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    Default does weight have a bearing on your preception of well built camera?

    or phrased another way, lighter need not be better.

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    I think most people would equate heavier weight with a 'more solidly' built camera, because the perception is that it's made of more metal rather than polycarbs or synthetics. Interestingly, certain polrcarbs and synthetics are shatter-proof/resistant or offer immense resistance properties, like Lexan, which is bullet-proof.

    But it's like the perception about cough medicine - 'if it tastes too good, it can't be effective'. What people don't know is that the active ingredients in real cough meds can easily be put into a tablet or capsule. It doesn't have to be in a liquid formula that must get in contact with the esophagus for it to work.

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    Default Re: does weight have a bearing on your preception of well built camera?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dream Merchant View Post

    But it's like the perception about cough medicine - 'if it tastes too good, it can't be effective'.
    Tell that to the cough medication addicts

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    Default Re: does weight have a bearing on your preception of well built camera?

    Well, the heavier they are, the harder they fall, no?

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    I find it hard to describe, its not how heavy or light per se, I think its more of how "balanced" it feels in your hands.

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    yes, if you wrap a brick and attach it to a canon powershot or something, i will think that it is a tank




    of course not, but people equate weight with solid materials, stronger materials tend to be heavier

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    Default Re: does weight have a bearing on your preception of well built camera?

    Quote Originally Posted by Flashbulb View Post
    or phrased another way, lighter need not be better.

    opinions?
    No. The weight is not the main point, is how the cam is build...
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    Why are higher end models heavier than entry level cams? Can't they make the high end models be as light as the Olympus E420?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daedalus Trent View Post
    Well, the heavier they are, the harder they fall, no?
    Yes you are correct. Heavier items possess a larger amount of gravitational potential energy ay the same height as compared to something lighter. So I guess that the impact will be greater.

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    I personally like the heavier weight of the body to balance the normally heavy lens. It's not about the weight to me, it's about the CG of the lens + body combination. I find it more comfortable if the CG inclined towards to the body rather than the lens.
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    Default Re: does weight have a bearing on your preception of well built camera?

    Quote Originally Posted by David Kwok View Post
    I personally like the heavier weight of the body to balance the normally heavy lens. It's not about the weight to me, it's about the CG of the lens + body combination. I find it more comfortable if the CG inclined towards to the body rather than the lens.
    That's what I thought too..initially..

    I'm using a D90 with a 70-200 and it does feel balanced, imo

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    Default Re: does weight have a bearing on your preception of well built camera?

    Quote Originally Posted by David Kwok View Post
    I personally like the heavier weight of the body to balance the normally heavy lens. It's not about the weight to me, it's about the CG of the lens + body combination. I find it more comfortable if the CG inclined towards to the body rather than the lens.
    I agree too...i just find heavier bodies like easier to use.
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