I recently released a free eBook called Moving to Mirrorless that chronicles my transition from the Canon dSLR system to the Sony mirrorless system. This excerpt outlines why I made the move and wrote the book. Enjoy!
My Move to Mirrorless
You may have read or heard this before but now is a truly amazing time to be a photographer. The rate of innovation that the photo industry is experiencing is staggering, with companies producing new cameras and lenses that keep improving on image quality and functionality while also shedding multiple ounces and inches in size. A camera body that can fit literally in the palm of your hand can output photo files with the same resolution and quality as a body more than twice its size and weight! Additionally, we are starting to see the infusion of technological advancements with the inclusion of WiFi, NFC, and GPS radios, bringing an unprecedented agility in the way one can review, edit and share their photos wherever they are without the need for a computer. Given all of these changes, it shouldn’t be hard to see why a tech and photo nerd like myself couldn’t wait to make the jump over to mirrorless. I just needed to wait for the right moment.
Before we begin, let me say what this book is not. It is not a resource covering technical details around cameras, lenses, specs, MTF charts, etc. There are so many wonderful reviewers who have already spent tons of time putting together helpful, objective reviews that I don’t see the need to do the same. It is also not a soapbox where I extol the virtues of mirrorless cameras while deriding dSLRs. Both camera styles bring so much to the table and its your responsibility to figure out which suits your needs (hint: there doesn’t have to be only one correct answer). This also is not a holy war on camera manufacturers where I try to convince you that Sony is the only brand worth investing in and that you should avoid the other infidels at all cost. It is your responsibility to decide which brand offers you the camera and lens family that works best for you. In my case, that brand is Sony and it serves as the impetus for this book.
It All Adds Up
One of the greatest benefits with Sonys Mirrorless system is that, along with the smaller size of the camera and lenses, there is also a dramatic reduction in weight, which truly pays off on those long hikes.
For example, the three most common lenses that I take with me are the Sony ZEISS FE-Mount 16-35mm f/4, the Sony ZEISS FE-Mount 24-70mm f/4, and the Sony FE-Mount 70-200mm f/4. The combined weight of all three of those lenses is only 3.92 lb (1778g)! If you were to compare that to the Canon equivalent lenses that I used to own, the total weight would be 6.63 lb (3007g). Now, while I may be giving up a stop of light with my Sony lenses, it doesn’t have a material impact on my type of photography because Im almost always shooting between f/8 f/16, so the weight savings is a huge boon.
Additionally, if I were to compare the weight of my Sony a7R to my former Canon 5D Mark III, I cut that load in more than half! With batteries inserted, the Sony a7R weighs in at 1.03 lb (467g) whereas the Canon 5D Mark III weighs 2.09 lb (948g).