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Article on DSLR Cameras

Posted 2009.08.01 9.18 in Computers/Internet/Technology, Photography by Stephanie

Yesterday while surfing for some lens information, I came across this article Building a Digital SLR System – It’s a bit long, and was originally written a few years ago (though updated last year) but it was a great read. Very well written, informative, and detailed, it is both a great primer for someone who is in the market for a DSLR, and also has some great information for people who’ve just bought a DSLR and are looking to get the most out of it.

The article doesn’t just look at a couple options and make a suggestion – it’s not really a review. It doesn’t really make any suggestions wrt makes / models. Rather, it explains the differences between the various manufacturers, and highlights what you really need to know in order to make your own informed decision.

Even some technical aspects are covered, but in lay terms to make it easy to grasp the concept. Personally, I appreciated the explanation of focal length/sensor sizes, or as they’re referred to in the article, “big lens/big sensor; big lens/small sensor; small lens/small sensor”. You’ll see what I mean when you read it.

Then it goes on to discuss lenses – what to look for, what to avoid, and why. It even gives practical ideas and suggestions to help one get familiar with and gain proficiency in their new gear, with a logical and helpful progression of challenges.

All in all I think it’s a great article and the author, Philip Greenspun has done a fantastic job.