semi DSLR camera vs DSLR camera

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ivanduffy
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semi DSLR camera vs DSLR camera

As i have been doing commercial photography for different ceremonial purposes, i basically use Sony ILCA-A68K DSLR camera for the purpose and the DIGITAL ZOOM (STILL IMAGE) is L: Approx. 4x, M: Approx. 5.7x, S: Approx. 8x.

For carrying out such purpose, the camera is working fine. But i would like to know that can i use a semi dslr camera for the same purpose? As i don't want to make a big expense on the 2nd camera any more. The boy who helps me in it will be using this.

A semi dslr camera costs much less than it but for serving these ceremonial purposes as a commercial photographer, can a semi dslr camera be used?

If so, which would be the best one and can u provide me any tips that i may follow while clicking with a semi dslr camera?

~ivan duffy~

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What on Earth is a semi dslr?

You should buy another body that uses the same len's mount, battery and flashguns. It makes more sense. Your only using a cheap entry level camera anyway.

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BBbuilder467 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,741
What is "semi" DSLR ?

Do you mean a dslr-like point and shoot that looks like a dslr, or a mirrorless camera that uses interchangeable lenses like a dslr?

Is the "ceremony" like a US wedding that is very formal or something more informal?

You should also mention what country you are in and what budget you have.

Chris R-UK Forum Pro • Posts: 19,591
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Like the other posters I have no idea what you mean by a "semi DSLR".

DSLRs have a mirror that directs light to a viewfinder for composition but flips up to expose the sensor immediately before taking a shot.  There are also mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras (MILCs) like the Sony A7 series which have no mirror and use an electronic viewfinder instead of an optical one.

Your A68 is actually not a DSLR because, although it has a mirror, the mirror is fixed but translucent and it has an electronic viewfinder.  It is a hybrid between a DSLR and an MILC and Sony calls it an SLT: Single Lens Translucent.

If you want to upgrade there are better SLTs available, e.g. the A77ii or the A99ii, and you can also use your lenses on a Sony A7 series mirrorless with an adapter, although the effective focal lengths will change.

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D Cox Forum Pro • Posts: 23,873
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Chris R-UK wrote:

Like the other posters I have no idea what you mean by a "semi DSLR".

He probably means one with a non-moving semi-reflecting mirror.

DSLRs have a mirror that directs light to a viewfinder for composition but flips up to expose the sensor immediately before taking a shot. There are also mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras (MILCs) like the Sony A7 series which have no mirror and use an electronic viewfinder instead of an optical one.

Your A68 is actually not a DSLR because, although it has a mirror, the mirror is fixed but translucent and it has an electronic viewfinder. It is a hybrid between a DSLR and an MILC and Sony calls it an SLT: Single Lens Translucent.

Which is what he means by "semi DSLR".

If you want to upgrade there are better SLTs available, e.g. the A77ii or the A99ii, and you can also use your lenses on a Sony A7 series mirrorless with an adapter, although the effective focal lengths will change.

One of the Sony APS-C mirrorless cameras, such as the A6000 or A6300, used with a Sony adapter, would also work. But how many lenses does the OP have ?

Best advice, I think, would be to get another A68.

golfhov Forum Pro • Posts: 10,474
SLT

Has a mirror but an EVF. Could be considered a "semi" DSLR

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Ido S
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Doesn't look like that was his meaning. He calls the a68 a DSLR (legitimately; if I'm not mistaken, it technically qualifies), and asks if he can get the same results from a "semi-DSLR."

OP, I am confused by your whole post. What do you mean by "semi-DSLR"? What, exactly, is the purpose the camera serves? (Can't tell you if another camera would serve the same purpose, if I don't know what that purpose is.) You mention the specs for digital zoom on the camera, which makes me wonder how you use it.

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golfhov Forum Pro • Posts: 10,474
Definitely confusion

Ido S wrote:

Doesn't look like that was his meaning. He calls the a68 a DSLR (legitimately; if I'm not mistaken, it technically qualifies),

Help me if I am wrong. Digital single lens reflex but his camera is digital single lens translucent. The mirror only diverts some light to the focusing sensor and meteelring chip. The rest goes through to the sensor. The sensor read is displayed in the EVF vs the reflecked light displayed in an OVF of a standard "DSLR"

and asks if he can get the same results from a "semi-DSLR."

OP, I am confused by your whole post. What do you mean by "semi-DSLR"? What, exactly, is the purpose the camera serves? (Can't tell you if another camera would serve the same purpose, if I don't know what that purpose is.) You mention the specs for digital zoom on the camera, which makes me wonder how you use it.

