My kid sister turns 50 next month (I hope shes not reading this). Her husband said shed like to have a DSLR. Considering our experience (5 Nikon DSLRs, 1 Canon in the extended family) and budget, my choice is a D3200 with a 18-105mm lens plus a bag and PSE or LR.
My question is: red or black body? P&S cameras (like cell phones) have been sold in a choice of colors for years but a choice of color in a DSLR is a new phenomenon. Questions:
1. If I choose red, is this a signal that I take her as a person who doesnt take photography seriously? 2. Or a signal that shes a person that doesnt take photography *too* seriously (notice the distinction, this is my intention)? Shes not a camera freak but shes a doctor and as such, capable of using sophisticated instruments when required. And her former SLR was a Nikon F-401 (4004 in the USA). 3. Is color in a DSLR a trend that will go out of fashion?
I think it's always difficult and stress-making trying to guess someone's color preference. Color choices are personal choices. Consider that the gift is a camera, not a fashion accessory or piece of clothing or a shoulder bag. Give her the camera (and that's a rather nice gift by the way) along with a gift receipt from the camera store (so she can exchange it for the red one if she wants). The gift receipt is necessary for exchanges, some types of service and so on anyway.
Many women think about cameras in the same ways as most men - that cameras are supposed to be black or black/silver. To many women, a red or blue DSLR is an oddity with which they don't necessarily want to be associated. To many women, as well, a DSLR is an advanced photography tool that has no association with brightly colored shells. That's not to say that there's anything wrong with the choice of a red D3200 - just that far fewer colored DSLR bodies are sold to both men and women than black bodies.
I saw a few red models while at DisneyWorld. They seem rather fashionable and certainly catches the eye. Will it go out of fashion? Probably. Black is always in vogue, and I prefer it to any other color when it comes to camera bodies.
As for colors and seriousness of the art; well, the photos speak for themselves. I try not to exclude anyone by their choice of equipment color, but for women, it could be a different experience.
Let me edit to say....if they wanted to give me a D3s or D800 or D4.....I guess I wouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth....even if it was blaze orange. I am sure I could find some type of cover for it.
But the majority had me convinced that black is the safer choice. What worried me is that in about 5 years' time all entry-level cameras will be in color and black ones will look dated (like black cellphones do now).
Firstly Antero, if someone bought me a great new SLR and zoom lens, I'd be overwhelmed with gratitude and wouldn't be too worried about what colour it was. Secondly, I love red, but think it cheapens the look of the camera and it will date more quickly than a black one. It doesn't look as serious a gift as a black one. We bought our doc daughter a grey C.powershot, and nurse daughter a black Coolpix, skipping over the colour options. Lastly, as far as I'm concerned coloured slrs are not in fashion, but I still miss the silver or black body colours from the days of the FE!
I'm sure she'll bless you, whatever colour you get her.
My wife shoots with a D50 - she doesn't like the coloured cameras purely because she doesn't like the colour. Personally I don't mind the red ones (as a holiday type camera) but would hate a white one...