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Which Camera Should I Buy (part 1 of 2)

Category : Photography April 4, 2009

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For all you photographers out there, how many times have you been asked this question? If u have ever had any trouble to ans that question, allow me to give you some help.

Lets get to it then.
Firstly they always tend to ask, “which brand should i go for, Brand A or Brand B?”
In fact most of the reputable camera brands have varied models that cater to the different skill levels and pocket levels of the ppl. Brand A wont have survived this long in the business if they’re not as good as Brand B, C, or even D for that matter. On a level playing field, any camera of any make and model is good. It takes the user to bring out the qualitites of the camera. The camera itself is just a tool. Asking which camera takes better pictures is like asking which gun kills a person better. Which brand and which make then? Well, that brings us to the next point

It all starts with the user in question, yes…. that will have to be you. It all depends on where where you come from, where you are now, and where you’re going. Not literally though. Lemme elaborate,

Where you come from
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Its how familiar are you with photography, experience wise. Is this your first time venturing into the world of photography? Perhaps one of your subjects had a basic photography course in it. Or you are already little experience and your passion has been resurrected by the birth of a child/grandchild (delete where necessary) Question yourself if this is what you wanna get into. Den move on to the next point.

Where you are
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Is sorta like asking you to look around, and asking yourself, what gear(if any) do you currently own. Changing systems when you have already amassed a strong collection of lenses is quite a task in itself. If you already own or received a camera of a particular model and make, then my recommendation is to stick with it. Its also a good point to find out which makes and models of cameras your friends currently own. It doesnt hurt to share among frens :D

Where you are going
Well, you may probably know where im going with this. Where do you see yourselves photography wise in the next 3 to 5 years.
Will it be kept somewhere, left to the be attacked by the dreaded dustbunnies and the evil fungi? Or will you still be shooting? Perhaps a career move is on the cards for you, or marriage (good if your significant other is a photography nut too :D ) And you might not have time to even let the camera see the light of day. Im not saying its wrong to buy a gadget and not use it, im just saying that photography in itself is quite a money guzzling hobby. Sure you’ve bought the “entry level” camera. sure you bought a kit lens with it. Well, to some it may suffice. Its quite a step up from a PnS camera, and you will look like you know what you’re doing at christmas parties, but is it worth it if the same kind of quality camera can be had from a normal/current tech Point and shoot camera? it is alot more lighter and the hands, lighter on the pocket, and speaking of pockets…. it fits into one too :D

All in all, these are just guides. There are no hard and fast rules. The write up has really helped some of my friends to plan ahead and only start into photography when it best suited them.
Take it as a fun hobby, as a passion. And of course live within your means

All that paragraphs and i still havent got on to which camera yet…… sheesh.
stay tuned for part 2



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