The Big Switch
Join Alex for a detailed and honest presentation about the Pros and Cons of switching to full frame mirrorless cameras for underwater photography. The session is aimed primarily at existing SLR photographers considering upgrading to a new camera.
Although, the event will focus on switching to mirrorless, there will be plenty of valuable content for existing users and we will be opening up the session for existing users to share their experiences and opinions in an interactive session.
Alex Mustard: The Big Switch
The live event is scheduled for 90 minutes, based around a 45 minute presentation, followed by a 45 minute Q&A and discussion.
Even if you cannot make the live event we recommend booking via this link to ensure unlimited access to the recording for one month, as well as a free bonus of access, for the same period, to Alex’s popular talk Reboot On Blur.
From Alex himself
“2023 is the year! For the last few years, mirrorless cameras have clearly been the most capable choice for land photography. However, recent months have brought the introduction of some major new models that mean that underwater SLR photographers can no longer simply content themselves that they are shooting the best. Perhaps more persuasive, is that these very latest mirrorless cameras are the first that I enjoy taking underwater pictures with more than my SLRs. It is time for underwater photographers to pay attention to the advantages of full frame mirrorless!”
“That said, underwater photography exposes several specific areas of weakness in mirrorless cameras that land-based reviewers never consider. And it is essentially to weigh these up when considering the big switch. Areas of concern include changing from optical SLR viewfinder to an electronic viewfinder (EVF); the higher battery demands of mirrorless; the changes in flash performance especially with electronic shutter models; sensor-based AF performance in the monochromatic underwater world; limited lens choice; and some reduced compatibility with important accessories, like Nauticam’s water corrected optics. For us, camera upgrades are expensive, because a new camera also means a new housing, and probably some lenses too. I hope this webinar will pay you back many times by helping you make a smart new investment, or to realise that your current camera is still exactly what you still need.”
We’re bombarded with the message that new is always best from manufacturers and retailers. Naturally, the photography industry wants us to switch because it will drive sales in cameras, lenses, housings and more. As such balanced, honest opinions about mirrorless can get a little lost in the marketing hype and the evangelistic opinions of converts. Alex’s presentation is not intended to make you switch, nor will it favour any specific brand. The big three brands for full frame mirrorless: Canon, Nikon and Sony, all have quality products, any of which could be the right choice for you. This talk will leave you better placed to decide for yourself what to buy and what other purchases are needed to complete the system.
Alex was an early adopter of mirrorless cameras. In 2012 he took the first underwater mirrorless camera photo awarded in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest, which was also the first mirrorless camera picture above or below water to win in that contest. But Alex continued to use SLRs as his main cameras for the next decade, maintaining mirrorless systems only for specific shoots. That all changed this year. Alex will briefly cover the reasons why he is currently shooting Sony mirrorless, but the true aim of this session is to help you choose the right system for you.
The decision to change cameras and systems is both costly and often filled with trepidation, having access to Alex's carefully considered opinions will be , we feel, incredibly valuable and re-assuring to many.