Why go with a DSLR? What is a DSLR? First, DSLR stands for digital single lens reflex which is different from a twin lens reflex, a range finder, point and shoot and so on. DSLRs are the nikons, canons and so on that uses a mirror that opens and closes to expose the sensor and that mirror allows you to see exactly what the camera sees. The main reason I choose to shoot with one is that you get total control.
So what do I mean by total control? Well, let’s take a look.
1. You make the decisions on how the picture looks not the camera. You control the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO or you can let the camera control any or all of these., N With a lot of the point and shoots the camera does all the work, which is what they are designed to do but is not always ideal.
2. You see what you shoot. The mirror in the camera allows you to see straight through the lens. With range finder cameras you don’t look directly through the lens, and this usually does not cause a problem but it can. On the other hand, range finders are normally compact, discreet, and quiet, plus some of them take great photos.
3. With a DSLR you have a ton of lenses to choose from. This makes your camera a different machine depending on the lens you have on it. You can head out with a bag full of lenses or just one little 50mm, it is up to you.
5. In general DSLR are pretty quick. Normally you can get 4 to 6 frames per second on most models and for the high end you can get up to 12 frames per second. Some of the new mirror-less cameras are even faster but let’s get for real, if you don’t shoot sports when are you going to need something that fast.
6. They tend to be great for low-light and now really good at video also. The truth is the video is so good that I have been expanding my business to include video shooting and editing. This really opens a lot of new forms of expression.
These are just a few of the reasons I shoot with a DSLR and by no means does this mean that they are the best cameras for everything but they really do give you total control.