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The Canon vs Nikon battle has taken a back seat to the new (EVF) vs (OVF) battle. In 2014 there was a wave of photographers who have a big internet presence defecting to Sony and some to Fujifilm. By 2015 camera reviewers and
bloggers had so many blog entries and you tube videos depicting the end of CaNikon that it was starting to look a lot like those old high school clicks . . . the little social groups that based everything on what's cool and what's not. It
appears that Mirrorless is in Vogue and if you're using a DSLR, you're not up to speed. As always, a lot of that fluff is mis-information and flat out lies. I do own and use a Nikon 1 V1 and it does function like a DSLR using the meter scale
to show exposure levels and actually showing a noise free OVF like image in the viewfinder or LCD screen. Other brands I tried did not perform like this.

Lets look at some of the reasons why people say they switched .
1) Mirrorless is smaller and lighter - True, a mirrorless camera is physically smaller than a DSLR because there's no mirror assembly. My mirrorless kit is far lighter than my DSLR kit. That can be misleading, since many of these
people are now carrying around 2 to 4 mirrorless bodies and 4 to 6 lenses. Now to further expand on that, Fujifilm currenlty makes an APS-C sensor system which has lenses that are smaller than full frame lenses. They do make some
larger and heavier lenses too. Sony pushes the higher end lenses and those lenses are just as big and heavy as lenses made by Canon and Nikon, so you're not really saving much weight there.
2) Mirrorless has the advantage of seeing what the image will look like in real time or the whole WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get). Well . . . yes and no. It seems that more people are ditching flash units and tripods in favor of
just shooting at high ISO's. With current technology there's several cameras that produce clean images at ISO's of 6400 to 16000, but by doing so you loose image clarity and detail. The rule of using the lowest possible film speed you
can is also true for digital. Lower ISO's produce cleaner images rich with detail and no noise. We won't get into the latest offerings by Nikon, (the D5 and D500) or the Sony A7sII. This article is about Electronic View Finder (EVF) vs
Optical View Finder (OVF).
All pictures were taken with the Fujifilm XT-1 Graphite Edition Firmware 4.20 and 35mm f/2 WR Lens Silver Edition.
Disclaimer - To make things easier to understand, I simulated what you actually see with your eyes. The Electronic View Finder (EVF) view and final picture are actual samples.
This is what my kitchen pantry looks like at 4:45am
to my eyes with a single light on the opposite side
of the room. This is also what it looks like in an
OVF camera.
Since I prefer to shoot with a single speedlight
bounced at the wall at the far side of the kitchen, I know
I have to use ISO 400 to allow the speedlight to evenly
light the pantry. This is what you see in the viewfinder
or LCD screen with an Electronic View Finder (EVF)
This is what you see in the viewfinder or LCD
screen with an Electronic View Finder (EVF)
camera at ISO 6400 with an aperture of f/2 which is
wide open and offers only a shallow depth of filed.
This is the pantry photographed with flash at
ISO 6400 f/2 1/125. This picture looks fine at
this size.
Now take a look at these crops from a 100% view of the ISO 6400 picture. As you can see, the higher ISO smudges detail
(as seen on the counter with the jars and the window trim) and only a small portion is in focus due to the wide aperture needed to get the shot.
The above pictures certainly don't mean this camera is incapable of producing detailed images. It simply means that in order to have sharp detailed images, you need to use lower ISO's,
smaller aperture of say f/8 or f/11 and a flash unit with at least a Guide number of 24 m/78.7 ft. (at ISO 100).
The small size of the Fujifilm XT-1 with 35mm f/2 lens allowed me to grab some pictures at *Love Heart's Bakery and Cafe* in Bantam, CT where they have awesome daily breads and more.
ISO 500 1/60 f/4
ISO 4000 1/60 f/9
ISO 640 1/60 f/4
ISO 200 1/420 f/5
ISO 640 1/60 f/4
ISO 500 1/60 f/4
Electronic View Finder (EVF) vs Optical View Finder (OVF) battle
This is a non-conventional blog spot. I'm still a believer in film, printed books and magazines. My blog is an electronic version of written content focused on a specific subject.

Cinematic and Photographic Ethics - I provide cinematic and photographic services to a variety of clients using the best equipment suited to the project at hand.

I do not engage in "setting up images"  by means of staging. There's a difference between creating an advertising campaign and actually catching life as it happens.

All digital pictures are processed like film pictures. They are captured in RAW/NEF format, then uploaded and exported in a RAW/NEF file converter like film in a developer.

I do not alter/manipulate pictures. I prefer that they look just like what I saw when I pushed the shutter button. If I alter/manipulate an image, it is clearly marked as such.