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05-17-2013, 07:03 AM   #1
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Why not buy a Fuji x100 or other high quality walk around vs a wide angle for DSLR?

I am sure there is a good reason because I don't see it done. Just curious...
I am looking for a very good wide angle lens and I see these awesomely reviewed cameras, that looks like their limitations are the same as what would be for any lens of that size. So I am curious as to why one would purchase a lens instead of walk around.
Is it because it cannot be attached to a tripod?

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I'd say that the main advantage of a DSLR is versatility and speed. While APS-C compacts come very close to modern DSLR image quality, they're certainly not general-purpose cameras like an intro-level DSLR might be.

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I'd say that the main advantage of a DSLR is versatility and speed. While APS-C compacts come very close to modern DSLR image quality, they're certainly not general-purpose cameras like an intro-level DSLR might be.
I mean if someone already has a DSLR and is looking at buying a wide angle lens for the DSLR like a 28mm, which is the same size as these walk abouts. Does that make sense?
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A lot people already did that. You check DPR Fuji X forum, a lot dSLR users bought X100 or X100s as a smaller and lighter camera/lens combo for walkabout or even travels.

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QuoteOriginally posted by haycyn Quote
Is it because it cannot be attached to a tripod?
Why wouldn't a Fuji X100 not be able to be attached to a tripod?

There are many people who shoot primarily with DSLR's who also have a Fuji x100/100s as a walk around camera as well as many other small high end cameras.
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Why wouldn't a Fuji X100 not be able to be attached to a tripod?

There are many people who shoot primarily with DSLR's who also have a Fuji x100/100s as a walk around camera as well as many other small high end cameras.
You are right it can, I just saw that!
Do they use this camera instead of a wide angle or does each have its purpose? A wide angle prime on a DSLR and a high end compact?
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A big reason is the price of Fuji x100 and cameras in that class is that they cost a lot. I can't afford $1050 for that kind of camera.
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QuoteOriginally posted by haycyn Quote
You are right it can, I just saw that!
Do they use this camera instead of a wide angle or does each have its purpose? A wide angle prime on a DSLR and a high end compact?
I would say the main reason is the smaller size of the compact camera for travelling, sight seeing, and "street" shooting. Myself, I can't see any other reason. Maybe one reason would be the difference in IQ - the Fuji x100/s have their own personallity as far as the final image.

I own a fairly nice kit of Pentax gear with high end lenses, but did have to try the Fuji x100. For me it wasn't worth it since I don't do any travelling at all - 99% of my shooting is done at home on my own property.

siamthai also has a good point - when you buy a second camera like these, you are spending quite a bit of money for an item that will not hold its value. Lenses will normally hold their value quite well while cameras depreciate quickly.

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Price and depreciation mainly. You can get a cheaper walkaround camera, but then you feel like you'd get better pictures using your "good" camera (which you're also more accustomed to) and a lens.
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I like the x100s as a concept more than anything. With the retro styling, knobs, and ovf/evf combo. It’s lovely. I don’t want it though. Mainly because the Ricoh GR is coming out. APS-C, wide angle prime, absurdly small, and at a fraction of the cost of the x100s. It's a no brainer. Unless you absolutely need an Evf.
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Practicality, I guess. If you have a second body mounted with a wide angle lens, you'll be carrying a lot of weight around. If you only have one body (with a wide angle), you'll still be stuck carrying more weight than if you just carry an X100s. Also, if you're into street photography, a GR or an X100 is a lot easier to conceal and you risk taking a lot more candid shots than with a DSLR camera. People tend to "act different" when you aim at them with a large camera than when you use a compact.
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size and weight matter.
one dslr, 2-3 lenses, but a mirrorless like x100 or nex will fit in a pocket in my bag,
and with a tilt adapter to fit my lenses...
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