Weekend Open Forum: Do you use a dedicated camera?

By Shawn Knight · 60 replies
Aug 10, 2012
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  1. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,959   +217

    I've had a Canon 40D for a couple years, got a 17-85mm a 80-200mm & a nice 50mm lens for it, it really is amazing how good photos you can get with a little reading up on the subject.
    I recommend the book "Understanding Exposure" by Bryan Peterson.

    It amazes me how many people that buy a DSLR are not willing to read a couple books to get better, they expect to get great photos when using the full auto modes. (Here's a tip, the full auto often works better on a point & shoot compared to a true DSLR)

    But I still advocate that the best camera is the one you bring with you, there are some times I regret not having brought my DSLR, then all I have to fall back on is my Nokia N8, granted it has a best in class phone camera but it's still crap even compared to my now 10 year old point & shoot...
  2. Exactly. If you shoot auto with your DSLR, then you don't need a DSRL.
  3. fida1989

    fida1989 TS Rookie Posts: 20

    I am an old 7mp Canon. I hardly use it, I even forgot when I used it last. My Galaxy SL does it's job well.
  4. lol @ knocking filters from a free smartphone app to equipment used by actual photographers. *smh*
  5. mike1959

    mike1959 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,034   +55

    I have long had interests in motor racing and aircraft, and I see a day out at an event as a 'misson' to get the best photos I can, with whatever camera I have.
    My first good camera was a 35mm AE1, then I spent £100 on a Fuji 4MP digital camera in '05.
    I could not believe how good the images were, I am still surprised at the quality on screen.
    Have gone through a Fuji S5700d and now have a Fuji HS10 (x30), have good days out at many events, recently in the crowd with the Olympic flame being brought through my town.
    It's as much the day as the camera.
  6. Denooon

    Denooon TS Rookie

    I would agree with authors point, can't stand the greany pictures, but at the same time DSLR are to big to carry around. That why I upgraded to a new Sony Nex-5 N, small size, good picture quality, it would be nice to go all the way up to Sony-Nex 7 but they as way to much money for it.
  7. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    I have a Canon S3IS that I use as my primary for anything I deem important. I have a slim 12MP Sanyo that I take if I want a backup or just don't want to take a bulkier camera. The 6MP S3IS takes far better pictures.
  8. eurodj101

    eurodj101 TS Rookie

    I have both a 4s and a Gs3 so either would do if I need a quick pic but when I plan for it I take my trusty NEX-3 and I absolutely love it!
  9. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,166   +986

    I had a P*** poor Kodak on my first trip to Europe and missed several shots due to the poor response time at power-on - - Corrected that mistake with a Lumix Z58 which is ready in millseconds :)
    I has the point-shoot for the wife and I use the P.A.S for low light indoors w/o flash. It's just great and
    love the color balance and sensitivity - - clear up to ISO 1600. With a pouch on the belt, I can take it anywhere.
  10. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    I have a Nikon D90 and carry it around with me on all my trips, events, etc. After 2 years my iPhone only had about 100 pictures on it. In my opinion a decent camera is an essential for everyone, they capture memories forever.

    Still cracks me up when I see tourists taking pictures with their iPad :D
  11. Jos

    Jos TechSpot Staff Posts: 3,073   +97

    I have a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT, which I take with me on trips. But nowadays most of the time I just use my phone for convenience.
  12. Shawn Knight

    Shawn Knight TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 9,467   +100

    Oh yeah, I totally forgot to touch on the iPad camera users. I saw this probably half a dozen times during vacation and always made a note to point out how silly it was to my friends :)
  13. No, I don't.
  14. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,471   +375

    Sounds like a plan. I too know the feeling of molten hot plastic burning a hole through my pants whenever I start looking at camera gear. =p
  15. Gars

    Gars TS Booster Posts: 232

    you guys (above) just explained it to me
    thanx and get the better /shot/equipment/time/
    ofc :) that matter
  16. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,485   +45

    No but I'd like to. I'm in the market for a good used dslr
  17. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 997   +93

    If I want a quality picture I do, if I just want a picture my phone works fine.
  18. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,310   +651

    To add to that..."if you shoot with nothing but an all in one lens, by a digi-superzoom, you don't need a dSLR.

    [quote="Guest, post: 1216984"
    Exactly. If you shoot auto with your DSLR, then you don't need a DSRL.[/quote]
  19. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,382   +168

    "I also don?t understand why someone would want to remember timeless events like a graduation, wedding or family vacation with grainy, low-quality mobile phone pictures."

    From a practical point of view, I very very rarely look at photos at all. And when I do look say at a black and white picture of my parents or myself as a kid or an off colour grainy video from those days I never think "I wish I had that in HD". It simply doesn't matter. The pictures I took with my first < 1Mpix digital point and shoot are just as valuable as those I take with my current 12Mpix (IIRC) camera. In fact I usually reduce the resolution of the camera, because I think anything over 5Mpix isn't really worth the space.

    I still appreciate having a wide zoom range and decent light sensitivity, which is why I still think that having a camera outside a phone is useful, but in case when the phone works, that's good enough.

    I can understand photography as a hobby, and why people might want really good quality cameras, but I think it's more about the satisfaction of getting good picture than how the photos might look a few years down the road.
  20. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,382   +168

    (Wow what a bunch of typos. Where's that edit function?)
  21. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,471   +375

    If you go into the forums, you can edit there. here's a [link] that'll take you to your post.
  22. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,147   +915

    I'm no photographer, my Dad is one of them so I try to stay out of that area of expertise as much as possible however, I hav eto admit I have been rather impressed with my iPhone 4S's camera, for instance we went to an aqarium and the iPhone was taking pictures that even my Dad was supprised as to how well they came out for a phone camera.

    So the answer is no, I don't bother with a separate camera, my Phone camera is awesome and I don't need another item in my pocket / something else I can drop and break.
  23. Ubwarcher07

    Ubwarcher07 TS Rookie

    I have been using my cellphone's 3MP camera just until last month. I decided to buy a Sony Nex 5n 16MP with the 18-55mm lens kit. Now when I look back at my old photos, I'm horrified at the amount of noise and motion blur. What was I thinking!? Apparently not clearly, no pun intended. I now have an urge to bring my dedicated camera everywhere!
  24. Heck yes, photography is a great hobby. It gets you out from behind the computer where you can get a view of real life!
    I started out with a 35mm film SLR when I was a kid (hmmm, that was a Minolta SRT-101...it's been a while...), and have gone through all sorts of medium- to high-end 35mm and medium format gear through the years.
    Now I shoot a Canon EOS 5D Mark III, a fabulous piece of technology. It's more fun now than it's ever been!

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