The OP is clearly struggling with his explanations

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Ido S
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golfhov wrote:

Ido S wrote:

Doesn't look like that was his meaning. He calls the a68 a DSLR (legitimately; if I'm not mistaken, it technically qualifies),

Help me if I am wrong. Digital single lens reflex but his camera is digital single lens translucent. The mirror only diverts some light to the focusing sensor and meteelring chip. The rest goes through to the sensor. The sensor read is displayed in the EVF vs the reflecked light displayed in an OVF of a standard "DSLR"

I seem to recall reading about the definition of "reflex," and surprisingly the SLT cameras apparently fit that description. But I'm really not sure about that. Intuitively, I agree with you.

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golfhov Forum Pro • Posts: 10,474
Perhaps

I am not on a standards board.

I do often forget that a DSLT is not a standard DSLR. I even owned one!

You and others are also clearly correct about the OP'S confusion

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Chris R-UK Forum Pro • Posts: 19,591
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D Cox wrote:

Chris R-UK wrote:

Like the other posters I have no idea what you mean by a "semi DSLR".

He probably means one with a non-moving semi-reflecting mirror.

It doesn't seem that way to me but there may be a problem with his English. He calls his A68 a DSLR and then says:

"For carrying out such purpose, the camera [A68] is working fine. But i would like to know that can i use a semi dslr camera for the same purpose?"

Later on he says:

"A semi dslr camera costs much less than it [presumably the A68]"

To me that indicates that he is looking at a different type of camera, possibly a bridge camera.

We need him to clarify what type of camera he is talking about.

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bosjohn21
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nope Clearly a semi dslr is a dedicated camera mounted on the hood of your tractor trailer or semi

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Lindsay Wood
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Some people say you cannot take great pictures without a DSLR camera..

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A bridge camera is cheaper and lighter to carry. It can do a decent job in Good light.

The sensor is smaller so you will get more noise at higher ISO.

Something like this can do the job.

https://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-DMC-FZ70-Digital-Optical-Stabilized/dp/B00DY2Y28M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1493747626&sr=8-1&keywords=bridge+camera

As others have suggested i would look at another A mount body to use the same lenses that you might currently own.

Another option is to get a entry level DSLR from Canon or Nikon. Mothers day is coming up so there be sales on basic kits.

https://shop.usa.canon.com/shop/en/catalog/eos-rebel-t5-red-ef-s-18-55mm-is-ii-lens-kit-ef-75-300mm-f-4-56-iii-refurbished

https://www.adorama.com/inkd5200kr.html

You can also go mirrorless, but budget ones are slow, some have quiet shutters so that might be a feature you look for in a camera.

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FarHagh Contributing Member • Posts: 792
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Lindsay Wood wrote:

Some people say you cannot take great pictures without a DSLR camera..

But I believe you can get semi-great pictures without a DSLR.

p.s. I also guess the OP is referring to a bridge camera.

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bosjohn21 wrote:

nope Clearly a semi dslr is a dedicated camera mounted on the hood of your tractor trailer or semi

Well done 

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Ido S wrote:

..He calls the a68 a DSLR (legitimately; if I'm not mistaken, it technically qualifies),

It only qualifies if you take "reflex" to mean that

  • there is a mirror that relects (some of) the light comging through the lens,

rather than

  • there is a mirror that reflects (some of) the light coming through the lens to the viewfinder.

Most definitions of reflex camera (which can include Dual Lens Reflex or Twin Lens Reflex) talk about light reaching the viewfinder by being reflected off a mirror.

Reflex cameras were first developed as a way to get light through the/a lens to the viewfinder. AF and metering systems using reflected light came later.

I think that referring to cameras like the Sony a99 (which do not feed light to their viewfinders)  as SLTs avoids confusion while referring to them as SLRs creates confusion.

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Chris R-UK wrote:

D Cox wrote:

Chris R-UK wrote:

Like the other posters I have no idea what you mean by a "semi DSLR".

He probably means one with a non-moving semi-reflecting mirror.

It doesn't seem that way to me but there may be a problem with his English. He calls his A68 a DSLR and then says:

"For carrying out such purpose, the camera [A68] is working fine. But i would like to know that can i use a semi dslr camera for the same purpose?"

Later on he says:

"A semi dslr camera costs much less than it [presumably the A68]"

To me that indicates that he is looking at a different type of camera, possibly a bridge camera.

We need him to clarify what type of camera he is talking about.

Yeah, I agree that he uses "semi-DSLR" to mean something other than an SLT, which he includes in the set of DSLRs. He could mean a bridge or he could mean a MILC with a viewfinder hump, or any MILC, or even any mirrorless.

Unless OP comes back to explain himself better, we are unlikely to be able to help much.

Bradrobb
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Hi,

I think the OP has his thinking backwards.

The camera he has should be considered semi pro and he should give that one to the boy

If he wants to be a pro he should be looking at a full frame camera for himself.

I think he should look at the A99 A mount camera and some lenses.

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FrancoD Forum Pro • Posts: 10,821
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What type of semi DSLR are you after ?

A DS or an LR ?

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