Why are DSLR bodies bigger than film era SLR?

Started Jan 7, 2012 | Discussions
Event_shooter
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Re: One of the reasons I am still shooting film
In reply to stealthman_1, Jan 9, 2012

Nikon & Canon figured out a long time ago that when hey build BIGGER cameras people go WOW, HEY YOU MUST BE A PRO, SHEESH LOOK AT THAT THING, WHOA THAT THING IS HUGE, etc.etc.etc. when you walk into a shoot.

They could make them smaller, after all look at the postage stamp size ipod compared to the walkman of decades ago.

It's all about the squeal not the pig.

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Re: One of the reasons I am still shooting film
In reply to Event_shooter, Apr 19, 2012

For what its worth even a DX with APS-C sensor (D70) is huge next to my old 35mm SLR Minolta Maxxum 9000 & Oly OMG...

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Re: Why are DSLR bodies bigger than film era SLR?
In reply to Robin Casady, Apr 19, 2012

Robin Casady wrote:

http://tokyobling.wordpress.com/2008/12/17/nikon-d3-cut-in-half/

I wonder if there is a video around that shows how they did this?
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Re: Why are DSLR bodies bigger than film era SLR?
In reply to ohmydentist, Apr 19, 2012

Because they have a computer and display inside.

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why aren't they bigger actually ?
In reply to ohmydentist, Apr 19, 2012

there is a laptop stuffed in there

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Re: Why are DSLR bodies bigger than film era SLR?
In reply to nikonjohn, Apr 19, 2012

nikonjohn wrote:

If you follow Popular Photography you probably already know that Bob Krist uses D7000s because of their lighter weight. It is really a personal choice based on the needs of the particular photographer.

With respect to the weight of the bodies, if you look at the D3s as an example of a relatively large and heavy body, it has substantial weight because of its fully metal body, big buffer, and built in battery pack. However, even with a D200 or 300 if you strap on the battery pack you've got a large and relatively heavy body.

If you buy the concrete story I've got a bridge I'd like to sell you.

Have you ever heald an f5???

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In reply to ARB1, Apr 19, 2012

I have not seen anyone pointing out ,the tendancy for film SLRs to be manual frame advance via a winder . todays DSLRs are all multi frame high speed models with several frames per second .biult in .

film SLRs requires either a power winder or motordrive to achieve these frame rates ,and that added a fair amount of bulk and weight ,not to mention shooting a whole roll in just a few seconds .

personally i find the the chunkier shapes of the pro nikon cameras ,a pleasent improvement over the earlier incarnations .

wieght is maybe more of a problem ,as we all prefer not to be carrying heavy equipement into the field . but accuracy requires regidity ,and as materials improve I would hope that things will improve .

I still have some of my old film cameras and when I pick them up they feel rediculousely small and fiddly in comparison .

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Re: Why are DSLR bodies bigger than film era SLR?
In reply to Edvinas, Apr 19, 2012

My F 6 has a back LCD and a top LCD. Of course, it weighs a ton compared to my FM2n.

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Re: Why are DSLR bodies bigger than film era SLR?
In reply to perpetua, Apr 19, 2012

LOL. I love this conspiracy theory.

perpetua wrote:

I think that Canon/Nikon want pros to also buy their cheap entry-level DSLR for everyday shooting. Same for the bulk/weight of pro lenses... It's a marketing decision!

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In reply to ohmydentist, Apr 19, 2012

does this keep you awake at night?

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Re: why aren't they bigger actually ?
In reply to Fred Mueller, Apr 28, 2012

Fred Mueller wrote:

there is a laptop stuffed in there

There is real a laptop - including a full keyboard - stuffed into my Nokia N9 and it is not very big.

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Re: why aren't they bigger actually ?
In reply to CFynn, Apr 28, 2012

duct tape your Nokia to a film camera (plus the necessary larger battery) and there you have your basic DSLR in bulk ...

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