tag.

At an astonishing 115.8 × 314.3mm and 1,875g (yes, those figures are correct!) this is an unprecedented proposition for sports and wildlife photographers, offering a lens that can be carried, handheld and used in the field in ways never before possible.

While shooting at up to 1,000mm lends itself best to tripod work, the 150-400mm is perfectly usable handheld, with 4.5 stops of native stabilization that combines for 6 stops when used at 500mm (1000mm equivalent) and 8 stops at 150mm (300mm) on the Olympus OM-D E-M1X.

I just want to say that Olympus has created a lens that is making sports photographers and wildlife photographers think about the current camera they own and step to an Olympus Camera. And I, being one that has owned an Olympus before, NO ONE WILL FEEL BAD FOR CHANGING TO THIS BRAND. It is a solid camera, well built, all the gadgets you could want in a small digital camera.

The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm f/4.5 TC1.25x IS Pro is available for pre-order now, and will start shipping in late January 2021.

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World’s fastest production lens! Voigtländer 29mm f/0.8 coming December

Let me explain why this is such a remarkable lens. If you follow the “F-STOP” numbers, this is how it goes:

If you have a small zoom lens that came with your camera, you will notice on the lens the numbers: 3.5-22 aperture capable (of course it doesn’t say aperture capable). This means that the aperture on your lens will go from an F3.5 to an F22. F3.5 in reality is all the light this lens will let in. If you want a lens that goes to the next number down (which means it will let in double the light) you would go to an F2.8. Then to double the amount of light again, you would go to a lens with an F2.0. Now some lenses have been closer to 1.8 to make it easier for production. So, to double the amount of light that can get through a lens, you would go to F1.4 (this is turning into a massive piece of glass already, and, yes, you will pay a lot more for this much glass). To double the amount of light from that 1.4 you would go to an F1.2 !! That is one fat lens with all that glass, but, you would be able to shoot in extreme lower light that ever before. Now, if you could make a lens, which I think someone does, you would go to an F1.0 lens. All the light that is available gets through this lens. It is the ultimate.

No, but wait, the headline above says that Voigtlander has just created a 0.8 lens !!!!

What???? That means this lens actually is capable of bringing in or producing more light than what is available. It is gathering more light. Really !! Here is what they are saying about this:

Voigtlander

UPDATE 17/11: The Voigtlander Super Nokton 29mm f/0.8 Aspherical lens for Micro Four Thirds has been announced, officially making it the world’s fastest photographic lens. While photographers will enjoy the beautiful depth of field that this lens will create (equivalent of f/1.6 on a full frame lens), the Voigtlander 29mm f/0.8 also features a stepless aperture ring that’s perfect for videography. 

This lens has a minimum shooting distance of 0.37m and a focal length of 29mm, which is equivalent to 58mm in full frame terms. It weighs 703g and has a filter size of 62mm. Preorders for the Voigtlander Super Nokton 29mm f/0.8 Aspherical lens will open in December, with this super fast lens retailing for around $2,000. 

Buckle up your safety belt and hope that the airbags deploy – an f/0.8 lens is on the way from Voigtländer, and it will be the world’s fastest lens currently in production.

There are plenty of lighting-fast lenses on the market, such as the Fujinon XF 50mm f/1.0 WR, Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95, and of course Voigtländer’s own existing range of f/0.95 lenses. However, the upcoming Voigtländer Super Nokton 29mm f/0.8 Aspherical will leave them all eating its dust. 

Yes there have been faster lenses in the past, like the Carl Zeiss Super-Q-Gigantar 40mm f/0.33 publicity stunt. However, the fastest lens you can actually buy today is the Kipon Ibelux 40mm f/0.85 Mark II – though it’s hardly renowned for its quality.

The Voigtländer Super Nokton 29mm f/0.8 Aspherical, then, will be a hair faster than the Ibelux – and being that it’s a Voigtländer optic, it’s sure to possess better image quality as well.

