Keep Shootin’, Mirrorless Future, Box Talk, VR And Tripods

In this episode, we’ll talk about the importance of knowing when to stop shooting and when to keep going. From there, we’ll talk about when it’s time to upgrade to mirrorless, if you should keep your boxes (yeah, it’s weird), and if you should use VR / Stabilization when using a tripod.

Lots of great stuff this time, so grab a warm drink, your favorite earbuds, and take a listen. (Note, podcasts are an audio-only format)

The podcast is available below, on iTunes (click here), Google Podcasts (click here), and on Spotify (once they update their feed – search Backcountry Gallery).

TOC

00.01 – Intro and quick tip – keep shootin’
05.03 – Is mirrorless the future and when/if should you upgrade?
17.05 – Keep your boxes or not?
19.28 – VR / Stabilization and tripod use

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Francine Dollinger
Francine Dollinger
2 years ago

On the subject of VR and tripod I Have had a problem photo stacking with my Z6. When I use a S lens I have no problem but when I use a older lens and the adapter I find that some pictures dont line up and I thought maybe there is something wrong with the camera or lens combo. After listening to the podcast it hit me I will have to turn off the VR and see if it makes a difference. I used the Macro 105 and an older 70-300 lens and I could not stack the pictures because… Read more »

Matt Helms
Matt Helms
2 years ago

Hi Steve – Just found the podcast. Excellent stuff. My personal dilemma in regard to mirrorless is that I have finally saved up for the Nikon 600mm f/4e and was planning on a purchase ASAP only to find that the Sony 600mm f/4 is getting rave reviews and is of course much lighter. I currently shoot with the Tamron 150-600mm and would love to keep things as hand-holdable as much as possible. I have the D850 and absolutely love it but am now concerned about where it makes sense to invest. Any advice for someone like me who isn’t invested… Read more »

Tina McManus
2 years ago

Curious. I’m a Canon shooter and am looking at the new 1DX Mk III, which is a dslr retailing for $6500. Do you think it would be wise to wait and see what Canon delivers in mirrorless or buy the dslr or switch systems to Sony. I have a 500mm f4 lens by Canon.

Jack Pearson
Jack Pearson
2 years ago

When using a camera on a tripod, windy conditions can cause the camera to vibrate, especially if you are using a long focal length lens or a less expensive tripod. In this case, even if the camera or lens manufacturer recommends turning off image stabilization, common sense says turn it on.

Jim Pool
Jim Pool
2 years ago

The only problem I see by waiting for canon or nikon to get their high end mirrorless cameras out they are 2 to 3 generations behind what Sony already has out and they will be playing catch up.

Jim Pool
Jim Pool
2 years ago
Reply to  Steve Perry

Besides I’m 70 now, I may be dead by the time Canon catches up.

Sam H.
Sam H.
2 years ago

I agree with what you have mentioned. I’ll only switch to mirrorless when Nikon finally comes out with at least the A9 level of AF & no blackout EVF (I hate the herky-jerky EVF you get in the other mirrorless EVF). For now i’ll just stick with my D850 for birding and maybe pick up a D6 (if it fits my requirements) or D5 for higher ISO situations. Thank you for the podcast again Steve!

Chris Leach
Chris Leach
2 years ago

Hi Steve, Thanks for another great podcast. I have been shooting a D500 and a D810 and have loved it. As much as the files from my 810 are great, I prefer the handling of the D500, so I was considering replacing my 810 with the 850….but now I am thinking mirrorless and waiting for the next Nikons. My big issue is not transitioning to the ML camera — as you say, it seems like it would be seamless — but I have invested enormously in F Mount glass and hate the idea of mixing Z and F glass (and… Read more »

Chris Leach
Chris Leach
2 years ago
Reply to  Steve Perry

Thanks, Steve. I suppose I am looking at the future and wondering if I will regret not getting rid of all my F mount glass while it still has value and just go Z. I wonder if, as camera sensors improve, whether the F glass will resolve up to the capabilities of the sensor. Of course, this is all a game of chasing tech, which I hate. Suppose, as you point out, just keep shooting and don’t worry about it. Still absolutely love my gear.

Ziggy
Ziggy
2 years ago

Burst caching is a boon in mirrorless and game changer too (Panasonic Pre Burst, Olympus ProCapture, Fuji PreShot?). Time Sony and Nikon got with the program.

Dale Elliott
Dale Elliott
2 years ago

Steve thanks again get information as always. I will have to try what you said about VR on and off on the tripod with my wimberley head

Rolf Strand
Rolf Strand
2 years ago

Are you switching to Sony

Karl Gillard
Karl Gillard
2 years ago

Steve, just a quick note! Since I learned about your instructional posts about a year ago, I have downloaded and read all of your eBooks, have watched every YouTube video, and now listen to your Podcasts. I learn something new with each one and can’t wait to read/see/hear the next. While I would love to take one of your hands-on classes, retirement income just won’t allow it. Keep up the good work and know that your efforts are helping many of us. Thanks!

