Monthly Archives: February 2016

Should You Upgrade to a DSLR Camera

Technology is changing everyday. Cameras are no exception. The average person owns a digital Point and Shoot camera. You turn the camera on and snap the photo. After a few years or so, thousands of photos have been taken but yet most aren’t printed, mainly because the photos aren’t worth printing. Eventually the desire to take higher quality photos begins to grow.

To take higher quality photos a photographer will need to have more camera control and control over the exposure of the photo. Normal photos can become beautiful photos when you have the ability to adjust the ISO, Aperture, and shutter speed. To create these beautiful photos most will upgrade to a DSLR or Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera.

Here are the top reasons to upgrade to a DSLR camera.

Speed – DSLR’s are faster when starting up and focusing. Shutter lag, the amount of time it takes from when you press the shutter button to when the photo is actually recorded is generally a second to second and a half when using a regular point and shoot camera. Shutter lag on a DSLR is almost non-existent and closely resembles a non digital SLR.

I’ve had cameras that would take 5-10 seconds to start up and be ready to shoot, an additional 1-2 seconds to focus and then finally another 2 seconds to take the photo and record it to the card. While this may seem like a small amount of time, its enough time to miss a special moment.

Lenses – DSLR’s give a photographer the ability to use different lenses. Lenses can provide so many more photo possibilities than a normal point and shoot camera. DSLR lenses range from wide angle to super long focal lengths.

Image Quality – DSLRs contain large image sensors that allows for larger pixel sizes. The more pixels that are captured by the image sensor the clearer and more detailed a photo will be.

Optical Viewfinder – Digital point and shoots use to come with an optical viewfinder but many times what you saw in the viewfinder wasn’t what came out in the photo. Nowadays most digital point and shoots come without an optical viewfinder and instead just have a large screen. While this may be convenient for most, the screen does not correctly display how the colors and sharpness of the photo. This is why all DSLR’s come with both optical viewfinder and the screen. The optical viewfinder can better represent exactly how the photo will appear when you press the shutter.

Manual Controls – Many point and shoots come with a manual mode. The downfall of this manual mode is that it is not control manually where you can adjust the focus using your hand. Most manual controls are changed digitally through menus. A DSLR allows the photographer to control their settings at will and on the fly. This allows a photographer to adjust his photo from shot to shot without any time being wasted trying to fumble with the digital settings in the menus.

Depth of Field – This is one of my favorite aspects of a DSLR. The ability to adjust the depth of field allows the photographer to control what part of section of the photo is in focus. It gives a dramatic effect when you can focus solely on your subject in the photo while the rest of the photo is slightly out of focus. You bring attention to the subject in your photo and your eye automatically is drawn to it.

Comparing Digital SLR Cameras The Top 5

When it comes to DSLR cameras, technology has come a long way over the years. Today, good digital SLR cameras are relatively inexpensive and create high quality still photographs. With the ability to add different lenses for different situations, they quickly can become a powerful tool for capturing memories. To help you choose the best available, we have a list of the top five DSLR cameras that you should consider.

Top 5 Digital SLR Cameras

Here is a quick rundown of the top five popular DSLR models you should consider.

  • Canon EOS Rebel XS – This is the least expensive DSLR model from Canon, but it’s a great performer for someone new to digital SLR cameras. It has quite a bit of power, but it’s easy to use and one of the best values out there for the money.
  • Nikon D3000 – This is Nikon’s new entry level DSLR, but it’s powerful and has everything the beginning photographer needs. Many professional photographers also like shooting with this model.
  • Olympus Evolt E520 – Olympus is relatively new to the DSLR market, but they know what they’re doing. This model has all the features a beginning photographer could want or need at a super low price. Most times, you can even find it with a lens included.
  • Pentax K2000 – If you want the most user-friendly DSLR on the market, you want to go with this Pentax. It’s simple to use to create stunning photographs at sizes large enough to print posters – if you want.
  • Sony Alpha A230 – This super affordable DSLR camera is from a brand you know. Even though Sony is pretty new to DSLR cameras, the Alpha A230 is impressive in many ways. For most, however, it’s the price of this camera that makes it a deal. With the savings, you can invest in a better lens.

How the DSLR Brands Compare

  • Canon – With a rich history and good customer service, Canon is one of the more popular DSLR choices.
  • Nikon – This is a well known name with it comes to digital SLR cameras. Behind the reputation is great quality.
  • Olympus – Full featured at a good price what makes Olympus DSLRs stand out.
  • Pentax – Those that want the easiest to use DSLR camera should consider the Pentax.
  • Sony – New to DSLR cameras, but has a very affordable option.

As you can see, each brand of digital SLR camera has its own pros and cons. The best one is going to depend primarily on how you are going to use the camera and how much money you have to spend. With a little more research, you should be able to find the best digital SLR camera for you personally.

The Lens Manufacturer Since World War 2

Among many different manufacturers and brands, one of the world’s top lens makers is Leica. Leica is a German branding which are professional in manufacturing lenses. It has existed even before the World War 2. Some said that during the World War 2, Leica was the best lens maker and they are professional in making sniper rifle scopes. The possibility of this rumor could be true, as the rifle scopes are actually lenses. After World War 2, Leica has once again continued to focus in manufacturing camera mount, lens, as well as other camera parts.

During the era where digital cameras are high in demand, the company has been consistently not letting camera fans down by producing high quality camera and lens. Many camera manufacturers such as Canon and Panasonic utilize its camera lens. The ability of the lenses is far more superior on DSLR due to the demand from professional photographers. The company has joint venture many camera manufacturers in different country which includes of the United States, Japan, England and more.

