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How To Choose Dslr Camera

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    dslr camera
  • A digital single-lens reflex camera (digital SLR or DSLR) is a digital camera that uses a mechanical mirror system and pentaprism to direct light from the lens to an optical viewfinder on the back of the camera.

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  • Providing detailed and practical advice

  • Practical advice on a particular subject; that gives advice or instruction on a particular topic

  • A how-to or a how to is an informal, often short, description of how to accomplish some specific task. A how-to is usually meant to help non-experts, may leave out details that are only important to experts, and may also be greatly simplified from an overall discussion of the topic.

  • (How To’s) Multi-Speed Animations

  • Pick out or select (someone or something) as being the best or most appropriate of two or more alternatives

  • Decide on a course of action, typically after rejecting alternatives

  • pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives; "Take any one of these cards"; "Choose a good husband for your daughter"; "She selected a pair of shoes from among the dozen the salesgirl had shown her"

  • select as an alternative over another; "I always choose the fish over the meat courses in this restaurant"; "She opted for the job on the East coast"

  • see fit or proper to act in a certain way; decide to act in a certain way; "She chose not to attend classes and now she failed the exam"

how to choose dslr camera - Lomography Diana

Lomography Diana F+ Flash with Shoe Adapter for the Diana F+ Medium Format Camera - Black

Lomography Diana F+ Flash with Shoe Adapter for the Diana F+ Medium Format Camera - Black

This flash is not backwards compatible with the Diana+ (item 550) because the Diana+ does not have the prong attachment point on the camera. It is intended for the Diana F+ (item 561). Descended from the original 1960s design, this retro-style beauty perfectly compliments the Diana F+ camera. The Diana-blue color scheme, silver faceplate, classic metal pin attachment, and glowing ready-light are all authentic hallmarks of the original. It's "Diana Plug" attaches directly to the camera and fully syncs the flash. An integrated color flash feature allows you to splash a burst of colored light at your subject - day or night - and a packet of plastic color gels come in the box. On top of that, a Diana Plug-to-Hotshoe adapter is included, which allows you to use the hi-powered and radiantly beautiful Diana Flash on any standard hotshoe camera like the LC-A+, Fisheye 2, Holga w/ hotshoe, many SLR's and DSLR's, and plenty of others!

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Ed changing out camera lens

Ed changing out camera lens


I had a two Canon cameras (G9 & G10) plus a backup, backup Minolta/Konica camera. Ed, the serious photographer, had a couple of Nikon DSLR cameras and a great assortment of lenses to choose from. He made great use of his camera gear and photography skills on this road trip.


After a good night’s rest at Farmington, New Mexico we left at dawn, as was our custom on this trip, with three major destinations in mind: Bisti (pronounced: Biss Tie) badlands; Chaco Canyon; and Bandelier national monument. We had motel rooms reserved at Santa Fe.

The hike into the rock and clay formations at Bisti turned out to be my favorite stop on the entire road trip. I had never been there before. We were the only ones there, the weather was bright and clear, and the formations were absolutely amazing. I used my small Garmin etrex to make certain that we would hike to one of the two “good spots” and back out, in the most time efficient manner.

There is another good section of Bisti that I know, one day, I will return to visit. Same with the De-Na-Zin area. Always something for another road trip. After Bisti we made our way to Chaco Canyon and visited Chetro Ketl and Pueblo Bonito. I had been to Chaco three times before but never in a situation where I wasn’t rushed for time. Ed and I enjoyed our walks to both ruins and took our time.

After Chaco Canyon it was clear (using the ETA on the NUVI navigator), that we weren’t going to make Bandelier with enough light to really enjoy it, so for the first and only time on this road trip, we altered our route solely as a result of “running out of time”. There were several times we altered plans due to weather and dirt (mud) road conditions.

So instead of traveling the highways that would lead us to Bandelier from Chaco, we checked the map and took a scenic but more direct highway into Santa Fe (highway 96 instead of highway 4 that would have taken us to Santa Fe via Bandelier).

We got into Santa Fe right at dark, in time to check out the historic town square, the cathedral, and get a good meal. The next morning would follow a now established and predictable routine: On each and every day of this road trip, Ed and I would load our gear back in the Jeep right at or just before dawn, always looking forward to the new day’s destinations. The way a road trip should be.


At the start of year 2011, I made tentative plans to take a two week solo “road trip” through the Four Corners area (The Colorado Plateau), during the last half of March. Then, if my wife could get the time needed off from her part time job, I also planned a “road trip” vacation to the Southwest, in April with her.

When I put the plan together for the March trip, I decided to see if an old friend of mine, Ed (Flickr’s: OldWrangler), might be interested in joining me. I volunteered to take my old four wheel drive pickup truck and split the gasoline expense with him. We would each get an inexpensive motel room on the road to serve as “base camps” to hike, photograph, and explore back roads in the Four Corners area.

