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Hi all, Dave here, and if you didn’t notice already, it’s #TravelTuesday! And, that means I’m here for the weekly takeover on ScottKelby.com.

Today, I wanted to share an update with you from the world of mirrorless, and it was prompted by this: –

CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) reported 2019 to be the worst year of the past decade for camera sales and shipping. Japanese camera companies reported 24% fewer cameras sold versus 2018. An interesting part of the report is this: –

DSLR sales dropped 33.6%, with a loss in value of 27.5%, whereas mirrorless sales only dropped 10%, with an increase in value of 5.6%.

The key point is that mirrorless cameras made the manufacturers, as a whole, an extra 5.6%. Plenty of camera and tech blogs have reported on mirrorless, with a huge range of views being put out there. Some say DSLR is here to stay, and others report that mirrorless is the future. But why are sales at a 10-year low? Are we just not sure where to put our money right now? And, if not, why not?

This video is my favourite explanation of the DSLR versus mirrorless situation, put out in September by Jared Polin. In it Jared, AKA FroKnowsPhoto, makes a comparison of what happened to film cameras when DSLR launched, and predicts the same in this case. But what is actually happening with mirrorless now that it has settled down?

All the big players, namely Canon, Nikon, and Sony, have released pro and consumer versions of their first mirrorless cameras now, and the market has had a while to get used to the idea of what’s happening. Lens companies, such as Tamron, Sigma, and Zeiss have been able to properly assess the lens mounts on these new cameras.

One thing mirrorless makes easier for us all is the ability to switch. The Nikon vs Canon vs Sony warriors are out there, true to their brand, but let me very quickly explain my take on this. Basically, your allegiance lies with the brand you first chose to invest in. Rarely do people switch brands and the reason is simple: it’s too expensive! If the first camera you invested in was Canon, you’re likely to stick with Canon because you invested in glass that goes on a Canon camera. The camera itself can be upgraded once in a while, but nobody can really afford to switch their camera and their lenses to another brand, and therefore we join in the argument of “my Sony is better than your Nikon,” simply because that’s the camera we own. Get it? So, back on point. When we switch from DSLR to mirrorless we are now looking at news lenses to work natively with the new camera, unless we’re happy to have an adaptor until the end of time to retrofit our DLSR lenses. Upgrading to mirrorless is an opportunity to explore other brands, seeing as we’ll end up having to spend that cash anyway. But who’s out there and what are they doing?

Just a mirrorless camera doing its thing…

Leaks are doing the rounds right now that Canon will be launching the EOS R5/R6/RX/RS, Nikon will be launching the Z8 and Z9, Sony will be launching the A5 and A7S III, and Fuji, Olympus, and Panasonic all also have new gear coming for us to get our mitts on. With having their other products out in the real world for some time now, let’s hope we’ll see some real advances in tech, as well as simply uprated megapixels.

Personally, I just hope Nikon has addressed the issue of having a sensor bare and exposed to the elements when chaining lenses, or I’ll be switching brands for sure. I have my eye on Sony right now, and I know Glyn Dewis made a successful switch to Sony already.

Conversely to expectations, and perhaps to hold a little nostalgia for now, there are leaked reports of a new Nikon DSLR to hit the market—the D6. Perhaps it’s a clue to the future of DSLR, though. The Nikon F6 is the last film SLR made (which is still in production), so will the D6 be the last DSLR off the line? We’ll see—that’s pure speculation on my part based on the model number!

With mirrorless clearly being marked up as the future of our industry, we just need to get ourselves used to electronic viewfinders and we’re more or less onto a winner.

Feel free to throw your thoughts into the comments here, or reach out to me if you still just don’t know!

Much love
Dave

Aloha from Maui, Hawaii — I’m here at Canon’s launch event for their just-announced EOS R Full Frame Mirrorless camera. I got a chance to get my hands on the new camera, and I have to say, Canon did a kick-butt job on this big-time Mirrorless. 

Get The Scoop Live on The Grid and Ask Canon’s Tech Gurus Yourself
Before we get to the tech specs — today you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions directly to Canon’s photo and video gurus, along with YouTube sensation Devin Supertramp, and Fashion Photographer Lindsay Adler, as we’re broadcasting The Grid live from Maui, Hawaii today at 4 PM ET (kelbyone.com/thegrid or facebook.com/skelby) -These guys have the answers, and we’ll be taking your questions live – see you at 4PM EDT today!

OK, onto to my first impressions:
The camera specs are found all over the Web (here’s a link to Canon’s EOS R official spec sheet), but here are the features that stood out to me:

30.3-megapixels

5,655 AF points (read that one again, out loud)

They nailed the ergonomics, and the overall feel (and grip) feels great! It feels like a DSLR even without the battery grip. They crushed it on the ergo side, and everybody at the event was talking about how great the camera feels in your hand.

Touch Bar in the back is very clever, and it’s customizable. You can assign what you want it to controls (like your ISO for example), but you can have it control more than one thing. Really slick when you try it.

Full articulating touch screen, up/down, flips out, the whole 9-yards

The very small size of their just announced 24-105mm is worth nothing (more on new lenses in a minute)

It has 4K video at 30-fps, and 1080p HD at 60 fps, but the one that stood out to me was the 720p HD at 120 fps for super slow-mo.

There’s a $99 mount adapter so you can use your existing Canon EF or EF-S lenses.

Only one card slot, but at least it’s SD (SD cards are probably the lowest priced cards out there).

It takes the super popular, ubiquitous LP-E6N or E6 Canon battery (thank, goodness!), and you can get a battery grip for it, to add a 2nd battery. About 370-ish shots per battery.

My first impressions of the Electronic Viewfinder
Way, way better than I was expecting. I’m not a fan of Electronic Viewfinders at all, but this one might make me change my mind. Really well done. 

But at the end of the day, features are just features 
It’s like describing a guitar by telling you what kind of pick-ups it has and what type of wood the fretboard is made from. What really matters is this — how to do the images look? I got a chance to play with one, and see the images right from a pre-release model of the camera, including large prints (so it’s not a full production unit yet, and will still be tweaked, enhanced and such), and they are just beautiful! Vivid. Crisp. Rockin! I also saw some 4K Video Devin shot and it looked absolutely stunning. At the end of the day, how the images look — that’s what it’s all about. 

Pricing: 
I think they killed it on the pricing – $2,299. 

Anticipated Ship Date:
The body ships in October 2018  

They launched some nice new lenses for their new Mirrorless R-mount as well – smaller, lighter, very fast! 
But, I think their new control ring feature is show stealer!!! Such a clever idea for adding controls right to the lenses themselves, and you even buy an adapter to add a control ring to your existing EF lens. This is really slick! OK, on to the new RF Lenses:

> 28-70mm f/2 ($2,999) ships in December 2018

> 24-105 mm f/4L IS USM ($1,099), December 2018

> 35mm f/1.8 MACRO IS STM ($499) December 2018

> 50mm f/1.2L L USM ($2,299) October 2018

> Mount Adapter for the EF-EOS R ($99) October 2018

Pretty serious-level lenses. 

Lighter big lenses, too!
Another big announcement was the release of two big EF lenses (for sports and wildlife shooters), that are about 2lbs lighter than previous models, making them the lightest weight lenses of their kind. The crowd here dug ’em!

Lots more to share later today on our “Live from Hawaii” edition of The Grid. See you then – 4 pm EDT today! 

Best, 

-Scott

P.S. I also saw (though not covered in today’s launch event) Canon introduced a new EL-100 flash (Speedlight). 24mm coverage. Optical wireless. Mode dial driven. Very small, and simple. $199.99 – ships October 2018

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