Monday, June 15, 2009

What is an SLR Camera?

How many of you know that SLR stands for Single Lens Reflex? Digital cameras like the ones most of us have or purchase have two lenses. First, there is the lens that you put your eye up to and look through to see the image you wish to capture (called a “viewing lens”) and second is the lens that the camera uses when it actually takes the picture (called the “taking lens”). Cameras that utilize these two separate lenses tend to be called point and shoot cameras.

SLR cameras use only one lens that is connected by a series of mirrors constructed within the camera body. These mirrors reflect light from the lens to the viewfinder and allow the photographer (put your name here) to see the image in the same depth of view. In a sense…what you see is what you get.

The advantage to these cameras is highlighted when taking pictures in a broad setting or when photographing action shots. Another advantage to these cameras is that the lenses are interchangeable. This allows you to take one lens off and swap it with another that may be more suitable for the type of picture you are taking. For example, you can take a 50mm lens used for taking close or wider shots and exchange it for a 135mm lens which lets you zoom in and take a more selective shot.

When shopping for an SLR camera, be sure to pay attention to what the camera is actually offering you because there are different types. For example, there are interchangeable-lens full system digital SLR cameras, like what I have described above and there are also fixed-lens digital SLR’s which offer the same technology but you can not remove the lens.

If you are looking to step up your game and take pictures with a camera that offers much more control and versatility, then a SLR camera (sometimes called DSLR, for Digital Single Lens Reflex) may be for you.

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Happy Shooting,


1 comment:

  1. Nice post.!! The real test of a digital camera is how well it does take photos.