We are living in exciting times. The sort of technologies we now take for granted would have been unimaginable a decade or so ago. While it is great that this constant ‘technological advancement’ has definitely made our lives easier, it has over time, also changed the way we purchase things. Nowadays, we tend to buy a lot of stuff we don’t actually need and the Digital single-lens reflex camera (DSLR) is one of them.
Friends and colleagues have asked me more than once if they should buy a DSLR camera. Reason: it takes good photos!! I have answered this a significant number of time. I still get asked the same. Hence this post.
1. DSLRs don’t take photos: Contrary to what many people think, just buying a costly DSLR does not entitle you to great photos you can drool over. The learning curve required to move from non-DSLR to DSLR photography is steep and you can only make the journey if you are ready to put-in at-least a certain amount of effort. There is no point in buying a DSLR and then shoot in the Auto mode.
2. DSLR’s are VERY heavy on the pocket: When I say this I don’t just mean DSLRs are costlier than simple point and shoot cameras. Truth be told, the purchase actually is just the start. The reason one buys a DSLR is in order to have the ability to be creative by being able to use different types of lenses and accessories (depending upon the type of photography you want to do) et al. Lenses cost big money and you will end-up shelling more on these than what you would have actually paid for the camera itself, sooner than you will realize. If you don’t want all this, you are better-off with your simple point and shoot camera.
3. Pain to carry: DSLRs are not zoom cameras. In zoom cameras — which are point & shoot — you can shoot subjects without having to do anything to the camera. This is not the case with a DSLR camera. You need various lenses for shooting subjects in different ways and at different distances which means, carrying multiple lenses. This increases the size and weight you have to carry whenever you want to go shooting, as opposed to carrying a sleek point & shoot which can comfortably slip in a jeans’ pocket. Heck, I actually get to carry one cabin-baggage less every-time I fly because my bulky camera bag is the second one, always.
4. DSLRs limit your photography: Not in the creative sense but DSLRs limit the scope of your photography significantly as soon as the ‘shooting conditions’ change to anything from ideal. Dust, drizzle, moisture, improper handling; you name it. All these can make your costly DSLR go defunct in no time. Comparatively, point & shoot cameras are more agile and can take more beating than a DSLR. And after all the careful usage, you still have to devote time and resources to keep it in perfect condition.
5. Risky to carry around: I have always felt a little concerned whenever I have travelled with my bulky camera-bag (which I mostly do) to certain places or in trains. The big bag straightaway gives away what is inside it and almost always, the first question from the people around, once they have noticed the bag is, how much does the camera cost? Now this might not be the case with everybody out there but I for one, get a little uncomfortable because of the attention the camera attracts.
Now that I have shared my point of view about why you should not buy a DSLR, let me also tell you that, I by no means, am a photographer. I take photos just because I enjoy doing it so and the reasons I have shared are some of the (the list is longer than this, believe me) real problems I have learnt from and faced. If you still feel you should buy yourself a DSLR, go ahead, you will not be disappointed.
Still want to buy a DSLR? Well then, jump right in!
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