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Lack of DSLR’s at Disney World
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Jan 14, 2020 09:06:54   #
muphoto
 
timm27 wrote:
Having a DSLR at Disney is not a burden. There have been many shots over the years I would not have had of kids/grandkids.
Last year we also did the Flower and Garden at Epcot. Spectacular. With a much needed DSLR. If you have a DSLR....TAKE IT.
There is a reason you own one.


I agree. We visit WDW about 3 times a year and up until our last visit in September, I would carry my Nikon D5 and take a 70-200 f4 and 16-35 f4. This last visit I took a Nikon D850 with the same two lenses. I did take the battery grip off which made it a lot lighter. I like having the capabilities of a DSLR at the world. I still always have fun with my family and ride most of the rides.

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Jan 14, 2020 09:10:40   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
Welcome to the modern world. I see very few DSLRs at photo-popular locations - cell phones and tablets.

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Jan 14, 2020 09:22:00   #
Bill 45
 
I find this topic "Lack of DSLR at Disney World" very interesting. Everyone was writing about in the real world people are out and about using cell phone and not DSLR cameras. Could at places like Disney World and other places like that you are seeing the end DSLR camera? I not looking for a fight cell phone vs. DSLR camera. Also the cost of a cell phone vs DSLR camera. I known some one who just got pay $3,000 for a Nikon DSLR cameras. ( Don't ask the model, I don't remember) vs someone who pay $25.00 for a cell phone.

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Jan 14, 2020 09:23:22   #
Silverrails
 
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.


Sometimes a DSLR & a Camera bag filled with accessories can be burdensome after a few hours in the crowded W.D.W. environment. So many people today are very satisfied with using their Smartphone to capture those "Special Moments" with their families.
For example:
I was going to Florida for 2 weeks in December 2019, checking the weather forecast for those 2 weeks, the prediction was Cool temps, mostly cloudy, with quite a bit of Rain forcasted.
I was Flying down with my Wife, we had 2 checked bags, two carry-on bags, two personal items, 2 C-pap medical devices. So regretfully I chose to leave my DSLR Camera bag, with 3 lens & Nikon camera + accessories at home, and knowing that we both had our "Smartphones" when a photo was wanted or required.
We are going to go again in March for a month, and we are driving to Florida, so my DSLR Camera + Lens + accessories will be in my Car. Along with everything we had on the plane + more (I am sure.)

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Jan 14, 2020 09:34:33   #
rmalarz Loc: Tempe, Arizona
 
Consider the surroundings. Disney World is not a noted wonderful landscape. Hardly worth a photographic effort. Snapshots would be the order of the day.
--Bob
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.

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Jan 14, 2020 09:36:03   #
Silverrails
 
larryepage wrote:
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.
My wife and I went to Epcot a number of years ago.... (show quote)


I realize the Trunk of the Car is a more secure place to keep your expensive Camera equipment, but, when you are gone up to 8+ hours in a Florida theme park, the Heat in that Car Trunk can pretty intense.
Suggestion:
Maybe have a Thermal Cooler with some Ice packs in Ziplock bags, and keep Camera and equipment in the Cooler.
Would you agree or not with this suggestion? Why & Why not please.

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Jan 14, 2020 09:36:53   #
johngault007 Loc: South East USA
 
Bill 45 wrote:
I find this topic "Lack of DSLR at Disney World" very interesting. Everyone was writing about in the real world people are out and about using cell phone and not DSLR cameras. Could at places like Disney World and other places like that you are seeing the end DSLR camera? I not looking for a fight cell phone vs. DSLR camera. Also the cost of a cell phone vs DSLR camera. I known some one who just got pay $3,000 for a Nikon DSLR cameras. ( Don't ask the model, I don't remember) vs someone who pay $25.00 for a cell phone.
I find this topic "Lack of DSLR at Disney Wor... (show quote)


Bill,
I can't speak for others, but I don't personally think my phone will do a better job in a theme park. In fact, as I'm walking around, I see many opportunities that I would take if I had my DSLR with me. I think for some (or most) of us, it's a matter of enjoying the park for the purpose we intended it to be. For me, it's having a great time with my family (my kids are 8 and 13), and riding as many rides as possible. We spend the better part of 10-12 hours each day in the park and carrying anything extra becomes a burden that I would rather not have. Additionally, I think I mentioned this in a previous post, we purchase the Park's photo package and have been very impressed with the amount and quality of the photos taken, plus, the entire family is in it and I didn't have to trust a stranger with my camera.

Now, if I lived closer to Orlando, I would most likely have a season pass to Universal and plan specific trips with my DSLR before the park opens to capture some of the amazing work they have done in that park.

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Jan 14, 2020 09:43:15   #
dr.juice
 
I got a digital Sony 7000 on 31 December 2006 and never looked back. The last time I updated what I call my Sweet Ten, the ten best photos I've ever taken, I had an almost even mix of the Sony, my previous film cameras, and my current cellphone (an
LG-210 which is nothing fancy).

But, when I retired from teaching and deaning, I got into doing penetration testing at computer facilities and I didn't dare bring any cameras along on those gigs. So, my photography has really remained something I do literally in my spare time. But, I still enjoy it as much as ever and my efforts still show up on my computer screens and cell screens as my wallpaper. One of the guys at my cell store asked where I got the mushroom which is my cell's current wallpaper and I told him. The answer was in the grass outside a research building at one of the hospitals where I volunteer. I still think it's a pretty darn kewl picture and it's been in my Sweet Ten since the late very early part of 2007 (taken with my second cell phone).

