To Buy SLR, DSLR or Not to Buy DSLR?
SLR means Single Lens Reflex and DSLR is Digital Single Lens Reflex and then I’ll talk more about it later on. Is there a point to all this rhetoric? Yes, and you will find out soon enough.
What is Photography?
I love photography and have taken pictures all the time but really I take photos for the fun of it. Others do it for entertainment that they have taken a superb shot at something meaningful, while the professionals do it for financial gain and satisfaction, job well done! Everyone have their own reasons why they like the hobby and for some people it’s their work to earn a living. Other people, like me uses it to illustrate on their blog’s website and others do the same as well. And yet others take photographs for their own purpose and satisfaction.
As a good old friend of mine once said that no matter what kind of camera you may use; be it Nikon, Canon, Olympus, Kodak or others and whatever platform of camera it is; be it SLR, DSLR or the humble Point and Shoot Digital Camera, what really matters is the person behind that camera who takes the photograph and creates the ultimate picture. The sharp “eye” of that photographer is what really counts!
I’ve been a happy and good photographer myself and used different kinds of cameras from film, to SLR, then DSLR and also used the point and shoot AF Digital Cameras but I am not a professional yet, it is just one of my favorite hobbies. Like painting as a hobby that I equally love as in photography. I paint and sketch as well and also for the fun of it all like my photography hobby.
Now, let’s skip the chitchat and get down to the nitty-gritty of what my blog is all about meaning the topic of going to buy SLR, DSLR or not to buy DSLR. As I’ve explained earlier the terms are not easy to understand, not for newbies like you and I anyway. I have consulted photographic manuals, encyclopedias and dictionaries, even googled the terms and found some meaningful photos to illustrate them.
(Courtesy of Google Images)
When I got my Canon DSLR I was a bit discouraged because I really thought that having this kind of camera was a step forward for me not to be using the eyepiece viewfinder anymore but I was wrong. Back to the viewfinder ways unless you want a live view of your image using the live view option which really takes time to enable and disable the options and by then you have wasted so much time already and lost the opportunity you had to take a good shot of a scenery or person you wanted to photograph. I’m not saying here that the DSLR is not that good in fact it is one of the best cameras in the digital world now. What I’m trying to explain is that this is not what I really expected a DSLR would do and can or cannot do for my own photographic needs and purposes. Yes, you can view your photos after you took it but not during the process of taking it unless it is on live view mode. The point and shoot digital camera that everyone has gotten used to by now is far more convenient to use. Some photographers like using the viewfinder to take photos but not everyone. Other people prefer using the LCD/Screen to focus and frame their shot before taking it. I would rather have a high end Point and Shoot Digital Camera like the Nikon Digital L310, the Canon Powershot SX50 HS, the Olympus SP-800UZ or the Kodak Z990 Digital Camera than an expensive DSLR for that simple reason alone. There’s probably some photographers who do not agree with my likes and dislikes but to each their own when it comes to deciding which digital camera they really prefer to have, to hold and to use.
DSLRs are great in that you see what you get in the viewfinder and not usually on the LCD/Screen view which you can use to preview the photographs you have just taken unless you have the live view option enabled. These observations are my own opinion and views of the DSLR and other digital or film cameras. I’ve said my piece so you decide whether to buy DSLR or not to buy DSLR, it’s definitely your choice now. As I’ve made up my mind which Digital Cameras I wanted to own and buy for now that’s not only affordable but to my very own liking.
(All photos: Courtesy of Google Images)
Nikon L310 Digital Camera
Canon Powershot SX50 HS
As I’ve said in one of my recent Photography Blogs, “Remember that the photographer behind the camera creates those lasting memorable images. As they say it is just ‘a means to an end‘, that’s the beauty of it all! Canon or Nikon doesn’t really matter much to me anymore. Let’s face the truth that no matter what brand or whatever kind of camera and gadgets you have in your hands that you can make use of; be it film camera SLR or digital camera DSLR, or perhaps a simple point and shoot digital camera, the end result still depends on how the photographer managed to take a good photograph and then capture a memorable picture. And that’s all that counts!”
CANON EOS 450D (Rebel XSi) DSLR