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Ever wondered what the difference is between a Digital Single Lens Reflex camera and the new “Mirrorless” cameras? Here is the explanation, so you can decide what your next purchase should be:

Size – Mirrorless vs DSLR image 9058

A mirrorless camera doesn’t have the weight of a DSLR in most cases. However, the weight depends on your lens. Full-frame 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses will be will be equal in size, so weight savings is marginal.

And while mirrorless cameras are smaller, the larger grips on DSLRs are more ergonomic and preferred by most photographers. They find when you put a large lens on a smaller, mirrorless camera, the balance is odd.

Sensor and image quality

The first mirrorless cameras didn’t have equally large sensors found in most DSLRs. Because the most common predictor of image quality is the sensor, mirrorless cameras now offer multiple sensors, including full-frame and medium format. Both DSLRs and mirrorless cameras have full frame and crop sensors. But do your research as not every brand offers every format.

Shooting Speed

Without a mirror to move, mirrorless cameras offer faster shooting speeds when compared to traditional SLRs. But, don’t assume the mirrorless camera you’re looking at is faster than a DSLR, as many mirrorless cameras share a similar framerate with DSLRs.

Autofocus

As mirrorless technology has advanced, autofocus has improved. Some manufacturers offer on-chip phase detection, so mirrorless cameras perform the same type of autofocus as DSLRs. For the most part, DSLRs and mirrorless cameras both have excellent autofocus systems.

Viewfinders

With no mirror to bounce light from the lens up to your eye, mirrorless cameras aren’t equipped with optical viewfinders. They can, however, use an electronic viewfinder (EVF). EVFs are like LCD screens at the rear of the camera, but they’re smaller and optimized for using right up to your eye.

There are pros and cons to both types: Optical viewfinders can’t drain a camera battery, and you can always get a reliable composition. EVFs aren’t always-on with most models — some cameras require clicking a button to go between the LCD screen and the viewfinder.

Battery Life

Mirrorless cameras tend to have shorter battery lives than DSLRs. Technology will improve this in time, but many DSLRs still have twice the battery life of a mirrorless camera.

But, the average mirrorless camera user should have no problem getting a full day out of the battery. You’d have to shoot more than 300 photos in a day to wear out the battery.

Lens Selection

DSLRs have been around longer, which means manufacturers have been making their lenses for quite a while. Generally, DSLRs have more lens selection than mirrorless cameras. Do your research before purchasing mirrorless – make sure your model has access to all the necessary lenses for your needs.

Price

All cameras, both DSLR and mirrorless, range in price from $500 to $5000. Obviously, the more expensive packages will contain more lenses and other features than a basic package.

When determining which is better for your needs, you need to examine the body styles, shutter speeds, battery life, grips, and lenses. While serious photographers tend toward DSLRs, amateurs may lean toward the newer, mirrorless cameras.

Conclusion

As photography tech grows more advanced, manufacturers and professional photographers will continue to improve what we see in pictures. Deciding to go mirrorless is an option for certain types of photography, just as sticking with DSLR is the best option for other types of photography.

Before you buy, make sure you know what you want for the long term. What we want in the moment will change with the passage of time.

Pentax is staying out of the mirrorless camera business. Is that good or bad?

Pentax recently announced the K-3 Mark III, the third iteration of their flagship APS-C camera, which reinforces their stance that their future (and as they argue, the future of photography) is in DSLRs, not mirrorless cameras. With an industry increasingly focused on mirrorless cameras, why is Pentax going against the grain?

Back in 2016, long before mirrorless cameras had really taken hold in the industry, I reviewed the Pentax K-1 DSLR. You can read that review here, but long story short: I loved it. It is a fantastically unique camera, full of truly interesting features that enable new creative possibilities (instead of existing merely as marketing fluff) and backed up by a very capable and resolution-rich sensor. My only real qualm with the camera was its middling autofocus, but boy, the future looked bright for the company. I don’t mean that in the sense that I thought they would overtake Canon or Nikon, but it sure seemed like they would continue in their niche as a more esoteric company with a smaller but fiercely loyal following. Honestly, the only reason I did not switch to a Pentax system at that point was because I like niche lenses, and their lens library is a bit limited in that sense. 

