Buying the right camera for you
With the amount of choices of photographic equipment available for today’s ‘snappers’ it seems like there is a special camera for every man, woman and child that walks on the face of the earth. From the camera phone, to your desktop computer, just about everyone can press a button and make a photograph now-a-days.
So just what exactly should a beginner photographer, who wants to take better photographs look for in a camera? My advice would be to get the most versatile outfit that suits your budget and that generally means looking at a good entry level DSLR.
DSLR stands for a Digital Single Lens Reflex camera and that means a digital camera that has interchangeable lenses. One of the most important aspects of photography is deciding which lens is appropriate for your purposes, so having the capability to swap a 80mm lens, which is great for shooting portraits, for a 500mm lens, which is a fantastic sports and nature length lens, means that you have an inbuilt flexibility that a compact camera will not necessarily provide.
Once you decide which camera brand suits you the best, buying lenses to fit your kit and your style of photography is crucial to your future. The lenses you buy, if well treated, can be the lenses you grow old with, even if your camera body is shorter lived. So spending money on some good lenses is never a bad thing.
In years gone by, it was normal for a photographer to have a large range of ‘fixed’ lenses. These are lenses that have only one focal length and were prized as lenses that were more reliable than telephoto lenses. They rarely suffered many of the aberrations caused by problems with the alignments of moving parts that telephoto lenses were susceptible to in earlier days. This is not so much of an issue in our present times of much improved technology, so a really great all round lens for a first timer to buy is the 17mm-70mm.
This is a lens that will cover most of your everyday needs, as it covers a variety of angles of view from landscape to portrait. It’s a handy lens to begin to build your DSLR kit with as it can be used to shoot anything from an entire building to a beautiful head and shoulders shot. These are generally fairly well priced items that are manufactured by a range of brands and will always make a brilliant supplement to a complete camera kit.
Yet if your interests lie more in the area of sport action and sports portraits, a longer length lens may be more appropriate for your approach. A good telephoto lens in the range from 70mm-200mm is also a standard item favoured by many pro photographers.
If there is a particular type of image that you are interested in making there will always be a more specialist lens available. Though rather than rush out and buy what will probably be an extremely expensive lens, why not first consider hiring one for the day? Its definitely a cheaper solution and if you think that after a couple of days in the field photographing birds of prey is not your thing then you won’t have spent as much as up to $15,000.00 on a 600mm to 800mm lens!
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