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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Tell Me About Your Camera

I realize that saying "You take such great pictures...what camera do you have?" is akin to telling an amazing cook "This dish is delicious...what kind of pan do you use?"

The skills are more important than the tool.  But I'd like to learn some of those skills and improve my photography a little, more than I can do with my automatic point and shoot and my camera phone.

But at the same time, perhaps a huge DSLR with tons of changeable lenses may not be quite right for me either.  I'm not looking to become a professional photographer for sure.

Do you have any advice that can help me out?


  1. I have a Canon Rebel T2i. It's a big ol' DLSR. I really like it, but it's heavy and so I don't always bring it places. Like the bead show I went to last week. I wanted to bring it but I knew I'd be shopping for a while and taking pictures wasn't the reason I was going, so I decided to leave it at home. Good luck.

  2. Looking forward to reading the comments you receive on this post. I still use a little Canon power shot digital elph and would LOVE to get a dslr. I am having A LOT of trouble making up my mind and will appreciate the input you get here. Thanks!

  3. My husband was a sweetheart and surprised me with the Canon Rebel T3i about two months ago and I LOVE IT. It's expensive, but still very much in the "reasonable" range. You don't really "need" all of the different lenses. One or two will serve you just fine. I did ask for a remote for it and a new tripod for my birthday. I'd like to get an additional flash as well (but really, this is just me being selfish haha.)

    While I have very little skills and barely know how to control any of the special functions on it, there are great automatic settings that have taken my photos to a whole new level. Like Jaime said, the only thing that sucks is when I go out to shops or craft shows, it's a bit too bulky (and too expensive!) to carry around. For that, I still have my handy-dandy point and shoot... Those photos just take a whole lot more editing.

  4. I will give you two pieces of advice: 1) The best camera is the one you have with you. If you won't carry your SLR, don't get one. (An SLR with a 35mm or 50mm lens is not big and heavy, IMO.) 2) If you do go the SLR route, do not get the standard kit lens. Let me repeat: DO NOT GET THE STANDARD KIT LENS. When you have an SLR, you have a big sensor, and that is your big advantage you have over a point-and-shoot. If you use that cheap lens, it will block all of the light, and your photos will be worse, not better. Get a wide-aperture lens in the short-zoom range (e.g., 17-55 f/2.8) and you will be set for quite a while.

  5. I completely concur with Todd's comment.,especially about the kit lens. I have my Nikon D80 and love it. But because I don't always remember to carry it, its good that I have my P&S for those spur of the moment shots.