Not only did Ed accept but he also proposed that we take his brand new 4-door Jeep Wrangler instead of my old pickup truck. That didn’t take any thinking on my part. I LOVE Jeeps and Ed and I have always got along well (decades ago, I worked for him and we had taken a fun road trip together back in 2008, along with my friend John and my youngest son). The deal was sealed.

We left my house in Central Washington early Monday morning on the 14th of March. We returned 12 days and 3,875 miles later on Friday evening March 25th. We spent a lot of time drinking Diet Pepsi from the ice chest and keeping the hits of the 60s (and occasionally the 70s), cranked up high on the Jeep’s Sirius satellite radio sound system. Sing along music! “Road trip” tunes.

Weather often dictated changes to our proposed route and activities. We stayed flexible, and in the end we visited the large majority of places we had hoped to see, when the road trip began. We had sun and clear skies, snow, dust storms, and high winds at times. Ed’s Jeep had an outside temperature display. We drove in everything from18 degree weather to temperatures in the 70s in New Mexico.

Here in outline form are the places we saw, hiked, photographed, and visited during the 12 day road trip:

Mon 3.14.11
* Interstate travel from my house in Central Washington to Lehi, Utah

Tue 3.15.11
* Scenic back roads ( Hwys: 6, 89, & 31) from Spanish Fork to Huntington, Utah
* Dirt road travel to “The Wedge” and down Buckhorn Wash to I-70.
* Side trip to the Head of Sinbad petroglyph and then on to Moab.

Wed 3.16.11
* Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands NP (Mesa Arch & Upheaval Dome)
* The Shafer “Jeep” Trail down to the White Rim road and back to Moab.
* Hike to Delicate Arch & visit Windows section in Arches NP.

Thu 3.17.11
* Newspa

Canon XTi: Say CHEESE :(

Canon XTi: Say CHEESE :(

I used to dream of having a DSLR until I met the most famous DSLR of all times: the Canon XTi! Before I go on I want to make one thing clear: it is not that I don’t like the XTi, but I think I don’t like DSLRs as a whole anymore (but most people would say that I don’t like change anyway!) Here is what I discovered after playing around with the XTi:

1) DSLRs still produce noisy, blurry, overexposed, and underexposed images! So don’t think by upgrading to a DSLR you will get rid of those photography nightmares!

2) Big, and heavy (but again, my uncle over equipped his camera!) Carrying this camera around is no fun, certainly if you want it to hang around your neck! Holding it up for a long period of time, such as photographing a wedding, is not fun either (actually painful!) Carrying its big camera bag is very troublesome, especially if you are a student or a tourist (in other words if you are not a paid photographer).

3) It is completely professional! In other words, don’t expect to just pick it up and take great shots! There is a reason why DSLR are not called “point and shoot”!

4) I find its design unintuitive, you can rarely guess what each button does! You can see on the screen many options and you have 4 arrows, but those 4 arrows are not to navigate through the options but each arrow is a button to one of those options! Those options are not even laid out as arrows on the screen, since there are more than 4 options and only 4 arrows! So you will have to hunt for the rest of the buttons that get you to the other options!

5) And the layout of the buttons is very inconvenient for easy use (actually it is awkward!) Here is an example:

you are holding the heavy camera with your left hand by supporting it from the underneath the huge lens, and your right hand is on the shutter button and grapping the camera, then you decide that you want to preview the shot you just captured so you look for the preview button which happened to be in the left bottom corner! So using your right hand, you let go of holding the camera’s grip to reach the far button, then you decide you want to zoom in to see how the image looks like when in full size…guess where the zoom in and out buttons are? Yep, the top right corner! Then you decide you want to delete the shot, guess where the delete button is? Yep, the bottom left corner again!

6) Can shoot only through the viewfinder. That means all action, children, family gatherings photography is joyless to you. Do you know how annoying it is to follow a child through the viewfinder while wondering if a car is coming by and you can’t see it! Beside, if you wear glasses then photography through the viewfinder is even more annoying! What about those wedding shots where you need to lift the camera higher than your eyes level (that is if your hands are not cramped yet!)

7) Too expensive! The one you see is way too expensive and it doesn’t have a macro or wide angle lenses yet! The bottom line about its price is this: the difference in cost is way larger than the difference in image quality produced than a “point and shoot” camera.

Conclusion: I am glad I didn’t buy a DSLR, and I love my S3IS more now! However, I doubt that I will ever buy a “point and shoot” camera again, but if a DSLR means I have to put up with those points I made above then I guess I will choose a “point and shoot” over it.

Photography is a hobby for me and a hobby wouldn’t be a hobby if not motivated by enjoyment and fulfilment, so if you take those two aspects out of photography then you kill photography as a hobby.

I guess my dream DSLR camera is something like the Olympus E-420! (I’ve always loved Olympus more than other cameras for some reason! I guess, their lower prices with better options make more sense to me!) But for now, my S3IS is my dream camera :)

(Toronto, ON; spring 2008.)

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