Buy an SLR?

Yes   3 votes - 60 %
No   2 votes - 40 %
5 Total Votes
Contemplating getting an SLR sometime by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #1 Wed Dec 21, 2011 at 09:25:04 AM EST
You can get a good one fairly inexpensively new, or even less so used. Get the kit with the decent zoom lens at first. Later, if you get really serious, you can buy a prime lens and better zoom lenses. Be advised that good lenses often cost as much, or more, than the body. Also, if you do any indoor shooting, get a Real Flash. Which will also cost more than you'd think.

You're going to spend $800 to $1000 upfront for new, maybe half that for used.

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Lenses by nebbish (2.00 / 0) #8 Fri Dec 23, 2011 at 11:19:18 AM EST
I had a complete disaster recently when I got drunk and lost my main lens. Not going to be able to afford to replace it for a long time yet.

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Oh, you're nailing a GERMAN chick? by ammoniacal (4.00 / 1) #2 Wed Dec 21, 2011 at 10:13:14 AM EST

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Not exactly by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #3 Wed Dec 21, 2011 at 10:27:41 AM EST
She's of Polish ancestry, but her family settled in Germany and she grew up there.
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Loveliest of the Slavic ladies. by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #5 Wed Dec 21, 2011 at 06:38:26 PM EST

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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Parents went to Naples in the summer by jump the ladder (2.00 / 0) #4 Wed Dec 21, 2011 at 04:41:02 PM EST
Best holiday they reckon, got a bargain on 5 star hotel. Think time of year makes all the difference. Even southern Europe isn't that marvellous weatherwise at this time of year.

SLR by clover kicker (4.00 / 1) #6 Wed Dec 21, 2011 at 09:34:00 PM EST
SLRs are great. They're also freaking enormous, are you going to lug it around?

If I had to buy right now I'd strongly consider a Sony NEX. They've got the same sensor size as an APS-C SLR but they're wee and the lenses are also small.

The decently big sensor helps make high ISOs look better, and there are primes available with nice large apertures.

I do love my Canon DSLR. If I'm going out just to take pictures it's the SLR. If I'm going on vacation, the kids are enough of a handful that I sacrifice photo quality and bring the wee P+S that slips in a pocket.

Just a thought.

I agree by nebbish (2.00 / 0) #9 Fri Dec 23, 2011 at 11:20:53 AM EST
I love my SLR, but you meed another camera as well, they're not practical in all situations.

It's political correctness gone mad!

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Naples by nebbish (2.00 / 0) #7 Fri Dec 23, 2011 at 11:17:50 AM EST
That's a shame, though I'd argue maybe it was worth it to wander round Pompei alone.

Camera - might be worth having a look at a four thirds camera, which is somewhere between a compact and an SLR. The newer ones take fantastic photos. A big problem with SLRs (aside from the price) is how conspicuous they are, and also how much room they take up in your luggage.

I don't know enough about four thirds to recommend any, but a friend who is a semi-pro photographer has abandoned his SLR for his four thirds when he's taking digital pics. I think only Olympus do them. Don't know much about the technology, apart from that it's a different sensor system that doesn't need a mirror.

It's political correctness gone mad!

EVIL by clover kicker (2.00 / 0) #10 Fri Dec 23, 2011 at 02:53:51 PM EST
The new hotness is EVIL cameras, electronic viewfinder interchangeable lens.

Really it's just ditching the mirror + optical viewfinder. Saves a ton of space and mechanical complexity. Now design a new lens mount that sits close to the sensor, giving a compact form-factor.

I think micro four thirds are made by Olympus and Panasonic. The NEX is similar but the sensor is much bigger, same as a crop sensor DSLR, so you've got better noise control, higher ISO, etc. etc. The new Nikon 1 in the ads is similar but has an even smaller sensor then the micro 3/4 cameras... pass.

Really it's all about the glass and sensor size, and there's nice m4/3 and nex lenses available. If you're really perverse you can get adapters and scrounge yard sales to buy old film camera primes for pocket change. 

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