Many amateur photographers approach advanced photographic equipment with mixed skepticism and excitement. On one hand, a certain excitement exists over purchasing a new Canon SLR digital camera—an excitement fueled by the thrill of holding a camera that looks, functions and feels expensive—a camera that looks professional and is capable of producing professional quality images. On the other hand, some amateurs are skeptical they wonder: “What can a Canon SLR digital camera do that my point and shoot can’t…what is the hype all about?” This article looks at what Canon digital cameras can offer with the hope of offering answers for questioning amateurs, while settling some of the excitement amateurs have over purchasing a camera that looks like pro equipment.
Canon SLR Digital cameras offer versatility. The wide variety of settings and features found on digital SLRs help experienced photographers make fine adjustments that automatic camera settings just can’t do at this time. Because of this, a digital SLR is only really capable of its full potential when in the hands of a skilled photographer. While Canon offers a variety of usability functions and automatic settings on their digital SLRs, it is still a good idea to learn basic camera functions, technical terms and skills.Without them, your camera might look professional but it will never produce professional results. Combine versatility of functions with the flexibility of many different types of lenses and you have the ultimate tool for producing high quality images.
The Canon SLR Digital Camera Line-Up
Canon offers many types of camera bodies to match the needs of both professionals and amateurs. For amateurs seeking the ultimate mix of professional features, capability and versatility, the Canon Digital Rebel series offers a great choice. These bodies are also priced within the price range of most amateurs. Further up the line, the Canon EOS 5D, 7D, and 50D offer a few more advanced professional features and in a less beginner friendly setup. As a beginner you may be attracted to these most expensive professional models—it is recommended, however, that you wait to upgrade to these later in your photography career.
They contain many features that you might never even know how to use—features that you end up paying for. Extra expense on these bodies is often useless until you know what you are doing, as with the use of many automatic settings, image quality across the Canon line is relatively consistent.
The many lenses Canon offers for their SLR digital cameras provide ultimate versatility. Make lens choices based on what your photographic interests are. Most photographers like zoom lenses for their versatility. Some like the quality of prime or fixed lenses. Canon “L series” lenses are the best of the best. A few of these lenses, such as the 70-200mm f/4L are within the price range of many amateurs, and make great additions to a camera setup. It is recommended that you look toward purchasing a lens as a first upgrade to your Canon SLR digital camera as most of the lenses that come with beginner SLRs are of a generally lower quality. Do your research and purchase the lenses that fit your photographic needs.
As an amateur photographer you need to take into account several factors when considering the advantages of Canon SLR digital cameras. First, don’t buy one just to look like a professional—buy one so that you can produce great images and so you can learn about photography. Automatic settings are not as good as a well trained human. Read up and learn what you can and apply your knowledge to the camera. Second and along these same lines, versatility is the ultimate reason for moving up to a digital SLR. Third, Canon digital SLR cameras offer a variety of lens choices to expand your potential. After you make a camera boy purchase start looking to upgrade lenses first.