Thanks for raising these memories for me.

virginia, aka drjuice

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Jan 14, 2020 09:43:36   #
burkphoto Loc: High Point, NC
 
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.


Why the surprise? The "real camera" (whatever that means...) market has been shrinking since about 2000.

First to go were film cameras. Many of those were replaced by digital point-and-shoot and bridge cameras, but "serious" photographers bought their first dSLRs.

Next, the smartphone wars heated up in the late 2000s, and the point-and-shoot market dried up because NO ONE in their right mind wants to carry more than one point-and-shoot device. (Let's see, do I want to carry a dedicated camera the size of a cigarette pack, or a smaller smartphone (supercomputer in my pocket) that can do any of two million different things, just by downloading the right applications?)

What's happening now is a slow erosion of the remaining market. I reflect back on the 1960s and '70s, and see a photography hobby that demanded good SLR gear to get decent results. But today, a smartphone is adequate to yield similar results for many kinds of photos, and even better for others. And the fact that it is nearly always connected to the Internet for social media sharing makes it ideal for recording family events.

We still need interchangeable lens cameras for our most serious work, but less often. Fewer buyers of SLRs ever wanted to do that level of work, anyway. They just thought they did. I know lots of folks who bought Nikons, Canons, Minoltas, Pentaxes, and even Petris, only to let them sit in rotting leather bags for decades.

Hell, I worked for a photography company for decades, but I put down my personal SLRs for years when we were both working and raising kids. We had several point-and-shoot cameras, and no time to bring out the big bag.

In 1982, I was in Anaheim for the National Audio-Visual Association / International Communications Industries Association, with splinter meetings of the Association for Audio-Visual Technicians, Association for Multi-Image, and the Industrial TV Association. I took a day after the convention and went to Disneyland with a Nikon F3, five lenses, and ten rolls of Kodachrome. I would never do that now! I reserve my serious camera system for serious work — "intentional" photography. I use my iPhone for everything else. It's a compromise, but it's always with me!

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Jan 14, 2020 09:51:46   #
LFingar Loc: Claverack, NY
 
jerryc41 wrote:
Welcome to the modern world. I see very few DSLRs at photo-popular locations - cell phones and tablets.


Jerry that's a good thing! The fewer there are the more the rest of us will stand out as 'real photographers'. Photo-Gods! We will be besieged by hordes of beautiful young women (young men for you Photo-Goddesses) screaming, tearing their clothes off, shoving phone numbers and room keys into our pockets! They will fight each other for a chance at a demonstration of how we use our 'equipment'! They will stare in awe and wonder how we can even walk with something that big!! Mothers and fathers will curse us! Call us degenerates, nonconformists and try to run us out of town!

OK, no more coffee for me today!

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Jan 14, 2020 09:53:33   #
johngault007 Loc: South East USA
 
LFingar wrote:
Jerry that's a good thing! The fewer there are the more the rest of us will stand out as 'real photographers'. Photo-Gods! We will be besieged by hordes of beautiful young women (young men for you Photo-Goddesses) screaming, tearing their clothes off, shoving phone numbers and room keys into our pockets! They will fight each other for a chance at a demonstration of how we use our 'equipment'! They will stare in awe and wonder how we can even walk with something that big!! Mothers and fathers will curse us! Call us degenerates, nonconformists and try to run us out of town!

OK, no more coffee for me today!
Jerry that's a good thing! The fewer there are the... (show quote)


Funny, that's why I started playing drums some 30+ years ago

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Jan 14, 2020 09:54:20   #
burkphoto Loc: High Point, NC
 
Bill 45 wrote:
I find this topic "Lack of DSLR at Disney World" very interesting. Everyone was writing about in the real world people are out and about using cell phone and not DSLR cameras. Could at places like Disney World and other places like that you are seeing the end DSLR camera? I not looking for a fight cell phone vs. DSLR camera. Also the cost of a cell phone vs DSLR camera. I known some one who just got pay $3,000 for a Nikon DSLR cameras. ( Don't ask the model, I don't remember) vs someone who pay $25.00 for a cell phone.
I find this topic "Lack of DSLR at Disney Wor... (show quote)


For some people, the price of a smartphone (not a cellphone, but a supercomputer that happens to have a phone in it) is almost as much as a low-end dSLR or mirrorless camera. If they have to choose, they get the smartphone, because it has more uses.

I don't think we are seeing the end of the interchangeable lens camera market. We are seeing a downsizing of it. At the same time, we seem to have more choices and options than ever. Manufacturers are releasing new lenses and camera models every year.

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Jan 14, 2020 10:09:25   #
Graynor
 
I took my family and grandkids to Disney World. The Photo package was included with our stay. 1st day I took my 70d. After that I used my cellphone and my middle age kids and grandkids used cellphones taking selfie’s and posting to Facebook and airdropping and trading pictures the rest of the trip. They also took numerous videos they shared with friends
I have admit it easier to take selfies with a phone.

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Jan 14, 2020 10:33:44   #
Cookie223 Loc: New Jersey
 
Considering the crowds, the lines of people, a camera would most likely be a hindrance. Also if you’re inclined to go on a ride you can’t have any lose or unsecured item with you. The cell phone would be the easiest, and less cumbersome.

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Jan 14, 2020 10:49:38   #
PhotogHobbyist Loc: Bradford, PA
 
timm27 wrote:
Having a DSLR at Disney is not a burden. There have been many shots over the years I would not have had of kids/grandkids.
Last year we also did the Flower and Garden at Epcot. Spectacular. With a much needed DSLR. If you have a DSLR....TAKE IT.
There is a reason you own one.


Amen, brother. I'll take a DSLR over a cell phone any day.

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