Views from Eagle Hawk Lookout at Katoomba
Blue Mountains Australia.
Perhaps one of the hardest questions a Photographer may be asked is -” What sort of camera should I buy”?
A question I was asked a couple of days ago, and something I can’t really tell you, but give a few helpful tips on making a decision. For new photographers or someone who is taking photography back up again, this decision can be very daunting. With so many different brands on the market today it may be hard to know what to look for.
There are a couple of things that take priority when thinking about a camera.
No 1 – Budget
No 2 – Purpose
Camera’s and lenses can be very expensive and I think a decision can also be made on how much experience you may have with Photography. Think about what you may be taking photos of, how often you may be doing it and whether this is just a casual hobby or something you may want to pursue further on a more professional level.
My advice is to buy the best you can afford, there are some great brands on the market today – Nikon which is what I use, Canon, Sony etc etc.
Buy the best quality lenses that you can afford, and do a lot of research on Camera’s. If you don’t know what something is or means, look it up on the web there are plenty of helpful sites about which will help clarify things for you.
Out in the field camera’s and lenses can get very heavy as you are walking or hiking so you must keep this in mind also. I started off with an entry level Nikon DSLR which I have still have and keep as a spare camera and I have gotten some really great shots with this camera.
What sort of Photography are you interested in, Landscapes, Macro there are so many different genres that you can get into which require specific lenses and Filters. When you buy a Lense make sure that you can use a filter with it, some lenses do not accommodate filters.
Read read read, this is most important. Take your time and don’t make any rash decisions because you are so excited to get a camera and start taking some great shots. The more you read the more you will learn and be able to make a wise decision. Take your time.
Different camera’s have different specifications, find one or a few that have the specs you need, and if you don’t know what you want then do some more reading and thinking.
Make a list of a few camera’s that you think might suit you and then take a visit to your local camera shop. Have a look at them, hold them, get a good feel of them and ask lot’s of questions. Actually seeing them in person will give you a better idea of which one may be right for you.
Don’t forget about the little things like – camera bag, tripods, remotes, filters, lenses, spare batteries, sd cards, the price of these items can add up to quite a bit. So it pays to do at home research on these things as well, and this will give you a fair idea of how much money you can actually spare to set yourself up with a camera, lenses and equipment as a start.
So you have all your gear and you’re ready to set out and take some great shots. Just remember great shots don’t just happen, they take time, and years of experience, effort and a good eye. Be patient, take your time and enjoy the experience of learning.