What camera do I need?

When trying to decide what camera is right for you there are many different things that you need to consider.

  1. What am I going to be using it for?
  2. Where am I going to be using it?
  3. What is my skill level with a camera?
  4. What is my price range?
  5. What camera brand do I want?

These are some of the things that you will need to consider when buying a new camera. I for example, like to shoot portrait and wildlife photography and have comfortable video capability, will more likely be using it in a range of locations, am fairly adept with a camera, I have a mid to high price range and I like to shoot with Canon Cameras. This, naturally, will be different with everyone that wants to use a camera.

If you are looking for a starting camera, there are many options for you. I recommend going into a camera shop here in the UK we have Jessops or The London Camera Exchange and try some cameras. See what feels good in your hand. I also recommend finding one brand that you are ‘faithful’ to, it can be cheaper in terms of buying lenses. Most of the time all of the DSLR cameras in their range will have the same lens mount. So, even as you decide to upgrade your camera body you can keep on using your lenses.

If you are deciding to upgrade your camera body to something a little better, remember there is no harm in buying a camera second-hand. There are some great websites and even stores where you can get second-hand cameras. I recommend using MPB.com if you live in the UK. I tend to buy lenses second hand as I often can’t afford the price of some lenses.

Sometimes taking photos with older cameras and older lenses can create more emotional photos. If you look at some of the photos that were, for example, taken on the beaches of Normandy during D day, you will notice that they are still great photos. So never be discouraged by having ‘bad’ gear.

Thanks for reading!

Austen Rudall – RGMedia

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