Is semi dslr cameras OK for learning photography(street photography)?

#1 Aug 12th, 2016, 13:56
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Right now I have not enough money to buy a DSLR. During capturing photos on mobile camera, I'm facing some big problems like clarity, focus, low light, low shutter speed etc. So right now I am feeling the urge for a DSLR. But for budget problem, is it okay to buy a second hand semi DSLR for some months? Will it improve my photographic skill with manuallly parameters handling? Though I know DSLR are far more than semi DSLRs, but can a semi DSLR quite help to improve skills?
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I'd suggest that you focus on appropriate framing using the mobile first for several months or possibly a year, save some money and then get a good quality mirrorless or a second hand dslr with a fixed lens of high aperture. For street-shooting you need something that's quick to draw, focus and get candid moments, a DSLR is good, but a slow zoom will hamper your chances. By extension, if you're thinking of a superzoom, that's even worse (slower).

A smaller camera like Fuji, Sony, Olympus (all mirrorless) have an advantage - you can blend into the crowd more easily. A mobile is best that way - your subject is not intimidated and most new ones come with f/2.2 lens (check specs of your mobile). Check on flickr or instagram for the results others have achieved using your mobile, it will help.
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Many P&S cameras are a good introduction. If you are not going to monetize your hobby (It's rough tough biz anyway), get a out-of-the-box, store sample. Don't fall for Trumpian pixel-mania and get a "yesterdays" model, and expect it to last a year or two.

Mirrorless cameras are as good as entry level DSLR>
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Originally Posted by shubhra_roy View Post Will it improve my photographic skill with manuallly parameters handling?
No , there is absolutely no camera in the world which can improve your skill sets. You have to do the hard-work , the camera can only aid you. In fact as earlier posters pointed out DSLRs are way overkill for street shooting. Just get a small inconspicuous camera ; a camera which doesn't intimidate your subject. Wear a smile and hit the road. Try to catch the moment and don't edit much.
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Originally Posted by shubhra_roy View Post Right now I have not enough money to buy a DSLR. During capturing photos on mobile camera, I'm facing some big problems like clarity, focus, low light, low shutter speed etc. So right now I am feeling the urge for a DSLR. But for budget problem, is it okay to buy a second hand semi DSLR for some months? Will it improve my photographic skill with manuallly parameters handling? Though I know DSLR are far more than semi DSLRs, but can a semi DSLR quite help to improve skills?
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Thank you everyone to suggest me the important things like well wishers. I also think so that mobile phone is very appropriate device for street photography, and I try my best with it. But simultaneously there is many bindings too in mobile camera. For that reason I have decided to buy Nikon D3300 or D5300 in a few months, it will give a new world of photography.
By the way, can you guys look through my clicks and suggest and discuss about those? As a beginner I have lot more things to learn from you, sometimes self learning is not sufficient. If it is possible, tell me in which section I can post and discuss.
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