by reboyles » Tue Jun 18, 2013 11:51 pm
by dskoon » Wed Jun 19, 2013 4:20 pm
by peninsula » Wed Jun 19, 2013 4:58 pm
by reboyles » Wed Jun 19, 2013 9:14 pm
by peninsula » Thu Jun 20, 2013 4:44 pm
reboyles wrote:I agree with what you say about DSLRs but the newest high end point-and-shoot cameras take a pretty darn good image, can be used in full manual mode (with limited F stop settings) and will take a flash attachment. They've also greatly improved the speed and can take up to 10 images per second in burst mode.
I also print a lot of my photos, some as large as 13 x 19 and the results are better that what I used to get from custom professional processing. I do have an advantage in printing in that I have a slew of color printers available from my former career in digital imaging and best of all, an endless supply of ink, toner and high quality photo paper. (No, I didn't work for Canon).
I'm also surprised at how many people I know who have DSLRs but only use them in auto mode. Learning and understanding depth of field, F stops, focal length, etc. takes time that many people just aren't willing to devote these days. I also see that the DSLRs come with the same marketing strategy that was used with the 35mm cameras. Sell the base camera with a standard lens and then see how long it takes before the buyer discovers that they need another lens and then a bigger case.
I think it really comes down to what you intend to use the camera for. If it's professional quality photos then you need a professional level camera. If you want to learn photography then by all means jump right into a DSLR. However, in my case I want good shoots but in a small, light package that's easy to use and carry but in the end could get crunched, smashed or dropped. And first and foremost, if I'm on dicey ground, the camera always takes second place when it come to other priorities like team safety, speed, objective hazards or whatever.
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