I've decided to move to mirrorless from my DSLR roots. I've sold my Nikon D500 and both lenses. I must admit that I enjoyed the simplicity and versatility of that Nikon kit. The Sigma 150-600 Contemporary lens, for the money, did a great job.
So why mirrorless? Well, here are the key points:
- Silent shooting does make a difference with certain critters
- Burst rates up to 20 or 30 frames / sec can make a difference if you are looking for that precise frame in the action
- Getting the exposure right before the shot is easier since you are viewing the image right off the sensor
- Autofocus can now act intelligently on mirrorless systems and identify animals, birds, people and cars/trains/planes
Furthermore, when choosing a suitable camera body, I like the added reach of the cropped sensor cameras. More reach is always welcome and usually at a lower cost for the lens. Plus, I prefer the versatility of a zoom lens. Finding this combination of mirrorless technology and a cropped sensor camera is proving to be a difficult proposition. There are some good full frame cameras in my budget such as the Canon R6 but I have to give up some reach and I'm stuck with a lens that only extends to 500mm. Both Nikon and Sony don't really have a combination right now that fits this description or my budget. So, just recently announced is the Fujifilm X-H2S. It is a cropped sensor mirrorless camera with all the bells and whistles I'm looking for at a decent price. To accompany the camera is a new Fuji lens with a zoom range of 150-600, again at a decent price. To top it off, I already have a Fuji camera and the lenses I have with it are transferable to this new system.
So, unless something else comes up, I plan to evaluate the Fuji X-H2S and their new lens and make a decision about purchasing that kit. I'm hoping the pre-production reviews transfer over to the production copy. If so, I'm on my way.