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

Started Feb 14, 2013 | Discussions thread
Bob Tullis
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Re: Do you non professionals still use DSLR's? And why?

gdourado wrote:


With the increase advancements in sensor technology and mirrorless cameras, I was wondering how many non professionals still use DSLR's as their travel cameras or just general usage cameras...

If I was a payed photo professional, doing either event shooting, sports, nature or fashion shoots, a camera with maximum speed, precision and control would be a must. But if you are just an hobbyist or an amateur, do you still feel motivated to haul around a big DSLR with lenses all day?

I was wondering because myself for instance, I really enjoy some pictures I got some time ago with my 20D and 5D, but when I think about the fact that I left the hotel in the morning with a big and heavy camera bag, only to return at night, having a big camera always hanging from either my neck or my shoulder, I wish I had taken something smaller and lighter.

What are your feelings on this matter?

I wanted to learn photography, and I wanted the DSLR experience, and I didn't go economy because I didn't want to be able to blame the gear if I couldn't hack it.   I did it for 10 years.   Wonderful.   For 3 years now I'm DSLR-less, and it's also been wonderful, and a nice change of pace, a different experience.    With the DSLR I found out I could shoot for huge prints, and proving that to myself was a plateau.   I can shoot for large prints now, and that's all I ever really needed.   But mind you, there was a time only a 4-5 years ago where for respectable IQ there was only one place to go under MF (DSLRs that is, with some short lived exceptions).

I have no idea what I'm doing the day after tomorrow.

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