Jylppy: Figuring out this in the beginning of my hobbyist-photogapher career was a big "Heureka"-moment for me and the reason I sold off my 4/3 Olympus and bought Canon 5D. Yes, plenty of bulk to carry around, but I finally got the bokeh I was after. Everybody makes their own choices for the reasons important to them, but understanding "Equivalence" is fundamental to not to be fooled by the "F-numbers".
@GreatBustard: This especially applies to amateur landscape photographers.
HeyItsJoel: That's it. I'm going full frame.
I was sold between micro 4/3 and APS-C cameras because of their small footprint. But after reading this, I've decided that anything worth doing in photography is worth doing right.
The thought of having to lug all that heavy equipment around while traveling definitely sucks. But in the end, image quality should not be sacrificed. This couldn't be more important when traveling to a location I will be more likely to go to only once in my life. That means getting it right the FIRST time.
@ nerd2: I was thinking more in the canon/nikon line. Not Sony.
@ mostly: You are wrong.
That's it. I'm going full frame.
Wrist strap > Neck strap.
JamesInCA: Why would anyone sculpt from marble when they can get the same visual results with fiberglass so much easier?
Why would someone play an actual wood violin when a modern keyboard will make the same sound without all the horsehair and pine sap?
Why make a painting of something when you could just take a picture and use some photoshop filters?
Why would anyone drive a stinking, inefficient, and unsafe car from the 1950s?
Why would anyone sleep in a tent when there's a handy Motel 6 a few minutes away?
I agree. Why would they?
HeyItsJoel: He tried to use a typewriter to pay his taxes online. The IRS is looking for him.
I don't pay England any taxes. We settled all this tax stuff at the Boston harbor before, remember? ;)
Alexander Gardner, credited for taking famous photographs of Abraham Lincoln, came back from the dead looking for this guy. He wanted to take a picture of him with his shiny new full frame DSLR. John Wilkes Booth, conceiling a weapon, decided to join in on the search. His intentions are unknown.
He caused a traffic jam at a major intersection by stopping in the middle of the streeet and posing for the traffic camera. He thought it was a free outside photo booth. Snopes is trying to contact him to verify his stupidity.
He tried to use a record player to illegaly download music on his rotary phone. The music industry decided to still sue him anyway for the attempt.
HeyItsJoel: I was considering the Sony RX100 III vs. Canon G1X II.
Turns out that the lack of a hotshoe became the dealbreaker for me on the Sony. I do off-camera flash strobes and having the hotshoe is more important to me than the built-in EVF, as cool as it is.
Thanks but I think I'll stick with Olympus. It has a hotshoe and a viewfinder. Not to mention, better color renditions than what a sony sensor can give.
He tried to use a typewriter to pay his taxes online. The IRS is looking for him.
I would hardly call my setup "complex." Photographing items to sell on eBay and/or Amazon. Don't need a dslr for that, now do I?
But of course, this is not my main use for the camera. But it's nice to have the hotshoe there when I need it.
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artfot: I own an RX100 (M2) and I have to say that it is an excellent camera for street & travel photography.
I believe in the philosophy which says: "The best camera is the one you can always carry with you." and here RX100 family, believe me, wins.
For those who like to compare [DSLRs vs. RX100 series], guys - it's like comparing [Kawasaki ZZR 1400 vs. Vespa]
c'mon let's get serious. Give your old mobile phone with camera to Steve McCurry and for sure he will shoot one more picture full of emotions. Cameras are great tools but photography first of all requires subject and emotions.
Concerning M3 - In my personal opinion, although the 24mm and the f2.8 @70mm both sound "delicious", for me this is not THE reason to upgrate.
Furthermore except of being in the right place at the right time, one of the things that a photographer should do is to passing through his own short adventures in order to frame and capture his subject properly bypassing any environment or equipment challenges.
"guys - it's like comparing [Kawasaki ZZR 1400 vs. Vespa]"
Now that's just silly.
It's actually more like a Star Wars speeder bike vs. Kawasaki ZZR 1400.
That's a more realistic comparison. :)
I was considering the Sony RX100 III vs. Canon G1X II.
CaseyComo: Quality of the blur is horrendous. Doesn't look like a good lens, looks like a bad Gaussian job in Peeshop.
Well, whether it's a rhetorical question or not, the fact remains that the bokeh is absolute s***.
But don't drag Photoshop into this. Photoshop can do a lot better job with blur than what we're seeing here.
pancromat: white/light grey looks nice. like the NASA hasselblad that went to the moon.
Yeah, and look what happened. The astronaut dropped it and now they can't find it.
pacnwhobbyist: You have to give Pentax credit...they were the ones that started this whole multi-colored DSLR business.
You also have to give Pentax the blame, too.