Help me decide if I should sell my Canon Rebel Xti (EOS 400D) and buy a Sony RX100.
I switched from point and shoot cameras to the Canon Rebel Xti in 2007 and my photography has improved significantly as a result. After trying a variety of lenses, I currently have only two - the 18-55 IS kit lens and a higher quality Sigma 17-50 1.4. Based on their current resale value, I could sell everything and buy a Sony RX100 without spending a dollar.
I love the quality of the Canon, but the size makes me think twice about taking it with me, especially now that I have an iPhone5 that takes decent snapshots.
From what I can tell, it seems like the sensor size on the RX100 is larger than my Canon, and the aperture on the Zeiss goes down to a 2.8f, so I think that means that most photos should be just as good as the Canon, especially if I'm using the kit lens, which I do most of the time since the Sigma is so heavy. I do like using a viewfinder on the Canon, but I'm not sure that should be a dealbreaker.
It seems that the big benefit I'm losing is interchangeable lenses. I've sold my 50-250 zoom lens - never used it. Sold my 50mm nifty fifty - never used it either. I am happy with a standard zoom lens like a 17-50. I've read that the DOF is not as good on the RX100 as a DSLR, but if that's the only thing I'm losing, that's not so bad.
I guess my other concern is just the idea of switching back to a "point and shoot". Now that I've learned how to take great photos with a DSLR, I never thought I'd go back - but the truth is that I'm using my iphone for 80% of my photos these days because it's the camera I have with me. If I had the RX100, I think I'd have it with me most of the time.
I can say that I only shoot for fun. Always had the hope that I would find an opportunity to display and sell some photos (art fair, coffeeshop, etc, but it hasn't happened yet). Here are some of my best photos, if this helps to give an idea of what kind of photos I take.
It seems like the 20 megapixels on the RX100 would produce images with the same high resolution as my Canon... so it seems that I am not losing the option of enlargements. Right?
So what do you think? Is it going backwards to give up a DSLR and get a pocket camera again?