Results of Mini Poll.. Who's changing Formats ?

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Steve
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Results of Mini Poll.. Who's changing Formats ?
Apr 1, 2013

Many of us, may have thought of, or have purchased a different format camera depending upon the intended use.. but with the entry of mirror less, there are some who have them now but are being teased with the capability of a full dSLR...

or dSlR people, who mainly because of bulk, feel mirrorless might just be the ticket for what they want..

i did a quick and dirty poll (my first one, so as a newbie, i should have added a choice of 'not moving.. staying where i am'

but anyway... it does reflect something..

TOTAL NUMBER OF RESPONDANTS:  71

MOVING FROM SLR TO MIRRORLESS  : 59

MOVING FROM MIRRORLESS TO SLR  : 12

frankly i imagined maybe a 1/3 moving to mirrorless. i'm a bit surprised at these numbers ?

Are you ?

P.S.

I should have asked the question:

"If you are moving from Mirrorless to SLR, did you opt for a BETAMAX rather than VHS back in the 80's ? "

(just wondering.. if 57 of the 59 people (like me) bought a Beta recorder .. then mirrorless is DOOMED !")

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Re: Results of Mini Poll.. Who's changing Formats ?
In reply to Steve, Apr 1, 2013

That's rather a small sampling, not much to deduce from it.

So, some are changing formats.   Some aren't, some are using two or more formats (or intend to RSN).   And minds will change every 6 months or so, as attention is put to new body releases and new or updated lenses.

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In reply to Bob Tullis, Apr 1, 2013

yes, i took statistics.. and less than a hundred is not that significant.. but still... those numbers for moving over is quite high.. if i were in a room with 71 people, and 59 people put up their hands.. i would be wary to question the results.

maybe i should have created this outside of this forum.. maybe the opinions are skewed here.

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Steve wrote:

Many of us, may have thought of, or have purchased a different format camera depending upon the intended use.. but with the entry of mirror less, there are some who have them now but are being teased with the capability of a full dSLR...

or dSlR people, who mainly because of bulk, feel mirrorless might just be the ticket for what they want..

i did a quick and dirty poll (my first one, so as a newbie, i should have added a choice of 'not moving.. staying where i am'

but anyway... it does reflect something..

TOTAL NUMBER OF RESPONDANTS:  71

MOVING FROM SLR TO MIRRORLESS  : 59

MOVING FROM MIRRORLESS TO SLR  : 12

frankly i imagined maybe a 1/3 moving to mirrorless. i'm a bit surprised at these numbers ?

Are you ?

Since your poll was done on this forum, I'm surprised mirrorless didn't do better. Your results suggest that 17% of respondents have mirrorless buyer's remorse.  Of course, your sample is too small to draw any meaningful conclusions.

P.S.

I should have asked the question:

"If you are moving from Mirrorless to SLR, did you opt for a BETAMAX rather than VHS back in the 80's ? "

(just wondering.. if 57 of the 59 people (like me) bought a Beta recorder .. then mirrorless is DOOMED !")

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In reply to Steve, Apr 1, 2013

The thread would be way better if people told what they shoot with the gear they've chosen. If everyone just shoots cat pictures in their living rooms, that would be telling. If people are shooting fast moving subjects, low light, etc., that would be telling. Without it, you really have no context to relate too. Maybe dlsr's were too much camera for some. And just owning a FF or a m4/3 doesn't mean you know how to use either. I don't think just knowing people switched systems tells you much about the functionality of each system compared to each other.

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In reply to Cane, Apr 1, 2013

all good points.. it was a poll monkey whatever test for me... but there could be a good poll devised.. if the results would interest anyone..  maybe we leave it as.. sure.. there is a chunk of slr people who will go mirrorless cause cheaper compacts were never considered..

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In reply to Steve, Apr 1, 2013

Steve wrote:

frankly i imagined maybe a 1/3 moving to mirrorless. i'm a bit surprised at these numbers ?

