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DSLR users: Do you use a smaller "compact" camera too?

 
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Jun 17, 2013 06:57 as a reply to  @ post 16038099 |  #31

I use a Panasonic GX-1 as a backup.


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Jun 17, 2013 08:01 |  #32

G15 is a great little portrait camera too...


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Jun 17, 2013 08:07 |  #33

I rarely use my 5DII now, have my X100s or M6 in my bag all the time though


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Jun 17, 2013 08:17 |  #34

DocFrankenstein wrote in post #16037089 (external link)
I'm with GeffreyG. For me, the point of a non-DSLR setup is small size which comes with tradeoffs of electronic viewfinder, sluggishness and bad AF.

If you increase the size by using a telephoto, you might as well carry a proper DSLR. So lenses need to be small above anything else. I would prefer a normal and a wide prime over the kit zoom.

For my lighter setup, I have a new Canon SL1. That camera is great because it's small, light (hence the "SL" moniker), and it integrates with the rest of my Canon lenses, flashes, etc., plus it has all the features of a bigger DSLR. Now, I did get the 18-55 kit lens as well as the 55-250 lens to go with it, but both of those lenses are also small and light, so this combination makes a great lightweight alternative to my 5DIII. As DocFrankenstein pointed out, there are tradeoffs, but when weight and size are a primary consideration, the SL1 setup is usually perfect.

And for times when the SL1 is too big, I also have my Powershot S95.


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Jun 17, 2013 08:40 as a reply to  @ tgara's post |  #35

Almost always have the Canon S90 with me ... thinking about the new SL1


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Jun 17, 2013 08:58 |  #36

I went back and forth with compacts (s100, G12, Fuji X100 and X10) trying to find the right one and In the end I figured out that if I am going to take something with me, I will just take an SLR. If I am going to grab snapshots that are just for memories I use my phone, its 10mp and actually take great photos if the light is bright enough.




  
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Jun 17, 2013 10:31 |  #37

I've carried an S series with me everywhere I go for about the last 3 years (s90, then s95, and now s100).

My challenge has been, I frequently travel for work and I frequently want to have a better camera with me than the s100 in case I have some free time to go shooting. But a gripped 5D3 is a lot to lug around as a "just in case" camera, and besides, my work bag and carry on suitcase are usually pretty full anyway so I don't really have anywhere to put it.

So I picked up an EOS-M. The body and the 22mm prime fit easily into my work laptop bag, and it's easy to toss a 24-105 lens in between some clothes in my carry on suitcase, so that gives me an excellent travel kit. I was in Seattle recently and managed to squeeze an extra day into my trip so I went to Mt Rainier; I got some fantastic shots with the EOS-M and 24-105 attached, in fact one of them is my desktop wallpaper on the computer I'm typing this from. The s100 would have never performed as well, and the kit was significantly lighter and easier to transport than the 5D3 would have been.

I still use the s100 because it can fit into my jeans pocket, and even though cell phone cameras continue to get better, there's just absolutely no comparing a low light image from a cell phone camera to an s100 RAW that's had some NR done in Lightroom.

So for me the S100 / EOS-M / 5D3 combo works brilliantly. Each has it's purpose and each gets a lot of use.


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Jun 17, 2013 10:35 |  #38

Other than my iPhone 5, I only use dSLRs

I do have an s100, used it for a few weeks, now it just doesn't get used.


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Jun 17, 2013 10:37 as a reply to  @ DamianOz's post |  #39

Canon S90 ... light, good images, take it along most places I go.

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Jun 17, 2013 10:38 |  #40

I have a Sony NEX-5 as my backup/travel package.


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Jun 17, 2013 10:49 |  #41

I use an Olympus XZ-1 as a walk-about when I don't have more serious photography in mind.


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Jun 17, 2013 11:08 |  #42

I am now of the Smart hone camera generation. Galaxy Note2, takes better images than the last compact digital I owned (a very old 4MP Canon "elph").

My other portable is a Nikon 1 V. Very capable little camera. I need to get a smaller lens for it, the zooms are a bit on the bulky side preventing it from being truly pocket-able. But it is light and small and capable!


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Jun 17, 2013 11:22 as a reply to  @ CyberDyneSystems's post |  #43

I used to carry this in my purse

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It was really handy... tiny... smaller than my cellphone and images are amazing considering the size also weather resistant, so all in all, fun lil' camera.

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However I took just as many WITH my cellphone. While out at the park with my kids and so on.

Quite a disservice to my DSLR... I picked up the 40mm pancake... fits in my backpack purse + my wallet... I take that sucker with me everywhere. So NOW my answer is NO, my DSLR goes with me everywhere ;)

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Jun 17, 2013 11:45 as a reply to  @ Lore's post |  #44

I use RX100. I occasionally use my smartphone to grab a shot for convenience but if I'm a little more serious I bring out the RX. No smartphone can touch the image quality of a premium compact.


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Jun 17, 2013 11:57 |  #45

I only have my smart phone for less than DSLR pics. However, I do believe it would be a good idea to have a good P & S. Just haven't got around to buying one yet.


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