In the four years since I reviewed the K-1, the company’s progress has been painfully slow, marked by bodies with very few changes and just a lens or two, at least up until the recently announced K-3 Mark III. In some sense, that is not surprising. Pentax has a much smaller market share, and we should not expect them to be throwing wads of cash at research and development and pushing out boundary-stretching gear at a breakneck pace like companies such as Sony or Canon. What did make me raise my eyebrow, however, was when a Ricoh executive claimed that he thought mirrorless was essentially a fad and expected the majority of users to return to DSLRs in “2-3 years.” 

This is a seriously cool camera.

I find it really hard to believe that will be the case, and I get the sense that other companies do not believe it either. After all, look at Canon, for example, which has stopped development of new EF lenses and is winding down their major DSLR lines while aggressively developing and releasing professional mirrorless bodies and lenses. Every other manufacturer — Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Panasonic — are all either totally mirrorless or moving toward it at a brisk clip. 

So, does Pentax really believe there is going to be a massive return to DSLRs in a few years, leaving them as the sole manufacturer with up-to-date DSLRs, waiting to soak up profits from a throng of customers looking for cameras with mirror boxes? I highly doubt it. Such comments can be explained in a few different ways. Perhaps the company is aware of the size of their market share and the capital it would take to establish a new mirrorless line in the space, and it simply might not be viable, thus the desire to instill a sense of confidence in sticking to DSLRs. Shareholders and such. Perhaps it is a roundabout way of saying there will always (or at least, for the foreseeable future) be those who prefer DSLRs to mirrorless bodies, and as other major manufacturers shutter their DSLR lines, Pentax will be waiting with open arms and up-to-date DSLR tech to welcome those mirror box refugees. That certainly seems a more reasonable and plausible philosophy than the whole mirrorless exodus thing. 

Could Pentax hold out long enough for those DSLR users? After all, DSLR equipment isn’t going to suddenly stop working the day its manufacturer decides to focus exclusively on mirrorless. I’m sure the company can make it that long, though. After all, they already have the aforementioned small but fiercely loyal following, and their conservative approach to research and development could be a strategy to tide them over until they reach the point when they are the sole provider to a market that still has a proportion of photographers looking for DSLR equipment. Even if it isn’t reasonable to expect them to hold out that long, what else could they do given their position? It is a gamble, however, if this is their strategy.

There is one way Pentax could join the mirrorless market without having to pay the admission fee of developing an entirely new line of bodies and lenses: join the L mount alliance. At least at a surface level, it would be a fantastic fit. The alliance currently features Panasonic, Sigma, and Leica. Panasonic’s cameras focus primarily on and are marketed toward video work, traditionally the weak point of Pentax’s bodies, which generally include it as an afterthought. Sigma, of course, is primarily focused on lenses. And Leica’s only full frame L Mount camera is $6,000. It seems like there’s a stills photography-shaped hole in the L Mount Alliance that could be nicely filled by Pentax. Just imagine a camera with the build and video qualities of the Panasonic S1 and the geeky photography features of the Pentax K-1, all with access to Sigma’s deep library of capable but affordable lenses. That would be a tough camera to beat. 

I’ll confess I don’t know the business particulars of the alliance, and perhaps it is not viable for Pentax to join it, or maybe they simply aren’t wanted in it. But I do know that Pentax produces unique equipment that invigorates my creativity, and I would be sad to see such a storied and unique brand go away. Who knows, maybe in five years, when DSLRs are truly put out to pasture by all the other manufacturers, Pentax will be there and will thrive when photographers who just can’t stand an electronic viewfinder have nowhere else to turn. I don’t think there will be that many photographers who haven’t at least started a transition toward mirrorless by then. That does not mean there won’t be some, though, and I think there will always be at least a small market for DSLRs (at least for the foreseeable feature). Part of the question is if Pentax can capture those users instead of them simply moving to a mirrorless option from the brand they are already using. I certainly hope that the company sticks around, in whatever form that may be. 

