Zack Arias Claims That The DSLR Is Dead As A Result Of The Fuji X100S

We've all heard of renowned portrait photographer Zack Arias - not only is he a great shooter, but he's got a reputation for making some bold claims. Make no mistake that the Fuji X100S is a great little camera. Small, compact, feature-packed and with great image quality, you've probably heard quite a bit about it lately. But just HOW good is it? Zack Arias says that it's so good, in fact, that the DSLR is dead. Check out the video and let us know if you agree. I've personally used the X100S and while I think it's an awesome little camera, there's just no way it's going to replace all DSLRs any time soon. Obviously Zack's claim is a bit of hyperbole, but how far off is he? I would gladly trade in a DSLR for one of these for street photography, but as far as sports, architecture, and weddings go, the DSLR is still king.

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If there's one thing I love, it's haters.

dramatic statement is dramatic.

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THE DSLR IS DEAD!!!
http://tinyurl.com/yrcq8w

Quick question was this article sponsored by Fuji? I am pretty sure Zack Arias is sponsored by Fuji. BTW the shoe was not shined perfectly.

Is the DSLR dead? No. Will it stopped being manufactured? No. But will the majority of consumer DSLR sales plummet as the likes of this camera hit the market? Probably.

Zack isn't speaking in absolutes here. He probably just sees the trend of where things will go and is saying this camera is it. Plus, he seems to love it.

I wonder how much FujiFilm paid Zach Arias to make this video?

Never heard of the guy.

Wow, amazed by the negativity here. IMHO, Zack's pictures were brilliant and had heart. He was telling stories and sharing the experience, which is what I think makes for a great photo. Give me those over heavy Photoshopped images any day. My take is that for Zack, the DSLR is dead, and that's great. Haven't you ever gotten your hands on a new tool that helped you express your creative vision in a way you hadn't been able to achieve before? Remember how that felt? It is an epiphany when that happens and I'm glad that Zack could share that with us. Having seen his and other photos from this camera, I'm inclined to believe his claim.

If you think the pictures are brilliant and had heart maybe you spent too much time on Facebook looking at your friend's selfies.... seriously.

With today's technology just about everything is dead in about 6-12 months time.

People read to much into this promo. (Paid or Non Paid advertisement) Anyone that knows Zack, knows that he is passionate about what ever strikes him at any given period of time. Zack can come across as a in your face type of person. So the "Dslr is Dead" statement is part of his persona. Also it is a great advertising draw. It will get people talking. As far as Zack's photos. I think to many people on FS want to be blown away by every photo that is posted on this site. There can be lots to learn from a photo or a article on FS even if the image is not up to your standards. Zack admits he is new to street photography.

I don't get this at all. It only comes with a 23mm lens right? and that lens can't be changed right?
Is there any good photographer on earth that only uses one focal length?

No Marko, you can't change the lens on this camera. The Fuji X100 has a APS-C size sensor with a crop factor of x 1.5. The focal length is 35mm which is perfect for street photography.

Cartier Bresson?

"Is there any good photographer on earth that only uses one focal length?"

Several.

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