I Will Not Shot in RAW

Started May 19, 2013 | Discussions thread
kelpdiver
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Re: I Will Not Shoot JPGs
In reply to Don_Campbell, May 23, 2013

Don_Campbell wrote:

A short time ago I stood next to a guy who was far more expensively equipped than I, shooting falcons high above us on a cliff. He had a 600mm Canon lens on his DSLR. That rig was mounted on a tripod that was both heavy and by itself was probably more expensive than my SX50. All told he probably had an investiment north of $16K in gear. Clearly that gear is exceptional and highly capable but it is also massive and time-consuming to setup break down. It also has a "reach" of about 1/2 that of my SX50. In addition, I get to quick-release my camera and virtually instantly switch from shooting at 1200mm equivalent to shoot at 24mm equivalent.

Reach is about more than simple focal lengths.  His 600mm (or 960mm on a 7d) will still resolve more detail, focus and shoot faster.  And the optical viewfinder is immensely easier to spot through at that length.   10 years back I had the S3, which was a 12x optical, a big deal at its time.  But on a bright day, the LCD on the back was invisible, and the low resolution EVF was useless when hand handing at the ~450mm FL.  I looked at the spec on the SX50 and they've improved these LCDs mildly.   I don't see 1200mm being that useful unless on a tripod of its own.  I can see some value it in nonetheless, but it won't replace the bigger kit.

Your Bryce example points to the other reason people continue to lug heavy gear.  A predawn shot in the canyons is exactly where you want the greater range of the FF sensor, and the greater than 8bit range of the RAW format.  You just have to suck it up and carry the gear...I trekked a 5d and a carbon tripod across the Andes on the Inca Trail to Macchu picchu.

I'd love to stick with the smaller cameras.  The underwater rig I used in 2003 costs less than the strobe arms (not the strobeS, or the camera, or the camera lens, nor the camera housing) of what I currently use.  1/10th the weight, drag, cost, but it's too limiting.

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