The Temptation of a Mirrorless Camera Body

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As you know, I’ve been getting back into photography recently. I believe I’ve been drawn to it more since I’ve been using ephemeral photo/video apps like Flare and Snapchat. There are just some things that I want to capture and keep forever.

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Right now, I have this little itch to upgrade my gear. There’s a serious allure to the new mirrorless camera bodies out there. Even the cropped sensors are getting pretty darn good. In particular, I’d love to get my hands on a Sony A7II or A7RII. They’re just so well designed… they’re so compact, and I really like the retro design combined with all the new high tech features.

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There are a ton mirrorless bodies being released, and each one is getting better and better with every new iteration. The problem is that if I upgrade, I’d probably have to get new glass.

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And I’m not sure if I’m ready to sell everything off. And truth be told, I don’t think a new camera body will really affect the quality of my images, nor will it make my photography any better.

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One could argue that the iPhone is all you really need… but I definitely prefer using my DSLR. I tried doing the whole minimal photography with the iPhone, but it was really limited.

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There’s just something nice about looking through a viewfinder and composing a shot. Currently, I’m using a Nikon D600 with a couple of lenses, and it seems to be working for me.

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Anyway, I think the point I’m making is that I don’t need to get a new body right now. It’s probably more important to focus on developing my eye and investing into more glass. I’m not sure how long I’ll commit to this statement, but I’d like to think that I can use my gear for several more years.