When to upgrade DSLR?

DSLRs are changing very fast. Every-time I return from a long trip and connect to internet, there are a whole lot of new camera models available. All of them claiming to be better than the others. It seems that the camera manufacturers are innovating, working hard and burning their midnight oil. What does this lead to? The Gear Acquisition Syndrome! Every once in a while, someone I know gets affected by it. Sometimes even I drool over all the new gear available in the market.

Sunset

(Even after purchasing a camera with good performance at high ISOs, I prefer to keep the ISO as low as possible. This was captured at 100 ISO)

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Buying a used DSLR

Now that the digital photography era has already taken a strong foothold, more and more used DSLRs are becoming available at throw away prices. Sometimes these can prove to be a golden opportunity to own a good camera at an economical price. However these are also prone to problems, so here is a small guide to help you purchase a used DSLR.

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Buying your first DSLR

Buying your first DSLR can be the most satisfying purchase, even if you are just a teeny-weeny bit inclined towards photography. Like any other purchase, the camera purchase can be a daunting task, considering the number of choices available and the price range they come in. I always advice my friends to follow few guidelines before buying their first camera.

House on top of the hill

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Using Wide-Angle Lenses

Wide-angle lenses are those lenses who focal length is smaller than the normal lenses for a particular film/sensor size. Commonly used by landscape photographers, wide-angle lenses are now very common and all the cameras that come with kit-lenses now have focal lengths extending well into wide-angle territory. These lenses have their own strengths and when used properly, these can add the missing dimension in photographs.

Opera House

(Opera House – Odessa, Ukraine. Nikon D200 with Nikkor 18-35 mm lens)

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