Sunday, May 22, 2005


I'm thinking of buying a proper camera. Much as I love my Olympus 5060, I think the time has come to consider something more serious. Although it's probably only me wanting another toy. I never print out my images - resolution
is not that important to me then. 90% of the time I will shoot on "Auto" even the Olympus offers quite a few nice features. That gets me thinking - what exactly are the advantages of an dSLR? The two I can think of are manual focus (somehow blurring in PS doesn't come close to properly out-of-focus images) and interchangable lenses ( wide-angle lenses...hmm...). Do you guys really use all the features built in your cameras? Do they justify the extra cost? Or is it just a matter of personal preference?

Photos of the day:
Daniel Herrera


Blogger Altamar said...

hi Greg, i like a lot the way you manipulate your pics to get the desired emotions, i really think you can transform the daily life into great pics of light.

11:15 PM  
Anonymous GKP said...

In one word - yes. SLRs really do give you a lot more control over the way you'd like to shoot your pictures in-camera. I've been using an old Pentax ME Super for the past three years and the only thing I would wish more from it would be a way to avoid all the drudgery one gets from having to work with developing film afterwards. Wait...I should get a digital SLR then eh.

Maybe you should shoot with an old traditional SLR for a while and scan in your negatives afterwards for post-processing...see what the differences are like and then decide if you really want to plonk down a big wad of cash for a DSLR. I would like one myself but unless I actually go into photography as a career I doubt I will really need to increase the speed of my workflow to the point where such equipment is needed.

3:48 AM  
Anonymous potty said...

greg, i had the g3 point and shoot for 3 months before realizing that it's just impossible to control the DOF properly. that's why i jumped to the slr. i agree that it's a big investment and for some people, a senseless waste of money. i wanted to push myself to become more creative with photography and didn't want the technology to be the bottleneck. i've been happy every since.

you've got a good eye, greg, so it doesn't matter if you shoot holga or a 1Ds. if you have the money, i'd say do it, go get a dslr and be prepared to spend double of what you had anticipated.

4:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another beauty.
Susan B.

1:12 AM  
Anonymous paul said...

love the grain and point of focus on this one. As for the dslr, I also have a compact, I used to use that but now I find it frustrating when I use it.....funny I never found it that frustrating when it was my only camera. I think most people I have spoke to end up using the dslr in auto mode or one of the presets for a while until they used to it (unless they have used a film slr before). One thing you will notice for me (depending on how good your compact is) will be the pure speed. The other thing you will miss from your compact to a certain degree and only for a short time is the pre-shot view on the LCD....time for eye to camera ;) I still havent learnt anywhere near all my dslr can do, thats part of the fun...the learning.

1:40 AM  
Blogger Joey said...

I use a film SLR which probably cost less than your current olympus but is packed with features! I use ALL of it! Especially things like exposure control and selective aperture and as you said - the manual focus I couldn't live without.

Wonderful photo - as always.

11:12 AM  
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11:12 AM  
Blogger MAMA said...

It worked out great this way! I like that this woman watching the board is still very sharp.

12:40 PM  
Anonymous miles said...

Superb shot, the treatment is perfect, you really created something that I feel like I would see in my head, if that makes any sense....

The advantages of an SLR, digital or not, over a compact camera are multiple, it's just a matter of having so much more control. I know that some compacts have the same 'manual features', my G5 has all the features of my 20d, but the results of fiddling with those settings is so much more effective on an SLR.

This is due mostly to the improvement in lens performance, focusing ability and, over a digital compact, the larger sensor area, which allows for a lot more depth of field and control. I used to have to fake background blur on images I took with a compact, but not anymore. The 50mm f1.8 I use is the cheapest lens you can buy for the camera and is worth 20 digital compacts to me.

Yes, someone who is a good photographer will find a way to make any camera work for them, but some equipment simply creates more opportunities for images because of its increased abilities and flexibility.

If you're in doubt buy yourself an an old pentax k1000.

5:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, that's a great shot!well done!

8:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have an old Olympus OM which only works on manual mode. I'm currently planning to move up to a Mamiya TLR which doesn't even have a light meter!
I find it easier to use a camera manually because I feel i'm the one taking the picture and I know what to expect. Especially shooting film where it could be days before you find out if the shot worked. It's all about the level of control I s'pose.


9:48 AM  
Anonymous zerosun said...

beautiful shot. the focus is amazing and the grain is added bit of extra cool.

9:39 PM  
Anonymous joe said...

greg, i started with a point and shoot digital, and hated it - it (i) took bad pictures. then i found a film slr my wife had in the closet, shot some, and liked it a lot more. i replaced it with a new film slr when it broke, a started to love it. when i had to slow down because i couldn't afford the processing and the old digital broke, i almost bought a much nicer digital point and shoot, but realized that the exposure control and depth of field possible with a slr wouldn't happen for me with a point and shoot. i saved a little longer and bought a dslr instead, and love it... it's great for playing and learning, though i plan to shoot some film again when i work my backlog down a bit (43 rolls still in the fridge right now).

2:15 AM  
Anonymous Matt said...

I really like this black and white shot. Nice job.

9:31 PM  
Blogger rae said...

awesome shot, greg!

12:41 PM  

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