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Whay can't a full frame DSLR be same as my old Pentax ME?
Sorry if this question seems naive, but..

I have an old (film) Pentax ME Super SLR and of course it has 35mm 'sensor' size equivalent..

My question is why can't a DSLR full frame camera have the same physical size as my old film camera. They all seem a lot larger and heavier. What's the reason?.

Martin...

Comments (5)

To start, how big was the battery in the old Pentax?.

And did it have a system in it that matches the "moptor drive" of the new cameras..

The two older Canon full frame cameras have lots of high-powered stuff inside and are big. Plus they are a lot more rugged than an ME..

But the 5D is a lot closer to Pentax size..

BAK..

Comment #1

BAK wrote:.

To start, how big was the battery in the old Pentax?.

And did it have a system in it that matches the "moptor drive" of thenew cameras..

Yep, plus the LCD, and all the image processing that can be done in camera..

Alex..

Comment #2

Because such cameras are considered *pro* cameras, and need to be able to keep up with pro demands. They have the latest in camera electronics installed and are F A S T..

The Pentax ME was not a pro camera and smaller digital cameras are not as fast as the big boys. The people who will pay the premium price for the full frame want the latest and greatest that imaging technology has to offer..

The greatest of mankind's criminals are those who delude themselves into thinking they have done 'the right thing.'- Rayna Butler..

Comment #3

Topc90 wrote:.

My question is why can't a DSLR full frame camera have the samephysical size as my old film camera. They all seem a lot larger andheavier. What's the reason?.

The main reason is that over the last couple of decades, people have come to prefer bigger and heavier cameras. Which is just as well, because people also have come to demand autofocus which adds to the size and weightthe manual-focus Leica M8 is significantly smaller and lighter than the autofocus Pentax K10D, even though the Leica's sensor is larger than the Pentax's is..

Even the modern film SLRs are significantly bigger and heavier than the older SLRs like your Pentax ME. It's what people want...

Comment #4

I have both a DS and a K1000 and the DS is a far better camera. Both are about the same size. Yes the DSLR is heavier but that is mainly due to batteries. I am not bothered that the DS is not FF. I get a clean ISO 1600 and can make poster sized prints. What else do you want?..

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