Using A Mirrorless Camera
When travelling for pleasure rather than work, I still like to have camera to hand but my work kit is bulky and then there is the decision on what lens(es) to take. I’ve frequently ended up taking photographs on my iPhone which are great but then they tend to just stay on the phone with the odd one being uploaded to a social media feed. For this reason I invested in one of the Fuji X mirrorless series cameras. One of the main advantage to the mirrorless is the fact that they are lighter and more compact whilst still producing images of high quality. If you read up on these type of cameras, the disadvantages would appear to be a lack of accessories/lenses (which is actually an advantage for me as I was looking to have less in the bag) and their lack of ability in shooting in low light.
Whilst in France last week, I left behind my trusty Nikons and instead opted just for the Fuji X Pro2 and the results can be seen below. For some of the images, such as the dogs running, the low light of early morning combined with the speed of the doges required an ISO of 2000 and didn’t compromise the image as much as I expected. Admittedly the autofocusing wasn’t as quick as that of my dSLRs. Detail in close up images is great (see the eye image below) and as can be seen from the sunrise images, the colours were impressive.
One of the advantages of using a smaller compact camera is the fact that is is a lot less intrusive than the dSLR, something which has been enjoyed by Leica users for years. A number of the mirrorless cameras also have a more retro style to their controls something which is very satisfying to someone who came into photography using film SLR’s.
Whilst I will continue to use (and need) the DSLR’s for work, it’s good to have a smaller system which is capable of producing such high quality images.
Sara is currently working on 50 Portraits, a celebration of 50 years of Chethams School of Music. Images are on display at Stoller Hall in Manchester and https://www.saraporterphotography.co.uk/50-portraits/