Why I Don’t Have a DSLR
When I made the decision to upgrade from our simple point-and-shoot digital camera, I had to decide whether to make the jump to a DSLR. I knew that I wanted the ability to control aperture and shutter speed. I definitely wanted a camera with macro mode so that I could continue my exploration of street art. I also wanted the ability to shoot RAW in order to gain finer control over post-processing.
On the other hand, I didn’t want to make the financial investment in a DSLR. I do not have a “gear-head” personality – all those lens options and accessories simply serve to make me sweat. I had enough choices between aperture, shutter speed and ISO – I didn’t need focal length and lens choice added to the mix of options.
I wanted to retain the portability and size of a point-and-shoot. As I have explained here, I’m not comfortable being “noticed” as a photographer and the thought of shooting with a DSLR with a long lens just didn’t seem to be the right fit for me and my photographic disposition.
So I chose the Canon G11 fixed-lens digital camera. And for the most part, I have been extremely satisfied with my choice. I am the only student in my Advanced Digital Photography class not shooting with a DSLR and I think I’m holding my own against the full-featured cameras.
But, the biggest downside to my camera choice? Even at the full telephoto setting and with my wide-open aperture setting of f2.8, I struggle with most attempts to render a background that remains muted and out-of-focus. Shots like the one below are simply beyond the capabilities of my camera. And I simply LOVE this shot – thanks to betsyblue for this wonderful photo.
With my G11, I can create a very shallow depth-of-field, sending the background out-of-focus, only when I am in macro mode as the shot at the beginning of this post demonstrates.
So I will continue to savor the gorgeous shots of my fellow DSLR photographers. And I will wish that I could isolate a subject like you can. But all in all, I am happy with where my G11 has taken me. After all, when it comes down to it, it’s not the gear but what the photographer does with the gear that really matters.