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PhotoNetCast #15 – Buying your first dSLR

Posted in PhotoNetCast Shows on 20-10-2008 | 7 Comments

Buying your first dSLR

This is a question that surely many of you have been through and many listeners coming from point & shoot cameras have.

If you’re planning to upgrade to a dSLR there are a few points that you should consider, from camera brand to camera features. Just don’t get too caught up with the technology talk. Many of the cameras on the market have enough features and enough capacity to keep you company for some years. Get it now and get creative.

 

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Comments (7)

I really enjoyed when you started discussing how the needs of the photographer shape the DSLR you should choose. I have found out painfully that you need to understand what the features give you the capability to do. I am finding that the fact that my current camera doesn’t have enough focus points and I am constantly pushing the limits of its ISO capabilities (upper and lower).

I also often get asked by people what camera they should buy. I agree that the first question you should ask is what do you like to photograph. After that though you may need to ask if they already have an old film SLR. In this case it will tend to push me toward suggesting they stay with the company they know, especially if the old lenses are compatible.

Thanks again for an interesting show.

First of all, Thank you for taking the time to reply to my comment on the previous podcast. I had missed the fact that you were directly answering a question from a listener and therefore limiting yourself to Windows Software.

I very much liked the newest episode, although it was a few months late to help me with my decision. I arrived at the same criteria that you suggested: Know your budget and take the camera in your hands and see if it fits. I started out doing my research and trying to decide which camp (Canon or Nikon) I wanted to join, but all that changed when I first took all the contenders in my hands. Both the Canon 450D and the Nikon D80 were rather puny in my hands and the latter too expensive. I own a film SLR and a couple of Pentax K-mount lenses, so I looked into the Pentax DSLRs … and ended up with one that uses my favorite manual 50mm lens.



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