The tourists hoards are using a lot of mirrorless cameras.

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by lenshoarder, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. lenshoarder

    lenshoarder Veteran

    Mar 7, 2012
    I've been watching what cameras tourists use. There's a wide variety. There are still some film users. People using film SLRs aren't uncommon. What surprises me are the people that still use film P&S cameras. I've noticed more and more people using mirrorless cameras. I saw my first Nikon J1 out in the wild a couple of days ago. You see them all. GF2s, GF3s, E-P1s, etc, etc. The most frequent one I notice now is the NEX 5N. I see about 10 of those each day withough even trying to hunt them down. Stupid me, I still think someone who uses a mirrorless knows something about cameras. When I talk to these people, their eyes glaze over and they say "I just wanted something that takes better pictures.".
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  2. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    critical mass.

    the turning point.

    time for me to find a new contrarian thing to buy.
  3. Gubrz

    Gubrz O.* Gonzo's & Bentley's Dad

    Jun 5, 2012
    Austin, TX
    Currently at the Grand Canyon, seen a few nex 5 series, an epl1, and a huge amount of Costco Nikon d5k specials

    Like... 75% of the cameras are a Nikon d5k!

    There was a film p&s tho!

    Was surprised how few canon slrs there were. A good amount of canon advanced p&s tho
  4. Phoenix

    Phoenix Super Moderator

    Dec 28, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    Phoenix Gonzales
    This really reminds me of the youtube vid regarding reviewing the Leica M9-P :tongue:
  5. Andrewteee

    Andrewteee All-Pro

    Jul 8, 2010
    Where are you?
  6. dixeyk

    dixeyk Guest

    That's priceless.
  7. Its hilarious. "I figgered if I got a better camera I could take better pictures". WHAT? He has thousands to throw away on something like a Leica? (and until he finds out whether he is capable of good photography, it *is* a throwaway). Geez.
  8. Boid

    Boid All-Pro

    Dec 15, 2011
    Bangalore, India
    All I saw during my visit to London and Scotland were big honking DSLRs.... DSLRs everywhere... it was an epidemic. 5DM2s with huge honking 'L' lenses carried by petite Chinese women... they looked quite unsure as they handed me their cameras for a picture (I was carrying a GRD1).
  9. Julien

    Julien Top Veteran

    Jan 6, 2012
    Paris, France
    I see more and more mirrorless cameras at events around here, mostly m4/3 and NEX. But DSLRs still are a majority.
  10. Lili

    Lili Hall of Famer

    Oct 17, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    just wow
  11. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Is Tourist Hoard the name that you call yourself when you're on holiday? :tongue:
  12. pdh

    pdh Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    this has done the rounds a on a few boards (including this one I thought) ... doesn't stop it being funny of course ... he's got a few of these up in similar style and it's clear that they are intended as parody
  13. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    I hadn't seen that Leica "review" in awhile. I forgot how funny it is. I love that he shot the video in portrait orientation.
  14. Toonman

    Toonman Regular

    I visit London a Lot, maybe 15 times a year. I hardly ever see Mirrorless cameras. Just as a previous post said a thousands of tourists with huge DSLR's. I own a Samsung NX11 and a Lumix GF3, I have never seen either of them..............ever! Some of the more petit female tourists (I'm not being sexist!) are dwarfed by massive Nikon and Canon full frame monsters.
  15. Biro

    Biro Super Moderator

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    I think this will fit the bill perfectly:

    Rolleiflex Still Happily Making Analog TLR Cameras, FX-N to Debut at Photokina

    I work in New York City and I still see a lot of DSLRs in the hands of tourists. I've also seen a few Sony SLTs. After that it's bridge cameras and point-and-shoots. I've seen a few mirrorless cameras but not that many by comparison.
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  16. lenshoarder

    lenshoarder Veteran

    Mar 7, 2012
    I ran just into another NEX 5N user. I asked why he got a NEX. At first he was baffled by what I was referring too. Then he says "Oh, the camera!". He said he's a Canon shooter but his brother made him get a NEX for the trip since it's more compact. Says he's liking it.
  17. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Harvard Square tends to have high number of visiting chinese and japanese families, and 90%+ of them include at least one (but not limited to one) family member lugging around a DLSR, usually a Nikon D3100. And never a prime lens, no, it's always the kit zoom. Starting to see more of the little Sony mirrorless ones lately though.
  18. Hyubie

    Hyubie Top Veteran

    Jun 8, 2011
    Walk along Beach St. in Boston's Chinatown near the arch, and you'll probably meet the guy with an E-PL1 hanging on his neck. (If you meet an Asian guy with an EPL3 attached to his wrist using a black Wii strap during lunch time, it's probably me. :biggrin: )

    Plus most Asian tourists there sport the Nex. Haven't seen much Panasonics though.
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  19. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    So you don't look like your avatar then? :biggrin:
  20. Hyubie

    Hyubie Top Veteran

    Jun 8, 2011
    Don't you see he's Asian? Think kung fu master with the kung fu beard. :smile: