Monday, January 17, 2011

Buy a DSLR

Nikon or Canon?
Many people often have a hard time choosing which camera brand is better, Nikon or Canon.. Kinda like how people choose between Hp and Dell. When I first started I chose Nikon because it was $50 cheaper. Really, that's why I went with Nikon. Am I happy with my purchase? Def! But does does it really make a difference? 

If you are a beginner and you're are just looking to get into photography, I'm going to have to just say no, it doesn't really matter what brand you get. Many people are even going with Olympus or Sony as their first choices as well. Which are equally good beginner cameras. But if what I would suggest doing when buying your first Digital SLR are the following:

  • Buy the cheaper Dslr. Most likely you're not going to be going professional with your first Dslr. Many of the Dslr's now and days all have at least 10 megapixels. However, one thing to consider is some Dslr cameras do not have an auto-focus motor inside the body. And not all lenses have an auto-focus motor inside of them. 
  • Test out the camera first. Canon and Nikon's lens' turn different ways, feel different in the body and lens, have different functions.. See which one suits you the most!
  • Check to see what your friends have first. I was the first of my friends to get Dslr's and now they are all starting to get them... Some in Nikon, some in Canon, but those that have the same brand make it MUCH cheaper when it comes to using lenses and other equipment. Being able to borrow lenses, flashes, and camera bodies from your friends will be much cheaper than having to buy extra gear. 
  • Do some research. Sometimes when new products are released there are bugs and problems, resulting in recalls. Make sure you're not buying that model. 
  • Don't buy both lenses! Often times the sales person will pressure you into buying the camera body that comes with the 18-55mm lens AND a 55-200mm lens. Many people want to buy both of them so they can have reach as well, which is fine if you're a parent and just want to shoot your children playing soccer or football. But in my opinion the 55-200mm is a waste of money and you won't end up using it as much as you thought you would. Stick to 18-55mm till you begin to learn the fundamentals of photography OR you can buy the 18-200mm lens. (Nikon offers one that is good for all around shooting) 
  • Just because you buy an expensive camera doesn't mean that your pictures are going to look professional. People think that if they buy a "professional camera" that all their pictures are going to come out looking like Ansel Adam's photos. Photography takes a lot of time, practice, patience, and a keen eye to achieve a good looking photo. There are so many photos that factor into what makes a photo good, and I think aspired photographers don't really realize that sometimes. 

If you are looking to purchase another DSLR or looking to upgrade because you need something more advanced, there a much more things to consider. When I am looking to buy a new DSLR I look for ISO readings, the less noise all around the better. Some Canon cameras have ISO readings that allow you to get down to ISO 50! Unfortunately that is not the case for Nikon, for their lowest is 100. Either way, I look for which cameras handle ISO the best in the Lows and the Highs. I take in consideration the amount of pictures per second for when I shoot weddings or sports. Durability, is the camera heavy duty or is it all plastic and will break if a drop were to occur. These are some of the many things you would want to consider when purchasing and upgrade of your first DSLR.  

Hope this has been helpful! Happy Shooting! 

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