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1. Posted by elincita (Budding Member 38 posts) 10y

Hi everyone

I know there's a thread just below, I just wanted to ask you guys if you ever got tired of carrying your DSLR camera around on your travels? Like did you at any time wish you had a smaller one with you?

I'm just wandering, I'm just an amateur wandering whether or not I should take a smaller camera with me. I'm just too worried that I won't be as happy with my pictures then....

2. Posted by bibs (Full Member 89 posts) 10y

Hi
Its best to have a compact digital than a DSLR for a amateur. You will get more than satisfying snaps with a good compact camera and moreover the easy to use features and also easy to handle and carry.
Dslrs are for serious photographers who are out travelling for the sole purpose of phtography. They know how to handle and take care of these complicated and expensive DSLRs. Moreover these DSLRs may not give you satisfactory results unless you have handled a SLR camera for sometime.You can check photonet for a comparision.
bibs

3. Posted by georgep (Respected Member 201 posts) 10y

I don't mind carrying my DSLR around. I take it on all my trips and it's really no problem. The only problem i have is that i don't like to leaf it for instance in a car that means that i can't enter some stores because they don't allow camera's

But besides that i love my DSLR it gives me better options then a compact and the weight is not that bad.

Greetings,
George

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4810 posts) 10y

Quoting bibs

Dslrs are for serious photographers who are out travelling for the sole purpose of phtography. They know how to handle and take care of these complicated and expensive DSLRs.

I think that sounds awfully condescending. Moreover I disagree with your statement that the point and shoot snaps are "more than satisfying".
I used to take pictures like this with my old 3MP point 'n shoot. My 6MP DSLR upgraded that result to this kind of quality (in the first week of owning the DSLR, never having owned any kind of camera other than the point 'n shoot before).
There's really just no comparison.

So, to answer the original question: Yes, there are situations where having a tiny camera has benefits, but when I bought the DSLR, I fully expected to still regularly use the point 'n shoot next to it... and I never have. You take some extra care looking out for the camera, perhaps worry a bit more than you would've otherwise - but I at least consider this more than worth it for the far greater control and technical ability that a DSLR offers. When I'm visiting these unique places that I've never before been to, and probably won't return to for far too long, I really like being able to get the best quality mementos possible.

5. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 10y

It depends on how badly you want the picture. If you need it you'll be more than happy to carry it. I've had times where I wished my pocket sized digital wasn't so "heavy".

Cameras are tools, and different tools are suitable for different types of photographs. I also disagree with bibs. Serious photographers don't necessarily have the fanciest gear. They just learn how to use that gear better. One of my favourite photographers uses a 4 megapixel point 'n shoot nikon. But he spends hours setting up his lights, then more hours post processing the images. What he gets in the end are crystal clear, smooth as silk images that knock your socks off. I know another guy in Montreal that collects old SLR's and gets the most amazing photographs out of them. Take care.

6. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 10y

Hey ellincita,

I sort of agree with bibs actually. Unless you're seriously into it, I think a heavy DSLR could get in the way of taking decent shots. I use a point and shoot Canon Ixus 500 and am more than happy with the results. At 5MP, the quality is quite acceptable and I have no trouble comparing it with pictures I see taken by others on DSLRs. Most photos in my photo gallery (all the ones from Japan) were taken on the point-and-shoot. I just like the fact that I can pull it out of my pocket when I feel like taking a picture.

On the other hand, I do really miss not being able to control the aperture and shutter speed and not having any real way of putting a filter on it (that I know of). Also, the slight delay that happens when taking a shot is somewhat irritating at times.

I've actually taken my Rangefinder or my film SLR with me as well at times, for those days when I feel like getting some nice old fashioned quality slide shots.

So it does I think depend on how serious you are. Because the weight certainly does become irritating when you're walking around for 7 hours.

7. Posted by bibs (Full Member 89 posts) 10y

SANDER :I used to take pictures like this with my old 3MP point 'n shoot. My 6MP DSLR upgraded that result to this kind of quality (in the first week of owning the DSLR, never having owned any kind of camera other than the point 'n shoot before).
There's really just no comparison.

I think now a days a entry level compact cam is 4 MP-5 MP which gives quite nice pics (check my photo gallery)unless untill you are going to blow up the photos. Moreover your 6 MP DSLR snap is a zoomed one.

Q_Zhang : Serious photographers don't necessarily have the fanciest gear. They just learn how to use that gear better. One of my favourite photographers uses a 4 megapixel point 'n shoot nikon. But he spends hours setting up his lights, then more hours post processing the images. What he gets in the end are crystal clear, smooth as silk images that knock your socks off

You seem to disagree with me at the first instance then again try to prove my point.I totally agree with you.

PETER : On the other hand, I do really miss not being able to control the aperture and shutter speed and not having any real way of putting a filter on it (that I know of). Also, the slight delay that happens when taking a shot is somewhat irritating at times.

I have got a SONY DSC S60 4.1 MP. It has got quite a lot of manual controls. You can control both the aperture and shutter speed upto some extent, and also can use filters also.A whole lot of other cameras have also come up with these features.

So the debate goes on .....

8. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 10y

Quoting bibs

Q_Zhang : Serious photographers don't necessarily have the fanciest gear. They just learn how to use that gear better. One of my favourite photographers uses a 4 megapixel point 'n shoot nikon. But he spends hours setting up his lights, then more hours post processing the images. What he gets in the end are crystal clear, smooth as silk images that knock your socks off

You seem to disagree with me at the first instance then again try to prove my point.I totally agree with you.

How do you figure that ? I'm trying to set myself up to do what Adam does.....with stuff that I'm buying at Walmart....my budget is less than $50. All I have these days is SLR's since my parents are using my point and shoot Pentax, so I have to use one, but I'm confident I don't need a SLR.

9. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 10y

Just thought of a few more observations that I'd like to share.

1) My belly dancer photograph. That was taken in a park in the middle of a large crowd of tourists. Couple of dozen nice point and shoot digitals clicking away in the crowd. I pulled out my big DSLR, got down on one knee and basically made myself look "pro". The dancer noticed me immediately, and for the next 15minutes, I had her full attention and got probably the best shots in the crowd. I've had the same reaction shooting a dance competition (I had a bigger, better looking camera than the photographer hired by the competition) and had competitors doing their flash moves right in front of me. Sometimes, the big size does matter.

2) But the opposite can also be true. I was on the subway on my way to shoot the Saint Patrick's day parade. I pulled out my prosumer camera and started to get ready. Next thing I know, these two girls in front of me, who I had no intention of photographing, starts whispering and glancing my way. How I was going to photograph them with the lens cap on I don't know !?! Now, if I HAD wanted to photograph them, I couldn't with a camera that size.

I would call myself a serious amateur, and I would claim that it's things like noticing the above that makes me a serious amateur.

10. Posted by bibs (Full Member 89 posts) 10y

It seems you are still in dilenma which way to go....