« on: December 27, 2010, 02:13:10 PM »
Hope y'all had a great Christmas.
I am looking to buy my first DSLR camera in the next couple of months and would like some advice.
In May of 2011 I will be going on my honeymoon and my wife to be and I would like to splash out on a new DSLR to capture the memories. We are eyeing up the 550D and with the current cashback offer we can get one for Â£450. However a friend of ours who is a semi-pro photographer reckons we should spend a bit more and get the 550D. The current price of the 550D with an 18-55 mm lens is Â£649. We don't want to spend more than Â£500 ideally and so I wondered if you think the price of the 550D will drop to around Â£500 by the time April comes around - I'd like at least a month to play around with it and get used to it before we go on holiday.
Any comments welcomed thanks.
Realistically, give strong consideration to getting a good point and shoot. It will be much more portable and easier to carry everywhere.
The good thing about DSLR's is the ability to interchange lenses, and the higher IQ, but the bad thing about them is that they are not very portable or easy to carry, and a month is not nearly long enough to educate yourself on a part time basis to get to a point where you will exceed what a p&s can do. You may be the exception, but don't bet a lot of money on it. Almost every image is razor sharp when using a P&S, but the first complaint from new DSLR users is often about the fuzzy images. The large sensors make for shallow depth of field, and focusing is much more critical. You will want to understand what you can expect in any given situation, and be able to set the camera accordingly. IS lenses do make it easier to get sharp images, but they still require some understanding of proper use.
In any event, good luck in your marriage and in your photography.