Here’s what Pentax is saying about their camera vs. mirrorless cameras:

Pentaprism optical viewfinder
with high visibility

Using an optical viewfinder is the best part of shooting on an SLR camera. Designed for enjoyable shooting, PENTAX DSLR cameras feature an optical viewfinder with a glass pentaprism. This system offers a wide field of view, making it easier to check focus peaks and bokeh.
The optical viewfinder has no time lag which occurs with the electronic viewfinder on a mirrorless SLR camera, and it is easier to see how the subject is lighted, as well as offering an accurate view of colors and shadows. It is also possible to check the subject in the viewfinder even when the power is off, helping reduce battery consumption.

Well-thought-out operations

PENTAX DSLR camera operability is designed with the photographer fully in mind. The grip is designed to fit the hand perfectly, while buttons are placed for easy access when looking through the viewfinder. These are all available on a functionally shaped body.
Furthermore, functions can be assigned to the Fx buttons for instant activation and the Hyper Operation system (Hyper Program and Hyper Manual) delivers simple, quick, flexible operation over exposure settings via efficient use of the front and rear e-dials, making PENTAX camera controls so good you’ll never want to let go of it.

So much to learn…. hope you enjoyed this blog today.

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DSLR VS. MIRRORLESS CAMERAS

What is the big difference, really, in a regular DSLR camera and a mirrorless camera? So many people are confused as to what the difference is there an advantage of one over the other. We will get this clarified today.

First of all, a video is always a great way to learn, as it is both audio and visual to the senses. Please click on this link first:

So, let’s get you the list of the differences between a good DSLR and a mirrorless camera.

Many are wondering if they should just “ditch” their current dslr and go with the new mirrorless camera.

Should you ditch your DSLR?

Does this mean, as one recent mirrorless ad campaign provocatively put it, that you should “Ditch the DSLR?” Let’s just say that there are many good reasons not to, especially if you like the DSLR you now own and it’s performing very well for the kind of photography you do now and intend to pursue going forward. And if you have a bunch of lenses for it, it may make more sense to upgrade to the latest DSLR in the maker’s lineup than to invest in a whole new mirrorless system. Indeed, there are many reasons that pros using top-tier DSLRs fitted with premium lenses often prefer to stick with what works than to venture into uncharted waters. Having said all that it’s clear that an increasing number of pros and serious enthusiasts are now acquiring mirrorless cameras whether they retain their present DSLRs or not, and at this point, it’s fair to say that the upside potential of the mirrorless market is greater than that of traditional DSLRS. If you’re on the fence, or considering buying a new interchangeable lens camera here’s a quick rundown of the pros and cons of each type that should help you make intelligent choices.

Mirrorless Camera Pros

Mirrorless cameras, regardless of format, are almost always smaller and lighter than comparable DSLRs because they don’t require a relatively bulky, heavy mirror box and the mechanisms needed to move a reflex mirror into and out of the light path. As a result, they have fewer moving parts, are quieter in operation than traditional DSLRs, and are inherently less prone to causing shake-inducing vibration.

Today’s top mirrorless cameras incorporate high resolution EVFs or OLED EVFs with incredibly rapid refresh rates (60 times per sec and up) that provide a brilliant, 100% coverage, high-magnification, eye level viewing image that rivals that of most optical viewfinders (OVFs), and provide continuous viewing without momentary finder blackout even as the shutter fires.

Sony Alpha a7 III Mirrorless Digital Camera with 28-70mm Lens and Accessories Kit
New Sony mirrorless camera with lens and accessories

The EVFs in mirrorless cameras have the advantage of allowing users to preview the captured (complete with exposure corrections and custom settings) in real time. This makes it easier, for example, to compose subjects in very dim light because the gain is automatically increased to make them more visible.

