No to SLR Single Len Reflex Camera

No to SLR Single Len Reflex Camera
I have been in a continuous debate with myself whether I need a SLR - Single Reflex Lens Camera. So far the answer is no, I have yet to find a clear reason why a SLR Camera would capture the best cultural photos.

To take the best photos, I need to always carry the camera. How does a person walk around secretly with a rocket propelled grenade size camera?

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Sunday, November 30, 2008
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I am going to purchase a new Camera because the Fuji Camera I have been using for the last year has annoyed one too many times. It is still good; however, I gave it away to a good friend. The camera failed to focus properly; it required too much work to achieve good quality photos.

I do not have much pride in my scenic or nature type photos; I tend to believe any nitwit can take them. I take great pride in capturing the quick draw and shoot photos of the unique identifiers of culture.

I will be walking by something, see the photo and take the picture fast, no hesitation, just pull and shoot. Speed is what I want in a camera; the best photos in my mind are achieved when a person is ready, prepared and able to take photos fast.

I dumped an Olympus Camera because it was terribly slow, now I am dumping a Fuji because it does not focus and extract light well.

I am having a debate right now between two cameras.

PowerShot SX10 IS

20X with AA Batteries, and makes videos.

Cyber-shot® Digital Camera DSC-H50

15X with Lithium proprietory battery, makes videos and I have used four other Sony cameras.

I can buy both of the above camera for about 350-400 US Dollars. Cameras have radically changed in quality, size, features and benefits in the last few years, I am getting 5 times the camera for one half the price.

In the end, I believe to truly be a photographer, I would purchase one of the cameras above for regular daily photos, and purchase a SLR camera for when I go searching for specific photos, and not just randomly enjoying the day.

No to SLR Single Len Reflex Camera


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Hmm. I just purchased a Canon XSi DSLR for an upcoming trip to Vietnam.

I went for the DSLR for the same reason that you want a new camera... our old camera had frustrated me too many times.

DSLR's have a MUCH quick start up time, and when you push the shutter release button you get the image you are looking at, not the image one second later.

To me those two major selling points make up for the bulk of a DSLR when you want to catch a 'quick draw' photo....

I do not think this camera has the Video feature. As best I can figure on this slow dial up connection today the basic camera cost 700, or double the other two.

I must buy extra chips, batterries for an additional 150 Dollars.

I estimate 500 dollars or 1000 for the DSLR.

I average about one camera per year, so I must decide whether dropping 1000 per year is warranted. I am not a casual user of camera, I carry one with me most of the time.

I dropped one off a table and it broke, the other got mangled in a motorcycle accident in Togo, West Africa.

How much money do I want to spend yearly?

I have sold 13 Photos to a guidebook, so this is a consideration.

I think best to have two boxes, but still debating on cost.

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