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10-14-2018, 08:15 AM   #1
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What's the mirrorless winner - need your help please!

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I was hoping to canvass as wide a possible opinion base on which brand/model looks like it's winning the race to become THE mirrorless leader of the next 5/10 years. Investing in a new/unknown system is a big investment and I'd like to make sure I get it right for the medium term. If you could also explain why then that'd be really great

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I don't think there will be a single leader, much like Canon and Nikon for DSLRs of the past. In terms of full-frame, I bet there will be a close battle between the L-Mount system (of the 'L-mount alliance') and Sony. For smaller-form sensors, I think the Micro 4/3rds mount will keep going on strong.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Nass Quote
which brand/model looks like it's winning the race to become THE mirrorless leader of the next 5/10 years.
I don't think this race either exists, or is winnable if it does. I think, like all other formats, there will be several options suited to different photographers' needs/wants and budgets, with none of them triumphing once and for all, over all others.

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The market is really hard to read in this area. One thing is clear, m43 is very strong and if Panasonic / Leica / Sigma can pull off a similar thing in full frame it will be interesting. I wouldn't bet against Sony or Canon either both are powerhouses. Nikon and Fuji seem stable but not as likely to win large converts but both have value.

In short I wish I knew. I'd say Sony has the best market position to remain a leader, Canon has the best chance to push Sony hard and Pan-Leica has a chance at an standard that could catch on allowing a lot of competition and rapid lens developments. M43 is likely to slow growth as the system is mature and stable but has massive competition and everyone seems to think full frame is the only answer - nevermind medium format or larger!
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Nikon is said to be using a different sensor manufacturer these days and designing the sensors that they use.
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You're kidding. We have no more idea how the next 5-10 years are going to pan out than the Met Office can predict a barbecue summer. The only thing I'd suggest is to wait until next spring before committing, since there are more rabbits to pop out before long. Then make your own mind up on which system to blow all that money on. You're going to use it (presumably) so it has to suit your preferences, not those of whichever system's fanboys.

Video might be really important to you - doesn't matter two straws to me - or you might be printing really huge photos on to gallery paper, or posting gazillions of aurora photos on social media. Perhaps you specialise in 100-frame focus stacked macro/micro photography of local pond life or it might be street photography of the other, er, local pondlife. You don't mention what you're going to be doing with the new gear, so how could anyone advise?

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Try them out, buy the camera that best suits YOUR needs. But the most important thing is to stop thinking about gear and use your time and energy to be creative and take photographs.

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Yes, thankyouverymuch for your advice about how to choose a camera system - I'm not entirely unfamiliar with photography. But, I'll be honest, it's not terribly helpful - not what I'm asking or why.

I do completely appreciate it's crystal ball gazing and that's tricky and a bit of a stretch. But if folks could give their informed opinion relating to the actual question that would be helpful
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In addition to my trusty K1 and KP system and various lenses I have just bought a Fuji xe-3, simply because I was fed up with the bulk and weight of the Pentax. I'm delighted with it, and have the 18-55 and 55-200 lenses. The 18-55 is not the standard cheap 'kit' lens, but is high quality. No regrets at all. However, this morning it was pouring with rain, so I used the KP for an essential shot, as the Fuji isn't as rugged, or waterproof.

It's horses for courses, choose the right one for the job. The electronic viewfinder on the Fuji is fantastic, especially when shooting video, as I do like holding the camera to my eye, makes it more steady. It is lovely not having so much weight, and really easy to use, aperture is set on the lens, shutter speeds on one dial, exposure compensation on another, as in the old days!

I'll probably sell the KP system and use the heavy K1 where top quality, and ruggedness in all weathers, are needed. Hate to say it, but if I was starting afresh I'd go Fuji over KP.

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Not in the market for mirrorless myself. In my opinion, I think both Nikon and Canon might have done something to bite into the Sony market. That is that they both along with the introduction of their MILC camera's, they also both introduced a native adapter to use their current lenses and some older ones with the new camera's. The great thing about these adapters is that you don't loose any functions of the lenses.

If I was going to look at MILC, I would take a close look at both Canon and Nikon.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Nass Quote
Hi,

I was hoping to canvass as wide a possible opinion base on which brand/model looks like it's winning the race to become THE mirrorless leader of the next 5/10 years. Investing in a new/unknown system is a big investment and I'd like to make sure I get it right for the medium term. If you could also explain why then that'd be really great

Thanks!!!
I think Canon and Sony will be the two front runners in the full frame mirrorless market with other manufacturers being lot smaller.

Sony is on to their third iteration on mirrorless on four lines (A7, A7R, A7S and A9) which puts them a couple of generations ahead of all the rest of the market.

Canon on the other hand has DEEP R&D pockets. Their EOS R camera is a well thought out middle of the road design. It would not surprise me is in 2019 we saw a high speced pro series camera join the EOS R. They also have great ideas on their lenses and adapters.

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QuoteOriginally posted by agp1337 Quote

It's horses for courses, choose the right one for the job. The electronic viewfinder on the Fuji is fantastic, especially when shooting video, as I do like holding the camera to my eye, makes it more steady. It is lovely not having so much weight, and really easy to use, aperture is set on the lens, shutter speeds on one dial, exposure compensation on another, as in the old days!
Ergonomics aside, what can you tell about the comparison of KP and Fuji image quality? Is KP really behind?
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