Interesting thoughts here.
Let me precis the 5 reasons:
- I hate carrying all that weight
- Small cameras are really good now
- Most of the time, I don’t need a zoom
- I’m trying to take more portraits
- 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.
- Street Photography (jessicajandrews.wordpress.com)
- Talk To Strangers: why you should start a conversation with anyone wielding a camera while shooting street photography. (diarmuidmcdonald.wordpress.com)
- Henri Cartier-Bresson – Street Photography (politicallyprecise.wordpress.com)
- Is Street Photography Ethical? (contrastly.com)
- Stunning Urban and Street Photography (makeyourideasart.com)
- Consumer DSLRs “dead in 5 years” (eoshd.com)