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Lack of DSLR’s at Disney World
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Jan 13, 2020 09:29:27   #
yds0066 Loc: Southern Illinois
 
Just got back from Disney World and all I saw was about 2 dozen digital DSLR’s including Mirrorless the entire time I was there. The park photographers all use Crop Sensor Nikon’s. EVERYBODY was using cell phones. I didn’t see a single point and shoot and only a few bridge type cameras. I was surprised.

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Jan 13, 2020 09:32:59   #
gvarner Loc: Central Oregon Coast
 
We are conditioned by marketing to reach for the shiny bright thing. In the case of cameras, it’s a bonus if it easily does what we want it to do or even more than we want it to do.

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Jan 13, 2020 09:35:44   #
joer Loc: Northern Illinois
 
yds0066 wrote:
Just got back from Disney World and all I saw was about 2 dozen digital DSLR’s including Mirrorless the entire time I was there. The park photographers all use Crop Sensor Nikon’s. EVERYBODY was using cell phones. I didn’t see a single point and shoot and only a few bridge type cameras. I was surprised.


Cell phones are ubiquitous. I wouldn't be surprised if this is common at any tourist venue.

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Jan 13, 2020 09:41:06   #
johngault007 Loc: Florida Panhandle
 
I typically pack as light as possible when we go to theme parks, and hauling a camera around is probably one of the last things I consider bringing with me. Disney has a pretty decent photo package that links to a single online account where you can download and reproduce any/all photos or keep them in an digital gallery. We were there around 4 years ago and came away with a couple hundred pictures over our four day visit, and the best part was, I didn't have to ask anyone to take pictures of us using my camera.

Universal Studios has a similar deal, although not as many photogs walking around, we still got around 60 pictures. If I didn't have kids, and I lived a bit closer for a season pass, I would probably go regularly to Universal with a camera just for the attention to detail in their themed rides. But for now, it's a small backpack with snacks and water bottles.

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Jan 13, 2020 09:41:07   #
Vietnam Vet
 
Maybe they are going there just to have fun. Never know how many dslr's were stored away in the parking lot. Our family is going there this year and my phone will be my camera.

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Jan 13, 2020 10:01:42   #
larryepage Loc: North Texas
 
yds0066 wrote:
Just got back from Disney World and all I saw was about 2 dozen digital DSLR’s including Mirrorless the entire time I was there. The park photographers all use Crop Sensor Nikon’s. EVERYBODY was using cell phones. I didn’t see a single point and shoot and only a few bridge type cameras. I was surprised.


My wife and I went to Epcot a number of years ago. I took my D200, but pretty quickly wished that I hadn't. Many of the rides and attractions did not allow carrying on any sort of large camera or bag or the like either because of space limitations, safety concerns, or both. The same was true with some of the attractions at Kennedy Space Center.

Lockers were available both places. They were free at KSC, but cost money at Epcot. I've since talked to a number of Disney "nerds," some of whom are avid or even advanced photographers. They all leave their cameras in the trunk of the car when they visit any Disney facility, except for a couple who are really old and don't ride anything while visiting.

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Jan 13, 2020 10:07:58   #
Jerry G Loc: Waterford, Michigan
 
I commented in a previous post that I only take my camera when photography is my intent. I found taking photos while on vacation or a family outing is a hindrance to everyone else's enjoyment as they wait ten or fifteen minutes for me to take a picture. If I need to take a picture I use my phone. I would like to have a yearly pass to Disney so I could go just for photography.

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Jan 13, 2020 10:39:10   #
BigDaddy Loc: Pittsburgh, PA
 
Went to two weddings last year and the only "real" cameras seen were the paid photographers. Everyone else, including me, used their cells. Not surprised at all that tourists at an amusement park would be lacking "real" cameras.

Another thing is few pictures are ever printed, and many disappear after taken, like Snapchat, they disappear after viewed, automatically dumped into digital heaven/hell. My kids, in their mid 30's, don't even own printers, photo or otherwise, but they take photo's all day long.

A lot has changed in the photo world in the past few years.

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Jan 13, 2020 10:45:45   #
gvarner Loc: Central Oregon Coast
 
The camera obscura was a real camera too. 😊

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Jan 13, 2020 10:46:33   #
LFingar Loc: Claverack, NY
 
If I were going to a theme park my EOS R would not be going with me. The most I would carry would be something like the Olympus T6 and probably not even that. If I really had an urge to take a shot I would borrow my wife's IPhone.
There are times when the experience is worth more then the photography.

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Jan 13, 2020 10:47:35   #
IDguy Loc: Idaho
 
When I went to Epcot last year about half were using tablets. I see that in National Parks as well.

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Jan 13, 2020 11:17:40   #
BlackRipleyDog
 
I wouldn't waste the shutter actuations on any DSLR at Disney anyway.

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Jan 13, 2020 12:11:08   #
CHG_CANON Loc: the Windy City
 
I think there's still some areas / times for a DSLR, such as night and the Animal Kingdom.

Walt Disney World by Paul Sager, on Flickr


Cinderella Castle by Paul Sager, on Flickr

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Jan 13, 2020 19:39:32   #
Mr. SONY Loc: LI, NY
 
I was there in December 2019 and I had my SONY RX100Va.
With a homemade flash diffuser and a Polarizer filter.
Yea I saw very few DSLR type cameras other than Disney photographers.
Didn't know if they were mirrorless or mirrored.
Phones, phones, and more phones ruled the days and nights.
Imagine one time I used to go with a Nikon D7000 with a Nikkor 17-55mm f2.8 and a SB800 flash.

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Jan 14, 2020 02:26:01   #
wdross Loc: Castle Rock, Colorado
 
yds0066 wrote:
Just got back from Disney World and all I saw was about 2 dozen digital DSLR’s including Mirrorless the entire time I was there. The park photographers all use Crop Sensor Nikon’s. EVERYBODY was using cell phones. I didn’t see a single point and shoot and only a few bridge type cameras. I was surprised.


You saw a lot of Point and Shoot and "bridge" cameras. They are now called cellphones and smartphones. And they have even replaced some of the DSLRs and mirrorless cameras by those that know how to use the deeper menus on the cellphones and smartphones. This is why the actual market for actual P&S, bridge, mirrorless, and DSLRs has shrunk to a very small fraction compared to the cellphones and smartphones.

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