wanapasaki wrote:Like you said Rick, most don't get past the testing stage. I have no idea how serious I want to take it, but I do have fun trekking around during the off season and getting some cool pictures. I usual end up getting some real cool pics, and always wished I were using a real camera to catch it. Thanks for the advice, I will have to look into the Nikon. there is a lot of info on here I have to sift through. I appreciate all the insight you guys have shared!
I've seen the context many times and the resulting slug fest on equipment.
It's common sense. If one desires to take a camera afield and get doggie or nature shots so as to enjoy the experience later then a Point-n-Shoot is all they need. The quality will be fine as images on a computer to share or even printed to 8x10 in some cases. Far from perfect in a photog's eye in terms of image quality but fine for a recreation user.
But many posts state "I want to get into photography and get really cool pics". Well...that needs a better definition. If one is seeking to become a photographer and embrace it as an artful hobby - the price goes up. If one wants to photograph 12 months a year (not just on hunting trips) then that opens man more opportunities to learn and develop excellent artwork.
I would never suggest a guy spend the money on camera and glass to get basic photos. Nor would I recommend buying basic equipment if wanting to do serious photography.
What I definitely would never do is suggest either is stupid or a waste of money.