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5.0 out of 5 stars Life's a compromise .., 6 Dec. 2013
This review is from: Canon EOS 100D Digital SLR Camera (EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens, 18 MP, CMOS Sensor, 3 inch LCD) (Camera)
Is there an advantage to being small - well I guess so at least as far as I am concerned. After 60 years of amateur photography (that is I don't make a living from it) I have finally found a camera that delivers what I am looking for. Its a so called entry level (what on earth does that really mean) SLR with an optical viewfinder, a good size sensor and a good size touch screen on the back. Having started life with a Box Brownie and moved through a range of cameras (Olympus, Pentax, Canon etc) both film and more latterly digital - this small, compact compromise together with my favourite and slightly longer lens enables me to capture good quality images for subsequent post-production that I can print to A3 size with sufficient clarity to provide the level of enjoyment and satisfaction that I am looking for.

The main advantage for me is the size. I moved down from larger cameras that vie with bags of sugar when it comes to carting them about to micro four thirds (Panasonic) and a range of new lenses - but was never satisfied with the resulting images. Last autumn (2012) at Photokina I was tempted by the well-made EOS-M which accepted (almost) any Canon lens, gave very acceptable results but finally frustrated me by not having a viewfinder. The back screen is fine in the right light levels and for those with unchallenged eyes (and it certainly worked effectively) but for my declining faculties it never quite gave the level of control that I wanted.

So - whilst for the cognoscenti this will always be a compromise too far, for me the 100D is just the right compromise of weight, size, image quality, functions and facilities that make it "just the job".

Till of course Canon up-date it to a full size sensor and give it a 9 point AF system ... oh and perhaps make it from slightly better quality materials ??

Life always is a compromise - so does anyone want an EOS-M lens adaptor?

Post scriptum ... 30 December 2013

I have now had this for almost two months and it continues to perform well. The battery lasts for ages (I have a spare too) and the image quality has proved to be well up to expectations. It is made from somewhat flimsy materials and the battery compartment door is something to take extra care with. Otherwise - it was money quite well spent and I have recommended it to several folk who have shown an interest.

Post post scriptum ... January 2015

Well its still going strong and despite some inconsiderate handling on occasion (and a few scratches) it's still producing perfectly acceptable results. Given that it's really the quality of the lens that counts for most I have experimented with two longer lenses - one a Sigma 18-250 F3.5-F6.3 (Macro) and the other a Tokina 80-400 F4.5-F5.6. I will (probably) never get Prime lens quality images from them however I continue to enjoy my photography and have a setup that I can carry fairly easily whilst hiking both seashores and alpine summits. My images can be seen at "https://www.flickr.com/photos/104421275@N07/page1/?details=1" if you are interested.
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