Do you still have a DSLR?

Discussion in 'Open Gear Talk' started by Andrewteee, Nov 1, 2011.

  1. Andrewteee

    Andrewteee SC All-Pro

    Jul 8, 2010
    :eek: I'm contemplating selling my Olympus DSLR. Not much use anymore, big, heavy.

    Spoiled by lightweight serious compacts.

    Did you finally let go of your DSLR? If not, why keep it? For you, where does it work where a serious compact does not?

    Not going anywhere yet, but maybe, maybe...
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  2. jakri

    jakri SC Regular

    Sep 12, 2011
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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    Jim Krivitz
    I've been struggling with this question myself. Yes, I still have a Nikon D700 and several high-end lenses, both zooms and primes. But I have to say I enjoy much more shooting my E-P3 with Oly 12mm, Panny 20, Panny/Leica 25, and Oly 45. I've also been enjoying my NEX-5N with kit 18-55 and 55-210 (Zeiss 24 and Sony 50 on order). So at this point, the "fun factor" is what's important. I'm not sure I can approach the D700's IQ yet, though the E-P3 and new primes come pretty close if I don't do any major cropping or large scale printing. I guess my reluctance to let go is part sentimental and part fear of losing on my investment (though quality gear should hold its value fairly well). I'm just having a hard time pulling the plug. Maybe Fuji's upcoming system will convince me that the heavy DSLR is on the way out (though deep-down, I guess I know that already, with the possible exception of certain specialized professionals).
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  3. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
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    I still have my K-5 and 6 lenses, but I've been questioning my need for it ever since first coming to this forum. 3 zooms and 3 primes. I guess the weather sealing is good, dont have that with any other cameras... and I do love my pentax primes. But... I rarely get them out.
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  4. Andrewteee

    Andrewteee SC All-Pro

    Jul 8, 2010
    My E5 is also weather sealed and the only camera that is. Something to keep in mind.

    Sounds to me, from this small survey, the DSLR is appreciated but underused.
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  5. Andrewteee

    Andrewteee SC All-Pro

    Jul 8, 2010
    I agree... fun! The E5 is not "fun". The X100 and GXR are, in general, better than the E5, but the E5 is much more flexible. And I use it almost exclusively with the 14-35mm f2 lens which is simply an amazing lens, and really the main reason I keep the E5.
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  6. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
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    I still shoot with DSLRs because I like to shoot with Canon cameras. I like the way they operate, I like the output, and I don't feel it is redundant to operate them alongside my m4/3 gear. However, as it stands I don't really intend to invest any more money into newer SLR gear, and I do intend to reduce the amount of SLR gear that I have. If Canon ever go down the APS-C mirrorless route I'd probably migrate my Canon gear in that direction and leave SLRs behind. Canon isn't really known for super-compact gear amongst SLRs, and I think there is room for an intermediate sized system to fit between m4/3 and SLRs, as long as the body size is appropriate for the lenses. I feel that an xx0D/Rebel sized body with smaller and lighter lenses would be just right for size/weight/ergonomics.
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  7. Crsnydertx

    Crsnydertx SC Top Veteran

    Jan 21, 2011
    Houston, TX
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    Canon 40D still comes out on special occasions, like my grandson's first birthday. Chance that a printable portrait would result made me nervous about using the G3 or G2; 45/1.8 hadn't been received yet.
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  8. thekeddi

    thekeddi SC Top Veteran

    Aug 15, 2011
    South Australia
    I have just bought another DSLR for special occasions, as much as I love my X100 and the XZ-1 I still need the capabilities of the bigger camera for weddings and such.
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  9. ajramirez

    ajramirez SC All-Pro

    Jul 9, 2010
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
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    I have two Canon bodies and 5 lenses. I use them whenever I need to use flash and when taking photographs for other people (non-personal use). Otherwise, they don't leave the house.
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  10. Will

    Will SC All-Pro

    Aug 30, 2010
    I do quite a lot of professional architectural shots and keep my Canon 5D for that. Getting tempted to trade it and its lenses in for a GXR A12 mount though. Then I remember that my son is planning to do a degree course in photography and would find the 5D very useful. Same goes for my old Hasselblad.
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  11. I got my Nikon D90 second-hand after I bought my Olympus E-P1.

    My mainstay remains the Nikon D90 for the serious stuff (night-time, pre-dawn and difficult lighting) and the Olympus E-P3 for the take anyware and fun stuff. There will be a Nikon D7000 to replace the D90 in a year or two, again, probably second-hand from the same sort of source as the D90.
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  12. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
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    Truth be told, I have never had a digital single lens reflex. But that's because I only came to Digital anything about what...almost two years ago?:redface:
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  13. snkenai

    snkenai SC All-Pro

    Oct 5, 2010
    kenai, AK
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    Stephen Noel
    I have just moved back to DSLR (E-520 with 14-54). I did it to get my daughter into m4/3 (pany G1). I was thinking to sell it to get another m4/3. But now not too sure. In fact just bought E-420 and 25mm pancake. Be here in a few days. I think I may try the E-620 for the flip screen. Oh, I will probably get another m4/3 eventually. Very handy size. But for now the 4/3 has some very good equipment, that just gets more affordable all the time. And yes the Quality is great.
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  14. flysurfer

    flysurfer SC Top Veteran

    Aug 31, 2011
    Neither had I.
    And I sold of all my analog SLR gear in the last millennium.
    So far, I don't miss a thing. But I'm quite interested in the MILC developments.
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  15. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
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    Steve, my daughter has an Olympus E620, thanks to a birthday/Christmas/graduation gift from us..and I've been very pleased with the image quality...and have to say I love that flip screen.:wink:

    I'm interested too, flysurfer.:biggrin:
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  16. Grant

    Grant SC Veteran

    Nov 12, 2010
    Lunenburg Nova Scotia
    I still have one and use it almost every day.
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  17. olli

    olli Super Moderator Emeritus

    Sep 28, 2010
    Metro Manila
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    Still have my old Sony A200. Still using it regularly. Even though it is four years old (nearly) it is still faster and more responsive than any CSC or compact. I also like the solidity and stability of an SLR at times. I also have a small collection of good lenses for the A-Mount which are far better than anything available for E-Mount and (imho) any other CSC. I also like having a 'proper' viewfinder.

    I have no intention of getting rid of it except at some point to upgrade it. I'll probably give Sony six months to iron out and fine tune the A77 then buy one of those. I had the opportunity to play with one while in Hong Kong and was hugely impressed.
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  18. Ghosthunter

    Ghosthunter boo!

    Sep 8, 2010
    London UK
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    I still have one which is a Nikon D90. Great camera but I need a couple lenses for it but Serious compacts seem to keep getting in the way and taking my money!! :biggrin: I ain't complaining!!
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  19. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
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    Bill Shinnick
    I sold my E-3 kit nearly 2 years ago when I got into MFT. Miss the fast glass occasionally but sold it for something less conspicuous.
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  20. christilou

    christilou SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    I'm seriously considering selling my K5 and three lenses. Just don't use it. I feel quite conspicuous with it too.
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