Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 28

Thread: Dummies guide to digital slr's

  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    604
    Post Thanks / Like
    Oh wise ones

    I love taking pictures, but I when it comes to cameras I really have no clue whatsoever.

    So your challenge should you choose to accept it is to give me an idiots guide to buying a digital slr.

    I have had a Kodak point-and-click thing (LS753) for about 3 years and while I am still happy with the snaps it takes, I want to be able to start taking better pictures.



    Nicki

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Billericay,Essex, UK
    Posts
    11,340
    Post Thanks / Like
    first of decide if you want another, better, point and click or a DSLR camera
    Mick

    Sunridge Woods Villa Oct 2000 & 2002
    Esprit/Calabay Parc Oct 2004
    Sunset Ridge Oct 2008



  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    604
    Post Thanks / Like
    That is part of the problem... what does a DSLR do that a pointy-click doesn't



    Nicki

  4. #4
    Moderator
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Staffordshire U.K.
    Posts
    5,850
    Post Thanks / Like
    No doubt Keith will be along real soon with a more detailed reply but even with a top of the range digital SLR camera, you will be able to set it to "Auto" mode and then it`s operation is a point and click like you are used to.
    Later you will be able to experiment with all of the "twiddly bits" as you gain experience.





  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Billericay,Essex, UK
    Posts
    11,340
    Post Thanks / Like
    well dslr's you can change lenses for one lol

    so a different lens for whatever shot you want

    i e a long zoom
    wide angle
    fixed = no zoom
    macro, real close up shots from a distance
    Mick

    Sunridge Woods Villa Oct 2000 & 2002
    Esprit/Calabay Parc Oct 2004
    Sunset Ridge Oct 2008



  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    604
    Post Thanks / Like
    Quote Originally Posted by ukwdwnut, post: 29159
    well dslr's you can change lenses for one lol
    When I said dummies guide, believe me I meant it

    So, different lenses, humor me here, do what exactly, are that just for close-ups, distances, that kind of thing?

    ETA: Just saw you post edit, no need to explain again - I think



    Nicki

  7. #7
    Moderator
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Staffordshire U.K.
    Posts
    5,850
    Post Thanks / Like
    Quote Originally Posted by Tinkerbell, post: 29152
    That is part of the problem... what does a DSLR do that a pointy-click doesn't
    It`s largely down to the quality of the lenses and the ability to vary the aperture, shutter speed, iso rating etc.etc. which makes for much better shots. The only downside is that obviously they are a bit more cumbersome than a point and click camera.





  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    604
    Post Thanks / Like
    Quote Originally Posted by Slowhand, post: 29167
    It`s largely down to the quality of the lenses and the ability to vary the aperture, shutter speed, iso rating etc.etc. which makes for much better shots. The only downside is that obviously they are a bit more cumbersome than a point and click camera.
    Ok, you went straight-over at the lights, I took a right.
    Let's take this one step at a time.

    aperture means.....
    iso rating means....

    shutter speed I understand, 1 out of 3's not bad huh?



    Nicki

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Billericay,Essex, UK
    Posts
    11,340
    Post Thanks / Like
    so far my basic cheap lens setup and camera has cost me 1000
    Mick

    Sunridge Woods Villa Oct 2000 & 2002
    Esprit/Calabay Parc Oct 2004
    Sunset Ridge Oct 2008



  10. #10
    Administrator keith's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    United Kingdom
    Posts
    20,865
    Post Thanks / Like
    Quote Originally Posted by Tinkerbell, post: 29152
    That is part of the problem... what does a DSLR do that a pointy-click doesn't
    Interestingly (or not ) the distinction has lessoned somewhat in the digital age.

    The main one, as nutty says, is that you can change lenses so you can put on a special close up lens or a very wide angle lens for example. This is a powerful facility but only if you get into it enough to want to be bothered doing that!

    Other than that, they tend to have larger image sensors in them which ought to lead to technically better images (all other things being equal). They'll have more options and modes including full manual which is essential for people wanting to explore photography.

    They often offer better low light capability and, although pointy and clickies are getting better, the SLRs are usually faster in operation so when you press the button, it takes the photo closer to when you expect

    Having said all that, there are different levels of pointy/clicky and some of those can be excellent too
    Disney information? Try our online guidebook at http://wdisneysecrets.com
    Get your own Disney Countdown at http://toys.wdisneysecrets.com









Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •