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I was "pro" photographer for 20+ years, but had stroke

Trekker
Contributor

Sold all my heavy professional lenses and bodies and I am now in need of a new camera:

 

  1. lightweight
  2. built-in zoom lens
  3. bulky grip
  4. large sensor
  5. buttons that are not crammed-together

The trend in cameras now is to cram as much as possible into the thinnest, smallest body, but I need bigger to hold onto. Using only one hand, I find that my fingers inadvertently push buttons and change settings. (I'm open to an older model if it's "refurbished").

 

Any advice? THANKS!!

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I've been considered buying a "G" Series camera, but have run into one major stumbling block, at least for me.  Most of the "G" Series cameras do not have a viewfinder. None of them do, or have, "everything" that I want. 

 

I wanted a more compact camera for reasons that have already been cited, I have found need for a small compact camera to take places where a DSLR cannot go.  Some good examples of places with camera restrictions is Madison Square Garden, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and most museums and zoos..

 

The G5 and G16 have a viewfinder built into the camera.  The G1 and G3 cameras have an optional viewfinder.  So far my choice has been the G3 (24-600mm) over the G1X Mark II (24-120mm).  And, then there is the sensor size differences.  I am far, far from being decided.

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"The right mouse button is your friend."

The problem with folks going 'back' from a a good DSLR to a G is they want the same thing in that P&S.  It ain't gonna happen.  At least not right now, maybe in the future.

 

BTW all, at least most all, the Canon G's back from the G1x have a viewfinder.  Somewhat useless but never-the-less they do.

EB
EOS 1DX and 1D Mk IV and several lenses!


@ebiggs1 wrote:

The problem with folks going 'back' from a a good DSLR to a G is they want the same thing in that P&S.  It ain't gonna happen.  At least not right now, maybe in the future.

 

BTW all, at least most all, the Canon G's back from the G1x have a viewfinder.  Somewhat useless but never-the-less they do.


Here's the back of a G9 and the G5.

 

Back_Of_G9.jpg     Back_Of_G5.jpg

 

Unless you mean the LCD screen, the G9 has no viewfinder, and neither is their an option to add one.

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"The right mouse button is your friend."

"... all, at least most all, the Canon G's ..."

 

EB
EOS 1DX and 1D Mk IV and several lenses!


@Waddizzle wrote:

@ebiggs1 wrote:

The problem with folks going 'back' from a a good DSLR to a G is they want the same thing in that P&S.  It ain't gonna happen.  At least not right now, maybe in the future.

 

BTW all, at least most all, the Canon G's back from the G1x have a viewfinder.  Somewhat useless but never-the-less they do.


Here's the back of a G9 and the G5.

 

Back_Of_G9.jpg     Back_Of_G5.jpg

 

Unless you mean the LCD screen, the G9 has no viewfinder, and neither is their an option to add one.


That's a G5?? I don't think so. Maybe a G5X. I once had a G5. and it sure didn't look much like that.

 

It did have a viewfinder, BTW.

Bob
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA

Yes, that is the G5 X, not a G5. 

 

All i wanted to point out that many point and shoots have no viewfinder, and that could be deal breaker for someone used to professional grade DSLR cameras.  Both the G3 X and the G1 X Mark II have an optional viewfinder, at a significant cost relative to the cost of the camera.

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"The right mouse button is your friend."

"...  for someone used to professional grade DSLR cameras."

 

That is why I assumed you would be looking for a P&S like the G12, G15, G16, G1x, etc and not the obviously rejected ones. Perhaps I assume too much?

EB
EOS 1DX and 1D Mk IV and several lenses!

Thanks for your input! My dilemma is that, lthough many cameras have the sensor and/or features that I want, they are too small for me to grip 😞


@Trekker wrote:

Thanks for your input! My dilemma is that, lthough many cameras have the sensor and/or features that I want, they are too small for me to grip 😞


How about a 7D (or 7D Mark II) with a battery grip?

Bob
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA

Sold my 7Ds because the lenses are too heavy and awkward to hold with my stroke-affected hands...an ideal camera would be something like a SX60 HS, but with a BIGGER sensor. A sensor that's a tiny 1/2.3" just can't do the job.

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