We are in agreement that the SLR will not necessarily make you a better photographer. We are also in agreement that an SLR will give you the capability of controlling the results of your shots.
Originally Posted by DWessel
However, set up a P&S and an SLR side by side and take a shot with both cameras in full auto mode. The resulting shots will more than likely be totally different. The physics behind the lenses will inherently result in different depths of field. The aggressive sharpening techniques utilised in the P&S will sometimes result in a "perceived" sharper picture.
Either way, the pictures will be different.
For some, these differences are all they are after. A common request is how do I take a photo that shows the subject in focus while the background is blurred. You and I know that this is hard to achieve with a P&S...but can be easily achieved with an SLR. The same applies to action photography. P&S cameras struggle, SLR's "can" make it easy.
If the purchase of an SLR enables a user to achieve these goals (by using the basic programme options....eg Full Auto Mode, Portrait Mode, Sports Mode etc), then surely that alone is enough justification for their purchase.
Just because they show no interest in progressing further does not make them an idiot.
And the good news is, they now have the capability to experiment further in the future if their needs/interests change.
if you can get them to experiment...not just blame the lens they bought..saying they can't get a good picture because they refuse to listen..you can take crappy pictures with zeiss lenses at high iso too......
Hey, here's an idea. When you come across someone like that, you offer to buy that "crappy" Zeiss lens from them for a steep discount, because you "might be able to fix it so it takes good pictures." :D
Originally Posted by SONYNUT