As mirrorless cameras have risen in popularity, so have professional quality lenses that are compatible with them. This leads to manufacturers offering things from better lowlight performance to more manual controls. In this movie, author Richard Harrington discusses the rise of professional mirrorless lenses.
- As mirrorless cameras have become more popular, we've seen a rise in pro-quality lenses. Wider apertures, the ability for better low-light performance, more manual controls, and most manufacturers are starting to offer these. Here, I've got a collection of pro lenses from Olympus that work with the Micro Four Thirds system, but I also own pro lenses for my Sony, Panasonic, and Fuji cameras as well. Let me show you some of the things that are quite nice about a lens like this. First up, you'll notice that we've got a long zoom lens here, and what's quite nice here is that I've got great control.
I can easily switch by pulling the focus ring, going from manual focus to auto focus, without having to dig into the camera menu. So right now, I'll engage manual focus, and you'll notice that I can easily go through and it even turns on an option like focus assist, where it punched in, to make it easier to manually focus the shot. Let's get that there, we're very shallow, and then after a split second, it will pop back out, I'll just tap a release button there, and you see it goes to a normal magnification.
So this sort of focus assist and electronic communication's pretty awesome. Do keep in mind that I'm using an Olympus lens on a Panasonic body, and that feature still works, that's one of the benefits of the Micro Four Thirds standard. Besides that ability here, I can pop that in, and go to auto focus. So now, I can engage an auto focus, and I've got the ability to choose what's in focus or move this around, or even engage an auto focus continuous, so let's move the camera and recompose, and it still finds focus.
Let's take it in a little bit, and you see that the continuous auto focus adjusts. I'll go back to auto focus single, and it's still locking in. Now, let's go ahead here, we're in video mode, and I'll open up the aperture all the way to 2.8. We'll take the shutter speed down to more appropriate for video, and just quickly adjust the sensitivity here of the ISO, and in this case, I'll cheat the shutter speed just so we get proper exposure.
Alright, that's pretty good there. Notice as I zoom here, two benefits. One, the aperture is not changing, so the exposure doesn't change. And additionally, focus is holding at all stages here. So as I zoom in or make a change, it's still maintaining its focus. Now if I bump the focus ring, I may need to quickly adjust that. But it's still doing a great job of holding it all together as we quickly recompose the shot.
Now, pro lenses also offer other benefits. For example, this particular lens is ruggedized, meaning that it's designed to be able to get wet. I can go out in the rain and shoot with this. I wouldn't recommend diving underwater, but you don't have to worry about little splashes. You've also just got rugged body with great on-camera markings here, so these markings on the lens are gonna make it easy to see what you're doing. Pop into manual focus, and you can easily read the meters. Flip back over, great physical buttons to switch through functions.
Now, these type of lenses do cost more, and like I said, most manufacturers do offer pro lenses these days. It's a matter of deciding what you need. If you're getting into mirrorless for lower budget, well, don't be surprised if the pro lenses cost just as much as other pro lenses. The one place you'll save money though is on the long side. Remember, I can get a pro lens with extended reach for much less than it cost for a DSLR. That's because things like crop factor come into play, and you can get a longer reach, punching in on the action, for significantly less money.
But, it is all a matter of balance. Pro lenses give you pro features, but they do come with a pro price tag.
- Comparing DSLR and mirrorless cameras
- Understanding sensor size and crop factor
- Exploring lens options
- Adapting lenses
- Exploring advantages: reduced cost, weight, and more
- Exploring disadvantages
- Choosing a camera body
- Shooting video on a mirrorless camera