If you are a professional photographer or pretend you are one (which most of us do), you may want to skip reading this. If you do not know what dSLR stands for, then please proceed.
I had tried out three of the current favoruite brands of dSLR cameras. So, I am going to jot down why I changed my mind about getting a dSLR camera.
First model : Olympus E300
Price quoted : RM3.6K come with two free lenses
Pro : Freebies, I am a sucker for freebies!
Con : If something comes free, it means something is wrong with the something. Hence, my antennae stands on erect. I tried sniffing out the reason from Olympus/websites. But of course, they said their model is the best, most value for money, latest technology and all that jazz. A competitor told me the reason. Hence, I give it a miss. Sorry, I cannot quote the reason on my website.
Next model : Nikon D70S (D70 is a discountinued model)
Price quoted : RM3.5K
Pro : I have this thing for men with huge Nikon cameras. The longer the lense, the more attractive. Certainly, my atm will not let me indulge in such fet*sh, no?
Con : Just one hold of the camera, I know it is not for me. My palm is too small and when I hold the camera, the part between my thumb and the rest of the fingers feel like koyak (torn). This monster is too heavy. I cannot imagine holding the camera and perching on some trees branches, trying to balance the camera and myself. (hahaha, my ambition is to be a mata-mata gelap to tangkap basah/private detective catching cheating spouses)
Finally – Canon EOS350D
Quoted : RM3.8K
Pro : I am in love with my 4 years old Canon A10 which is so durable eventhough it belongs to my 2 yrs old toddler now. Toddler took great pics, btw. Therefore, I figure out Canon must produce great cameras. I have the leaflet with me and had been studying the specifications like I understand. Pssttt…I know nuts about technical things, ok?
However, this model is light and easy to handle. The built in lense is built in higer compared to Nikon and therefore, has a bigger coverage of focal length. Sort of like the spotlight that has a longer pole shines further, geddit?
Con : I tried out the camera a few times. I love taking macro shots. So, I grabbed something available at the counter and wanted to take huge, close-up photo of it. *deflates sound* I cannot get the kind of result I expect. The salesman told me I need to buy another RM600 macro lense if I want to see giant ants, for e.g. Then, I ask about hotshoe, tripod, wide angle lense, yadda yadda and *sniff, sniff* I may need to fork out at least RM6K.
As a sour-grape note – because the camera is light, it feels less ‘solid’ compared to Nikon and Olympus.
Conclusion : If you can afford it, splurge. If you can only afford the basic stuffs, think twice. Once you get your hands on the camera, the urge to acquire more lenses and accessories is very tempting. If you cannot afford those accessories, you may end up feeling dissatisfied. The higher end digital cameras are sufficient.
Where am I getting? I am STILL WAITING for my Minolta Z3 to come back to me. It has given me enough satisfaction with what it offers. In these few weeks when I had to eat humble pie and rely on my Canon A10 (1.3MP, 3x digial zoom) while the Z3 is in the repair shop, I found out that one does not need expensive cameras to take great pictures. It lies with how you see the world, what is in your heart, how you feel about a certain object/subject and how passionate you are in sharing that story with others.