Everything You Need to Know to Buy Your First DSLR



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Hey all.  Thank you for the positive responses to this article!  I loved being able to contribute with some tips.  There's so much more I would have loved to share, but unfortunately we had a 500 word limit to work with.   I invite anyone with further questions to find me on facebook and post questions to my fan page or Google+ profile, I'm more than happy to help!






I love this review because i'm new to photography and looking to buy a DSLR camera soon. Would it be possible to review Compact DSLR cameras as well? Like the Sony Nex-5N, Nex-C3, Nex-5 or Olympus and Lumix. I heard micro 4/3 can deliver DSLR quality photos with point and shoot size.



I am one of those people started using digital camera since the late 90s from school made by apple. I didn't own one until the yr of 2k. I still remember it was Fuji Finepix 1300, a point and shoot dummy camera with 3x optical zoom.

I played all the features in there, reading books and numerious articles on taking pictures learning what fuction is for what and experimenting them. Learning the limitation of it and take great pictures. It only lasts for about 3-4 years.

Guess what, I still felt there are still things I haven't learned and learned enough from that camera would you believe that?

This article is pretty good, short but pretty focued(still too brief though). Reading the camera review is the least priority, reading, learning and understand how to take good pictures is the most essential.


Any camera in your hand, you are able to shoot good pictures.



Loved the article.



DSLR's are great but I find that the cost is very prohibitive. I find it hard to justify spending $600+ on something that tends to only come out of the case at special events and such. That being said, finding the older Nikon D3000 for under $400 was a steal in my books. All it really lacks is the HD video capture, but other than that takes great pictures for me. This camera is definitely a good option for anyone on the fence about the concept of the DSLR since for this price it's hard to argue.



I actually have to comment that other people are commenting about this not having to do with PC's. Give it a rest you disappointed geeks. Cameras can be hooked up to a computer, software can be used to improve/change pictures, SD cards have ratings that are PC compatible. This is like saying an article on a good car stereo has nothing to do with a car magazine. You don't need a stereo in a car just like you don't need a camera to use a PC. However, they go very well together and there are a lot of us out there who enjoy reading about both and figuring out a good way to use our PC's to further a side hobby such as photography. 



I don't care that this has little to do with PCs, as all PC users use cameras. I recently got a D5100, it has the same image sensor and stuff as the D7000, but it's cheaper and takes great video.



My perspective added to this article; as a full time career professional photographer, weather looking for a fist time camera of this type or even for use as a professional...

To add to the sensor size comments... Preferably go with full frame - if it is within ones budget. It makes for considerably better wider angle pics as captured by both the optics and also the sensor. The main advantage to a non-full frame sensor is for pics taken from a distance further away.

Also consider... How the camera stores the images; as in what types of files. It's best to go with a camera that can reocrd those files under a RAW (mostly uncompressed) file.

Also strongly consider the availability of lens and flash units




This is a very written article and one to which I will direct people who often ask me why I carry a DSLR. I tend to carry a small point and shoot with me at all times, and the DSLR when I intend to take more serious photographs especially ones in low light where the extra sensor size allows me to avoid the use of flash.

I oscillate between Canon and Nikon but usually end up with Canon because of my past investment in Canon lenses. It is usefult to point out that once you are hooked, the lenses become the driving force in the body choice since, in general, there is not that much to choose between Nikon and Canon bodies (handling is the one most cited, however I am sure there are lot of people out there who would defend one over the other with some vehemence). Once you have a lot of money invested in the "glass" you will tend to stick with a compatible body, so be careful where you start.

I agree with your choice of the Nikon D7000, even though I have the Canon 60D (it was my prior investment in lenses that made the choice for me), although I really did not like the handling of the Canon T3i which you seemed to like and really liked the handling of the Nikon D3100 which you did not like. This emphasizes the need to go out try these cameras before you buy and buy the right one for you. I would guess my hands etc. are different to yours!

In conclusion I think your emphasis on the picture and not the equipment is a very good lesson for all of us. People make pictures and the choice of camera is really about one you are comfortable with and does not get in the way of you taking a great picture.






Saw this article in the mag and thought to myself... What does this have to do with PCs?

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