Are you ?

Between the small sample size and clear selection bias, you can't really draw any meaningful conclusions from this survey.

That's not to say it isn't entertaining (I answered the poll)! But it's not statistically significant.

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And some probably answered in past tense...
In reply to Steve, Apr 1, 2013

as in they moved from SLR to mirrorless.

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In reply to Steve, Apr 1, 2013

Well, This is an interesting thread. I have been struggling with system change. I have been a digital Photographer/Videographer for 10+ years, with too many years of film, trying different cameras, mostly Canon and Sony. I had 3 different Canon DSLR bodies and 3 Canon lenses, all L glass. All very good.

But, I noticed over time how I had to discipline myself to always carry my gear with me for personal work, now paid work, I had no problem, crazy I know! But that was my thinking at the time. Just this past year I have sold all my Canon gear to downsize for obvious reasons.

I chose the sony Nex-7 and a Sony Nex-VG20 Camcorder as my new format APS-C. All my Canon gear was APS-C. There are a lot of things that I like about the Sony Nex system, however I'm now making money with Video and shooting Photos for some clients and the Nex system has some glaring problems that I have to dance around, but having a small size and light weight camera system that has interchangeable lenses, is very convenient and economical.

Just this past week I decided to purchase a Panasonic GH3 Camera and 2 lenses- 12-35mm F2.8 X Lense, and the 45mm F2.8 Leica/Pan Macro/Portrait lens, my reason to try this system out was both size, and the fact that I was not very happy with any of Sony's lenses, especially coming from Canon's L glass, and the rave reviews the GH3 has been getting, especially in the video side. I have to say, that the GH3 is very very nice so far, and the glass is excellent, and I was dubious coming from Canons lenses. This GH3's video is a real game changer in the DSLR Video market and Sony's and the MFT's.

In my constant quest for striving for what I want: One system that is, light weight, excellent len's selection, lots of features, especially video, and above all, sharp images that can be printed out to 36x24 or even larger, mostly for my personal work, I love landscape, and Video that meets the BBC broadcast standard. I have come to this conclusion, It ain't gonna happen for me.

So, Rather than trying to figure out which is the best format and system to change to, I'm making a commitment to more than one system! Instead of fighting, trying to get the right kind of system to meet all my needs.

I'm going to keep My Nex-7, good for decent video, especially where a small camera is required, or aerial video. and I'm going to keep the GH3 as my main video platform, and some photography. and I'm really thinking about getting the Nikon D800-or D800E, and one really good Super wide or wide prime just for my personal landscape work. 36 megapixels is a lot of advantage in cropping and making large prints. The only negatives that I can see here with this thinking is, Having to schlep around multiple gear,(I already do that because of bulky video tools) and of course the cost factor, however, when I think about all of the money that I have thrown away by changing systems over the these past years, It makes it a whole lot easier to justify the upward cost for me.

My Photographic and Video work is very project oriented. I don't carry a camera with me and shoot random shots as a personal hobby. When I want to shoot images and do video, I plan for a topic and a location that allows me to express my self by really getting focused on what i'm doing. Sometimes my equipment might not get in my hands for a month at a time, but I have been getting busier as of lately, Need to to pay for this new way of thinking, LOL!

There is one main factor here that has been the driving force for even changing or switching to any system, and that is QUALITY output at the best possible price point that you can afford or not afford-LOL! So I think that if your a person who likes Quality, in more than one defining area of Photography/Video, Having more than one Format is now more essential than in the past.

Just some food for thought, hope your hungry!

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In reply to Steve, Apr 1, 2013

This is an example of toothpaste statistics. You have a very biased sample and the conclusions are absolutely meaningless.

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Ahhh....yeah....duh... About as objective as Beijing's "People's Daily."
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Steve wrote:

maybe i should have created this outside of this forum.. maybe the opinions are skewed here.

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