DSLR Opinions

Jonathan Duncan jonathan at bluesunhosting.com
Fri Jun 10 21:47:21 MDT 2011


On 10 Jun 2011, at 18:13, Tod Hansmann wrote:

> Anyone have any up-to-the-moment opinions on any digital SLR cameras?  
> Looking to get something that I can do some nice photos and possibly HD 
> video here and there.  I don't want to do any lock-in formats like the 
> Sony Memory Stick (tm) or whatnot, but I'm not opposed to non-standard 
> formats like xD cards or something.
> 

I agree with what has been said thus far.  Canon or Nikon.  They are the same quality, different providers.

I grew up on Canon, but have recently been leaning toward getting a Nikon for a number of reasons.

I believe what Michael Torrie was referring to was Prosumer cameras.  A step between consumer and amateur.  I have a decent prosumer camera (Canon PowerShot SX200IS) that I use for quick point and shoot with enough options to usually make it do what I want.  Though it still has some limitations because it is doing so much for me.

I am still hunting for my perfect DSLR purchase.  Thought I am really considering an older Nikon D90.

The most important and most expensive part of amateur/professional photography is the lenses.  A good lens can make all the difference.

However, when it comes right down to it, the different between a good photo and a bad photo is the photographer.  A good photographer can take just about any camera and make beautiful art.  A bad photographer can take the most expensive gear and make lousy art.

It really all comes down to how much you want to spend and what you want the camera to do.  Here is some suggested reading.  Some people do not like Ken Rockwell and consider him biased, but I enjoy the information and perspective he provides.

http://www.kenrockwell.com/index.htm
http://www.digitalreview.ca/

I also agree with joining a local group.  Here is one I just found and was checking out their web site.

http://www.photowalkingutah.com/

Good luck and happy photographing!

Jonathan


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