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Q. What’s the best brand of camera?

A. The answer to this question is complicated depending on your individual needs and preferences. Each brand has their own strengths and weaknesses. We suggest you consider all the elements to camera equipment – lenses, flashes, etc. – rather than just a specific model, or brand, of camera. We sell Nikon and Canon cameras for their quality and versatility for all types of photographers.

Q. What’s the meaning of SLR?

A. SLR is a type of camera known as single lens reflex. In other words, a camera with one lens. Picture shooting and view finding occur simultaneously through the same lens. With SLR cameras, the scene you see through the viewfinder will be the one captured in the photograph. Because most point-and-shoot cameras have a separate viewfinder, the image that appears in the photo can be drastically different than the one seen through the viewfinder.

Q. Which camera should I choose? Film or digital?

A. Digital cameras have far surpassed the older film versions. Not only are digital cameras cheaper, they also offer higher quality images and are far more convenient for photographers. However, some artists and film enthusiasts still prefer the traditional film camera and chemical photo processing despite its inconvenience.

Q. Can I use lenses interchangeably regardless of the brand?

A. No. Most camera manufacturers want you to buy the complete camera system, lenses and all. To keep you from buying other products from different brands, they design unique lenses that only work with their camera systems. However, there are some lens adapters on the market that can help solve this issue.

Q. My lens is a little shaky, is that normal?

A. Yes. The small allowance between the lens mount makes it easier to attach and remove a lens from the camera.

Q. Do I need a really expensive camera to take good photos?


While expensive cameras are manufactured to take higher quality photos, you don’t necessarily need the most expensive camera to take good photos. The quality of your photo is determined by a wide range of things, including the lens quality, the lighting and your own photography skills.

Most modern digital SLRs have decent image quality and if you stick a great lens on one of these models, chances are you’ll take great photos. However, if you stick a lousy lens on a great camera, you’ll take subpar photos. Consider investing your money in high-quality lenses rather than on the camera body itself.

Q. What’s the difference between plastic and metal lens mounts?

A. Plastic lens mounts are lightweight, durable and cheap to manufacture. On the other hand metal mounts offer extreme resistance to abrasion and have a sleeker, more polished appearance. If you rarely change lenses, you’ll be fine with a plastic mount. However, if you’re a frequent lens changer, a metal mount may be the ideal solution so you don’t wear-out your lens mount too quickly.

Q. Are there EOS cameras for left-handed photographers?

A. Unfortunately, no. Most EOS cameras, along with ones from other manufacturers, are designed for right-hand users.

Q. Why should I get an external flash?

A. While most cameras come with a built-in flash, external flashes offer many benefits to photographers, including brighter light, more natural illumination and red-eye reduction.

Do you still have questions? We’d be happy to answer them, just email us (hbleiser@netins.net) or call 1 (877) 368-2080. If you’re a local Des Moines area resident we encourage you to call us at 1 (515) 244-5195, or stop in – we love talking to fellow photography enthusiasts!