Is a mirrorless camera a viable replacement for your dslr?

Is a mirrorless camera a viable replacement for your dslr?

The debate has been raging for a little while as the mirrorless segment gains popularity. Obviously, if camera manufactures could create a camera that has all the good things that makes SLR’s awesome and no new negative points, we would all dump our dslr cameras in favor of the smaller mirrorless camera. But it is never that simple is it. So, let’s take a look at what makes the dslr such a great platform to work with in the first place. The single lens reflex camera is a fairly mature set of tools. It has been around since the 50s; almost every photography company has had a least a few SLR cameras as part of their portfolio. The SLR comes in many different sizes from large format camera to the small format 35mm to digital. The SLR has been battle proven over the years it is a great combination of portability and capability. Since almost every manufacturer creates the SLR as a modular system it is inherently adaptable to almost any shooting requirements. One of the biggest advantages of the SLR is that when you are shooting you are viewing through the lens that takes the image, so basically what you see is what you get. That gets to the heart why the modern SLR has become the gold standard for pros and enthusiast, fast accurate auto focus. Modern SLR cameras have a phase detection auto focus system built in to the mirror that sits inside the camera. Phase detection auto focus is the fastest and most accurate auto focus currently on the market, especially in low light. Other...
Photographing birds with Wifi

Photographing birds with Wifi

I have a ton of song birds around our property. If you have ever tried to photograph any songbirds you know that they can be tough to get a nice shot of, especially if you are not interested in “feeder” pictures. To get great shots of small song birds you must get close, and that is a problem. Many people will photograph from a blind, but i don’t have one. But, my canon 6d is equipped with remote control over a Wifi through a tablet or phone.  I set a perch up in our yard near a feeder that the birds tend to like, then set my camera and tripod up a few feet away and connected the wifi control over a tablet. I then went away, and waited up on our deck about 75 feet away and waited for the birds to come. It didn’t take too long before this little chickadee came around for some birdseed.  This is all just a proof of concept, and I think it worked pretty well, in all I sat out for about 40 minutes and only saw this little chickadee. Looking forward to trying it again. What do you think?...