Complaints About DSLR Size

Started Jul 22, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: Complaints About DSLR Size

lbj1891 wrote:

So I just had a conversation with my buddy about cameras. He told me while he likes the image quality and versatility of DSLRs, he dislikes the weight and size that comes along with it. Long story short, he is replacing the DSLR which was stolen from him with one of the Canon Powershots. I respect and understand his perspective, so note that this thread is not intended to be an argument about DSLR vs. Mirrorless or anything silly like that. But, does anyone actually like the weight and solid feel of their DSLR? I do.

I'll summarize my feelings like that:

  • The second I lift a camera to take a picture, I absolutely love and prefer the feel/speed of a DSLR like the D700-D800, 5DmkII-III and above (D3s, 1Dx). Anything smaller is just less optimal (even entry level DSLRs are a pain to use).
  • The second I put the camera down (hanging around the neck) or back in the bag, I, of course, prefer smaller and lighter cameras.

After that, the choice of the camera depends on which point is more important for which situation. Wedding ? Shooting is priority -> D800 + D3s. Walking around for taking pictures? I still prefer the D800 (D3s is already too heavy in that situation). Traveling and casual shooting ? D5200 if I want to come back with great photos, Nokia 808 when I don't to carry a separate device/bag.

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