Film To Mirrorless (mirrorless)

Thank you for stopping back. So far I have told you about my film photography when I was young. Then I took some time off to raise a family, but came back into the field head first, and I haven’t looked back.


With the iPhone being the most used camera in the world, this means everybody is a photographer. This is great we now have more images than ever before. I remember having shoe boxes full of negatives and prints. Now I have terabyte size hard drives full of images.


The last year and a half the camera industry has change in a big ,(or Should I say small way). I don’t know if you have ever carried a big DSLR with battery grip, and. 70-200 2.8 lens around for a full day or not, but that things gets real heavy after 8-10 hrs of shooting. People in the industry are all saying the same thing they are tired of the big and heavy equipment. Well know photographers from all over the world are selling their DSLR’S for the smaller lighter, Mirrorless, and Micro 4/3 thirds cameras.

I started to do some research about these cameras to see if they could replace my Canon 7D or if this was just a marketing push by the camera manufactures. I own a Canon G15 point and shoot camera that I take with me just to have a camera with me. It shoots raw, and has all of the controls of a big DSLR. I like the images it produces, but it has a really small sensor, so the low light performance is not up to par.

This images was shot with my G15 at the George Eastman house.

Things were changing and I love what I was hearing , Olympus, Fuji, Panasonic are leading the industry of mirrorless cameras. Not having the mirror that a traditional DSLR has, company’s can make the body smaller because of no moving parts. This means smaller and lighter body’s, plus the lenes are smaller too.


After all my research I pulled the trigger on the Fuji XE2 for my mirrorless camera system. This camera is amazing. It has a APS size sensor in it, just like the one in my 7D. This 16.3 mp sensor captures very sharp images with great colors. The low light performance is good as well. I’m not afraid to shoot at 2000 ISO at all in low light situations. It has built in Wifi which I can transfer jpegs to my iPhone or iPad on location. The menu system is easy to use, and it has dials buttons that I use as I’m shooting. It is a joy to use. It even has a Aperture dial on the lens just like my old Minolta did. This things looks as good as it works. The focus system is not as good as my 7D, but it’s really good for what I use it for. Fuji listens to its customers, and has been doing firmware updates right along to give us owners a better camera without having to go out and by a new body every 18 months.

This images I used my Fuji with a canon 50mm 1.8 lens. I had to use manual focus, but it’s easy because of focus peaking that works great.

Fuji has just released their XT1 mirrorless and it is getting rave reviews. I guess the EVF is the best in the business, and the image quality is top notch as well. I am holding off on that one, and I’m waiting to see what the Xpro 2 is going to offer. As far as my DSLR goes I still use it when I am shooting sports, because of the auto focus and the big lens that I own. It won’t be long before the focus on a Mirrorless camera is as good as a traditional DSLR. Sony has their A7, A7R, and now the new A7S that shoots 4k video along with still pictures. All of these Sony’s are full frame, “yes you heard me Full Frame.”

Times are changing in this industry, and the big two (Canon, Nikon) seem to be watching it go by. I keep waiting to see what they are going to do, but these other company’s keep on upping the bar every year. I love everything about my Fuji. It just feels right in my hands. It is a extension of me in some ways, plus it just produces wonderful images. The JPEGS that come off this sensor are great too. You can set the camera to reproduce some of Fuji’s famous Films, like their Velvia/ vivid, Astia/ Soft, Provia, and their great looking monochrome. In good light there is no need to shoot in RAW, just choose a film type and shoot away.


Well that’s about it for this series. I loved shooting with film and working in the darkroom. It felt like I was creating something with my hands. Maybe that’s what kept me shooting back then.

With the DSLR I loved the image quality that they produce, along with being able to make changes on the fly, and knowing what kind of picture I was going to end up with. It was pricey to get into digital, but I can shoot all day long by just changing cards out. The post processing is powerful too, letting me get almost any kind of effect that I like. I love my DSLR, but I think it’s time to move on.

Now as far as my Mirrorless Fuji XE2, it is true love. This is what I will be using 80% of the time in the near future and I would guess 100% of the time within a couple years. My back will thank me, and my whole camera bag will become smaller as well.

So if you are wondering what your next move should be?, I wouldn’t be afraid to go all in with mirrorless. They are great tools with more technology on its way.
Thank you joining me for this series I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did writing it. Check out my mirrorless images at John Zachary Photography

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