Saturday, 11 June 2011

The Year Of The DSLR

Year 2011 is most definitely the year of the DSLR...

Take this for example: I have visited Barcelona in April this year (you may remember some of my experiences), and also in April last year. Apart from the observations that a) it is not as stunning as I thought, and b) that I should look for new places to go on holiday, I have also noticed that probably between 70 and 80% of the tourists (and some locals, too!) were sporting shiny new DSLR cameras. Naturally, I mostly notice Nikons, but there was a fair share of Canons, and I even spotted a couple of Sonys, and even one Olympus. Which can only be a good thing. Mostly for the DSLR industry. For the quality of photos people take? Not so much, methinks, the problem being that while there was a wealth of DSLR cameras to be seen, precious little of them had an appropriate lens fitted, and even those that were fitted with a decent lens for the occasion were often used precious little more cleverly than a £100 compact.

No, you can't take a photo of the inside of a cathedral with an 55-200mm f4.5-f5.6 lens at maximum zoom and without flash. Or even with flash, but only the poxy little thing that's build in to your Nikon D3100. See, that stained glass window is around 25 times as far as your flash will reach, and there's no way you can hand hold steady enough either way. I mean, it's a great camera, and a great lens, but Nikon can do all they can - and more - to make them work almost perfectly together, but in these situations your camera (and lens) is a waste of money. Better stick with a compact, and use the remaining dosh to buy photo sets of that same cathedral made by someone who does it properly (which means spends oodles more of both time and money on it - and does it for a living). Same goes for trying (and failing) at that nice bokeh you saw on Flickr, but using the same 55-200mm lens inside a gloomy cafe - and again adding that flash, which now turns out to be that little bit too strong (since you can't bounce it off walls or ceilings).

And so on (or better, and so it goes)...

Not a very nice thing seeing such waste of money, but then, on a purely selfish front, this can only be a good thing, and here's why. For one, the more DSLR kit is sold worldwide the cheaper it will get for all of us (or we'll get increasingly more for the same money - which is not bad either). And then, the Internet being flooded with gazzilions of humongous image files will eventually bring down the price of storage, and hopefully also make companies which offer it spend some more time on polishing their wares (yes, I'm looking at you Google - Picasa Web sorely misses sub-directories). So, all in all, I was very, very happy to see the proliferation of DSLR this year.

Who know, maybe it was because even I finally caught the bug...



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