Do I need DSLR/mirrorless camera?

Posted on January 6, 2024

It was a long time coming. As a hobbyist photographer, DSLR felt like the natural choice to capture pictures but the cost of acquiring the lens is where things started to fall apart. I like macro and landscape photography. And the lenses for those don’t come cheap.

Thanks to the strides made in smart phone cameras, I haven’t seen too much usage out of the 70D in over 2 years.

Selling process

My go to place was to try and sell on reddit, given the success I have on /r/mechmarket. But sadly looks like camera community is more about lenses or people have moved on to mirrorless.

I finally was able to offload it in where I got a reasonable price for my canon 70D and its lenses. I compared with BHPhotoVideo and Adorama, mpb gave the best out of all the comparisons.

MPB emailde the shipping label, and I sent the gear per the instructions they provided. I purchased the box and wrapping materials(in case you are wondering).

Within a day of delivery I received an email on that they checked the gear and gave the final amount they were going to pay. After the examination I actually got a little more than the initial quote.

Do I need a Mirrorless camera?

The iphone camera has been pretty good so far. Here is why I am hestitant.


The 2 types of photography, macro and nature. The lenses for these types of photography are expensive. Which makes me content with what I get from the smart phone(Iphone) cameras.

Has also been a detering factor for whenever I have the want to buy a camera.


The default editing in iphone is pretty sufficient but when I feel it is inadequate there is Snapseed app.

With raw pictures I have realized, lazy as I am. Editing is a laborious process. I don’t have a lightroom and that adds to expense.

Instant gratification

The above 2 combined with instant gratification, and iphone/smart phones are a no brainer. Since it gives what we crave for - instant gratification.

A lazy person that I am, lot of the photos that taken using 70D is sitting in an external hard disk waiting to edited. And having photos in the iphone makes the process of editing a lot easier. Another reason I have been happy with capturing pics on iphone.

Lens changing

Thanks to iphone software, it takes care of switching between lens based on the distance you are to your subject.

Despite the cons or the pros for shooting with iphone, there is a part of me that likes to do those things. Because that is part of the creative process and something that I enjoy.

For my next camera(hopefully sometime this year) I have my eye set on Sony A7-IV. And the lenses I want are :

  • 35mm F1.4
  • 85mm F1.8
  • 16-35mm F2.8
  • 24-70mm F2.8
  • 70-200mm F2.8
  • 200-600mm F5.6-6.31

  1. This is too ambitious. Not that the rest of the list is reasonable. But the 200-600mm lens probably is more wildlife for which I am not travelling that much.↩︎