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Amateur Photographer - - Your Letters -

I very much en­joyed the ar­ti­cle in the 8 Septem­ber is­sue about pho­to­graphic city breaks – in par­tic­u­lar the panoramic view of Chicago’s high- rise river frontage. That has prompted me to send in a sim­i­lar type of im­age of Tokyo bay cre­ated in the same way but by stitch­ing to­gether five rather than seven shots. Where the images dif­fer sig­nif­i­cantly is in the equip­ment used to cre­ate them. The Chicago im­age was made us­ing a Canon EOS 5D IV and EF 100- 400mm, a com­bi­na­tion that will have cost about £4,000 and weighs about 2.4kg. In com­par­i­son, my set-up con­sists of a Nikon 1 J5, F- Mount adapter and a 30-year- old Nikkor shift lens - which to­gether cost me less than £500 se­cond-hand, and weighs just 700g. I don’t be­lieve that from a technical per­spec­tive there is enough be­tween the images, es­pe­cially at the sizes re­pro­duced in the mag­a­zine, to jus­tify the huge dif­fer­ences in the costs of ob­tain­ing them. The EOS 5D IV used for the Chicago im­age is of course a DSLR, and my J5 is mir­ror­less, which ex­plains the dif­fer­ences, but with the drive to­wards full-frame sen­sors in mir­ror­less cam­eras the two sys­tems are be­gin­ning to over­lap in both size and ex­pense. To my mind that negates some of the orig­i­nal at­trac­tions of mir­ror­less cam­eras and l, dare I say it, some of their charm. John Greene

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