Are you tempted to buy DSLR?

pentax k-x - i love the colors!
@simonelee (2718)
China
June 8, 2010 3:05am CST
Hi guys. Have you ever wish to own a DSLR? Do you envy those people who own a professional camera? Have you tried using it? Oh, my! i tried it once and I'm dying to own one. The feeling of clicking the button is quite addicting. I love it every time i play with the lenses especially i captured the subject perfectly. I checked on the market to see what's the cheapest unit and its from Olympus. It's a 2008 release with 2 lenses but has no HD(PhP 27000). If i where to buy a DSLR for entry level i go for pentax K-x. Why? because it's user friendly and has a great feature for entry level. How about you guys, what brand do you prefer if you want to own one and the features you need in a cam?
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16 responses
• Philippines
8 Jun 10
It would be nice to have a DSLR camera but unfortunately I can't afford it. And I think it's not really practical for me since it is not my profession or a major hobby. It is nice to take pictures but I think an ordinary digital will be enough to satisfy my needs.
@simonelee (2718)
• China
9 Jun 10
Well, yeah! If you are not really into it why do buy expensive cameras, right? Simple digital cameras will do. But, a person like me who love out door adventures and watching volleyball league will definitely need a high end cameras. It would be so disappointing if you watch volleyball live and almost all of your shots are blurry. I don't want to miss those important action in court. Thanks for dropping by.
• Philippines
9 Jun 10
A P&S camera will always do with shooting for stuff like family photos and the likes. But, if you want to get clear and crisp photos DSLR is the way to go. But, for action sports photography you might want to get a really good DSLR that provides you with high FPS. But, I think (I have not really used an entry level DSLR, since most friends use mid range cams) entry level with 3FPS will do, if you wish to shoot JPEG or sometimes with raw. Indoor Sports you will surely need a good lens for it, which is faster and zooms out longer. Plus, with DSLR the question is also, are you willing to sit down for many hours to post process?
@Jacobus1919 (1683)
• Philippines
8 Jun 10
Well, I have used DSLRs and P&S cameras. I began with a P&S camera and when a friend allowed me to use his DSLR I liked it, then I burrowed from another friend a DSLR as well. But, with out knowing in the before, I did use a FILM SLR which was a Minolta X7 mounted on as a Rokkor 58mm f/1.2 lens ( It was my dads which I did not really know anything about SLR that time. Now, I was like WOW! my dad practically owns 2 film SLRs that are made my Nikon and Minolta with a collection of lenses. I know I should be using the film ones, but I opt to stay electronic (but I plan to use the film ones in the future). I have been saving for months now to buy a body or a lens, since my dad told me if saved enough he would either shoulder for a Body or a Lens. But until then, I will be saving for one. well back to the question, an entry level is really ideal for beginners or hobbyists, or for people who just want the features of a SLR with out having to worry about options which are found in a pro body. Reasons why entry levels might be ideal for you: 1) It is practically light weight compared to pro bodies since, entry level cameras are plastic with a mix of aluminum or some carbon plastic materials. 2) Get used to DSLR 3) It is easy to use and practical 4) It is not that expensive to buy one. 5) Put the money you save from an entry level to good use get into workshops, buy books and lenses. As you grow out of your DSLR you will want to upgrade to a body that is better. With your investment into lenses, you will be able to do so without having to spend millions to change lenses. Quality lenses will do more compared to a camera body. Well, good luck on your venture on buying DSLR. An entry level dSLR will do the trick for you 99% of the time.
@simonelee (2718)
• China
9 Jun 10
Hey. thanks for the response. I don't have any knowledge when it comes to DSLR's. I just relay on reviews, sales man and fiends experiences. I need a cam that can capture fast moving objects because I'm addicted to volleyball and I don't want to miss the action in court. I was so disappointed when i used P&S because all the shots are blurry. On July will be the second conference for v-league so I'm hoping to capture a very good one. Too bad i can no longer see my friends playing....
• Philippines
9 Jun 10
Well, for starters you might want a DSLR that has more than 3 FPS of continuous shooting speeds. Entry level DSLRs are still okay.. But, if you want to capture all movements you might need a badder DSLR which sadly is around 50,000 and up. And also, you may want faster lenses with reach so you might want a 2.8 aperture lens with a longer reach say 200mm which again will cost you around, 50,000 and up.
@grayxenon (1306)
• Philippines
8 Jun 10
i dying to own one of these but unfortunately there are far greater important things to buy, so for now they are just a wish, listed in my soon to buy items when i get to be a millionaire. lol
@simonelee (2718)
• China
9 Jun 10
Hello, Grey. If you have a good job and extra money to buy stuff that you wished to have, why don't go for it? Maybe a treat for your self? Anyway, someday you'll have it even if your not a daughter of a millionaire. My friends has a minimum wage but they own this type of camera. But, don't buy this if you don't use this cam often. Thanks for the response.
