Why I Went Back to Using DSLR, and Sticking With It
10 months ago16 comments
This post should be titled Mirrorless and DSLR camera comparison, but I figured, as a former lover of DSLR cameras, the current title should be more fitting. When mirrorless camera made waves around 2006-2007 in the digital photography world. Boom! I sold my Canon DSLR and raised funds for purchasing a new shiny red Panasonic Lumix G3 mirrorless camera. I named him reddit (mainly because it was red and it was an “it”) and we took lovely vacation photos together.
Eventually, I fell in love with reddit. We travelled together for some time and had great shots together. My friends were envious of how my camera was the latest fad at that time and it was so compact and light compared to a DSLR camera.
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As with most other relationships, all good things must come to an end. With my relationship with reddit, it had to end because there are some faults that I discovered. I really felt that it wasn’t working anymore. I felt the need to end the relationship.
As a traveller who had a previous relationship with a Canon DSLR, I have baseline comparison of the two camera technology. I know this is not fair to reddit, but I have a personal obligation to rally for truth and democracy here.
Mirrorless cameras have poor battery life
If you’re looking for a camera with the purpose of using it for travel photography, then its poor battery life will be a big issue for you. I always travel with 2 extra battery packs. I always have the need the charge the battery packs because by the end of the day, all 3 of them are drained. That is my number one issue with reddit. I cannot be lugging along a battery charger in my day backpack mainly because I move a lot on day tours and photo walks.
Nowadays, I travel with my DSLR and 2 extra battery packs. In eight days of backpacking around Northwest Luzon, I only drained 1 battery pack and the second one loaded into my camera now, is still working with 3 bars in its battery status.
Autofocus is still at its finest with DSLR
I find my 9-point auto focus awesome and fast. And even with this feature, it does not affect the already long battery life of DSLR. Mirrorless cameras rely on contrast detection unlike with the DSLR’s phase detection auto focus feature.
But some camera makers have included phase detection in their newer camera models. I have not used any of the newer models though so I will not be including them here.
Mirrorless lens are as heavy as with DSLR lens
I purchased a 14-140mm Panasonic telephoto lens for reddit and found it to be bulky and weighs almost the same as my old Canon 24-105mm lens that I lug around in my photowalks. The mirrorless camera unit might be compact and light but my preferred telephoto lens to use with it is heavy making the entire thing heavy and bulky.
For the EVF, you need to power on your mirrorless camera
Since mirrorless cameras don’t have mirrors that also means they don’t have optical view finder. They function similar to a point-and-shoot camera where you need to power on your camera to see anything in the electronic view finder.
Even with new mirrorless cameras now, this major hiccup still exists and always results in petty fights between me and reddit. I always have to remind myself to turn him on before I can see a thing.
After some years of travelling with reddit, I have decided that its time to part ways and to move on with our separate lives. I sold reddit on an online portal and found another newbie photographer who wanted to shift to mirrorless from DSLR. I also sold the telephoto lens to the same nice lady.
I used the money to buy myself a Canon DSLR. Newer models of DSLR nowadays are designed with the travel photographer in mind. The entire camera unit is compact and light and has a built-in wifi! You can share your photos on social media while on the go!
And love is lovelier the second time around.
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