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Good morning camera guru's,

I currently have a Canon 70D DSLR with sigma 150-500mm lens and 2x teleconverter, 55-100mm canon lens and a few extension tubes.

So i'm getting married in about 4 months and we going to Bali for our honeymoon but I don't really want to carry around all this gear mentioned above, but would still love a zoom lens and normal close up lens.
Would i be better off just selling my current setup and going for a smaller mirrorless camera like the Canon EOS m3,m5,m6 with two or three lenses (zoom, macro and 55mm) or just suck it up and stick with the DSLR?
I mainly use my DLSR for birding and recently got into macro photography (birds seriously p###ng me off, just sit still for 2 seconds so i can take a photo, nope)
So the main question is, are the mirrorless cameras any good and what would be better in the long run?

Thanks,
 

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I would highly recommend the mirrorless option. My wife wanted something a little more versatile than her old point & shoot and I wanted something more portable than my old 40D. Result: Canon M3 with their 22mm f2.0 (35mm equivalent) and the kit lens. The kit lens is a bit meh but the 22mm f2.0 is a beaut, especially considering its price.

Then the M3 was stolen :|

We replaced it with the considerably more expensive M6 for the sake of the faster focus speed (the M3 can be sluggish & confused when the light isn't perfect) and bluetooth connectivity. Definitely worth having but the price jump is not small.

All of that said, I would steer clear of the Canon mirrorless options. They're just not as good as the Fujifilm X10 (I think it's called), plus the Fujifilm has a better selection of lenses. If you're venturing into M6 money then the Fujifilm is the better choice. If you're shopping on a tighter budget then the Canon makes more sense. We only stuck with Canon because my wife is a fangirl of note and the interface is nice & familiar for her.

Beware of the ofther brands; most of them are using smaller sensors. The M6 has the same sensor as your 70D and the Fujifilm has a similarly large light-nom-nommer.

Canon sell an adapter ring for your EF mount lenses by the way so an option would be to just change the body...although then your weight & size savings are smaller.

Edit - Obilgatory sample pic. Click for bigger.
Shows some good dynamic range, although the chromatic aberration across the right half of the roof annoys me.

Canon M3 22mm f2.0 1/160 ISO160
 
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Professional Photographer here.

I switched from DSLR to mirrorless 3 years ago, and I couldn't be happier. I shoot on Fuji cameras, though, not Canon. Lighter, smaller, cheaper, and the same (if not better) quality images as I was getting from my fancy Nikon Cameras. I used to shoot on a D800, Df, and a D750, and I now shoot on two X-T2 cameras, and they're honestly the best things ever. I've traveled a bunch with them too, and their small size and weight makes traveling a dream.

Have a look at my personal work, travel work, and portrait work here, and my wedding work here.
 

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Sheeeeeeezzzzz dude! that is some awesome stuff there! Will def look into the X-T2.
Great work btw.
 

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@imagigglz thanks for the input, the M3 doesn't look bad at all but i think so far my consideration is now the X-T2 or M6. The EFmount makes a compelling offer for Canon, no need to upgrade all the lenses. All really depends on how much i can sell my current setup for though.
 

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Sheeeeeeezzzzz dude! that is some awesome stuff there! Will def look into the X-T2.
Great work btw.

Thanks man, I appreciate that!

Let me know if you need any help. I've helped loads of photographers transition from DSLR to Fuji.
 

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Professional Photographer here.

I switched from DSLR to mirrorless 3 years ago, and I couldn't be happier. I shoot on Fuji cameras, though, not Canon. Lighter, smaller, cheaper, and the same (if not better) quality images as I was getting from my fancy Nikon Cameras. I used to shoot on a D800, Df, and a D750, and I now shoot on two X-T2 cameras, and they're honestly the best things ever. I've traveled a bunch with them too, and their small size and weight makes traveling a dream.

Have a look at my personal work, travel work, and portrait work here, and my wedding work here.
Wow really excellent work

Sent from my SM-G975U1 using Tapatalk
 

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Fiancee is a photographer. She also switched from dslr to Canon mirrorless. Can't tell you what model though.

Can tell you she's never been happier, and (in my opinion) the shots come out great.

+1 more for mirrorless
 

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DSLR or Mirrorless.
That is a question that gets asked a lot recently.

My Mom and sister are both into cameras and they own DSLR cameras themselves.
They have been doing research the last few months if it is worth it to change to mirrorless.

And the short answer is no, it isn't worth the money to change to mirrorless.

Note I didn't say "upgrade". As there are a few things to consider when doing the move.
You win on some aspects, like less weight. But you also suffer from slower shutter speed on certain cameras.

My Mom tried justifying going over to a Canon EOS R mirrorless, but benefits over cost doesn't make sense.

This might be different for you, but on the more professional side, mirrorless doesn't make sense just yet.
Your camera is also in the semi pro range, so I wouldn't make that change just yet, maybe wait for the next gen of mirrorless, I think they will have some bugs figured out by then.

This is just my two cents though.

Hope this helps a bit with your decision.

And congrats on your engagment and wedding coming up.
 
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(Just to reiterate: Fuji)
 

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Please note, my comment is regarding Canon mirrorless cameras aimed at the more professional market.
I can't say on the more entry level to mid market.
 

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For a holiday, I would recommend a "superzoom" bridge camera such as the Canon SX540 HS or so, they are a good allrounder and zoom way further than even the bulky 150-600mm Sigma I have for my Canon DSLR.

Other than that mirrorless is the way to go these days if you can afford them, they are smaller in size and if you are really looking for something super portable, go with the Micro 4/3 platform (Olympus/Panasonic).

Electronic view-finders are a must for me, but the entry level mirrorless models sometimes do not come with these unfortunately.

Most mirrorless cameras these days have IBIS, which is image stabilization done in the body itself, so you can get away with cheaper lenses.

Just a note, if you do go m4/3, the second-hand market is not really big, and buying lenses brand new can be expensive AF.

In terms of macro, both DSLR and Mirrorless have great lens options, the bridge cameras do a decent job at macro but nowhere near something like the MP-E 65mm from Canon...
 

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Other than that mirrorless is the way to go these days if you can afford them, they are smaller in size and if you are really looking for something super portable, go with the Micro 4/3 platform (Olympus/Panasonic).


Just a note, if you do go m4/3, the second-hand market is not really big, and buying lenses brand new can be expensive AF.

So I bought myself a Panasonic Lumix G7 from Amazon.com which is a great camera. Its a Micro 4/3 Mirrorless camera that came with a 14-43mm lens which is fine. I would really recommend this camera thought.

Re: other lenses, I bought a new 45-200 Panasonic lens from Takealot for about R1500 which is a really good price.
Then I got myself an Olympus 25mm f/1.8 M.Zuiko Digital lens that was a bit more, 2nd hand from Kameraz it was probably like R2500. That lens is really nice.

Other lenses are looking quite pricy so I'm happy for now.
 

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