Originally Posted by SatinWhitePearl
Hey, I had a couple quick questions for you:
I, like Tino had mentioned, am very new to photography and was curious to know if an SLR is really needed, to get shots like you posted?
A couple weeks ago I spent some time looking into various SLR cameras, but was disappointed by the lower megapixels they offered, when compared to basic point and shoots.
You'll have to pardon my ignorance, but is the megapixel size/amount what matters the most, or is it the lens, etc?
Yes and no. You can see my set on flickr
that is all photos from point and shoots including 3 or 4 with my iPhone.
Megapixels are almost a marketing gimmick (definitely when it comes to point and shoots). Focus more on what type of photography you're going to be doing (still? - action? - low light?) and then get the best glass you can (for the most part). For example, I have the 50mm f/1.4 which is awesome. The f/1.8 is the cheapest and does a good job, but I don't think it has any business on a 5D II (think of putting $90 rims on a Murci) and the f/1.2 is the most expensive (about 6x the price of my f/1.4) but I don't think it produces images that are 6x better and thus didn't spend an arm and leg on it. Hope that made sense
Lots of good information out there if you search. A NASIOC member started NSOP
and for Canon info, there's POTN