As I mentioned in my previous post, one of the most frequent questions I get is what camera do I use or what startup cameras can I recommend. I am certainly no expert, but I have researched the topic a LOT in the past year and I can certainly share my findings with you! :)
I only have experience with Nikon and Canon cameras and as the two most used professional camera brands in the world I'd certainly recommend to go with one of those two brands. (I'm sure Sony, Olympus, Pentax... etc makes awesome cameras as well but I haven't read up on them enough to be able to deliberate.)
When it comes to DSLRs in my opinion it's better invest in a mid level, used camera rather than the newest entry level model. The entry models have some significant imitations and if you're a real enthusiast you'll quickly outgrow them! I bought all my gear used on Ebay from reputable sellers and I've only had good experiences so far. If you're looking for a new DSLR I'd hit up Ebay looking for either a Nikon D90 or Canon 40D or 50D. You'll find these models at about the same price as their newer, lower level counterparts and from experience I can tell that they make amazing pictures! (or you can certainly go with the shiny new entry level DSLRs such as the Nikon D5000 or Canon 1000D or 550D)
However, what anyone in the photography world will tell you is that it's much more important to invest in good lenses than in a new camera, as the glass is what really makes the difference in the pictures!
I really cannot go into details about lenses but I can state with 100% certainty that some of the most beloved, affordable lenses with beautiful results (with that nice gaussian blur in the backgrounds) are the fixed 50mm lenses. Every photographer, photo student and serious blogger I know has one of those and they use them with great results! I have the 1.8 model, however if you can splurge a bit more I'd definitely go for the 1.4 version!
While I'm quite happy with my current gear, I have my eye on my next big purchase, the Canon 5D Mark ii. To be honest I'm waiting for the new version to come out so I can snag a used one on Ebay at a better price than what they are currently going for. Why do I want to switch to Canon? Quite simple. All of my favorite photographers have this exact same model and there is something about the sharpness, clarity of the pictures... that I'm not able to replicate with my Nikon. (but if you have any tips on how to reach the same effect, do let me know! :)
Two of my favorite photographers Stephanie Williams (aka the genius behind the Ruche and Threadsence lookbooks) and Nicole Hill Gerulat has compiled an amazing recommendation list for Canonians, be sure to check their pages out for some serious advice!
I get a lot of questions about cheaper point and shoot type of cameras. Again, I'm no expert and I don't currently own one but from what I heard/read my next point and shoot purchase will be from the Canon G range. These are almost as good as DSLR while they are much smaller and thus can easily be thrown into any handbags (that is something I miss dearly with my DSLR). They don't come very cheap but I believe they worth their price if you want to take great shots without all the fuss of a DSLR. For cheap, compact cameras I can recommend the Canon IXUS range. The photographer I used to assist had the IS 100 model and I was always surprised by the quality of the images that came our of this supermini camera. That model is considered old now (read cheap on Ebay, :) but even the never versions like the IXUS 130 or the IXUS 310HS will not require you to break into a bank! I think I'll go for either a Canon G12 or an IXUS 130 in the near future.
By the way, what camera do you use?
By the way, what camera do you use?
Phewww. I hope this was helpful guys! If you have any questions or want me to write about any specific photography related topics just let me know and I'll be happy to oblige! :)
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