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Heavyweight vs Lightweight


Heavyweight vs Lightweight, as in DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex) or MFT (Micro Four Thirds system) in my world of cameras.   I won’t bore you with the technical aspects of  DSLR  and  MFT  and their differences, they are linked out should you wish to know more.

I was very excited, when I upgraded my first Canon, an  EOS 300D / Digital Rebel  to an  EOS 50D.  The Digital Rebel was a great camera and a wonderful introduction to Canon cameras.  I was using Nikon.  Not only was it a change of brands, it was also a change of format: analogue to digital.

My dream camera is the  EOS 5D  however at the time I could not justify the cost of this camera.  It is the camera I aspire to when I make an income off my photographs.  Getting the 50D was a step closer.  The 50D has not disappointed, it is a wonderful camera to handle and use.   It is larger, heavier and feels more solid compared to the 300D.  I really love that solid sound of the mirror release and shutter mechanism in action, after the shutter button is committed.

When bringing the 50D home, a PowerShot SX200 wanted to be included as well … how wonderful.  I wanted the SX200 as my out and about camera.  Over time with daily use, I desired more similar DSLR functionality in my compact camera.  I felt I could get closer to this, in the Canon G series.  After much salivating … out of the blue one day, I was given a wrapped box … in it a PowerShot G12 … yes spoilt.  The G12 is a great prosumer compact system camera and became my new everywhere camera.

As a person into gadgets and technology, I follow new camera releases and of course Canon releases sitting between my 50D and the 5D, wondering and seeing whether new Canon models be just as satisfactory as a 5D?

Whilst following new camera releases, the development of the  MILC  (Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera) caught my interest.  I’ve been following what the brands have been releasing; Canon EOS MOlympus OM-D E-M5Nikon 1 J1  and  Fujifilm X-Pro1.  And now both Nikon and Sony have released full sensor MILC, in the    and  α7 / α7r  respectively (that is a different conversation).

Middle of 2013, gave me cause to review and assess whether I want and need the 5D Mark III, spurred on whilst I was traveling for a few months.  In the spirit of travel light and being nimble,  the 50D spent about eighty percent of the time at home base and the G12 was my constant companion (apart from my traveling partner).  However the G12, was not really hitting the mark of DSLR functionality control, especially when it came to lens use and focusing.  I almost got a MILC camera before our travels, however I wanted to wait for the technology to further develop and since I had two very good cameras, the purchase was not a necessity.  Post trip, I can clearly see myself as a fan of a MILC camera.

Thus giving rise to my mental debate of Heavyweight vs Lightweight – DSLR or MFT.  The stand out at the end of the debate is the MILC, for a myriad of reasons; weight and bulk (camera, batteries, charger, flash, card reader, memory cards, etc) and finally cost.  Everything associated with a MILC camera is compact, lighter and scaled down, including the price.

A MILC camera is what I have been looking for.  And for me it seems I finally have the best of both worlds in the one camera.   The perfect camera evolution with the marriage of the two systems.

I, like many photographers (who are more experienced or are professionals) seem to be appreciating this new format.  Here is their take on the mirrorless interchangeable lens camera; Matt Brandon, Anurag Sharma, Riley Joseph, Steve Huff, Chase Jarvis.


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