The Death of the SLR

The Wreck of the Peter Iredale

I have a confession to make.  I’ve not picked up my SLR camera gear in 104 days!  That’s right – it’s been over three months since I picked it up for any reason, other than to move it out of the way of something else in my “man cave”.  This is not to say that I have not been creative, nor taken any pictures.  Just a single browsing through my G12, my iPhone, or my G12 will reveal that is not the case.

Now granted, I have not really carved out the time to photo sessions like I have in the past primarily because I have been involved a lot with my full time job as a Software Trainer, and in a new business initiative that I am starting here locally, as well as the forthcoming eBooks which (I know) are woefully overdue.

But, when I sat down to think about it, I really have needed my SLR less and less.  Most of the time, I can get just as good a quality image from my G12, iPhone, or even the GoPro lately, and each has the added advantage of video capabilities!  In fact, one thing I had been meaning to do was to capture some video footage of snow falling.  This was to serve as a backdrop for a photo montage of my own favorite snow scenes from my portfolio for the last few years.

This is not to say that I am losing interest in photography – I will always love photography!  The power and story-telling capability of a single still frame is always one that will fascinate me, and I am always seeking to become better at the craft.

But, when I look at the SLR cameras that are out there, both the one I have, and others in the market – I don’t think I really need another SLR.  It just doesn’t make sense to me anymore.  About the only advantage to SLR is that in studio and when on a professional assignment, they do have just that extra nudge of image quality.  But, with that being said, I just don’t see the need for a new SLR.  Here’s my current collection:

Canon 40D – Accepts EFS lenses due to its crop sensor and does an amazing job at even up to 800 ISO levels for still work.

The Wreck of the Peter Iredale
The Wreck of the Peter Iredale

G12 – Records 1280×720 video, and has a higher MP count than my 40D for stills.  Great for on-the-go footage and the SD card makes things super easy to save to my laptop (which has an SD slot, but not a CF slot).

iPhone – Super easy on the go for both quick snaps to share things via social media, and 1920x1080p HD video!  The apps that have been developed to assist in this niche have been incredible!

GoPro Hero2 – Amazing wide angle video quality, which I really am only beginning to explore, but when I see the weekly publications from their site, am continually inspired for new project ideas!