What's Your Camera Of Choice?

June 27, 2017  •  3 Comments

GFX 50S, X-T1, X70, iPhone 6GFX 50S, X-T1, X70, iPhone 6Leigh Miller | www.leighmiller.ca

Fujifilm GFX 50S, X-T1, X70 and Apple iPhone

Do you like how I did that....dropping my iPhone into the image above with my regular cameras?

Apparently the camera market is stabilising. A CIPA report shows modest gains in sales volume that promises to look a little better than 2016, though not as good compared to 2015. The standout, mirrorless cameras are leading the charge on a percentage growth basis.

Told you so.

I stated that mirrorless cameras were the future...four years ago. I also took a lot of lumps for it, mostly from Full-Frame DSLR owners who swore that I wasn't a professional unless my gear bag held a Canon or Nikon camera. I found myself in an interesting situation this past weekend. Standing in a crowd of people watching the annual Pride parade in Toronto, I noticed this...after the jump.

Pride 2017Pride 2017Leigh Miller | www.leighmiller.ca Just as the Prime Minister of Canada (Justin Trudeau) walked by, I was immediately distracted by the number of Smartphones being held up. In case the image is too small for you to see clearly, I circled the most visible ones. In my immediate composition there was only one (1) compact camera, and one (1) Full-Frame DSLR, which was hung around the neck of the event photographer.

As I stood there counting the number of cell phones it reminded me of a conversation I had a few months back with someone I worked with in the corporate world...a lifetime ago it seems. He remarked how back then I always had a camera with me everywhere I went. It was a Canon EOS 1Ds at the time, which required a decent sized bag. Very noticeable at the office. As we chatted he asked what I was shooting with now and I pulled out my Fujifilm X70 from my pocket. He laughs and says..."still too big" as he held up his iPhone which he says "replaced his DSLR 3 years ago". 

I suspect most of the people in the parade crowd made a similar progression..which begs the question as to just who is suddenly buying compact/interchangeable lens cameras again.

Let me say on behalf of the professionals..iPhones don't cut it for us. When paying clients book us for an assignment they are buying a RESULT, not a service. That result is much less certain when we don't use cameras and lenses that are up to the task. That's not to say that Smartphones can't pull off some great shots, however in my experience those usually take place under controlled situations and ideal lighting. If you have ever worked a wedding then you also know that there is nothing controlled or ideal about them. It's more like controlled-chaos which demands photography gear and skill that can keep up.

Having said that...we are living through some interesting times in photography!


Wayne Chapeskie(non-registered)
I wonder whether most of the people in the crowd did not make a similar progression from DSLR to phone. If you were to look at a similar crowd situation perhaps 15 years ago, when point and shoot digital cameras were common (but not cameras on phones), I suspect many of those people now using a phone camera would not have had even a little pocket digital camera with them. Go back another 10 years to the days of film, and you would not have seen a sea of even simple fixed focus rangefinder style film cameras. A lot of those current phone users didn't set out to buy a camera -- they bought a smartphone, mostly for the communication features, and got a camera included as a bonus. And that camera is now available to them all of the time. This is new. It creates a different dynamic for picture taking. And as mentioned, the images are being used in different way than they were 15 or 25 years ago.

As far as who is buying compact/interchangeable lens cameras again, in my case it is someone who years ago used a film SLR, but skipped the DSLR stage altogether (they were too big and too expensive), and for years used the same slightly higher end "pro-sumer" digital camera. My X-T1 was a bit of a step up in size from the original compact digital, but much more capable, and not quite "too big".
Ed Post(non-registered)
Just a matter of some years and the phone is so good and fast with a new generation of photographers that photography in combination with the new world of how we look at images will have a different role. Look at the vlogging world. No expensive cameras, just iPhones and creative people give interesting channels on YouTube. A friend of mine does weddings on iPhone, very creative view of how a wedding could be photographed. Out if the box thinking and new ways to explore And his business is increasing. Couples don't look for an album, they have no room, cause they read online so no cupboard for books. they want to share online.
Noel Kleinman(non-registered)
My X100F offers perfect size, control and image quality. My iPhone works in a pinch...but I prefer my X100F for 99% of my personal photography!
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