I am a newbie - which camera should I buy??
Where is the pot of gold?? I need it to buy more gear!
Yeah Blog post No 2!
Now that I have told you my 'from clinic to camera' story I hope that many of you feel inspired to give your own photography a big boost.
If you missed my first blog post you can read it here My first ever blog post :)
I recently asked for blog topic suggestions on my Facebook page. One topic that popped up several times was along the lines of:
"What is a good (and not too expensive) starter camera that a newbie can consider?"
This is great subject to start off the 'educational' subjects I intend to blog about, as all the tips and tricks I want to share with you are really of no use if you don't have a camera, right?
BTW - a phone is not a camera it is a phone. A camera doesn't ring, vibrate or give you the option to whatsapp.
It is worthwhile keeping this in mind though right from the start. That way you can't say I never warned you :)
Photography is a journey - make sure you are off to a good start.
I like to keep things simple and I promised these blogs won't be too long. Hence I will only suggest two cameras. A Nikon and a Sony.
That's because I shoot with a Nikon and know my Nikon models and because I think the Sony mirrorless cameras really needs to be considered by you as well.
Of course Canon and other brands make cameras with similar attributes and of the same quality. I don't know enough about the different models to advise you on them. The Nikon vs Canon debate is really not worth having.....unless you are in the mood for an endless argument or you want to tease someone.
Please also note that the 'not too expensive' part is very tricky for me to judge. Your budgets will vary widely. I have had complete beginner come to my classes with pro level cameras! Plus I am going to assume that you want to kiss auto goodbye asap and to learn to shoot in more advanced modes. I also will presume that you want to design and create your shots rather than just point and shoot. You need a camera which you won't outgrow too quickly.
The two cameras (with a standard entry level lens) which I am happy to recommend, retail at around S$1000 - $1500. If this is out of your budget, then I would suggest you wait a while and save up. I would not want you to spend $600 - $700 on a camera that is soon going to frustrate you as your skill level increases.
Some important general points first :
And another quote. I hope you like quotes because I love them!
But you have got start somewhere so it's time to shop!
If you want a great start to a beautiful journey then I would recommend these two cameras:
NIKON D5600 - a DSLR - not too heavy not too light
SONY a 6000 a mirrorless camera - main advantage is it's smaller size if that is what you fancy
They both have lots of awesome features and allow you to take fantastic photos. I won't bother you with technical details, because if you are a beginner you are not expected/going to understand them. If you are not a beginner then you can easily google all the specs and reviews. All I want to do is to reassure you that either one of these two cuties will serve you very well from a Beginner - Intermediate skill level. In the realm of photography these two are reasonably priced as well.
Join one of my classes once you own your new baby and I will show you how to get the most out of them. When I have classes available I will post them here Photography courses. You can choose to follow me there and then you will receive an email when I post new classes.
Now I am a newbie in the blog world. So I need your help too. Let me know if this was a helpful post for you, what can I improve on and so on. Eduction is the key to success. I look forward to learning from you as well.
12.15 am again! Good night.
The best camera is the one that you have in your hand. Saying that, I disagree that a phone is not a camera. I can agree that the quality is not as good as a camera, but it's not about the equipment. It's about understanding the limitations of the camera and working around its limitations.
The camera is only as good as the one you take out. Is there anything a mirrorless can't do that a dslr can? I notice u haven't included any micro 4/3. Wouldn't it be a great choice too with good glass at a cheaper cost? Is there such a down grade in image quality?
No comments posted.
Recent PostsSunset and Blue Hour Photography - Technique and Choosing a Location How to become a professional photographer How to choose a professional printer and why I love mine! The 10 Minute Habit - this trick will make you a better photographer! My top 5, easy peasy spots for great Singapore street photography - a fun way to start the day. Yeah! I bought that fancy camera! Now what?? I am a newbie - which camera should I buy?? From Curious to Pro - How photography took over my life