Mar 30, 2012, 13:57
(This post was last modified: Mar 30, 2012, 14:02 by Toad.)
The XPro1 is just about exactly the same size as a M9. I actually find that a sweet spot between size and ergonomics. Smaller cameras are nicer to carry around, but the tradeoffs in control and ergonomics are too often much for me.
None of the current crop of small APS-c or m43 cameras are really pocket sized in my opinion (I don't count fitting a bulging coat pocket as pocket-sized). As soon as you accept that you have to carry a small camera bag of some kind, the advantages of one smallish camera over another become pretty much a personal preference.
Having said that, my friend shoots a Nikon D700 with a 35-70 F2.8 on it as his standard lens. When we shoot on the street, people occasionally object to being included in his photos. I think that people find a long black lens being aimed at them intrusive. I also think the fact that his face is almost completely hidden by the camera has the effect of alienating potential models. Its more about "lack of engagement" than size per se. People don't connect with the photographer - only the camera.
I purchased a DSLR earlier this year after previously using a compact camera and prior to that, a SLR film camera. I have been a photography enthusiast for years and I think it's fair to say that I took a lot better photos with my compact camera than people who own a DSLR but use it in a 'point and shoot' manner. Yet, because I had a small camera, I felt as though people didn't take me seriously. It seems that carrying a DSLR camera gives you instant credibility whether you know how to use it properly or not.
Mar 31, 2012, 07:55
(This post was last modified: Mar 31, 2012, 07:56 by Don Schaeffer.)
We should keep in mind the difference between recording what's in front of us and photography. Photography has a point of view and framing. To do photography you need an instrument that points and can be positioned with precision. You need something that feels like a tool. I think larger cameras foster that. The old view cameras perhaps foster that best.
Mar 31, 2012, 08:02
(This post was last modified: Mar 31, 2012, 08:02 by EnglishBob.)
I've been looking for a smaller point and shoot camera, not to replace my SLR's but to carry with me all the time, nothing out there fits all my criteria, so i stay with keeping an SLR in the car as much as I can.
When I travel with my m4/3's camera it 'feels' like you can get away with a lot more then with the larger DSLR.
I don't fint the new Fuji camera small enough for what it is purporting to be by Fuji.
As for the quote from Techradar I don't think what he says is anything new,more and more people are using their phones to take pics,even I do .You do not go round with a compact or dslr in your pocket or around your neck every day,so having a phone enables you to take those pics that happen in a moment.Also the ability to take a pic in say a distant land and put it on say facebook instantly for your friends to see is brill.But the fact is most people only want a camera to take holiday pics and party pics etc,on a fully auto camera or phone.Then there is us who want to improve their skills and take the best pics they can ,want to manualy use their camera and say -I did that -and are proud of it.If this means having a dslr so what or even a good compact camera to improve their skills.I think the people who are interested in photography are not to concerned about the weight of their camera ,as for people might say a big camera is intrusive ,to stand to close to someone is intrusive,So lets not join that club.I enjoy using my dslr and seeing the results as im sure we all do
There are still good thread with information from the past here, so no problem a_orme!