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Not Your Father’s or Mother’s Camera

Shot with a Sony A7S.

Ed. note: this is an archive post from our blog written in 2013, when David Schloss predicted a camera like the ones we shoot with now, "A mirrorless camera can perform as fast as an SLR without the need of a mirror and a separate autofocus chip." Not only did Sony achieve that technological leap, but their AF now outperforms the latest DSLRs. I've added notes inline too, updating the original story.

For the cyclist, saying that the SLR is dead might not mean anything, but for cycling bloggers, this is very important. SLR cameras, the mainstay of photography since at least World War II, are about to vanish from the earth, replaced by something newer and (eventually) better.

Just as technologies like road disc brakes and 'cross-specific groups herald big changes in the the way we connect with our sport, changes in gear have huge implications on how we cover things and how we present the cycling world.

A few products we've looked at recently show how very, very close we are to seeing a major shift in the gear we use to capture our sport, and how pros take pictures.

We're not talking about the camera phone. We love the images that come from a smartphone, but we're still way, way off from an era in which a phone can provide manual control over aperture and shutter speed and provide us with a variety of high-quality focal lengths to shoot from.

Instead there's a big shift happening in the way a camera works, brought on by what's called "mirrorless" cameras. Instead of using a mirror and an optical viewfinder (as do single lens reflex cameras) a mirrorless system uses just the LCD screen and/...