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The DSLR Field Guide by Michael Freeman

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DSLRs

The DSLR offers an excellent compromise between image quality, affordability, flexibility, and convenience. While there are medium format cameras that offer greater dynamic range, less noise, and the ultimate in image quality, their high cost puts them firmly in the professional category.

As with film SLRs, the big draw of DSLRs is that you can see exactly what you are about to shoot, from framing to focus and depth of field, thanks to the use of a prism and flip-up mirror that deliver an exact view of the scene that is about to be captured. You may argue that digital point-and-shoot cameras with their electronic, non-mechanical shutters also offer this, but it’s at the cost of loading more circuitry onto the sensor, with a corresponding ...

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