May 11, 2007
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Happy Friday! For those who celebrate Mother's Day this coming Sunday, I want to wish all the mothers and grandmothers out there who are making or have made a difference in our lives a happy Mother's Day! (To my wife and also my mom, who is with me in spirit, I love you!) Now let's tackle Stefan's newfound interest in moving from a point-and-shoot to a dSLR (digital single-lens reflex) camera.
This week, many members, ranging from beginners to seasoned shutterbugs, came through for Stephan and shared their expertise, recommendations, and true passion on this topic--we are all very fortunate to have you here to participate. So for starters, I picked out a few possible winning answers for you to vote on, but honestly, I have to congratulate all our supporting members who offered advice--your knowledge and suggestions passed down to us is invaluable. I'm even considering the move to a dSLR camera in the future and this discussion has my mind flowing with interest and ideas! So I urge you folks to read through all the submissions. In the discussion, you'll find advice, as well as members telling us what their choices of cameras are and what has worked for them. I hope this information will prove helpful to all in need. And as always, if you have any additional information to share, I invite you to join in and tell all. Thank you, everyone!
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Member Question of the Week
I've been using a point-and-shoot digital camera for years and I'm ready to take the next step and move on to a digital SLR, but I really have no idea where to start. What I want in a dSLR is the ability to capture multiple shots quickly so I can capture an entire sequence of the subject's actions--which requires a good automatic focus and no shutter lag. In addition, I would also like to take landscape photos and close-up photos of flowers using manual zoom for close and distant subjects. I believe most SLRs will do this, right? What I'm looking for is something for a beginner--so it won't cost me an arm and leg (I have a $500 - $700 budget) and isn't too fancy, enabling me to experiment and see if I want to go any further in this new hobby. I need advice on what brands are recommended, and what to look for and avoid in a dSLR camera. What additional lenses are possibly needed? I know there is no one answer that will fit all, but I would like to see what you have to recommend for me. Thank you.
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