By wyllys on Aug 31, 2005
The new one give me alot more control over my images - things like really controlling the depth of field with the aperture settings can make a big difference in some shots. non-SLR models don't have big enough lenses or long enough focal lengths, which means that the aperture setting has little effect on the depth of field. For example, if you just want the foreground to be in focus and you want the background blurred, you need to set the aperture to a pretty wide open setting (F4.5, for example). On a non-SLR camera, you may be able to set the aperture, but the result is virtually indistinguishable from when the aperture is set to the other extreme (F22). With a true SLR and a quality lens, you can really control what parts are in focus and what parts are not, and ultimately it makes a big difference in the overall impact of the images.
So, my wife and I spent our recent 10 year anniversary in Las Vegas and I took some time off from throwing money away at craps to exercise the new gear out in the desert at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. I went \*early\* in the morning while the sun was still low and the temperature was a very comfortable 74. I think the results were pretty good, though I always see things I could have done better.