I owned a Nikon D60 cropped sensor DSLR back in 2008 to 2011 and was quite happy with the image quality. However, as I only had 3 AF-D lenses back then and the camera couldn’t do autofocus with them, I switched to mirrorless system because I thought I could see the focus better in an EVF. Throughout the time, Fujifilm X-E1 was my main camera for 10 years and I was pretty satisfied with the image quality. However, I always had a desire to own a Nikon so that I can use my Nikon lens collections.
Recently, the thought of owning a Nikon DSLR hit me again after watching this video from one of my favorite street photographer, Mr. Samuel Streetlife. Then, I also watched some other videos about why buying a DSLR makes sense in 2022/23. I also consulted ChatGPT and here’s its answer:
There are several reasons why someone might still consider buying a DSLR in 2023, despite the growing popularity of mirrorless cameras:
- Image Quality: DSLRs are known for their superior image quality, thanks to their larger image sensors and better low-light performance.
- Optical Viewfinder: DSLRs have an optical viewfinder that lets you see exactly what you’re shooting, without any lag or distortion. This can be particularly useful in fast-paced shooting situations.
- Lens Selection: DSLRs have been around for much longer than mirrorless cameras, which means there are many more lenses available for DSLRs. This can be especially important for professionals who need access to a wide variety of lenses for their work.
- Battery Life: DSLRs generally have longer battery life than mirrorless cameras, which can be beneficial for long shoots or when you don’t have access to a power source.
- Ergonomics: DSLRs are typically larger and heavier than mirrorless cameras, which some people find more comfortable and easier to hold for extended periods.
That being said, mirrorless cameras have come a long way in recent years, and many now offer image quality that rivals that of DSLRs. They also have the advantage of being smaller, lighter, and more compact, which can be important for travel or street photography. Ultimately, the choice between a DSLR and a mirrorless camera will depend on your personal preferences and shooting needs.”
With all the good reasons, I decided to buy a Nikon D800 in 2023 because of its dirt cheap second price. Since I’m currently living in the UK, MPB is the obvious choice because of its competitive pricing and their trade-in service. To get the D800, I traded in my Fujifilm X-M1 and its 16-50 kit lens to help the financing, and finally paid only 100 GBP.
Currently, I just have an AF Nikkor 85mm f1.8 lens with me as my other Nikon lenses were in my mom’s place in Asia. With the D800 and 85mm combo, I tried to practice my street photography skill in the city of Edinburgh and the result was quite pleasing to me. As I’m quite shy to get close with people on the street, using a 85mm lens seems quite suit me. Here’s a video with some of the images taken with this combo. See if you like them: