Mar 19 2011

Buying DSLR Cameras – Nikon VS Canon DSLR

Published by at 12:16 am under General

Choosing your first DSLR Camera or getting a newer model is of course exciting, but it could be daunting. The options are plentifold and the lists of features are wide. Just how do you decide on what camera to buy? The primary decision is the brand you will settle on… Nikon VS Canon DSLR, Pentax or Sony?

Your first DSLR Camera choice is perhaps the most important because it locks
you into the brand. From here on you will invest in lenses that will be compatible with your Camera Body choice.

If this is your subsequent DSLR Camera purchase, your choice of brand was most likely made before and you are now invested in lenses. Your choices will be limited to a model within the brand choice.

Most people spend a lot of time carefully studying the Camera Body features and tend to focus too much on the obvious features such as the sensor’s megapixel size. There are a lot of other, broader considerations to take into account. Most of such considerations are external to the camera body.

We all have one objective… to take good photographs and to do this you need to look beyond the camera body. At least seriously consider your investment in Lenses, investment in your own skills and when it comes to digital photography, photo editing is an essential part of the process. These extraneous issues are more important that the money you invest in the camera body.

Give careful thought to the your lens options:

  • These days it is easy to upgrade your camera body. Look after the camera, keep the packaging pristine and you can sell the camera on EBay often profitably.
  • Light weight vs. ruggedness of the Camera body.
  • Lens Compatibility is a key consideration. Canon Lenses are (almost 100%|nearly fully} compatible across the Canon Consumer lineup. Nikon lens compatibility is a more complex. Different Nikkor lenses are only compatible with some of the Nikon Cameras. Pentax, Sony, Minolta and others that have embraced the 4 thirds architecture and have lens compatibility across brands, but they also need thoughtful studying.
  • Today’s DSLR cameras are almost without exception top class and all will give you almost all of the functionality to take great photographs.
  • Camera body technology advances very rapidly and more powerful models with more features get released very regularly.
  • The biggest advantage of DSLR&s over other cameras is the interchangeable lenses for each situation. If you are not going to invest in lenses, why invest in a DSLR? There are great, conveniently sized and compact point-and-shoot cameras that will serve you just as well.
  • It is not so with lenses. The effects of lenses on photo quality differ greatly by comparison and it is worth spending more research and money studying the lenses that you need for your photography objectives.
  • Lenses stay around a lot longer and will be in your bag for much longer than the camera body.
  • Within a short time you will most likely spend a lot more money on glass than the {camera body|DSLR body.

As a general rule of thumb, spend more time and more money on your lens choices. The lenses determine the brand you are going to live with. If necessary go for a lesser featured camera as the camera body will be dated long before the lenses and you can easily upgrade the camera body later.

The second issue, beyond the camera body has to do with skill level.

Taking great shots takes more than the kit, even lenses. Too few people spend time and money on their photography skills. sadly you skills development takes personal time and more money. You can buy courses, but if you do not spend time learning and practising it is money wasted. Fortunately experimenting on the guidance of a good course is enormous fun once you get into it and it is one of the most rewarding things you can do.

Another area where people typically under-invest is in Photo Editing software and the skills to use it.
This is Post processing that gives you the ability to turn ordinary shots into art. Spending money on software is less exciting than shiny Camera kit, but it does make an enormous difference to the end product… Making good photos Great!

In summary, when considering a DSLR Camera purchase, consider looking. Good photography in my view is a mixture of Camera, lens, skills and editing. The Camera body is only a small element in the mix

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