Why are DSLR bodies bigger than film era SLR?

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Event_shooter Senior Member • Posts: 1,080
Re: One of the reasons I am still shooting film

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.

evan fotis
evan fotis New Member • Posts: 6
Re: One of the reasons I am still shooting film

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...

ARB1
ARB1 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,082
Re: Why are DSLR bodies bigger than film era SLR?

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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Allen
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Ilkka Nissilä Veteran Member • Posts: 4,107
Re: Why are DSLR bodies bigger than film era SLR?

Because they have a computer and display inside.

Fred Mueller Senior Member • Posts: 2,467
why aren't they bigger actually ?

there is a laptop stuffed in there

golf1982 Contributing Member • Posts: 744
Re: Why are DSLR bodies bigger than film era SLR?

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???

TITCHY Senior Member • Posts: 1,101
Re: Why are DSLR bodies bigger than film era SLR?

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 .

DaveOl
DaveOl Veteran Member • Posts: 3,004
Re: Why are DSLR bodies bigger than film era SLR?

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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plasnu Regular Member • Posts: 310
Re: Why are DSLR bodies bigger than film era SLR?

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!

ffnikclif Contributing Member • Posts: 867
Re: Why are DSLR bodies bigger than film era SLR?

does this keep you awake at night?

Fred

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CFynn Veteran Member • Posts: 5,224
Re: why aren't they bigger actually ?

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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Fred Mueller Senior Member • Posts: 2,467
Re: why aren't they bigger actually ?

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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