From Downing Street to the Olympics, this Getty photog explains his mirrorless move

Leon Neal
(Image credit: Leon Neal / Getty)

Leon Neal started his career with the Nikon D1 and has since worked his way through virtually the entire range of professional DSLRs from Nikon – so it’s little surprise that he’s now using the Z system for over 70% of his work. 

The Nikon Ambassador alumnus explains how he went from drumming at Glastonbury to being a multi-award-winning photographer, how he’s finding the transition to mirrorless, and the difference it’s making to his work as an editorial staff photographer with Getty Images.

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.