Why you should choose a mirrorless for your microstock activity?

As many people, I have been skeptical of the mirrorless camera, but now I had to think again on this issue.

But because today those who work in microstock photography should buy a mirrorless?

Many photographers have told me that the best camera is the one you have at the time you need to take a picture. And mirrorless cameras have a huge advantage: they are small, light and compact.

This means that the camera kit (a camera body, two or three lenses, memory cards and a mini-tripod) can be easily contained in a shoulder bag, also leaving space for more.

Right now, for mirrorless there is a large amount of optical, often of excellent quality, whose footprint is ridiculous. You really know many users of DSLRs cameras that can put in your pocket a 300mm equivalent lens? I don't.

I was (before) a Olympus user, and I still am after entering the mirrorless world. I chose an Olympus Pen E-P3, for the strength of the body, the lightness and the retro look. Only for economic reasons, I've not chose a more performing body of the OM-D series. But of course, every brand can offer cameras of various levels of performance such as price. What you choose Olympus or Sony, Panasonic or Samsung, you will most likely have a camera that is fitting to your needs.

And your old kit lenses? No problem, with an inexpensive adapter ring you can continue to use it with excellent results, as well as the old analogical lenses. The photo of the lemon verbena below was taken with an Olympus E-P3 and an old lens 50mm 1: 1.4 Zuiko OM.

And again, the image quality is spectacular today, equal to or higher than that produced by many DSLRs; many mirrorless have an excellent stabilization system, so you can have sharp photographs even at slow shutter speeds; they have excellent performance, and they're often very "discreet": especially for those who make street photography, to take a picture without people feels intimidated (maybe from the cumbersome body of a DSLR) is priceless.

So, for me now the right question is: whi you should NOT choose a mirrorless camera, also only as second or emergency body? Have a nice time taking photos of what you love, that you have a DSLR or a mirrorless!

Andrea Mangoni

Andrea Mangoni Photography

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August 31, 2015


Recently, I see many new blogs about reaching personal milestones posted as a priority by Dreamstime editors. It is nice to see some more useful and informative articles instead. I found this blog with useful information, including all comments. I am considering mirrorless camera with APS sensor for some time as this would lighten up my travelling gear without sacrificing the quality of images. Still waiting for the price to come down and longer battery life.

August 15, 2015


Thanks Adeliepenguin!
the focuspeaking is extremely useful, and yes, many lens for mirrorless are absolutely at a PRO level.

August 13, 2015


Thank you for your insights on the mirrorless cameras!
I switched from my DSLR system (Nikon) to a Fuji XT1. For the type of photography I do, there is no need for the big, heavy DSLR. My system is so light, and easy to carry, and although not inexpensive, it is less expensive than the Nikon or Canon equivalent. The viewfinder is great--I can see how the actual exposure looks, so know if I am off or not. I love the manual focus through focus peaking. With focus peaking, everything in focus has a red line though it, so I can tell exactly what my depth of field is. When I was carrying the Nikon D 800, people would not let me photograph them. Now, they think I am a tourist with a point and shoot camera and they don't mind. Also, there is no comparison with a true point and shoot camera. The XT1 and Fuji lenses are professional quality, and many pros have switched over.

August 12, 2015


I think it's important not to confuse mirrorless and point and shoot. A good mirrorless body could be find on ebay for a very affordable price, if you don't want the latest model; This year I've bought my e-p3 on E-bay, in an on.line auction, for less than 150€. Is not so easy, usually, but searching with attention is it possible to find some great deals.
I would suggest to you to search immediately after a company release her new flagship camera: the 2 previous model (ex flagship) will be easy find on ebay, at a lower price.

August 11, 2015


I do not know what is the cost of a mirror less camera. I have a Canon Power Shot ELPH 330 HS point and shoot always ready in my pocket. I also have one Canon EOS Rebel T5i but I mostly depend on my point and shoot ha ha ha. Yes, when I have time I use T5i. As I understood in one year is the moment you caught not the camera if you are not a professional photographer.

August 11, 2015


Have used Olympus OMD cameras for about 2.5 years-very happy with these cameras and the lens that Olympus and Panasonic have for the micro 4/3 cameras.

August 11, 2015


Agree with you. Point and shoot cameras are more convenient and quick on the draw.

August 11, 2015


I bought into the fuji x series a couple of years ago and the quality of the viewfinder on my xe1 is good enough that i usually forget that its electronic and not optical. That said I still prefer a DSLR for studio work and using a long lens on a mirror less body upsets the handling for me so i tend to choose which camera i take depending on the shots i think Im going to be getting but its not much problem to add two fuji bodies and a couple of zooms to the kit to cover any opportunities.

August 11, 2015


Hi Antonio,
I know that feeling! I've an Olympus E1 and I just love his bright viewfinder. But many friend of mine that are owning an OM-D told me that the electronic viewfinder is fantastic. I've a pen, I've not buy the viewfinder, and I appreciate very muche the magnification of rear view, mainly to focuses during macro shoot.
Obviously, buy a mirrorless DON'T signify leave totally a DSRL... even now I shoot with my E1!

August 11, 2015


Excelent article.I have a DSLR Olympus and like to try the mirrorless camera,but the viewfinder still is a special thing when i shot.
Thanks and congratulation for the excelent images !

August 11, 2015


Hi Bjorn, for many professional photographers that I know, the real problem is... the client: many people thins again that if you have not a Mega-DSRL you are not able to take agood picture.
I think they should be surprised if they could see Cartier Bresson with his camera...

August 11, 2015


True... I"ve switched from Canon 5D and 1D bodies and L-lenses to the Fuji X-system, and I love it!!! I still have my canon gear, just for the more special photography projects, but more and more I leave it at home, and only use the Fuji...

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