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    Opinions please. Thinking of selling dslr & switching to compact camera.

    As you guys know, I'm a professional photographer. I currently have a Nikon D7100 & various lenses. seriously considering selling all my dslr stuff & switching to a Sony alpha or a nikon PP900. Reason for this is several but one of the main ones is I have a really big issue with changing lenses fast enough for the shot. Say for instance, I see a hawk in a tree, i have my camera with a 50mm lens on it for landscape shots. I don't have my macro lens because it's at home. Even if I bring this lens, I usually can't switch the lens fast enough to get the shot I want. Second reason is its very heavy &- carrying it &- my lenses everywhere is just cumbersome for me. I've been thinking about this for a month or so. I seem to enjoy getting pics more with my phone than my dslr because of the convenience of it. The cameras I'm considering are the 2 I mentioned & possibly some others as well. It's not as easy decision & it kind of breaks my heart, but I need to make it. They need to have manualmode for certain. Thanks so much! Also please know, I'm NOT making this decision lightly under any circumstances. Photography is my world & a dslr is just not what is good for me anymore,


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    Re: Opinions please. Thinking of selling dslr & switching to compact camera.

    The latest Sony RX100 is killer.....I almost swopped all my Sony/Minolta/Maxxum gear for one a few years back (before I opted for Nikon pair of DSLR s and the amazing Nikkor D glass) and the new one is better.

    It is a possiblility worth investigating ......
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    Re: Opinions please. Thinking of selling dslr & switching to compact camera.

    A second DSLR will solve 98% of your lens-swapping problems.
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    Re: Opinions please. Thinking of selling dslr & switching to compact camera.

    A coolpix is not what "a professional photographer" would be using. You really need to be considering moving to Full frame cameras and not moving to an even smaller sensor. Part of being a professional photographer is doing what it takes to get the best quality photo you can get.
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    Re: Opinions please. Thinking of selling dslr & switching to compact camera.

    Quote Originally Posted by LenspirationalPhotography View Post
    As you guys know, I'm a professional photographer. I currently have a Nikon D7100 & various lenses. seriously considering selling all my dslr stuff & switching to a Sony alpha or a nikon PP900. Reason for this is several but one of the main ones is I have a really big issue with changing lenses fast enough for the shot. Say for instance, I see a hawk in a tree, i have my camera with a 50mm lens on it for landscape shots. I don't have my macro lens because it's at home. Even if I bring this lens, I usually can't switch the lens fast enough to get the shot I want. Second reason is its very heavy &- carrying it &- my lenses everywhere is just cumbersome for me. I've been thinking about this for a month or so. I seem to enjoy getting pics more with my phone than my dslr because of the convenience of it. The cameras I'm considering are the 2 I mentioned & possibly some others as well. It's not as easy decision & it kind of breaks my heart, but I need to make it. They need to have manualmode for certain. Thanks so much! Also please know, I'm NOT making this decision lightly under any circumstances. Photography is my world & a dslr is just not what is good for me anymore,
    I don't understand how a macro lens is going to help you with a hawk in the tree. I'm guessing you meant telephoto.
    If this is a problem for you, then you might be better off with a second body. The one thing that I have learned is that one body and one lens will not solve this problem. Trust me I went through the same stage, looking for an all in one solution.

    There is no all in one solution unless you are willing to give up considerable quality.
    I have resigned myself to the fact that if I value quality in my shots, then sometimes I might have to miss a shot due to not being able to switch lenses fast enough.
    if I go out to shoot landscapes, then that is what I will concentrate on and do the best that I can. If I go out shooting birds, then I'll have my telephoto attached and just worry about birds.

    If you want quality shots, I'm afraid you will not be happy with any all in one solution.
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    Re: Opinions please. Thinking of selling dslr & switching to compact camera.

    Um. No. No offense but it you are a pro...I see moving back to a consumer compact camera as business suicide.

    If you want a walkabout camera just for those times you are shooting for just for the joy of shooting then I guess you could. But if weight is an issue go mirrorless.






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    Re: Opinions please. Thinking of selling dslr & switching to compact camera.

    Mirrorless is actually heavier than a DSLR so dont be fooled that because it is a smaller body it is lighter... You need a decent backpack and a second body so you can have a telephoto on one and a standard/wide angle on another ...
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    Re: Opinions please. Thinking of selling dslr & switching to compact camera.

    You may have missed what I said. I 4/3 camera with a super zoom is what I am talking about. This is a walkabout option.

    To be honest, mirrorless camera systems are just as bulky as dslr systems. You still need all the gear and stuff just like a dslr.

    But I am talking as in a walkabout system it will be smaller and less of a burden. One lens one body situations


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    Re: Opinions please. Thinking of selling dslr & switching to compact camera.

    Mirrorless cameras with aps-c size or full frame sensors are just as heavy as DSLR's because the lenses are the same size as a DSLR lens its just physics.
    but....

    a Micro 4/3 camera has a smaller sensor and much smaller lenses and therefore are a lot lighter.

    You do still lose out a bit on dynamic range though.

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    Re: Opinions please. Thinking of selling dslr & switching to compact camera.

    Very true. But you do keep a bit more bit more flexibility and creative freedom.


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