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Mirrorless vs DSLR

Mirrorless vs DSLR – Navigating the Hype

APG Meets September 20th, 7:00–8:30 PM @ The Lyndon House

293 Hoyt St., Athens, GA 30601


If you have picked up a photography magazine or visited an online photography forum in the past few years, you have no doubt noticed the huge amount of excitement surrounding the latest generation of “mirrorless” cameras. Although mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras (MILC) have been around for over 10 years now, jump-started in 2008 when Olympus and Panasonic teamed up to develop the Micro Four Thirds system, the large and growing popularity of Fuji’s retro-styled APS-C and Sony’s full frame mirrorless options with both pros and “prosumers” has led to breathless press coverage and prediction of the future demise of the DSLR. Now that Nikon and Canon have joined the fray and announced new full frame mirrorless options you can expect this trend to accelerate.

While the rapid evolution of these photographic tools is certainly exciting, and brings many new photographic opportunities (for example, see Alberto Patiño Douce’s APG talk on “Vintage Lenses on Mirrorless Cameras”, sorting through the hype is a real challenge. This month APG member Wade Sheldon will provide an overview of the current mirrorless landscape, and share his real-world experience using multiple mirrorless systems alongside his DSLR for the past five years – the good, the bad, and even the ugly. He will also have his current mirrorless camera (Fuji X-T2) on hand for anyone who would like to see a top-rated electronic viewfinder in action.

Wade is a marine scientist at the University of Georgia, specializing in scientific computing and environmental data management. He bought his first camera after graduating from college, a Canon T-70 film body, and has been hooked on photography ever since. He currently pursues a wide range of photo subjects semi-professionally, including promotional and event photography for UGA, Cedar Theatre, Bear Hollow Zoo, Athens for Everyone, and various non-profit groups and scientific societies, as well as landscape and general nature photography. Wade’s photos have appeared in multiple Lyndon House juried shows and special exhibits, as well as technical publications and regional magazines including the UGA Research Reporter. You can view some of Wade’s recent work on his website at

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