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” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=te2mWC7vpXw), 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 www.sheldonphoto.net.

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When Photo Met Video

March Meeting is DSLR Video for Photographers


Where is the art of photography headed in the near future? Moving pictures! Video is more in-demand now than ever, and the lines between still photography and moving pictures is blurring. Join APG and special guest speakers, Phillip and Eileen Blume, as they show you how to add cinema-quality video to your skill set. Whether you’re an aspiring pro or your only gear is an iPhone, you’ll be amazed how accessible and fun video can be.

©2015 Blume PhotographyPhillip and Eileen Blume are international award-winning wedding and portrait photographers, and respected leaders in the photo industry. As socially conscious creatives, they not only travel the globe producing beautiful images but also believe in the power of visual media to change the world, as with their 2011 documentary film Lost Boys of Paradise. (The feature-length film represented their first ever attempt at shooting video.) Having transformed their home studio in Clarke County into a top brand recognized worldwide, they now work with clients in New York, London, Manila, Antigua, and beyond. As educators, the pair instructs thousands of fellow photographers. Phillip is a regular contributor to the popular Shutter Magazine, while he and Eileen appear annually at WPPI and ShutterFest, two of photography’s leading conventions. They have been featured on broadcasts of Photographers Ignite and CreativeLive, and are especially passionate about their workshops and coaching program for photographers. The Blumes live near Athens, GA, with their two young daughters and are currently in the process of adopting their third child.

More of the Blume’s work can be seen at blumephotography.com. You can also obtain their new ebook “From Posed to Playful” on their site. Click on their blog tab to learn how.


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