I am witnessing how the addiction towards gadgets change through time….Walkmans, CD Players, MP3 Players, iPhones and now SLR Cameras.
Being active on the Social media has its own merits and de-merits. Especially, when I get to see hundreds of messages asking the very same question “Can you suggest me a Good Camera under INR 25000?” and the next one obviously is “Will this camera shoot just like yours? And I would always answer YES, because I don’t want to extend a conversation in which the person is neither going to understand or listen to.
Well, now I am actually answering it here… the best camera for someone to shoot is the one that they can afford. Camera is just a tool; it depends on the capability of the person owning it, just as like buying a car won’t make you an F1 Racer. I usually end up giving a few suggestions on the Point and Shoot cameras which can be used for a learning purpose. Further to add on, I would say about the ones with better compatibility/control and better optics than the basic SLR. But no they don’t want to listen. After the whole conversation is done, they end up buying a basic Canon or Nikon camera based on an XYZ Photography page on the next day.
“Great photographs are not made by great cameras; but by great photographers.”
With extreme passion and dedication one can bring out great photographs even with a mobile phone. Yes, I do own World’s finest equipment worth thousands of dollars, but I don’t carry them around all the time. I would rather prefer a Small P&S camera which fits into my Jeans. And you can hardly find any difference between the one shot with a P&S and my high-end equipment. Because it is always skill and experience with what you have that matters and not the tool. I started as a teen ager and now with over 1 1/2 decade of experience in this field, I would absolutely be delighted if people start understanding the basics and composition through books/journals and experimenting themselves rather than buying a SLR camera.
I agree with you Chandru. If some one want to just record their memories no matter what camera they hold. Also, one who wants to own a camera for the above mentioned purpose, their is no point in buying DSLR. After a period of time, they will never use SLR because it is not user friendly, heavy to carry, need to be very carefully while handling because of the cost you invest on the camera.
Fact is, if someone wants to be recognized as a photographer, then they have to own a DSLR. it doesn’t matter how well they take photos using a mobile camera or a P&S camera. As you are in this profession for a longer period, is there any one who is awarded for taking an excellent photo using a non-SLR camera? Just curious to know.
You don’t need to own a DSLR to take great photographs. I’m running an Academy and have awarded many who has clicked with P&S . I personally carry a P&S with me always for street photography.
Yes this is True ! i want to share something which happens to me .I’m just +2 student and I don’t have P&S camera i use my xperia for photography and i heard good reviews for my pics i selected for inter school photography competition then i went but there are 15 had SLR out of 17 . I got P&S camera for one day from my friend . they separate the the category as SLR and NON-SLR . At last they announced SLR holders only . This incident hurtful and i heard that this kind of sorting is always happens in all competitions and SLR holders having first priority