Mirrorless cameras - a valuable tool in a photographer's camera bag

November 25, 2014

I've been shooting professionally for over 30 years and the default "go to" camera for assignments was the SLR or DSLR. I had friends who used Leicas, but frankly I never understood why. All of my mindset changed last year when I took interest in the mirrorless cameras that were in the news. I scrambled down to a local camera store to see what all the fuss was about and ended up leaving with a new Fuji X100s. In short time I was AMAZED with the results of the camera, taking it with me on a vacation to Florida. The first thing I noticed was how light the camera was. The second thing was how quiet it was. The quality of the files was outstanding and no one seemed to pay any attention to me when I took pictures with it, which was something I loved. A few months later I acquired the Fuji XE1 for a nice price. While the focusing isn't as good as it's replacement, the XE2, it offers me the opportunity to use different lenses. 

Over the last year I've grown to appreciate the benefits of mirrorless camera. Despite their shortcomings (and there are a few, but I won't go into detail here), the gap between DSLR cameras is being narrowed and some might argue being exceeded. Mirrorless cameras have not replaced my DSLRs but I'm really enjoying the advantage they provide under specific circumstances. 

This past Sunday my friend Richard was being commissioned by our local church. Richard was being blessed by the pastor and elders in front of the congregation as he prepares to leave our church to be on staff with another church in North Carolina. Richard and I have worked together for the last several years including an effort in the Dominican Republic. I wanted to capture Richard's send off moment and decided that my Fuji mirrorless cameras would be the best gear to use. Previous experience has taught me that church services are not the best place for loud DSLRs with their mirror flapping sound. I wanted something quiet and discreet and the little Fujis were perfect. As I sat in the front row I easily was able to capture the moments I was looking for without all of the noise.

Photo By Gibbs Frazeur

Photo By Gibbs Frazeur

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