Low End DSLR: digital photography on a budget

February 14, 2006

Why Low End?

Admittedly the hobby of photography is an expensive one. Digital SLRs (Single Lens Reflex) cost on the order of $1000 and up. And then there are the lenses, which can go for more than the cost of the camera body—some many times more. And what is the point of having a camera that can accept multiple lenses if you don’t have more than one lens to put on it?

Then there are tripods, carrying cases, flash units, storage cards, batteries, light meters, reflectors, and backgrounds. And you also need a computer to process the images, and software for the computer, and a printer to print the photos.

All of this costs money. The barrier to entry can be pretty intimidating. I know it took me quite a while to make the plunge. And as the name of this site indicates, I’m sitting at the low end of the range.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting about what equipment I have, and why I have it. From there I’ll discuss what I am learning about how to take better photos, and maybe be able to help you in your photography. I’ll leave comments open as I can so that you can chime in with your thoughts on whatever subject I am tackling.

I will also be sharing my photos with you, and maybe some interesting stories as they come up.

If there is anything else you’d like to know, or want me to cover, let me know in the comments.

Posted by Mark in: Equipment | Comments (1)


Mark - I hope that this endeavor works out for you and others as I agree that the lower end of the digital realm is often ignored. As a professional photographer and teacher I am a committed “low end user.” After many years of owning high end 35mm equipment of all kinds I have entered the digital world by keeping my purchasing limit to $1000 or less and haven’t been dissapointed. Also many of my students of all ages ask me what is a good low-end camera and now I hope that I can point them to this site to get a balanced and hands on review.

Currently I have been using the Nikon Coolpix 5700, 8800 cameras and like them alot. As with every piece of equipment there are strengths and weaknesses and ultimately it comes down to the skill of the user to make the most of what they have.

Good luck and I will continue to check back.

Posted by: jeff sutton on February 24, 2006 07:51 AM

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