Mirrorless Spanked at 2014 World Press Photo Comp.

Started Feb 20, 2014 | Discussions thread
Jared Willson
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Re: Mirrorless Spanked at 2014 World Press Photo Comp.
In reply to Graham Hill, Feb 21, 2014

Of course SLR's still dominate the photojournalist world.  What other type of camera provides the following:

* Robust camera bodies aimed at professionals taking their cameras everywhere from war zones to city council meetings

* High frame frames--up to 10 frames per second--to allow one to pick and choose the exact expression of someone on a podium you want to convey to your readers

* Dust and weather sealing on the body and lenses

* Insanely wide selection of professional grade lenses, flashes, wireless triggers, etc.

* Zero or near-zero shutter lag, viewfinder lag, and viewfinder blackout

* Extremely fast autofocus speeds and predictive autofocus to allow you to capture that critical moment

* Professional support services from the camera manufacturer including loaners, expedited repairs, etc.

Any given mirrorless camera/system may offer a few of these items, but only SLR's cover all of them.  It's nothing to do with mirrorless systems per se--you could meet all the above requirements with a mirrorless design, but nobody has done it so far.  As has been the case for professionals for the last forty years or more, it's not about the camera; it's about the entire ecosystem.

Frankly, I don't think this is an indictment of mirrorless cameras at all--it's just a fact that photojournalists aren't who the current crop of mirrorless cameras are aimed at.

- Jared

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