@grayxenon (1306)
• Philippines
10 Jun 10
i will, but as of this moment i have more important matters to settle. so i have to sacrifice and wait.
@Torunn (2810)
• Norway
8 Jun 10
I have two actually, one that's broken and one that's working but I really want to upgrade to a Canon 7D. I checked how much it would be to repair the broken one but it's so expensieve that I won't be able to sell it for that prize and then it's no point really so I'd rather save the money for the next new/used camera. I've bought both my DSLR and my semi-pro SLR used, I got really good ones, hardly used and with no visible wear and tear. Of course, now they look a bit different :-) I recommend checking used cameras, maybe on a photo site rather than an auction site. Many photo sites have market sections where they sell only camera equipment.
• Philippines
8 Jun 10
Well, used cameras are easy to find. And they are actually cheap as well. But, one thing to check always when buying a used camera is the wear and tear. But, most buyers tend to forget to check the most important one, Actuation counts. By the way, really nice plan to upgrade into a 7D. I think from your line, you are a Canon user. Very nice! I think if you have lenses invested why not think of upgrading to a 5D Mark2?
@Torunn (2810)
• Norway
8 Jun 10
I'd rather have a 7D because it's faster. I'd rather have more frames per second than more mega pixels, 18 mega pixels will do I think. The 3 extra with the 5D Mark II isn't really what I need most, I take a lot of pictures at equestrian events and some extra frames per second would be nice. And a decent macro lens, that's the second thing I'll buy when I get the money for it :-) Preferrably the one with the weird name that magnifies up to 5 times but I might go for something a bit cheaper as they're easier to find used.
• Malaysia
8 Jun 10
i have a couple of Nikon DSLRs. it really is sweeet i was using manual cameras since my college days, and i've always preferred the technical flexibility for composition that a manual camera allows. when choosing a DSLR, the most important things for me was: 1) must have a good center weighted or spot meter (all digital cameras come with built in meters, but the meters do have a slight variation in sensitivity & coverage area). 2) easy accessibility of buttons to manipulate the shutter speed & aperture settings. a good photographer can change those settings without even taking their eyes off the viewfinder. the easier the button locations are, the better it is.. 3) compatible lenses for the camera body that we intend to buy. all digital cameras have their own unique features which also make use of certain features in lenses. some lenses are compatible to mount, but the camera's computer can't 'read' the lens, so the user might lose out on some features. 4) product warranty and accessibility of service centers. this is very very important, especially if the user is an amateur everything else should be an individuals decision. price point, aesthetics & design, etc.. but it's always good that to choose a camera based on what we as the user/photographer will be comfy with.. price point should be number 2..
@simonelee (2718)
• China
9 Jun 10
Are you a photographer? It seems that you have knowledge when it comes to digital single lense reflex. Do you right a review when it comes to cameras? You own two professional cameras and i guess it's not only a hobby? can you take a look on Pentax k-x? I have no knowledge when it comes to DSLR and I'm planning to have one.
• Malaysia
10 Jun 10
not a hobby, and not exactly a professional photographer, although i do have a photography degree some of mine can be found here (http://www.picable.com/photographers/mariostevens.3378600) but i haven't uploaded everything i wanted to upload yet...still in the process of getting it done as a starter camera for you, the Pentax k-x sounds quite sufficient. there's no need for high end pro cameras if you're still not used to the setup of a DSLR yet. from experience, you really wouldn't want to be too inexperienced when handling a pricey camera...any mistakes could be real costly sometimes.. if that Pentax is within your budget and you're ready for it, i'd say go ahead.. and i also recommend that you get yourself a wide angle lens (anything 28mm and below). cameras usually come with a 35mm-50mm lens, and that is actually a 'standard' lens (human eyes have an angle of view equal to a 55mm SLR lens). the wide angle lens will give you a new perspective on your surroundings and you'll be able to compose some interesting photos with it. a wide angle lens also encourages you to go up closer to your subject, making you a braver & better 'thinking' photographer. don't go for a big zoom lens or one of those tele-photo lenses (100mm and above), at least until you're really comfortable with your SLR.. most important of all, remember to have fun!
