Day 295: Faster than a speeding electron

Day 295: Faster than a speeding electron

Day 295: Faster than a speeding electron

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Retro-styled mirrorless cameras with electronic viewfinders (EVFs) like the Sony A7R or the Olympus OM-D E-M5 are all the rage right now, but I question how much of that is just marketing hype. I certainly receive enough press releases from all the camera makers to suggest as much.

I don’t know if it’s because of the years I spent boosting frame-rates and flick-railing airborne targets in video games, but I can’t fathom taking spontaneous photos by relying on a video screen that’s running a split-second behind whatever I’m seeing. That perfect once-only moment when a couple locks eyes at a wedding, or when a guitarist leaps into the air and whips her hair back, or even when the kids are just playing? You’d miss it with those mirrorless cameras.

If you’re more interested in results than technology, and want to be able to react faster to a photo opportunity, stick with the mirror.

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