Article: DSLR vs pocketable


Interesting thoughts here.
Let me precis the 5 reasons:

  1. I hate carrying all that weight
  2. Small cameras are really good now
  3. Most of the time, I don’t need a zoom
  4. I’m trying to take more portraits
  5. I just don’t need all that extra gear anymore. 

There is no doubt that a (D)SLR is bulky and heavy, and the nature of the beast is to carry accessories.
But if you are doing ‘professional’ photography or specialized shooting, its a necessity.  The professionals I know that cover weddings and other events where there might be a lot of variability have a couple of cases of equipment in the trunk of their car.  I imagine that as movies migrate to off-the-shelf digital with DSLR technology, as some articles are mentioning, that too will need a deal of equipment carted around.

Street Photography” is another matter.  Yes, that requires a smaller, perhaps inconspicuous, camera and very little ‘gear’.  The ‘small camera’ is suitable here.

Item #4 is personal, and each of  us might have other personal reasons, so I won’t comment on that.

But I will make one blanket observation about #1, #3 and #5.
This is about planning.

I decided to invest in a ‘shirt pocket camera’ and bought a Fuji F600EXR via Amazon.
More on that in other threads.

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