My birthday is coming up, and I’ve asked Dana if I can buy myself a camera. Mine doesn’t have image stabilization and heaven knows I need it. But, now, after looking at my options, I think I need some advice.
I’m looking into digital SLR cameras. A few of my friends have them, and I’m impressed at the image quality. I like how there’s no wait for the camera to fire up and be ready to take a shot. Image stabilization, of course. I like the speed of the shots.
Here’s the thing, though: I’m an awful photographer. I really have a terrible eye. My wife always raises an eyebrow at my compositions. My hands, as I’ve already alluded to twice before, are unsteady, to say the least. Perhaps the reason I love photography is because I do not take for granted the talent and work that goes into taking beautiful shots.
Is an expensive SLR camera going to be wasted on me? We’re talking about the difference of shelling out $700 vs $300 for a camera. Is this foolish extravagance to want the better gear?
There’s going to be some big changes in my life, and I want to be able to keep a lot more visual memories for posterity. I feel I don’t pick up and use the camera I have now because it’s so frustrating for me never to get the kind of images that really capture my experience. I’m always too late, or the picture’s always blurred, or yadda yadda yadda.
So what do you think? Should I bite the bullet and buy an SLR, or just settle for an upgrade of what I already have?