As we continue to prepare for our winter south, I’m toying with the idea of not taking my DSLR camera along. Then, just as I think I’ve made the decision, I wonder if I’ll regret not taking it.

I’m an entry level amateur photographer at best and the main reason for my photographs is to simply capture moments in time to help preserve memories.

I have a Nikon D3200 DSLR, which is very basic, but more than sufficient for my needs. In addition to the kit lens, I purchased an AF Nikkor 50mm prime lens and an AFS Nikkor 55-300mm zoom lens. This set-up suits my needs well. It allows me artistic expression while I’m still learning how to use what I have.

Here’s the rub: I find my camera bag heavy to carry around, so I don’t always have it with me unless I have planned shoots. Also, often, when I want certain shots, there’s set-up time with the best lens for the capture and I end up missing the shot. The tripod is another story altogether. I know a tripod is needed for the clearest shots, especially with the zoom lens. I seldom carry my tripod with me because it’s just one more thing to cart around and set up. Again, it’s a a tool that works with patience and intentional shoots.

I’m at a place where I’m asking myself if the DSLR gives me enough joy to keep it, or if I get just as much satisfaction shooting with the camera that’s always with me, aka my iPhone. 

Right now, I have an iPhone 6 with only an 8mp camera. At my next upgrade, I’ll get an iPhone with 12 mp and dual cameras.

I never intend to print large framing photos, so 12 mp seems adequate.

Here are some photos from my DSLR: 


Now, I know that the iPhone camera wouldn’t likely provide me with the detail nor the action shot capability that the DSLR does. Or will it? I’ve been following an iPhone photography FB group and it seems that with the iPhones that have the 12 mp dual cameras, there’s a lot of capability there for casual photography. 

These are some shots with my current iPhone. My featured image on this post is also an iPhone pic. I can only imagine that they’ll get better when I upgrade (AND get a steadier hand):


It seems I’ll be pondering these questions for a while: Do I keep plugging away learning the DSLR? Do I sell the DSLR and focus on learning to master iPhonography, or do I keep using both of them?

The best camera is the one you have with you