Episode 22: TIDBIT TUESDAY – Planning Images and Switching to Mirrorless

Today's Tidbit: Q&A on Planning Images and Mirrorless Cameras

We Discuss:

  • Four categories of information to consider when planning an image
  • Apps and resources for image planning
  • The benefits of *not* planning images or compositions
  • My decision to switch from a DSLR to mirrorless camera system
  • Pros and cons of switching to mirrorless
  • And more!

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This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Larry Kurfis

    I too also went to M43. OM-D E-M5 iii and love it. My Nikon D5500 is in a box. Me glass and no regrets. I have a friend with a Nikon FF and also has a f/4 600mm and when he has this big gun, tripod/monopod and gimbal says “you’re killing me” when I have my OLY with 75-300mm.

    1. Brenda Petrella

      Nice! I’m sure your back appreciates it too! I even found that my heavy Nikon gear was aggravating my tennis elbow too. Glad to be mirrorless now.

  2. Mark Troxel

    Regarding wildlife and the Nikon Z system. Let me start by saying that I’ve been a Nikon guy since starting this hobby. I had a Z7 (which sadly fell into the ocean when a gust of wind knocked over my tripod) and now have a Z6ii. I love the Z system for everything EXCEPT wildlife. Yes, you can get very good images with the Z system (see Jared Lloyd, a pro that uses a Nikon Z camera for wildlife). I find the Z cameras worked great for static/slow moving subjects, but I found acquiring focus on moving subjects (eg, birds in flight) to be quite unreliable unless I had a bit of time to acquire the subject. Once it finally locked on, tracking the subject was great. The original models do have a fair bit of EVF lag compared to the newer models (Z6ii, Z7ii). Overall, autofocus, tracking, and EVF lag have improved a lot through firmware updates and the Z6ii and Z7ii with dual processors has helped even more, but Nikon still hasn’t caught up to Sony or Canon. That being said, I still felt that my keeper rate was too low so I switched to Canon mirrorless for wildlife. The other big reason for me to change wildlife setups was that you can’t (at least when I switched) program different back buttons for different autofocus types (eg, AF-ON for single point and another button for tracking/dynamic, etc) so that you can just push whichever button you want to use for focus in a particular situation. Canon (and I believe Sony) mirrorless allows multiple back button focus options. I love and use my Z6ii, but I use it for everything else.

    1. Brenda Petrella

      Hi Mark – thank you so much for sharing this valuable information. I’ll be sure our listener who asked the question sees your response. I didn’t know that you could program different autofocus types on the Canon – that sounds like a huge benefit for situations where you want to switch back and forth (or not have to remember to dig into the menus). I’m glad to hear about your experience with the Z system and wildlife tracking too – definitely worth knowing!

  3. Dan Kehlenbach

    Hi Brenda,
    Great discussion today – thanks for sharing. I too have let go of most of my planning for photo outings and have been working on being more open to different opportunities. This has allowed me to explore more macro/close-ups, abstracts in nature, and some of the more quiet scenes in nature. I still plan my coastline outings to coincide with the tides if I want to explore tidepools or feeding shorebirds.

    Ten years ago I switched from a Canon DSLR setup to Panasonic micro four thirds and am glad I made the choice. My current set-up is much lighter, and have no issues with autofocus with the recent camera bodies. If I want to travel really light, I’ll grab my Panasonic FZ300 (great for close-ups with Raynox lenses) along with my Sony RX100. I’ve been using this combination a lot lately and hardly notice the weight.

    Thanks again!
    Dan Kehlenbach

    1. Brenda Petrella

      Thanks so much for sharing, Dan! It’s great to hear from other photographers. I have a friend who recently got a micro 4/3 and is really happy with it. I don’t think they get enough credit. I’m glad you’re having fun out there!

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