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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I like the X100s but dang you can't even change lenses from the stock 23mm, and I can do that with my DSLR just fine. The DSLR is not dead and this claim is way over exagerated.

Pixyst's picture

Just wait until the X-pro2 comes out.

It's definitely a nice camera for street work, but there's no way I'm touching it for my weddings, events or real estate work.

Now, for my own personal stuff, or on vacation? Yeah, maybe.

ZACK is Wack... Crazy claims, NOT ONE shot worth talking about in this video(Just good scenery)... I think he is the most over rated 'Photographer' that has a little name for himself (Just above Terry Richardson) OVER RATED, OVER RATED, OVER RATED....

Never again will I visit Zack's site or FStoppers (Since you delete comments to protect your 'Zack is wack's content)

People tend to jump up at the first chance to make some proclamation about death of one thing or another. Some out of pure excitement and most would just like to be able to look back at some point and say "I told you so".

Yes, if you want to walk around an exotic location like Istanbul (I've been there) with a $1300 fixed lens camera, I'm sure the X100s is easily at the top of many lists. The newer Fuji sensors seem to do a wonderful job with dynamic range and sharpness and the lenses are top notch. But for $1300, I'd say most shooters will have to consider other variables. Limited video frame rates, the 35mm equiv. lens, slower res LCD, 16MP, among other things might come up. Different shooters look for different things. To say that this expensive, yet limited, camera - though great it is - is the "only camera" a traveler, etc. will need is a bit nearsighted. For some the iPhone is enough, while others will want perhaps a P7700, G15 or LX7. For less than half the money the RX100 is an option or going even higher end, what about a full frame RX1? I'm glad he showed how he uses it and how it can be used by those considering it for such purposes, but to start off by saying it's a DSLR killer is a bit much. I'm really not even convinced he actually believes that. It's really a niche product that doesn't pretend to be more and it's helpful to remember that. If its specs suite you, I'm sure you'll love it. Honestly, there's not a shot in there that can't be duplicated with a decent camera with an accessory shoe. Sure, resolution and sharpness will vary, but for the price, a shooter's got choices. Perspective is a wonderful thing both through the lens and in reality...

Charles Coleman's picture

I don't know about DSLR being dead...but my workhorses are getting used a little less on the "lite" shoots and playtime stuff.

PS- I dropped my X100S from my hip onto the asphalt and it didn't bounce. it just slapped the ground and dented my lenshood. Talk about sturdy.

Joey Tranchina's picture

Thanks. That's a useful comment.

Is Z.A. a great shooter? Maybe... honestly I've never realized why he is so famous... maybe he is a good SELLER. where's the art? the quality? the originality? c'mon people, open your eyes!!

He's paid by Fuji to say that. Period. They own him. He is supposed to be this cool guy that all the cool kids love but he's just a shill.

Joey Tranchina's picture

Do you have proof of that or, in fact, any evidence?
He said he wasn't. I have no idea if he is or isn't paid by Fuji.
But before you call someone a liar, it seems important to bring some facts.

Joey I didn't call anyone a liar. You misrepresenting what I said proves you are suspect. Fuji lists him on their site as a spokesperson. I am sure he does that out of the goodness of his heart. Right. Grow up. Prove he isn't if facts are all that important to you. Look at the comments here by everyone else. You're the only one defending him. Let me guess. You work for him?

Joey Tranchina's picture

As any lawyer would say in court:
"Objection. Assumption of facts not in evidence."

He said he wasn't paid. If he is being paid, he's a liar.
That assertion requires more than an inference;
It requires facts.

PS. Had I read your imbecilic final comment,
I wouldn't have bothered to reply.

The same way the SUV are dead because of the new 911. Zack, Zack...

That's means we'll never see him again shooting with a DSLR?

Joey Tranchina's picture

I walked around the world with a Leica M2-M4-M6 with a 35mm lens mounted for almost 50 years, without ever once thinking that the SLR was dead.

olympus omd em5 is way way better and is the same price..

I have both X100S and Canon DSLRs. Indeed it's one of good cameras, but I can't take photos of moving objects with mirrorless/compact cameras. And When I checked X-Pro1's OVF and X-E1's EVF today at a big camera store, I checked EOS 100D too. It costs lower than X-Pro1/X-E1 with one Fujinon lens, and the finder is far better than X-Pro1's OVF and X-E1's EVF, and AF is much faster and accurate. I think that the mirrorless is dead. :-p

I agree 100%. I have both a DSLR and the x100s. I have no plans to get rid of my DSLR kit. Both have pros and cons. I will say it's better to have both than to have to choose one over the other.

Fine I'll just buy a pro DSLR when the prices come down because of this DSLR killer if that happens.

as much as i appreciate zack, his statement that DSLR's are dead bothers me a lot and honestly his current attitude has lost points with me on what worth his word holds. this is the guy that brought us the one light dvd and how he's head over heels for some off brand of the industry in a 1950's body style. i'm sure i enjoy snapshots in asia as much as the next guy but back here in reality this is tourist level bullshit. if it was the same setup in chicago or atlanta it would be boring.

x100s is not likely to replace DSLR.. i am pretty sure about that...

My respects to Zack. I own a X100S and a DSLR. I also shot Istanbul with a Sony NEX-5.

I do agree with a lot of the comments. He is saying this is the best thing ever and honestly the pictures are lousy. I was searching for good pictures from the X100S and came to this article.

Let's leave aside his relation with Fuji (who seems to be marketing their products really well), I just don't see any magic in the pictures that make me jump into a X100S (that I already own).

Hopefully this article allows comments. I'm so disappointed on this guy that I'm glad I didn't go to his workshop.

Anonymous's picture

And my homie was right. It's a mirrorless world now. :-)