Portability v Quality are we obsessed by size?

Started Jan 10, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: Portability v Quality are we obsessed by size?
In reply to ianbrown, Jan 11, 2013

ianbrown wrote:

different gear for different jobs.

Ian

Makes sense in general, and as the gear continues to improve no doubt our ideas about what best suits what job will continue to change. For example, non-enthusiast photographers are well known to be adopting smartphones as their cameras of choice, at the expense of the P&S market. For enthusiasts, the real sticking point at the moment appears to be AF performance, where the DSLR with phase-detect AF is still the king. The basic SLR design has been with us for so long that it is easy to forget what a Heath-Robinson arrangement it is in many ways, and the time may not be too far distant when it is driven back into a much more specialist role by progressive immprovement in sensor-based AF and EVFs.

Personally I would welcome lighter and more compact kit if it offered the capabilities of what I use now, a dual-format (5DIII+7D) DSLR kit. That is certainly my upper limit - after film-era experience with a PB-E2 on my EOS-1V, I was never tempted by the 1D-series (quite apart from the cost issue!), although I always hankered after the capabilities of the 1V in a digital body without a compulsory vertical grip. The 5DIII with its promised new firmware probably achieves that and, in mahy respects, more.

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