Tuesday, November 16, 2010

What Camera Should I Buy?

Every class I teach I'm asked this question. It's a big and daunting decision for most of us, made even more difficult by the number of opinions floating around out there! 

Since it is holiday gift giving list time of year I thought I'd add my two cents!

Before you read further, I recommend you read Scott Bourne's Annual DSLR Camera Buying Guide. Love his perspective. Come back here when you are done ;)

I'm going to be practical here. I believe you should buy the most camera you can afford. Period. BUT, that being said, most of us live on a budget and have other life necessities to take care of. 

While price is not the only factor to consider, it's a biggie. Here is my budget list for Santa :) Both of these can be found for under $700 and have great features.

Of course, hold these, feel them and see which you like. 

Consider purchasing the body only and with your savings buy a good, fast lens!

Is that too simple? Two cameras to consider?  Let me know if you want to spend more and I can definitely help spend your money! Both cameras are linked to B&H Photography, my choice for camera equipment since my beloved local store closed.

For those of you who want to spend more, take a look at the Canon 7D or Nikon D7000. And for those of you who want more detail, I recommend spending some time on dpReview side by side comparison. Ignore the price listings and look at ISO sensitivity, Continuous drive, and megapixels.

1 comment:

stamphappy2001 said...

I love that your willing to narrow it down to 2 cameras. When I was buying my first DSLR this summer I was overwhelmed. I ended up buying the Canon T1i because it was $200 cheaper at least than the T2i and I didn't need the extra mp nor the video. I love it. I didn't break the bank and I am not afraid to use it, try it because it didn't cost an arm and a leg, (just an arm. :) )


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