Dear Canon, I'm not buying anymore DSLR Gear get on with the M

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Re: I wont go nex, but fuji, yes
In reply to meland, Mar 3, 2014

meland wrote:

calterg wrote:

Not the nex, been there and its highly over rated, however, I will be going fuji next, thats the only one left to play with for me and my limited budget these days.

I guess there will always be people who flit from one brand or interest to the next. Nothing wrong with that, if it makes them happy, and it probably helps photo retailers stay in business. But I wonder how any manufacturer can really factor such transient interest into their strategic planning?

I think you're completely missing the point.  This isn't about "flitting from one brand to the next".  Many of us would gladly stay with Canon if they simply offered the products that we see other brands are offering.  But since Canon isn't offering those products, we are simply going to other brands that do offer those products.  It's not about being brand fickle.  It's about wanting to use an entirely new class of products that Canon doesn't offer...something along the lines of the the Sony A7/A7R, Sony A6000, Oly E-M10, Fuji X-T1, etc....enthusiast-oriented mirrorless cameras.  This isn't about "transient interest", as if mirrorless is simply fad.

As for the notion that mirrorless is a "transient interest", I think it's like laptops vs tablets.  I used to carry a laptop with me.   But once I got an iPad, I didn't want to carry a laptop anymore when I left the house.  (Frankly, carrying a laptop was always somewhat of a burden, but when the iPad came along, it finally gave me the excuse to not have to take my laptop anymore to client meetings, to shoots, for travel, etc.)  Now, I'm realizing that the same thing has happened to me regarding DSLRs vs MILCs.  I used to carry a DSLR with me, but it too was a burden.  But once I got my m4/3 gear, I didn't want to carry a DSLR anymore when I left the house.  Now, when I'm walking out the door, it's my m4/3 body, and one or two lenses that are on me.  Is this simply a "transient interest"?  No, absolutely not.  For me, mirrorless is here to stay, and it's now my go-to gear when I'm around town, traveling, or anywhere where I'm not doing a paid shoot.  In fact, my attitude now is that I don't carry my DSLR gear unless someone is paying me to use my DSLR gear.

For mirrorless I am using m4/3, but I also bought a Canon EOS M kit.  So basically, my last two camera purchases were mirrorless.  And my next camera purchase is going to be mirrorless too.  I was hoping it would be a new EOS M model with an EVF and more advanced specs.  But seeing as how no such camera exists from Canon, my next camera purchase is going to be the Oly E-M10.  In other words, Canon had an opportunity to win my business, but instead my money will go to a competitor.  Again, this isn't about "flitting" around, or following "transient" interests, because that foolishly trivializes these decisions.  The reality is that I have a concrete set of goals that I want met, I'm waiting for the right products to reach the market at the right price, and then I'm going with the products that meet these criteria.

I'm seeing more and more of my colleagues (all DSLR users) picking up mirrorless bodies.  And they are all realizing the benefits and advantages of these cameras.  We all still keep our DSLR gear for our work.  But outside of our work, it's mirrorless.  So what is the significance of this?  Well, we all spreading the word on how much we like using mirrorless.  We're becoming influencers.  And I think slowly, over time, it's definitely going to take hold amongst consumers.  Because I honestly feel that, for most consumers, MILC is a better fit than a DSLR.  If you are a working photographer who does high volume shooting, DSLRs are still a better choice.  But that's because we shoot 5,000 images every weekend, and only a DSLR has the battery life to handle that.

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