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When the DSLR Camera Fad Hits You

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Everyone seems to have a digital single-lens reflex (or DSLR) camera nowadays.  That is, everyone but you.  So now you start to wonder whether you should get one or not, and chances are you would get one – if not today, perhaps tomorrow or the day after.

There was a time when we thought that the smaller digital camera is the better choice.  But now we see more and more people lugging around pound after pound of camera gear.  Since camera manufacturing giants have started creating DSLRs for the consumer market, the small, pocket-sized cameras that we used to love in the late 1990’s seemed to have lost their magic.  Size now does matter; it seems – the bigger, the better.

It’s More Than Just a Fad
Don’t feel bad if you think you are being hauled towards the digital photography fad even though every bone in your body is screaming otherwise.  It may be a fad, all right, but there is more to digital photography than just looking great for having that cool camera.  Once you have made the decision to buy your first DSLR, it is up to you if you will love it for as long as it is a fad – or embrace it and make it something more.

Not everyone who owns a DSLR can take good pictures.  Perhaps not all of them even like taking pictures.  Look at the photography forums and sites, and you will see half the people actually bought their DSLR not for what it can do, but what it makes them appear to be.  But you don’t have to be part of that half.  You can actually learn about photography and digital cameras and photo shoots – there is no limit to what you can do with a DSLR.  You set your limit, and you make the most out of what you want it to be.

To Each His Own
There are hundreds of DSLR models available in the market now, but the best camera for one person may not be the best for you.  The first thing you need to do before you buy a camera is to set a budget.  It can be anything from $500 to thousands of dollars.  Getting the cheapest in price does not necessarily mean you can also only get the cheapest looking photos, and the same thing is true for the most expensive ones. 

Every photographer has his own preferences, needs and wants.  You just have to decide what your priorities, and get the camera that best serves you for the budget that you have set.  Do not go overboard on your first purchase – it may just turn you off thinking it is a very expensive craft when it does not have to be.  Take time to get to know your first DSLR, and from there decide what you want to do next with photography.  It is all up to you – not what is dictated by the photography fad.

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About Janette Peel

  • I like taking photos and don’t consider DSLR be a fad for me. I bought Canon EOS 450D with a kit lens. But after a while I also bought more interesting (although cheap) prime lens for portrait photos with nice bokeh effect 🙂