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  • Fri, 29 Mar 2019 23:19:20 +0000

    My move to Mirrorless

    I have used digital SLR’s since the Nikon D1 was launched so have many years of experience in getting the most out of this type of camera – so why have I now switched to mirrorless?

    The journey for me began with the purchase of a Panasonic GF-1 – an early micro-4/3 format camera with a Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 lens. I bought this rather than a compact camera as it was very small and offered the opportunity to change lenses. I quickly discovered the drawback (until recently) of mirrorless cameras in that autofocus performance was excellent for static subjects but useless for moving subjects!

    Mirrorless offered me an electronic viewfinder (though not great quality) and a compact lightweight camera body and reasonable results but no-way would it replace my DSLR’s.

    As time moved on, I tried the Olympus E-P3 which offered built in stabilisation so I could use a lower ISO and still get sharp images at lower shutter speeds. The viewfinder was a clip on one and overall it was quite an improvement but still hopeless form moving subjects.

    When the Olympus OM-D E-M1 came out this offered the promise of much improved continuous AF as well as a better image sensor, 5-axis stabilisation and a range of Pro lenses. I bought one and a 12-40mm f/2.8 pro lens and later the 40-150mm f/2.8 pro together with 17mm f/1.8 and 45mm f/1.8 prime lenses then added the 9-18 wide-angle zoom. Overall this was a great package, lightweight and compact with good image quality and reliable continuous autofocus – though still not close to my Nikon full-frame system.

    Then last year Nikon announced the Z system and after trying this out at several Nikon events and the Nikon School in London I decided to add a Z7 to my kit.

    The Z7 has been a joy to use with its fantastic electronic viewfinder and superb image stabilisation system and the massive saving in size and weight compared to my Nikon D850. The lenses too show superb optical quality and are silent in use so I found myself using the Z7 with the 24-70mm f/4 S lens far more than the D850 with 24-70mm f/2.8E VR lens so I decided at that point to sell all my Micro 4/3 kit and purchase a second Z7 bodying trade in my D850 and D500,

    My kit now comprises of the following:

    2 x Nikon Z7, Nikon 8-15mm fisheye zoom, Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G, Nikon 24-70mm f/4 S, Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E FL VR, Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR ED, Nikon 200-500mm f5.6E ED VR, Nikon 35mm f/1.8 S, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 S, Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART, Nikon 60mm f/2.8G Micro, Nikon 85mm f/1.8G, Nikon 105mm f/1.4E, Nikon 300mm f/4E PF VR, Nikon 500mm f/8 N Mirror lens. Profoto A1 studio flash, Nikon SB-910. Nikon F100 and FA film cameras.