Mirrorless cameras typically include Hybrid AF systems that combine the advantages of fast, decisive on-sensor phase-detection AF (PDAF) and the precision of contrast-detect AF (CAF), taking their AF performance to a level surpassing that of all but top-tier DSLRs.

Further advantages of the hybrid CAF/PDAF systems in mirrorless cameras include the ability to provide continuous AF and focus tracking before and during the exposure, a crucial factor when shooting still images at high burst rates, or capturing clean HD video without visible or audible “hunting.”

Mirrorless cameras enable the layering of viewfinder information, such as camera settings, levels, histograms, focus peaking, etc., and can also provide an instant magnified image of the focusing area and allow playback of images and videos in the EVF.

Mirrorless cameras allow the seamless use of existing “open source” lenses by using simple mount adapters to expand the camera’s optical array. The possibilities include mounting lenses from other lens systems, classic rangefinder lenses, and lenses from obsolete or obscure systems.

The shorter flange back (mount to sensor) distance of mirrorless cameras makes it easier to design high-quality lenses, particularly wide-angles, that provide better edge and corner illumination and greater light transmission efficiency.

New Canon R5 mirrorless camera.

The Hybrid AF systems in mirrorless cameras cover a wider area of the sensor, providing AF capability closer to the edges and corners of the frame, and enhancing overall AF flexibility.

Mirrorless cameras provide continuous Live View via the LCD or EVF and provide previewing using either viewing system when shooting video, with no loss of AF capability.

At their best, mirrorless system cameras combine the advantages of both DSLRs and point-and-shoots, providing lens interchangeability, ultra-high image quality, and the entire high-end feature array of middle- and upper-tier DSLRs in smaller, lighter, handier form factors. Not surprisingly, as the popularity of MSC’s has dramatically increased over the past 2 years or so, camera makers and independent lens manufacturers have vastly expanded their lens offerings, vastly increasing the creative optical options available to consumers, and marketing opportunities for dealers.

The MSC market continues to be technologically driven, with many of the latest high-end models offering higher-res sensors, enhanced image-processing software for greater responsiveness, faster burst rates, 4K video capture, full Wi-Fi connectivity and GPS, multi-axis in-body image stabilization, and enhanced viewing options such as hi-res tilt/swing and touch screen LCDs, and OLED EVFs. However, entry-level and middle-tier MSCs have also benefitted from these technological advances. The result is an array of enticing new models offering features that have migrated down from higher-end models, often with simplified user interfaces, and at very competitive prices.

DSLR Pros

Middle- and upper-tier pro models with solid glass pentaprism optical viewfinders, provide a brilliant “real feel” viewing image that no mirrorless EVF can quite match. Whether this is important to you is, of course, subjective, but many photographers accustomed to optical viewfinders consider it a definite plus. Digital SLRs are generally larger than mirrorless cameras and this allows more room for the placement of dedicated controls for various camera functions such as ISO, exposure compensation, white balance, etc. The control ergonomics of the best DSLRs often have an edge over their current mirrorless counterparts in this respect. The use of larger batteries provides greater capacity than smaller batteries. With most pro-caliber DSLRs you can shoot all day without running out of battery power, and that’s not always true with comparable mirrorless cameras. Photographers with large hands often prefer DSLRs.DSLRs have evolved into a very ergonomic shape and some of them are more comfortably contoured than their mirrorless counterparts. Some shooters feel that a heavier camera, like the DSLR, also provides a more stable shooting platform than some of the smaller, lighter mirrorless cameras. Again this is subjective and the decision is personal. It’s hard to beat the record of durability, reliability, and consistent performance under adverse conditions of a DSLR. Additionally, DSLRS offer in-body or on-lens image stabilization systems to minimize the effects of mirror-induced camera shake. That’s why many pros are reluctant to make the switch. DSLRs offer very well developed lens systems that include numerous professional prime and zoom lenses that deliver spectacular imaging performance. While mirrorless systems have yet to match the phenomenal optical arrays available for the leading DSLR systems, this will happen sooner rather than later as both camera makers and independent lens makers are rapidly expanding and upgrading their optical offerings.