Dilip Ranade
Dilip Ranade
2 years ago

Excellent information. Just have a doubt. I use back button focus all the time. When is the VR activated..when I activate the focus or when the shutter button is half-pressed (which in my case only locks in the exposure and not focus)? If the latter is true, do I need to half-press the shutter button for a moment for the VR to do the job? Also, in case the AF on button activates the VR what happens when I want to just shoot in AF-S mode by locking the focus and releasing the AF button

Jacobus De Wet
Jacobus De Wet
2 years ago

I recently added a Z6 and wanted to test how it copes with Wildlife and Birds. The more I used it the more I liked it and found that my D850 was sitting idle. It is not perfect as the EVF delay is an issue and the focus very different but I find ways to adjust and in fact really enjoy using the Z6. The size and the handling is fantastic. I also found that my lenses are all tack sharp even with the FTZ. Almost every lens I have needs some kind of focus calibration with every DSLR that… Read more »

Roger Fance
2 years ago

Thanks for all this really useful information Steve! At this stage, I think I will stick with DSLRs for a few more years yet.

Norman Dean
2 years ago

You don’t like the rearend of birds? Seriously I enjoy you channel so much. You mention that with mirrorless it is possible to shoot with silent shooter, why is this not the default?

Mary Doo
Mary Doo
2 years ago

Love your podcast. I enjoyed every comment you made. Thank you!

Michael Grann
Michael Grann
2 years ago

Hi Steve, in your recent video you mentioned you now almost exclusively shoot with a FF body. Which camera do you primarily use? Thanks.

Brien Richards
Brien Richards
2 years ago

Great podcast, Steve. I’m really finding lots of valuable information in your talks. I look forward to more in the new year.

Alan P. Recktenwald Jr.
Alan P. Recktenwald Jr.
2 years ago

I’m waiting for the day when an integrated filter set in virtual. No fingerprints or dust to contend with. The way technology is expanding I could see it as a possibility.
Great info as always. I thank you for your time and great eBooks!

David Tibbals
David Tibbals
2 years ago

Great podcast! I am one of those who want the boxes 🙂 part of the reason is it is one of the only ways to tell if it is gray market or USA. The box and paperwork will indicate if it is USA and will have the matching serial number. Last thing I want to do is get a “deal” but find out I can’t repair it if something happens. Nikon is making it harder and harder to repair gear let alone gray market.

Mary Doo
Mary Doo
2 years ago
Reply to  David Tibbals

Great to keep the box for whatever reason, hwvr, there are excellent Nikon repair shops that would repair Nikon, gray or otherwise. For example: Nikoncamerarepair.com.

Jacobus De Wet
Jacobus De Wet
2 years ago
Reply to  David Tibbals

In South Africa with the used market and we have a lot of private sales, due to very poor value of used cameras when you want to upgrade with the retailers, buyers want their used gear with the original Box and if possible the original invoice to proof that it is not a grey market product and not a stolen product.

Chris Nenov
Chris Nenov
2 years ago

Steve, good analysis of DSLR vs mirrorless. I wanted to add one additional consideration in favor of mirrorless for wildlife fans – video through the viewfinder. For me, the only reason for adding Z6 to my D850 was its wildlife(birding) video capability through the EVF. Using D850’s Live View to take video of birds that are alive and awake is hopeless.

Chris Rippy
Chris Rippy
2 years ago

Love the podcast, keep up the great work!

Shutterbug Sue
Shutterbug Sue
2 years ago

Great advice – thanks a bunch, Steve!

jason
jason
2 years ago

Hi Steve, Thank you so much for the timely and informative podcast. I have a bit of an extension of the dslr vs mirrorless question for you (and others on the board). I am purely an enthusiast photographer and generally view my photos on a 27″ iMac. Will print the occasional photo to hang on a wall, but not to immense size. Fortunately, have recently travelled to Africa and Costa Rica on family/nature/wildlife trips. I shoot the Nikon D500 primarily with the 200-500 lens. This is an absolutely amazing combination. However, I found, particularly in Africa with very large and… Read more »

jason
jason
2 years ago
Reply to  Steve Perry

Thank you so much. I agree 1000%. I figure that Nikon has got to put the 61 megapixel sensor they licensed into either (or both) a D850 successor and a Z8/9. That will hopefully be my next camera. Figure about $3,500 but would last me a decade. Essentially Nikon’s version of the ARIV. I think I read or saw that you are using the Sony ARIV in your shooting. Cannot believe Nikon is going to let Sony, and now announced Canon, high resolution cameras get even more of a head start. Guess the Sony would be a fallback if Nikon… Read more »

michael connor
michael connor
2 years ago

the one time for me I have the Nikon d5 and it is the noise that gets me down that’s where the mirroless would come into its own

Cookie Segelstein
Cookie Segelstein
2 years ago

Great podcast Steve. I have been coveting the Sony A9II after seeing a photographer clicking away silently in Lodi, CA. But having just risked my marriage and the loyalty of my children in buying the 180-400 last June (and loving it), I think your advice to wait is wise. I thank you as does my family! As if they REALLY know how much my equipment costs. Loving these podcasts!

Paul Esselstyn
Paul Esselstyn
2 years ago

I listened carefully about your discussion of VR and tripods. In the case of my 16-35 VR lens the manual advises user to turn off VR if the head is locked down. Conversely, just as you said, the manual suggests having VR on if the head is loose, as in a gimbal or on a monopod. Thanks as always.

Emre Dikici
Emre Dikici
2 years ago
Reply to  Steve Perry

I have a question regarding the VR. I noticed before, that when I have my D500 attached to a Nikkor 200-500 f5.6 on a tripod with a loose gimbal head, and I compose and shoot, I see that my composition changed significantly. Not like a small change where there is a small blur, but half of the head of the subject is cut off kind of movement. I noticed that this happens when the VR is ON. I was wondering if this is a known issue or if I have a defective lens or camera or I am a bad… Read more »

Marco
Marco
2 years ago

Great content as usual, happy new year to you