Why you should never ask me which DSLR to buy.

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You see a lot of questions about which DSLR to buy, and comments from those trying to help people. Here is by far the best answer I can come up with.

You might get a camera similar to your friends or family’s so you can work together and help each other.

You might consider that the more you spend the more complex and generally heavier, the camera.

Does the camera and its controls fit comfortably in your hands. Comfortable fit is not ergonomics, although that is certainly an issue. The important question is can you reach the dials and buttons you need to?

You also need to know whether the brand you choose has sufficient options for growth.

Brand X makes the best macro and birding lenses, but if you find it hard to hold and difficult to control than it’s probable that the disadvantages outweigh the advantages.

So there you have it – what your friends own, the cost, the weight, the feel, the ease of use, all are personal questions someone else cannot answer for you. Weigh any advice you’re given, bearing in the mind that is it very likely others advising you have their own preferences (oh and the local camera store has incentives to sell one camera over another too, if only because the vendor himself is a fan of one brand or another).

7 responses

  1. Beautiful shot Victor. And good advice. I also tell people when asked to be sure they like the lineup soft whichever brand they choose because as they grow they will want their lenses to go with them.

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    April 5, 2013 at 7:30 am

  2. Exactly how I bought my camera! And indeed, as Tina mentioned, “Beautiful Shot Victor”!!!

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    April 5, 2013 at 7:37 am

  3. great shot

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    April 5, 2013 at 10:07 am

  4. Gorgeous capture and thanks a lot for this extensive answer. I really appreciate it!
    Enjoy your Weekend. 🙂
    Greetings from the Rhine Valley
    Dina

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    April 5, 2013 at 11:18 am

  5. Excellent shot, Victor. Your advise is spot on. I give similar answers to friends who ask.

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    April 5, 2013 at 12:10 pm

  6. noir33

    “You also need to know whether the brand you choose has sufficient options for growth.” – This is HUGE.

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    April 11, 2013 at 3:40 pm

  7. Great shot! … btw, I didn’t have to choose a DSLR. A friend saw my ‘compact shots’ and said that I needed to ‘step up’. I replied ‘Hmm, no, I like compact’ … so the guy practically ‘gave’ me his Nikon D60 for cheap (because he was buying another Nikon). An offer I simply couldn’t refuse and never have regretted;) http://maxqubit.wordpress.com/2010/12/04/nikon-d60/

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    April 17, 2013 at 5:37 pm

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