The newest professional DSLR camera from Pentax, is a winner.

Unquestionably both traditional DSLRs and mirrorless cameras are the heart of supremely versatile, viable systems capable of the highest levels of imaging performance. While we hope it helps to enumerate the advantages of each, the choice is inherently subjective, and a lot depends on what equipment you have now and in what direction you want to take your creative photography. As they say, it’s up to you, but the current crop of cameras of each type deliver awesome performance, and whatever you decide you’re not likely to be disappointed.

Why Pentax is Making the Right Call in Sticking with DSLRs:

As the majority of camera manufacturers move away from the SLR type cameras and start producing mirrorless systems, one company continues to hold on to the past. Pentax has now in multiple statements confirmed that it will not be producing a mirrorless camera and will continue to develop SLR cameras.

My knee jerk reaction was to scoff at this stance. However, now that I’ve had some time to think on this properly, I think it makes complete sense for the company.

There’s No Advantage

If Pentax produces a mirrorless camera, what difference would it make for the company? Will it start to become a viable alternative to the major manufacturers, and could it increase its market share?

The answer to the second question, probably not. The likelihood of Pentax suddenly becoming a major alternative to the three big manufacturers is extremely unlikely — I don’t see vast swathes of Sony, Canon, and Nikon shooters suddenly jumping on board with Pentax.

Current Customers

Pentax as a company has quite the loyal fanbase, and to disrupt this in any way would be extremely foolish. I find it difficult to see how Pentax shooters would be happy to migrate to a whole new mount. One of the things Pentax shooters seem to love is the compatibility and lens selection available for the K mount.

This mount is compatible with lenses all the way from 1975, and new lenses are still being produced for it. There are literally hundreds of lenses available for this mount — there are so many that I doubt anyone has an exact number of lenses that are compatible.

This is one of the major benefits and reasons why people continue to shoot with Pentax cameras. There are lenses that have been handed down to photographers by their grandparents, which of course, instills a deep sense of loyalty. Moving to a mirrorless camera system would pretty much betray most Pentax customers.

For this reason, it’s essential that Pentax continue with the current mount.

Pentax has created the ultimate DSLR that will be hard to beat by any mirrorless cameras

The DLSR Niche

The benefit (or novelty) of being able to see through a DLSR viewfinder will become popular again. Once the majority of manufacturers move away from DSLR type cameras and mirrorless cameras become the norm, the quirks and benefits of a “proper” viewfinder will draw a large number of customers.

Arguments about how the DSLR viewfinder being natural or more realistic will probably be used, and at that point, Pentax might be able to say that they never left.

Even now, there are still many customers that dislike mirrorless cameras. It doesn’t really matter what the reasons are — what matters is the fact that these customers exist.

As most manufacturers move away and eventually stop supporting DLSR cameras, either by discontinuing them or stopping the production of new lenses, there’s a good chance that a strong base of customers will still want a DSLR instead. Pentax could comfortably be the company that takes that spot, and with its vast number of compatible lenses, it does have quite an advantage.

The only problem is that this is an incredibly long-term plan because current DSLR cameras won’t be discontinued anytime soon.

Pentax lenses have been known to be some of the best in the world. They have been making lenses longer than other manufactures.

Final Thoughts

In some sense, the fact that Pentax has resigned itself to the DSLR could be described as the company admitting defeat. I think there may be some element of truth to that, as Pentax may know that it simply cannot compete on the same level.

Despite this, I think this is a great idea by Pentax because not only is it looking more long term, it also shows a great deal of self-awareness and foresight.

The one major positive note we could take from this is the fact that, if Pentax (Ricoh) is planning long term, it probably doesn’t have any plans to exit the camera market.

A special thanks to the following contributors:

Usman Dawood from Petapixel for his insight into Pentax