@TheAdvocate (2395)
• Philippines
8 Jun 10
Yes, I really want to buy a DSLR. I love photography, and I so I am always behind a camera lens. I loved my Sony Cybershot for a long time because it gave me great color and contrast. Unfortunately, it drowned during Ondoy. I am now saving up (still doing the house though) for a DSLR. I have even window-shopped for the accessories that I want, some tough cover to protect it during emergencies. If you are going to save for one, it would be better to consider the quality over the price. I know its difficult to save up, but since you were able to save up to Php27000, I am sure you can add a few thousands for a really good DSLR.
• Philippines
8 Jun 10
Quality for both top brands are all of top quality. Even try levels are of good quality. Canon and Nikon has the best entry level cams. The 450D and the D3000 are one of the best in its class. As well as, the D5000 is top. The best thing to do, is to just buy an entry level if you are starting out. Photography is not always about the body, it is the lens and the one who takes the photo. As well, what matters as well is post processing.
@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
7 Nov 10
I really like taking pictures and a DSLR would certainly make that interest to the next level. (^_^ ) We have a SLR camera and being able to capture a photograph with that take care as you only have limited shots. It is also expensive since you have to get your photos developed. With new cameras being digital, its really easy now to be manage the photographs that you get to capture. I got to borrow a camera before from a Korean student and I simply enjoyed taking pictures with it and how easy it was to get the effects that I wanted as the camera had multiple modes. It was a Canon. If ever I can choose what brand I would have for a DSLR that I can get, I would choose Nikon. I know other brands are good too with their other and similar features so, I am just choosing Nikon as a personal choice.
@picbug (39)
• Malaysia
12 Jun 10
Go with nikon and you'll never regret it.. but if you have the dollar to spend, go for Leica. Serious photographer are very selective about what type or brand of camera they used. Also you have to consider the lens range of the brand that you will used. Nikon for example, you still can use most of the nikon lens that still available in the market.
@LadyDD (519)
• Romania
10 Jun 10
I would love to have a DSLR camera because I like to take pictures and I heard it's a very good camera. Although I'm not a professional, I would love to become one or at least almost one. I'm happy I found this post to find out more about cameras. As I see here, the common problem with DSLR cameras is the fact they are expensive and not all people can afford to buy one. I hope to be able to have my own DSLR camera once in the future. I heard of some Canon types to be good, but I'm not an expert.
@neildc (17253)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
10 Jun 10
about six months ago when i bought my digital camera. i've made a lot of searching on the net, made comparisons with other camera types and models. and i was really amazed on the DSLR features compared to digital cameras. but i ended up to this digcam, because of the price considerations. i think Olympus has better features over other brands, but it's still the price that i consider most followed by the service and parts availability. mine is Sony.
@kkanaka (887)
• Singapore
9 Jun 10
I dont have one. But I use it the one in my work place, I am almost like the official photographer in my work place. I always use the Dslr camera, it is canon. I dont take good photos but I am learning and it is enjoyable to play with a DSLR heehehheehheh
@youless (92992)
• Guangzhou, China
9 Jun 10
Yes, if I will buy a new digital camera one day, then DSLR is something I will buy. I don't mind that the DSLR is bigger and heavier than the normal digital camera, I pay attention to the photo quality. And Nikon D90 is a DSLR I like so much. It not only can take good photos, but also record videos. This is why I like it. I love China
@Yori88 (1468)
• Philippines
9 Jun 10
Yes my husband and I would love to have a DSLR camera because we know that it captures pictures really good. But thing is they are really expensive so we really have not got one. We just use digital camera for the meantime. I think he wants a Canon or Lumix (Panasonic) brand most likely. He tries to compare things and go for the best. But really, price is a big factor. I have not tried to hold a DSLR yet, I think he has tried before.
• United States
8 Jun 10
Oh Man,Would I ever LOVE to have a DSLR!! I have a camera case with two Minolta SLR bodies and five or so lenses, filters. . . the whole shooting match. Just haven't been able to afford one of those new DSLR bodies. I know that Sony bought out Konica-Minolta, so I have hopes of one day getting one to complete my outfit. I have loved Minolta quality since I got my first one and I even have a Minolta digital P & S. Great quality photos. Easy to use, etc.
@cloudu (17)
• Philippines
8 Jun 10
hmm everybody loves DSLR.. sad thing is most of them can't afford to have one. I'm not a photographer but I really like DSLR cameras. I envy those who have :( , If I am to choose a brand, I like canon or nikon.
@eil_noz (963)
• Philippines
8 Jun 10
I did tried using that DSLR of my cousin and I really do envy her for having it. I really am addicted to taking pictures of myself, places, and most of the events in my life and I can't help but to wait until I would have the money that would be enough to buy one. I really wanted to have it but it's too expensive for me who doesn't have work and asking money from parents.lol...