A&P Should I get a DSLR?

Discussion in 'Lifestyle' started by Sir William, Dec 2, 2006.

  1. Sir William

    Sir William OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2004
    Messages:
    13,872
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    NJ
    I recently purchased the Sony DSC-H5 and I'm liking it so far, but everyone seems to be leaning towards DSLRs now. What are the major advantages/disadvantages?

    This may be a silly question, but do DSLRs shoot the photo as soon as you press the shutter (like a film camera)? I try to take the auto-focus off of my digital camera but there doesn't seem to be a way.
     
  2. Airpoppoff

    Airpoppoff Vodka > Racing F1

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2003
    Messages:
    9,294
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Kirkland, Seattle, Wa
    yes

    Get the new L-Series EOS-1dsmkII
     
  3. Dwight Schrute

    Dwight Schrute New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2003
    Messages:
    8,616
    Likes Received:
    0
    Yes a DSLR takes the photo the instant you release the shutter. Much faster than any point & shoot.

    There really are no disadvantages of a DSLR, other than higher cost and a steeper learning curve. Speed, flexibility, image quality, all go to the DSLR. If you get one your pictures will probably be crappy at the beginning while you're learning to use it. But stay with it and you won't regret it.
     
  4. Schproda

    Schproda New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2006
    Messages:
    442
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Memphis, TN
    If you're just doing snapshots and don't wanting to sink a lot of money into a DSLR I would learn toward a A630 Canon or something like that. It's easy to sink several thousand into equipment when you buy a DSLR.
     
  5. Derrict

    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2003
    Messages:
    9,484
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Amish Country, PA
    dSLRs have much less noise due to the larger sensor sizes. The AF system are also superior, generally speaking.

    Most dSLRs will have shutter lag of 50-80ms, some of the older ones are around 100. I haven't followed point and shoot cameras recent but their shutter lags were 150-200 ms and worse at night when a flash is needed. The newer P&S are probably better but still no where near dSLRs. dSLRs still have a bit to go compared to film, which are around 20-30 ms.
     
  6. turbodude

    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2002
    Messages:
    10,118
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    Las Vegas
    Also one thing that most people forget about dslr vs p&s is post processing. Dslr makers have photographers in mind so the in camera processing is rather "conservative" because the camera makers assume that the photographer wants to add his/her own style of processing to each image. So that being said if you are not one to want to post process i would highly recommend you stick with your p&s
     
  7. NSX

    NSX OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2004
    Messages:
    8,942
    Likes Received:
    16
    Location:
    none yo'
    The upcoming nikon d40 is marketed for consumers such as yourself. Might wanna look into it.
     
  8. mattsb2000

    mattsb2000 OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2003
    Messages:
    61,666
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    San Bernardino, CA
    :rofl:
     
  9. Sir William

    Sir William OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2004
    Messages:
    13,872
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    NJ
    Thanks for the info, guys!

    The main point of contention I have with my current camera is the lag time between pressing the button and the actual shot being taken. I can point, click, and it'll focus for a good second before shooting. No chance for any action shots whatsoever, and I do a lot of wildlife photography. That's why I'm really looking at the DSLRs now.

    Any further info/comments would be appreciated!
     
  10. mojito

    mojito New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2003
    Messages:
    62,877
    Likes Received:
    0
    get a medium format with digital back.
     
  11. tenplanescrashing

    tenplanescrashing Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2005
    Messages:
    9,287
    Likes Received:
    0
    if this is the type of shooting you want to do, a dslr will help with this. p&s take way too long to focus and actually take the shot.
     
  12. 1992 240SX

    1992 240SX New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2004
    Messages:
    2,601
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Long Beach, CA
    The D40 would prob. be more your type as a beginner. I think it's supposed to come out pretty soon and it shouldn't be too pricey. As it was mentioned, when you begin, it may be frustrating how "bad" the images come out but with practice they get better and better. I remember how frustrated I got the first few weeks that I had my D70s.
     
  13. Jonny Chimpo

    Jonny Chimpo OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2003
    Messages:
    64,718
    Likes Received:
    360
    Location:
    The sweaty asshole of the universe
    If you get a DSLR, make sure you get PPA. Afterall, would you trust a mechanic that isn't ASE? Then why would anyone want your pictures unless you are PPA?

    Even better if you get the L series PPA.
     
  14. JaimeZX

    JaimeZX Formerly of :Sep 2001: fame - Also: Sprout Crew OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2005
    Messages:
    9,226
    Likes Received:
    26
    Location:
    Charleston, SC
    If you want something between a DSLR and a P&S, check out the Sony R1. It might be right up your alley.
     
  15. Sir William

    Sir William OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2004
    Messages:
    13,872
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    NJ
    And what is PPA? :hs:
     
  16. Jonny Chimpo

    Jonny Chimpo OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2003
    Messages:
    64,718
    Likes Received:
    360
    Location:
    The sweaty asshole of the universe
    Sorry, it was a bad joke. PPA is Professional Photographers of America. A certain member here references "being a PPA" when he isn't.
     
  17. Sir William

    Sir William OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2004
    Messages:
    13,872
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    NJ
    Ohhh, haha. :mamoru:
     
  18. IntheWorks

    IntheWorks windin film.. takin pics Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2001
    Messages:
    16,928
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    earth
    Like your mama used to say " if everyone jumped off a cliff, would you?" Buy what suites your needs. If you don't have the need for a DSLR, stick with a nice P&S.
     

Share This Page