I'll weigh in here. I have a very high-end DSLR camera with many good, fast lenses as well as a full studio lighting set-up. I used all of this to take the picture in my avatar, as well as the pictures in this thread: http://www.havaneseforum.com/showthread.php?t=17396
That being said, I did not buy this equipment specifically for taking pictures of my Hav, Oscar. The high-end DSLR can be both a blessing and a curse. A blessing, because the fast shutter response, as well as the quality optics let me take some pictures that I wouldn't get otherwise, as well as some photos that could be printed at poster size and still look great. It's a curse because the equipment is heavy, and the file sizes are large, requiring processing before they can be uploaded and shared easily. We also have a digital point-and-shoot that works good in most situations, and in good lighting, an iphone/ipad can take nice photos as well.
I would not recommend anyone buy a DLSR solely for taking pictures of their Havanese (or other children for that matter). Three reasons. Because of the weight and bulk of these cameras, you will often leave them at home, resulting in using the camera phone anyways. Secondly, an inexpensive DSLR will often skimp on features / quality lenses to keep the cost down, resulting in images that aren't a significantly better than a good point-and-shoot. Finally, there is a learning curve to using these cameras, and no amount of money spent on a camera will ever allow anyone but the most skilled action photographer to capture a Havanese RLH
. I've tried and failed on this task more times than I can count.
I don't mean to discourage anyone with this. If you can afford it, and want to, by all means get a good camera. Photography can be a wonderful hobby. It's just that I feel the camera companies are doing a dis-service to people (in favor of their own profits) by recommending DSLRs for taking pictures of children / dogs. There are plenty of other digital camera options that will perform equally as well for this task. If you want suggestions, feel free to PM me and I'll pass them along.