Considering SLR

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by KevinL, Jan 13, 2005.

  1. KevinL

    Jim Redelfs Guest

    I respectfully disagree.

    In fact, if there are any advantages to an SLR, one would be that the camera
    can be securely mounted atop a tripod and that the photographer can "get out
    from behind" the camera to distract and make the subject smile using a "cable
    release" to release the shutter.

    A tripod enables taking perfect portraitures and available-light shots of the
    Christmas tree. Using the camera's built-in self-timer gives the photographer
    10 seconds to place him/herself in the shot.

    A tripod is surely near, of not AT, the TOP of the list in "must have" camera
    accessories.

    When considering the CO$T of a good tripod, always keep foremost in mind the
    CO$T of the camera that will be sitting on top of it.

    Don't cheap out.

    :)
    JR
     
    Jim Redelfs, Jan 14, 2005
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  2. KevinL

    Jim Redelfs Guest

    Agreed. A tripod would probably not work at all for the OP's needs.

    :)
    JR
     
    Jim Redelfs, Jan 14, 2005
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  3. Ok, the two cameras in consideration were the Nikon D70 and the Canon
    300D. Given that he's shooting sports, I gather shooting speed is of
    importance. The 300D will do 2.5 fps upto 4 JPEG images and then you
    need to pause for 2.6 seconds before you can shoot the next batch of
    four. The Nikon D70 does 3fps upto 12 images and does a VERY impressive
    88 JPEG images at 2.2fps.

    In my books, thats a HUGE difference if you are inclined towards
    sports.
    Ok, I got your definition. I find that the use of a tripod will even be
    more useful for him. Consider this, while you are taking photographs
    you have to suddenly drop the mantle of a photog and become a coach
    again. With a monopod, you can't rush to the scene directly. You need
    to keep the monopod and the mounted equipment in a secure/stable place
    and then rush to the scene - everytime. With a tripod, you can just
    leave the whole thing there, get to the scene, do the needful and
    return to it without worrying about stashing the gear someplace. With a
    monpod, in a hurry, if you didn't keep the gear securely then it could
    slip-off and get damaged badly.

    On flat surface (as in a gym) I don't see how a monopod is more
    convenient. For moving a tripod, just lift it the way you would lift a
    monopod and plonk it some place else with the legs fully extended. And
    with a tripod, you have both your hands free to use on additional
    accessories like a flash or anything.

    - Siddhartha
     
    Siddhartha Jain, Jan 14, 2005
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  4. KevinL

    Mike Owens Guest

    I agree that the D70 is faster for repetetive shots. And if the OP
    truly needs that then he should certainly go for the D70. But I also
    think that he's first and foremost the coach, and taking pictures will
    more often than not be an afterthought (at least until he gets used to
    doing it.) As such the speed will be more of a bonus feature. Of
    course, if he intends to devote enough of his time in the future to the
    photography, then the speed could be a definite plus. I'm just going by
    his comment:
    The monopod was only a suggestion. I personally think that for the OP's
    circumstances he's better off without either. It's better to get a
    camera+lens he can wear around his neck or easily set on a table.
    Depends on where he generally is in relation to the activity and what's
    close to him I would think. My suggestions here are purely geared
    towards someone who will be moving about a lot and will have many other
    things on his mind, and will therefore not want to deal with moving
    large bulky items (especially expensive items). However, since a tripod
    is a very good investment, he can always try using one and come to his
    own conclusion.
     
    Mike Owens, Jan 14, 2005
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  5. KevinL

    Bob Guest

    Shooting sports events is relative... depends on distance and what's going on. I
    once filmed an indoor soccer match with an 8mm Sony handicam and it came out
    ok... now that's a primitive camera!

    I haven't tried sports with my D70 yet... just nephews running in the yard - and
    I switched to manual!!

    One of my older nephews has a film Rebel, I'll have to ask him if he tried any
    sports shots.
     
    Bob, Jan 15, 2005
    #25
  6. KevinL

    Will D. Guest

    Well, I've sometimes got advice to spare, sometimes not. Got a few in
    my pocket you can have :)

    Best advise I can give you is to get yourself an SLR and go and learn to
    use it, film/digital doesn't matter. You will discover much more and
    learn faster that way. You will find out what you want and why, and
    then you can go find the specifications and critically judge them. You
    won't need to ask opinions to keep you from unnecessary expenditures.

    But, you say, I just need to take pictures of my kids!

    That's fine, but you've got a choice to make: a) Learn enough to make
    informed decisions, b) pay your money and take your chances on someone
    else's opinions. Photography is no different from any other trade,
    craft, or practice. There ain't no free lunch. Spend money on trial
    and error, or spend time learning how to avoid trial and error.

    YMMV.

    Will D.
     
    Will D., Jan 15, 2005
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