As technology level rose, not only the capabilities of digital camera are more superior but also hasten the success of digital video recorder. One of the necessary components for both camera and video recorder is the lens. This has widened the company market, since then the company also supplies video recorders lens. One of the most successful story of Leica and Panasonic has achieved is that they are the first to have the image stabilization technology apply into their digital cameras.

For professional photographers, Leica made lenses are near perfect and often buying without regrets. If you are a beginner in photography, you might want to invest onto a basic Panasonic Lumix digital camera and get familiar with photography before investing blindly into DSLR. Professional photographers often recommend people to get DSLR as the capabilities of DSLR are far more superior to digital cameras. By investing on a less costly digital camera would help you in justifying your interest in photography. As DSLR does not come in cheap, understand your passion and interest before investing heavily into something that you are sure will it be suitable to you.

Who Wants an EVIL Camera

Who could possibly want an EVIL camera? Many people, it turns out, are in the market for such a device.

From the name, it would seem there is something very sinister about these cameras, as if they could actually steal souls or vaporize subjects.

In actuality, there is nothing nefarious about EVIL cameras. The term is simply an acronym similar to SLR (Single Lens Reflex). EVIL stands for Electronic Viewfinder, Interchangeable Lens.

Depending on your point of view, the term is either an unfortunate nickname or a clever play on words. Regardless, EVIL cameras are set to make a big splash in the coming years.

The EVIL models are designed to occupy the market between inexpensive point and shoot cameras and top-line dSLRs. Again depending on your orientation, they are either a waste of time or the type of cameras the photo industry should have built long ago,

Advantages of EVIL Cameras:

Size and Weight

EVIL models are much smaller than the typical dSLR. They are also lighter to carry, something many photographers would appreciate after a long day of schlepping camera gear around.

DSLR Sensor size

Not all of the EVIL cameras have big sensors, but many of the new models use the same size and type of sensor as a typical dSLR. Larger sensors mean less noise and better image quality. The result is a camera the size of a large point and shoot which offers the image quality of a dSLR.

Interchangeable Lenses

While these new mid-range cameras look similar to their point and shoot brethren, the fact that they can accept a full range of lenses provides options and flexibility that fixed-lens cameras cannot match.

Advanced Features

Some camera makers are positioning these new models as a replacements for low-end dSLRs. To assume this role, these cameras require dSLR features such as RAW image creation, manual exposure options, burst mode, high-ISO settings and the like.

EVIL cameras do not look like a professional camera

Many people are nervous around photographers with pro-level cameras. Sports and concert venues may discourage dSLRs to eliminate unauthorized photos. The person with an EVIL camera will look like an ordinary fan or tourist, allowing them to gather photos unobtrusively.

This works both ways, however. Someone with a dSLR will appear more professional and may garner more paying assignments if they want to sell their work.

EVIL Cameras drawbacks:

No eve-level viewfinder

The biggest limitation of the basic EVIL design is the lack of an eye-level viewfinder. To compose and shoot you must use the LCD on the back of the camera. This might work with simple point and shoot cameras, but there could be severe limitations when using long telephoto lenses. Imagine affixing a twelve inch long lens on one of these cameras. To shoot hand-held, you would have to hold the camera body at arm’s length, with that huge, heavy lens protruding out the front. Good luck holding that steady.

Another disadvantage is that many LCD panels are difficult to see in bright sunlight. Composing and focusing in full sun might be difficult.

Fortunately, some camera manufacturers are offering auxiliary eye-level viewfinders for their electronic viewfinder entries.. These allow you to hold an EVIL camera up to your eye, much like a conventional dSLR. This a step in the right direction, although many photographers will still prefer the look of an optical viewfinder over an electronic one.

Lack of advanced dSLR features

While EVIL cameras vary by manufacturers, the feature list usually falls short of a dSLR. Naturally, camera makers will add features if they sense consumer demand. At the same time, the smaller form-factor of these cameras makes it more difficult to include all the features of a dSLR.

Lens/Accessories not as extensive as dSLR systems

Most dSLR lines are fairly mature, with a complete system of lenses, flash units and accessories. EVIL camera designs are new, and their systems are smaller and less-complete. Over time, successful EVIL systems will mature and expand. If you choose a model that fails to gain traction in the marketplace however, you may find yourself limited and frustrated by the lack of available attachments.

Interchangeability between EVIL and dSLR models is limited

Some EVIL cameras can use SLR lenses and flash units, making them attractive as a second body or as a backup to an existing dSLR system. Because the EVIL bodies are so small, the sensor is usually too close to the lens mount to allow dSLR lenses to attach directly. An adapter may allow you to use your SLR lenses, but adapters generally involve some form of compromise.

Prices are not much different than an actual dSLR

As dSLR prices continue to fall, there isn’t much difference between the cost of a dLSR and an EVIL camera. In fact, when you add items like an accessory electronic viewfinder, the EVIL camera may cost significantly more. The new designs are smaller and lighter, but the dSLR has more features. There are many reasons to prefer one type over the other, but price is not one of them.

EVIL accessories may not transfer if you want to upgrade to a dSLR

A point and shoot camera is generally complete by itself, so a photographer who wants to advance to a high-quality dSLR has no legacy equipment to lock them into a specific system. If someone assembles a complete EVIL system, with several lenses and accessories, they will have to start all over again if they want to move to a dSLR. This may end up trapping some photographers into the EVIL system, because they have too much invested. Upgrading to dSLR equipment may be too costly.

EVIL cameras aren’t bad, they are just different. Whether you should own one depends on your photographic aspirations, your photography requirements and your philosophy. They won’t replace a dSLR or a point and shoot in every situation, but an EVIL camera might just be a “good” option for you.