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BCA News: Summer 2017

Mirrorless Cameras

Norm Barker, MS, MA, RBP, FRPS
John Hopkins University, School of Medicine

I use mirrorless cameras all the time. But I must admit for my day job I still use Nikon 800 E and other models of Nikons.

About 5 years ago, after carpal tunnel surgery, it was Bill Fortney who turned me on to the Fuji EX1. I’d compare it to a poor man's Leica but the image quality from Fuji glass is spectacular in my opinion. I have gone thru several versions and am currently using a Fuji XT2 and a Leica Typ 109.

The viewfinders have come a long way and that's what I like, being able to see exactly what you will get real time in the viewfinder. You can see over and under exposure as you’re working with a histogram in the viewfinder. Additionally, you can look at files and menus right in the viewfinder. That is the real difference from a DSLR.

I have worked with the Sony cameras as well but I still prefer my Nikon when I travel. I will use a D750 with 2 prime lenses, a 24mm and a 50 mm. It's light and excellent quality.

So the bottom line is I feel the Fuji is a nice camera, it all depends what type of work you are doing.

Kevin Makowski, RBP
Senior Multimedia Developer
Emory School of Medicine
Atlanta, Georgia

I switched to Fuji from Nikon about 5 years ago as my Nikon D700 was aging and Nikon wasn’t really showing any signs for updating their FX series of DSLR’s. So I started looking at other brands.

The obvious advantage is the size; I don’t have all the dimensions and weights in front of me but its pretty substantial. I can carry a Fuji X T1 body with the battery grip and a 100-400 for a really long time. On the image quality side I’d say it out performs most of the current DX and lower end FX Nikon DSLR’s, and the lenses are superb. What I like best is the ergonomics. All the buttons and dials are well placed and after a break-in period, you can make adjustments without looking away from the viewfinder. Everything is right where it should be.

By comparison, I inherited a Canon system where I work. They’re fine cameras and built very well but changing the ISO is a 2-hand maneuver and it shouldn’t be. I looked at Olympus very closely but I was unsure of the viability of the 4:3 format but it seems to be surviving. Sony is making some great cameras too, I’d give them a look.

Here are some of my photographs from Rocky Mountain National Park, Bob Turner and I went there in September 2015. They were shot with the x T1 body and the 55-200 and 16-55. 

Timothy Zoltie
Head of Medical & Dental Illustration
University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

My main concerns with mirrorless cameras and the Sony alpha series in particular, is the rolling shutter when doing video, and noticeable slow shutter when viewing through the monitor in low light or at F22. The ‘Setting effect’ button can be switched off but this still reverts to a slow shutter when the shutter release is pressed halfway, creating motion blur when using a rock/pull technique. Other cons include bad skin color rendition, cost of lenses, and buffer speed! I could go on, but I still love my Sony A7rII. I have 2x A7sII for video, and an A6500 I use for slow motion video and these are great.

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