02-23-2008, 10:37 AM
'Tis a dilemma. I'm now thinking about a DSLR. I know what I want - a Sony A200 - but my dilemma is more about going to a DSLR from my Sony Cybershot DSC-T5 digital point-n-shoot.
I have an old SLR, a Pentax K1000, fully manual film camera. I learned how to use it and took some fine shots with it over the years. It fell into disuse for many reasons, not the least of which was a person who bugged me one too many times to take photos for him. I've since learned how to say "No" unambigously.
Over the years I've also used a Nikon point-n-shoot film camera, a Polaroid Spectra, and the latest is the little Sony Cybershot. The Sony has brought me back to having fun with photography. (My old Sanyo cell phone had a low quality camera, but I used it nonetheless. My iPhone also has a servicable camera that I use.)
The Sony Cybershot is a neat little camera. It's allowed me to take some very good photos. I've made two Apple books from photos taken with it (and with the iPhone too, for that matter). While I wouldn't call any of the photos great, I think some of them have been very good.
Going to a DSLR adds complications to my life. There's suddenly this scramble to get additional equipment - lenses, flash, filters, memory cards. Using it means lugging a bag of possessions with me, versus this little thing (the Cybershot) I can hang about my neck. On the other hand, I miss the control of an SLR - shutter speed, depth of field - as well as the generally higher quality photos one can take.
I can afford the cost of the DSLR and accoutrements, but I could also use the money elsewhere. While I'm willing to spend the money, I have no desire to waste it.
If I go to a DSLR, that will be my primary camera. I'm not interested in having two main cameras. The Cybershot, which my wife purchased, will be used rarely by me, if ever.
I'm concerned that adding this level of complication to photography will again draw me away from the activity. It's really easy to just grab the Cybershot and take a bunch of pictures any time I want. While an A200 DSLR should be easier to manage than the old Pentax K1000 fully manual SLR, it's still not something I'd expect to just grab on a whim.
Thoughts? Ideas? Thanks in advance!