Up for Discussion – How to Choose a Camera
A couple of weeks I was asked by someone about buying cameras. They wanted to get a new camera but had no idea what to choose. I told the person I had written a post on how to work out what camera is right for you, What you want in a Camera, and they said it was very helpful. I wrote that post over a year ago and I know that people could contribute more to this discussion. This is not a discussion on which is better, Nikon or Canon, the reality is they’re both good, end of that. I don’t mind you talking about why you choose one over the other, I will do that too, but in the end it probably doesn’t matter what you choose. I will go first.
I started taking photos over 20 years ago, that is with a SLR. I’ve spoken about this before, my husband asked me what I wanted one year for my birthday and that is what I said. The Pentax K1000 was not something I choose, it was chosen for me. It was a good choice, but as I started having children, well I only had two, I wanted a camera that could capture them, and the all manual K1000 wasn’t doing it for me anymore. I thought I could make it my black and white film camera. So I started doing research on cameras.
I had joined a camera club and did their beginners photography course, I thought I was ready for a better camera. I wanted something that could be totally automatic, or totally manual. Of course most SLR’s were like that back then. I knew it would be either a Canon or a Nikon. Another woman who did the course had bought a good Canon, no idea what it was, but all I remember is that she had so much trouble working it out. Trying to figure out how the aperture worked, I think, was the issue. I wanted a camera that I could just pick up and use. So I went with Nikon, because to me, that is exactly what they were like, I could just pick it up and use it. I knew how to change the aperture, and everything just fell into place. I got the Nikon F90X. I was so happy with it. Also, at that time, I think Peter Eastway was also using Nikon, so how could I go wrong right?
I stopped taking photos for a while and the world of digital photography took over. When I got back into it, I needed a new camera. This time there were other considerations. I had to have a camera that took lots of photos quickly. I was doing sport, so I needed a camera that could take lots of frames a second. That was really the only thing I needed the camera to have really. I also knew that I went for a more expensive one my old Nikon lenses would fit onto it and would work. I thought the autofocus may not, but I would still have those lenses, at least for a short time. I bought the Nikon D300s, and to my surprise my old lenses worked exactly the same as digital lenses. There was no issue with them at all. So my new kit was made of old and new.
When it was time to upgrade my camera, I knew it would have to be another Nikon, as I had all the Nikon lenses. This time, sport wasn’t a consideration. I was no longer doing any sport, so how many frames a second wasn’t that much of a consideration. I wanted full frame, a camera that could be knocked around a bit, I am a bit rough with my stuff, and good ISO. The D300s higher ISO’s is horrible. I have other lenses now as well, and I really like the kit I have.
Have I ever been disappointed with the Nikon, of course, there are things I don’t like. Have I considered going to Canon? Again, of course, but it would be such a major thing to do now, sell everything and buy a whole new kit. I am sure if I had a Canon I would be saying the same things about it as well.
At the end of the day we all just want a camera we can use well, and easily, that will take images that we want and images we can be proud of.
When you were buying your first SLR or DSLR what were you looking for? What made you decide to get what you have? What advice would you give someone who wants to buy their first DSLR? If you have another brand would love to hear why you choose that and the camera?
These posts are a great way to share knowledge, so please contribute.
I will approve them, as long as they are nice and not nasty in any way. I am out all day, so I won’t be able to respond to them.
Feel free to respond or reply to other comments. It would be good to generate some discussion.
Finally, don’t forget to get your images to me for the MMC tomorrow.