Can you survive with a sub-par camera?

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by RichA, Jun 1, 2011.

  1. RichA

    RichA Guest

    Inevitably, people will compare like style cameras. They will cite
    one as having faster focusing, one as being better at high ISO's,
    etc. They are right to do so. There is no reason to settle for a
    second-tier camera in the same price range as a better camera.
    But what it you had to work with a camera that had a sub-par LCD or
    none, AF so bad you had to solely resort to MF, and no WB? Could you
    work with it? Sure, it's called an SLR, circa 1985.
    So both sides are right. You can make do and produce some good work
    with a lower-tier camera but you have every right to expect one camera
    to work as well as another in the same price range.
    RichA, Jun 1, 2011
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  2. RichA

    Bruce Guest

    In my case, it's called a DSLR, circa 2004. It is a lousy performer
    at ISOs anything above 160. Its AF is flaky. The time taken to write
    to the buffer is inordinately slow. The rear LCD is very small and
    grainy, and doesn't offer Live View. The batteries discharge if left
    in the camera, even when it is switched off.

    BUT, used within its limitations, it is the best DSLR I have ever
    owned. It has excellent colour rendition and superb dynamic range.
    Its results display detail that compares favourably with top brand
    cameras whose sensors have 50% more pixels.

    Using it is hard work. However, the results are so rewarding that it
    is my first choice camera over the Nikon D3 and D7000 I also own.

    It is the Kodak DCS Pro 14n.
    Bruce, Jun 1, 2011
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  3. We were somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert, when the
    Of course. I routinely drag out my 1920s and 30s German plate cameras.
    Funny thing is, they work just as well as they did all those years ago.
    Grimly Curmudgeon, Jun 12, 2011
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