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Am I crazy? AKA, thinking of ditching my DSLR...

 
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Nov 08, 2011 12:48 |  #16

Isn't it the considered wisdom these days that the latest four-thirds systems are very close to DSLRs? Something like the GF1 or the Fuji x100?, or even the new Nikon J1 / J2 (but I realise these aren't four-thirds). I'm surprised that Canon haven't entered this market yet.


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Nov 08, 2011 12:59 as a reply to  @ paulkaye's post |  #17

This is exactly how I came into my current gear. The guy I bought it from is a neighbor of our camera club president. The president mentioned it at a meeting and I ended up buying it.

Everything is in stellar condition. When I asked why he was selling, he said, "I just want to take good pictures, but don't want to be into photography."

Made sense to me, and as with just about everything, there's a give and take.

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Nov 08, 2011 13:51 |  #18

Is taking lousy framed pictures due to small LCD - fun?
Rebel with kit lens doesn't need backpack and it will outperforms all p&s in same price range and above.
But it is nice to have waterproof p&s in addition to DSLR.


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Nov 08, 2011 13:55 as a reply to  @ post 13371049 |  #19

The fuji X100 might be a great camera for you then!

I've looked long and hard at them.... I just want an F1.2 auto focus lens....


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Nov 08, 2011 14:08 |  #20

I have a P&S

How many DSLR's can boast being ....

Waterproof to33 Feet
Shockprrof from five foot drop
Crushproof can withstand 220 pounds of crushing force
Freezeproof to -10 degrees celsius

But it's not meant to be a replacement for my DSLR, just kept in my pocket for those times when not carrying or unable to get to the DSLR

Olympus Stylus 770SW

But if I wanted a P&S to replace my DSLR it would be a Canon G series .... G12 is the newest I believe.


EDIT: One feature about the G12 I like is the hot shoe - if I had it I could still use all my studio lighting remotely.




  
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Nov 08, 2011 14:34 as a reply to  @ harcosparky's post |  #21

One thing which bugs me a lot with G12 every time I'm taking it to my hands.
Viewfinder is total mess in terms of design. The lens is visible in it and it sucks for this price of the camera.


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Nov 08, 2011 14:38 |  #22

I used an S95 for a couple months earlier this year and really enjoyed the manual controls it offered. And it is smaller than the G12


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Nov 08, 2011 15:02 |  #23

kf095 wrote in post #13371752 (external link)
One thing which bugs me a lot with G12 every time I'm taking it to my hands.
Viewfinder is total mess in terms of design. The lens is visible in it and it sucks for this price of the camera.

You know, I've never used one but am considering it.

Reason: dedicated use - small product

A friend of mine who makes a living as a photographer uses a G12 in a fixed " studio " solely for the purpose of small product photography.

I used to marvel at some of his Macro work and one day he showed me how a most of it was done. The G12 was at the center of his setup.

Everything else he shoots, he shoots with a 5D/5D2

For less than the cost of a Macro lens for my 7D or 5D2 I could acquire a G12 and lens attachment for Macro use. Set it up in one area and leave it be.




  
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Nov 08, 2011 15:07 |  #24

to keep my dslr light I always bring a small light prime with me instead of a zoom lens.
Used to be my 50 1.8, then sigma 50 1.4 then now it's the 35 2.
Which will be ten folds better than a P&S.
Beside, if I really don't want to use/carry a dslr, I would be using my iphone4 instead.

otherwise you should check out the G12, S95/S100 or Fuji X-10


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Nov 08, 2011 15:12 |  #25

harcosparky wrote in post #13371884 (external link)
You know, I've never used one but am considering it.

Reason: dedicated use - small product

A friend of mine who makes a living as a photographer uses a G12 in a fixed " studio " solely for the purpose of small product photography.

I used to marvel at some of his Macro work and one day he showed me how a most of it was done. The G12 was at the center of his setup.

Everything else he shoots, he shoots with a 5D/5D2

For less than the cost of a Macro lens for my 7D or 5D2 I could acquire a G12 and lens attachment for Macro use. Set it up in one area and leave it be.

500D which is priced about the same with kit lens and lens attachment for Macro will beat it by IQ, MPs and convenience of LV and full control on computer.


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Nov 08, 2011 15:31 |  #26

kf095 wrote in post #13371931 (external link)
500D which is priced about the same with kit lens and lens attachment for Macro will beat it by IQ, MPs and convenience of LV and full control on computer.

If the 500D is the T1i, I am not sure about the pricing.

Quick check at Best Buy ( for pricing )

Rebel T1i $749 USD w/ EF-S 18-55mm lens
Rebel T2i $664.39 ( ON SALE ) EF-S w/18-55mm
Rebel T3i $770 ( ON SALE ) w/EF-S 18-55mm lens
Canon G12 $439.00




  
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Nov 08, 2011 17:51 |  #27

S95 for a true pocket camera.

You could also look at something that splits the difference like one of the micro 4:3 or NEX EVIL cameras. I have a Panasonic GF-1 for when I don't want to carry a dSLR and with the 20/1.7 prime it is jacket pocket capable. This camera has no real lag compared to a Rebel and with the fast prime it is quite capable.


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Nov 08, 2011 18:34 |  #28

The new Samsung NX-200 looks interesting in the MILC category of cameras.

I've been looking at the Pentax K-5 and available lenses lately. On my 50D, I like the very small size of the Voigtlander 40mm. However it is a manual focus lens. For the Pentax, there are several good quality primes that are pancake designs with very good IQ and are autofocus. I would
Get their 21mm, 40mm and 70mm. All three lenses stacked one on top of the other would still be shorter than my Sigma 17-50mm. The K-5 with those three lenses would make a nice light weight, compact kit. And the fact that it's weather sealed too is another nice feature. It's just that I'm invested in the Canon system and like what I already have that I don't know that switching is the best answer.


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Nov 08, 2011 18:51 |  #29

Fuji X100. It's the only P&S camera that I've ever been remotely happy with. Love mine and it does some things I can't do with my 1DS2. Pricey but worth it (to me, at least.)




  
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Nov 08, 2011 20:10 |  #30

I wouldn't get rid of the 60D, but if there are times you want to use it and don't want the "work", there is nothing wrong with putting it on automatic. You can still get great shots without thinking about it. If you're using a P&S manually, it would be probably just as much work to fiddle with the settings. Even moreso possibly, with smaller controls.


I keep my 28mm 2.8 handy for times I don't want a lot of bulk. But I do carry my camera in a purse, so that's a difference, I don't need a pocket camera. :)


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