My Photography Credentials

Lumix G1 I?m not a professional photographer by any stretch of the imagination. My shots are limited to family holidays and the occasional interesting landscape or building. I do know that exposure is a function of aperture size and shutter speed, and from my pinhole camera experiments as a kid, that smaller apertures result in greater depth-of-field. I also understand the rule of thirds, and can deal with backlit and low light scenes fairly competently.

I present the above as a positioning statement. Over the next week or so I?m reviewing some fairly high-end cameras, staring with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1. I?ll also be reviewing the Casio FH20 and the rather daunting Canon EOS 5D Mark II.

As a rank amateur, I?m not looking at these cameras from an analytical perspective. If you want Pantone charts, barrel distortion measurements, and high-res comparison shots, the camera nerds at have you well covered.

What I?m looking for is basically: can I pick up the camera, turn it on, and generate consistently excellent photos? Does the lens speed and sensor size really make that much of a difference to the hobbyist, or does it only matter when you?re really trying to get those eye-popping, Pulitzerwinning professional shots?

Hopefully I?ll answer a couple of those questions in my own way over the next week or so.

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  1. I’ve been reading a lot of review sites (inc. dpreview) and one thing I have discovered is that surprise, surprise, a lot of them do get their details wrong.
    ALL of them forget to speak in the lingo of the average person out there who has little to NO understanding of the technicalities of photography; and for a newbie like me whose just starting out and wanting to learn, it’s daunting.

    Took me almost 4 months to finally come to the decisions I did, and about 14 mins ago just over 3 grand left my bank account to the account of a photo store for my new camera. I just hope my decisions were correct!

    So yeah, don’t apologise for not being a pro; cause sometimes we need o hear it from someone whose close to where we are!

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