The Mirrorless - DSLR debate (Again!)

Article above from Mirrorlessons. An interesting read. Regular readers will know this is something of an 'issue' with me. You will be unsurprised that I posted a comment.

See below.

'You might have guessed that I would add a comment or two to this!!

I think it's the wrong angle. And far too much attention is paid to that damn mirror. Whether a camera works or not for the purposes we want is more important. Is video important? is a quiet camera important? is speed important? is a quick startup important? is battery life important? is discretion important? etc. etc. And it's also not a competition between different types of cameras, or more to the point it shouldn't be. All cameras have their place and the size / function / price equation is one that engrosses us more than it should.

There are several questions that strike me about this whole debate.

Mirrorless owners and users should maybe think about why they are so concerned about proving that the cameras they use are the 'equal' (or 'superiors') of DSLR's. What do they have to prove? Why do they constantly have to prove it?

DSLR owners and users should maybe think about why they are so concerned about proving that the cameras they use are the 'equal' (or 'superiors') of mirrorless cameras. What do they have to prove? Why do they constantly have to prove it?

What does any kind of inferiority (or superiority) complex about the gear we own and use have to do with creating images?

Why do we spend so much time obsessing about what our cameras can't do and instead spend more time on what they CAN do.

Am I alone in being comfortable using DSLR's, rangefinders, mirrorless and smartphones. Sometimes it feels like it.

All of the above have a place in my picture taking 'armoury' and each fits in with a certain way that I wish to work. In some cases one of my DSLR's is the perfect camera for what I want to do, In others it's my Blackberry smartphone.

I sell images taken on 35mm and MF film cameras, Digital DSLR's, 
Digital rangefinders, Digital mirrorless cameras and smartphones. The people who buy my images don't care about what I used to create them, so why should I?

I embraced mirrorless early, in fact with the very first example of the type, the Panasonic G1. I loved it and used it extensively. Today I went out with a mirrorless camera (two in fact) Tomorrow, I might go out with a DSLR, the day after with a couple of smartphones. I enjoy using all of those different types of cameras and always come back with results I am pleased with and can sell. (And the order of those two things is important)

Finally, there is no perfect camera and if there was with the number I've bought, I suspect I would have found it by now!! For me the joy of photography is the creation of the images and being able to relive that joy when I look at the images on whatever device or medium I choose to view them on. And that joy is made possible by all of the wide variety of picture taking devices I employ.

And no the debate is not relevant in 2015, but then it never was nor will ever be. And just as when I started using mirrorless cameras I was unconcerned about what DSLR owners thought, these days I'm happy to still use DSLR's and be unconcerned about what mirrorless owners think. For me variety and choice is a virtue. And as Kirk Tuck once wrote (I paraphrase) 'I don't always want to eat prime steak, sometimes I want to eat a burger.' And which is the steak and which is the burger is down to each of us to decide. Of course mirrorless cameras can do the same job as a DSLR in many cases, in others they can't and vice versa. And one day our smartphones will probably make both DSLR's and mirrorless redundant, but that's another story!!'