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

Started Feb 14, 2013 | Discussions thread
gooseta Contributing Member • Posts: 707
Re: Do you non professionals still use DSLR's? And why?

I am no pro and use my DSLR, for a lot of reasons. I personally love my Pentax and it feels great in hand, whereas the teeny tiny bodies of mirrorless cameras are hard to grip and the buttons are tiny. They also mostly have one or no dials, which is bad for those of us who shoot in manual most of the time. Mirrorless cameras almost all use the screen or evf, with the exception of some lenses having an external ovf. While I do like a good evf, I prefer a good old ovf (PLEASE DO NOT TURN THAT INTO A HUGE ARGUMENT!!!)

Mirrorless also doesn't have many good lenses. The three I can think of that have WR is the 12-50, 12-35, and 35-100. The UWAs are mediocre and there are no good standard zooms, almost all are 14-42, the only good lenses that stand out are the panasonic wrs, the oly 12-50, oly 17, and oly 45, and oly macro 60. None of the telephoto zooms seem amazing, but DSLRs have way more options, when you buy a uwa you have the Sigma 10-20s and 8-16, the Tamron 10-24, Samyang 8/14mm, Pentax 12-24, Nikon 16-35, Canon 10-22 and 17-40, CZ 16-35, Tokina 11-16, Pentax 14mm, Pentax 15mm. We have way more telephoto options too, which will not be extremely unbalanced when mounted.

Thirdly, I personally think that the current and next gen mirrorless will not compare with a mid-range DSLR. All M4/3 cameras are not as good with noise as a D5100 or Canon 650D or Pentax K-30 or Sony A-37, all of which not only are better with noise but have better dr and sharpness in general.

Most DSLRs are pretty small, so don't play the "compact" card. Even an EP series camera wont fit into a coat pocket because it has a big-*ss lens on it! Even the little 14-42 makes it feel front heavy. Panasonic are now making larger m43 cameras, and the fact that there is a big lens makes any m43 camera feel unbalanced. DSLRs aren't too much bigger. The A37, A55/57, K5(ii), D5200, and rebel are all pretty small but still have a lot more external controls than m43 cameras.

Finally : The price.

OMD (which everyone loves but I find tacky and WAY too expensive) - $949

7-14 f4 - $900

12-35mm f2.8 - $1,150

35-100 f2.8 - $1400

17mm f1.8 - $500

100-300 - $500

Total : 5.4k

DSLR setup - Nikon or Pentax

D7000 - $1100

Sigma 8-16 - $650

Tamron 17-50 f2.8 - $500

Tamron 70-200 f2.8 - $770 (usually $1.3k)

Nikon 28mm f1.8 - $700

Nikon 70-300 VR - $600

Total : $4.3k

K-5iis $1150

Sigma 8-16 - $650

Pentax 16-50 f2.8* - $1,050

Tamron 70-200 - $770

Pentax 21mm f3.2 - $600

Bigma - $1500

Total : $4420

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