Bulk & quality vs. portability and "having a camera"

Discussion in 'Beyond the Basics' started by Jeremy Z, Mar 8, 2010.

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Bulk vs. portability: How do you handle it?

Poll closed May 9, 2010.
  1. I try to always carry my SLR when there will be photo opps, and accept that I'll miss some

    32 vote(s)
    51.6%
  2. I carry a point & shoot when I'm not carrying my SLR, just so I don't miss the shot of a lifetime fo

    13 vote(s)
    21.0%
  3. I find that a good point & shoot camera is all that is needed, most times.

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. I carry my SLR when I know I'll be shooting, and close my photographic eye when I'm not carrying it.

    17 vote(s)
    27.4%
  1. Jeremy Z

    Jeremy Z No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Just wondering on how TPF folks feel about this.

    On the one hand, we know SLRs provide better quality photos, all else being equal. So theoretically, we should shoot with our SLRs most of the time.

    On the other hand, SLRs, even micro 4/3 ones, are bulky and simply cannot be carried & forgotten until needed.

    How do you handle this?

    For the purpose of this poll, ultrazoom cameras are considered point & shoot cameras.
     
  2. PhotoXopher

    PhotoXopher TPF Noob!

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    I carry mine daily, regardless of photo ops. I try to go on a photo walk every day over lunch hour as well.
     
  3. pbelarge

    pbelarge TPF Noob!

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    I have a lowe pro sling pack. I carry my camera with me everyday, and I have for about the last 9 years.

    Up until last year, I carried a P&S with me. I was shooting electrical related shots - lots of them:p

    Now I carry my T1i with 2 lens and a nice P&S.
     
  4. RONDAL

    RONDAL TPF Noob!

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    its all about a) what kind of camera you have (d40/d90 vs d700/d3) and b) how you pack it.

    you get the right combo of camera and bag and it can be very easy to forget you have it
     
  5. gardy90

    gardy90 TPF Noob!

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    i try to carry mine everywhere, a bit off topic, ive been looking at the Tenba laptop messenger photo bag, anyone have any experience with it?
     
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    BKMOOD TPF Noob!

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    I carry two Canon film cameras with me everywhere, the canon 650 (with a 18 to 55mm lens) and a Canon 620 (with a 70 to 200mm lens). I love the challenge of film. Waiting for the processed film is like opening a Christmas present. What did I get? Did I get the shot? Did I screw it up? I love the mystery and discovery of film.

    When people are paying me, I break out my DSLRs (a Canon 20D and Canon 30D). I love these cameras. They are great. But there's not much of a challenge with these cameras.
     
  7. Misfitlimp

    Misfitlimp TPF Noob!

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    I have a tamrac bag with two slr bodies with grips batteries and all the things that come with, cables chargers etc and at least 4 lenses (plural) and the macbook with me at all times. people think im weird
     
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    Sw1tchFX TPF Noob!

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    The Olympus E-PL1 isn't bulky. I can fit it w/ 14-42mm lens in my dress slacks in the same pocket as my wallet. Put the 20mm or 17mm pancakes on it, and it's the size of a Canon G11.
     
  9. Village Idiot

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    And it's technically not a DSLR. No mirror.
     
  10. Joves

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    I always carry my D300 with me in my truck. I even carry it now when I go to hit up the Portajohns at jobsites in some areas. I do this because one day I didnt have my D50 when I went and, there was a bobcat on the way. Since then I always have my camera.
     
  11. Gaerek

    Gaerek TPF Noob!

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    I almost always have my DSLR with me. I've found that when I don't have it, I miss some of the best shots. My backup is my iPhone, lol.
     
  12. ghache

    ghache TPF Noob!

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    most if my stuff fit into my slingshot 200 bag,

    if i leave home, i usually bring my stuff and keep it in the car just in case i need it,
     

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