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I'd agree - I don't think anyone should buy an SLR unless they can see hobby or semi-pro (or pro) photography taking up a significant part of their time.

The cheaper not-quite-SLRs with fixed lenses give you 90% of the image quality with much less weight and bulk. You'll be able to shoot from tele to macro with just the one unit without needing to buy or carry around extra lenses.

A photo you miss because you didn't take out your camera because it was too heavy and/or valuable, or because you had to pause to swap a lens, is a photo that's gone forever.

The sub-SLRs make it much more likely you'll get that photo. The differences in image quality aren't noticeable unless you know exactly what to look for.

I've used my Fuji sub-SLR far more than I've used my Fuji SLR, even though the complete SLR kit cost something like ten times as much.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sat Oct 25th, 2008 at 09:54:43 AM EST
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That Brit Guy,
That is exactly how I feel also.
 Most of my images are taken with "sub-SLRs" & one of the reasons is, as you mention, the ease & convenience of its use.
 I would also point out that many people seem to think that buying an expensive SLR makes them better photographers.
It won`t, but more than that, it might tend to discourage one from pursuing a fantastic hobby, when those amazing images (that do not come with a new camera) are not forthcoming.
I`m a strong advocate for exactly what you say.
Get a small comfortable camera, that does not make you self conscious, & shoot the day away. To me a good example is this.
When electric guitars first became popular, many parents bought them for their demanding kids, only to have the things sitting in a corner unused, till they were given away or sold at a loss. I recommend the Coolpix 5400, the P5000, both Nikons & possibly only available online.
I just bought a P5000 a few months ago for $200.00 to replace another P5000 I had a mishap with. I also have a D2H Nikon  that I also use, mostly for large format panoramas & sunsets. I do always have both sub-SLRs & the D2H right at hand though.
For a comparison, see if you can tell which camera was used in the respective images I posted above.

The difference between theists and atheists is that the atheists don't set the theists on fire for refusing to agree with them.
by Knucklehead on Sat Oct 25th, 2008 at 03:16:50 PM EST
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You take superb photos, Knucklehead. :)
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sat Oct 25th, 2008 at 03:22:38 PM EST
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Obviously I agree with you. However:

For a comparison, see if you can tell which camera was used in the respective images I posted above.

 with 500 pixel wide jpegs at 72 dpi one wouldn't expect much of a difference - now with 13 x 19 inch prints, as in the review of the G10 - that was "somewhat amazing" :-)

Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.

by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Sat Oct 25th, 2008 at 04:31:09 PM EST
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