DSLRs vs. Mirrorless Cameras — Is it Worth the Switch? With Shalonda Chaddock


Many photographers are currently considering moving from their tried and trusty DSLR camera to a newer and shinier mirrorless model. If you are one of them, this is definitely the episode for you! Shalonda Chaddock joins us on the podcast again to talk about her experience of this switch and the lessons she has learned in the process.

She shares all of her wisdom and a few of the mistakes she made so that you do not have to make the same ones! We get the real inside scoop from Shalonda, as she gives it to us straight and honest.

As photographers, it is really important to know what is available out there so that we do not miss out on something that would really suit our needs, and this is exactly what you can expect to get from today’s chat. Shalonda talks about her motivations, experiences, and difficulties, and we also look at the issues of color, focus, and learning curves. So for all this and then some, listen in with us today!


Key Points From This Episode:

  • The cameras that Shalonda has used as she has progressed through her career. 
  • Motivations for Shalonda’s switch to mirrorless and how she has approached the change.
  • The biggest differences that Shalonda has noticed between DSLR and mirrorless cameras.
  • Clarity and focussing issues and how mirrorless is addressing this for Shalonda.
  • Considerations for lenses you already own; adapters and when to buy new gear. 
  • Potential difficulties in transitioning from DSLR to mirrorless and using new brands.
  • Comparing the color of Canon DSLR and the mirrorless Sony.
  • Shalonda’s advice for listeners considering making a similar switch!


“I am allergic to change, period.  I hate it, I don’t like it.” — Shalonda Chaddock [0:04:41]

“There were probably a lot of film photographers that have been in the industry for a long time and they maybe were hesitant or they just didn’t think it was going to stick and then it did and then they had to change eventually.” — Shalonda Chaddock [0:06:56]

“The clarity that I detect in the gear that I chose to go with is phenomenal, compared to what I was having with my old gear. The clarity is definitely a huge difference.” — Shalonda Chaddock [0:09:39]

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

The 5-Day Photo Challenge

Chubby Cheek Photography

Chubby Cheek Photography on Instagram

Episode 18 with Shalonda Chaddock

Cole’s Classroom

Find Your Focus Podcast

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