Do you non professionals still use DSLR's? And why?

Started Feb 14, 2013 | Discussions thread
mgd43
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Re: Living in the past?
In reply to Hatstand, Feb 15, 2013

Hatstand wrote:


If they don't ring any bells, how does it matter, what they are capable of...?

That's exactly my point - they are ringing the bells now!

I keep seeing "only a DSLR can do action photography". But that is simply not true any more. I stuck to a DSLR (my last was a Canon 600D) for a long time just for action photography, but finally I switched when I saw non-DSLRs (Panasonic FZ150) that ticked the action photography boxes:

Shutter response: 600D 0.1 sec, FZ150 0.05 sec
Focus - wide, shutter response: 600D 0.2 sec, FZ150 0.15 sec
Focus - telephoto, shutter response: 600D 0.25 sec, FZ150 0.25 sec
Shot to shot - without flash: 600D 0.4-0.5 sec, FZ150 0.6 sec (~)
Shot to shot - with flash: 600D 0.6-0.7, FZ150 0.8 sec (~)
Continuous shooting - JPEG: 4fps, FZ150 5.5 fps
Continuous shooting - RAW: 600D 3fps (6 shots), FZ150 5.5 fps

These figures are from tests by ephotozine.com. I don't know how they measured those, but I can say subjectively, that I found little difference in performance between 600D and FZ150 for action photography. The image stabilisation on the FZ150 (subjectively again) is as good as I got from Canon lenses.

My only issue was the FZ150 rear screen and EVF are nowhere near as good as an optical viewfinder, but a cheap red dot sight fixed that for me.

I do not deny that DSLR's have significant advantages in several areas, and always will. But as a non-professional (as per topic!) who is happy with "great" results not "professional" results... those advantages are superfluous to my needs.

The FZ150 must be one heck of a superzoom because none of the superzooms I've used come near most of those numbers including a FZ35. Do you know anything about ephotozine.com? Who are they? How reliable are they?

Don't get me wrong. I like superzooms. They offer a lot for the money and I often recommend them, but I've used a few and their focus speed and shot to shot speed were considerably slower than any of my DSLR's. They also produce considerably more noise at high iso's than DSLR's and their focus speed can become painfully slow in low light.

Still, they are relatively compact compared to a DSLR with a couple of lenses, and they produce very good results under most conditions.

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