I’m in the market for a new toy…a very expensive gadget that I can’t wait to get my hands on.
No, it’s not the cupcake I’m after, it’s the camera on top. A dSLR, to be exact. But which one? Cannon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, oh the list goes on and on. And then they all have letters and numbers attached to them, which is making it practically impossible for me to keep track of what’s what.
I currently own a fantastic Canon PowerShot SD1300is — a wedding gift from my husband!—that I love, and I only take pictures in its manual mode. I took a film photography class back during college, but the technical side of taking pictures (aperture, ISO, shutter speed, etc.) has almost completely left my mind; I’m building my knowledge base back up by trial and error, and I love it! I’m not looking to become a professional photographer. There are plenty of wonderful photographers out there handling that job and I know it would be years—if that short—before I would be ready for that. In other words, at this moment in time, I’m not out for a profit; I just want to take great pictures that I’m proud of to share with family and friends.
I’d love to go and hold each and every camera I’m interested in so I can literally feel them out and see which works best for me, but my town is pretty tiny and as far as I know, there aren’t any camera stores around.
So I’m opening this up to you. Do you have a digital SLR? Did you do your research before picking your camera? Why did you pick the one you did (price? features? functionality? weight? etc.) And PLEASE let’s not get into a Canon vs. Nikon war over which is “better.” Fancy schmancy names aren’t going to win me over. If a Sony turns out to be the best fit for me, then a Sony it is (for example)!
I’m hoping I can come back to my comments and use it as a starting point for narrowing my choices down to at least three, then I’ll see about getting my hands on each one so I can test them out.
Thank you in advance 🙂