CSC v DSLR? Nikon or Fuji or Canon or Something else ? – Which is for you ?
People are still always asking the same question…. Should I sell my DSLR for a Fuji ??
I am very sure many other of the Fuji X-Photographers get this also.. so I thought I would put some thoughts done for AP Magazine. Should you sell up and join the CSC trend ??
Since Fox Talbot’s days we have been arguing about which cameras are best and have been comparing a creative art by the technology used. Today, online forums are full of which facts & stats, which is sharper, which is faster, which is this and which is that. The talk of the town these days is seemingly CSC v DSLR.
The truth is this… it really does not matter what you choose, only what you do with it. The problem today is very few photographers today really understand their own needs as a photographer.
Let me explain….
You can use a spanner to hammer a nail and you can make coffee in a saucepan. You can shoot fashion with an iPhone, and sports with a Phase One. It does not matter how good Broncolour are, the sunshine is just as useful, lighter and cheaper. Who cares if your sensor is 5mm bigger or smaller ? If your sensor was 2% smaller would you be 2% less of a photographer? Because I shot half a wedding on a Fuji X-T1 and half on a D800, does that make half my photos half as good as the others ? What do you shoot, how do you want to shoot and what do you need out of your camera ?
Some people will tell you you only need a Fuji, and that DSLR’s are dead, some people say CSC’s are for amateur & hobbyists photographers only. Someone try and tell me Kevin Mullins would be better with a Canon or Nikon camera…. at the same time try and tell me that Rebecca Litchfield does not need to lug a Mamyia to a Russian bunker in winter or the bottom of a cave in wales. Personally, needs are totally relevant to the task at hand they both are correct.
When a camera has a job, it has purpose. When a working photographer like Kevin is camera shopping, maybe it is easier as he has exact needs that have to be met by the camera. He can see where he can save money buy not over-buying. The right tool for the right job. The area people struggle with I guess, is the middle user, who wants a bit of this… and bit of that… They want the power but in a compact body, they want the file size but long battery, they want the optics but not the weight. I get that we are all different and we all have different needs, but, when was the last time you asked yourself ‘do you really use all your camera gear to its full extent or did you over buy?’ Maybe we should buy what you need, rather than what you want and the problem of which is best becomes very simple.
CSC or DSLR ? Well ? What do you need it for – make a list of your needs, and use that to work out which is best for you.