Hello readers, in my previous post (first ever) I told you that I’ve had several camera bodies and lenses. To my bank account detriment I’m a compulsive buyer as some of you may be as well. I will try and help you through this post to not make the same mistakes I did when searching for gear.
My first ever camera was a Nikon D5300. The main factor I went with a crop sensor body was because it’s always been a general perception that when starting in photography you should go this route. I now know that this is just a marketing strategy from camera companies to get you to buy at least two camera bodies, one for when starting and one for when you feel your knowledgeable enough to make the transition to the “big boys/girls” cameras. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
Who’s to say what gear you should start with? Only you. Don’t be like me and do your research and consider what, when and how you are going to shoot and of course your budget. Every single detail counts to determine what gear is suitable for you. When I bought my camera and lenses it didn’t serve the purpose I bought it for because I didn’t do my research. Think in what you want to shoot, if it’s portraits maybe more megapixels and 85mm 1.8 or a 50mm 1.8. If it’s landscapes a wide angle lens. If it’s street photography a 35mm lens and so on. If you have the budget to buy a full frame body and that’s your hearts desire by all means buy it. I guarantee it will save you some money in the long run. You will always wonder how will your pictures would look like on a full frame sensor. But let me suggest you spend more on lenses than on a body as camera bodies are always changing and lenses don’t change as often plus they retain their value through time.
There are other things to consider apart from just camera and lenses, you will need a computer if you don’t have one and software to edit your photos. Computers are in every household these days but you will have to verify if it has the system requirements for the software. Something you can do is to edit your pictures on your phone with apps like Snapseed or lightroom mobile this may work for starting as you may just be sharing your photos on social media.
In terms of brands to each their own. I’ve use Nikon, Canon, Fuji and Panasonic and I’m currently using a full frame mirrorless Canon EOS rp. I suggest to look at the color rendition of each brand as they are very different from each other and they will be part of your signature.
The main idea you should get out of this post is to do your research. I didn’t when starting out and ended up costing me.
That’s it for now. I'm honored to have you as a reader and really hope you continue to read my posts and leave any comments or questions you might have. I’m still learning and if I don’t know the answer to your questions I’ll do my best and do my research and get you a responsible answer. I will be writing one post per week for now. I’ll be writing about my personal experiences with photography and those of the friends I’ve made along the way.
Thank you and keep shooting;
Through the lens of an amateur
Written By: Ricardo J. Martínez