Why you love your DSLR

Started Aug 16, 2013 | Discussions thread
Martin.au Forum Pro • Posts: 12,867
Re: mirrorless are less serious . . .

tko wrote:

MJJSevilla wrote:

People who haven´t used recent mirrorless cameras can exaggerate differences between DSLRs and mirrorless. For example, I see a comment implying that bulb mode or filters are the sole preserve of DSLRs (¿!?) and the line in the OP about "why would you leave your best camera behind on vacation" which is certainly news to me because I´ve had no problem using filters or bulb mode with my Fuji X Pro compared to a DSLR or once felt that I was missing out by not using a DSLR after a month´s photography trip to Iceland.

On the other hand, the only benefit of mirrorless is weight. They're even more expensive.

The ops point is that the dSLR IS the best camera, although a mirrorless might be . . . adequate. Why would you leave you best camera at home if your serious?

But I think many mirrorless users don't own a dSLR, in which case their best camera is a mirrorless, rendering the implications moot. The question only applies to dSLR owners who take a lesser camera on vacation, a question I've wondered.

Let me see. Use a point and shoot in Bali, Hong Kong, Guilin, Taipei, Vietnam, Japan, and Thailand, but use a dSLR to take photos of my cat and dog? That's the issue the op brought up.

The Fuji´s advantages are weight and size. One crucial factor which I never see mentioned in these discussions, is the weight not just of the camera and lenses but also the tripod. The tripod I use for my X Pro is substantially lighter than the tripod I used to use for my Hasselblad X Pan rangefinder (which is a rather heavy and brick like body even though the lenses were light) or my Nikon D2X both of which I sold. When you get up at 2am and then do a 20km round trip up and down hills in the middle of nowhere, that becomes extremely significant - and I´m younger and probably fitter than a lot of DPR users going on the comments I read.

I'd never take a tripod around the world, and ISO 12,800 helps me avoid one.

While that's great you can on a hike like that, the weight is certainly not highly significant. One pound for mirrorless, three pounds for a dSLR. The average male weighs maybe 170 lbs. A 0.6% weight penalty versus a 1.8% weight penalty. So, you can walk 1.2% farther w/a mirrorless. It's a convenience.

Relative inconspicousness is also a factor. People simply react differently - less defensive for want of a better word - when they see me with an X Pro, compared to a DSLR. I get comments if its a Lomo camera or something I´ve inherited from my father because it "looks old". I attract less attention.

You say you get less attention, but you attract comments. I've never had a comment, except maybe "nice camera" a few times a year. You do NOT stand out w/a dSLR.

In maybe 200,000 photos, I'd never had anyone act defensively with my SLR, and would have no idea where this type of comment come from. Actually, I get more respect. In Bali, you get better seating at some events. In a slot canyon tour, you go to the head of the line. Tour guides and others know you're more serious. Beauty queens look your way. You can act weird in public because your more serious.

At the end of the film era, the Hasselblad X Pan was a popular option for travel and landscape photography and I see my X Pro as a direct successor. Simply put for my style of photography my X Pro (and before that my film rangefinders) put me in the right place at the right time more than my SLR equipment, which for me outweighs certain disadvantages. This is why I don´t get the implication that mirrorless cameras or photographers are inherently less serious.

Well, convenience over performance is a choice you made. Sorry, they are less serious. The better the camera, the higher your keeper rate. Since my FF dSLR, my keeper rate has gone up enormously. Those hard to get shots simply look better, with less noise, and more crop potential. 99.9% of shots are sharp, clear, and usable, and that includes difficult action, low light shots.

People always say the image quality of mirrorless may be good enough. I believe that. But they don't realize quality is a small part of it. Focus speed, operating speed, turn on time, low light, buttons and controls, instinctive operation, lens selection - those are the tools you need if you're a little more serious. Agreed, many don't use their dSLR's to their full potential, and might be better off w/a mirrorless.

Remember, the OP's queston was why would you leave your dSLR at home - not which system is better for you.

I don't think you can judge whether someone is serious or not by the camera they use. There are other factors involved.

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