Do you non professionals still use DSLR's? And why?

Started Feb 14, 2013 | Discussions thread
jrtrent Veteran Member • Posts: 4,899
Re: Do you non professionals still use DSLR's? And why?

I'm very content to use a compact camera for my travel and general usage needs.  I actually like a camera around my neck, and prefer at least the option of an optical viewfinder for those times when the LCD is washed out, so a Nikon P7100 has become a common travel companion, as has the more pocketable, though viewfinderless, Ricoh CX3.

I still enjoy taking pictures with my one remaining film SLR, a Contax 139Q.  I've never found a DSLR that is as compact and easy to use, so for the present I've stopped buying and using them.  My old Contax has a wonderfully big, bright, easy to focus viewscreen that's a joy to compose with, and all controls can be seen and adjusted by simply glancing down at the top of the camera, including the to-me-indispensable distance and depth-of-field scales on the barrels of my Zeiss prime lenses.  No DSLR is as fun to use, so despite whatever advantages they may have over a compact, I find them frustrating in comparison with my old film camera.  Somehow, the limitations of a compact are easier to live with and adapt to, probably because of reduced expectations to begin with, and therefore fun to use rather than irritating.

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