How to buy a camera
Where to start
what will you actually be taking pictures of?
I am going to start the post with something a little controversial. I really don't think it matters which camera you buy. I have a Canon, but other reputable brands like Leica and Nikon produce some incredible photography. Different models within each brand are arguably better than others, but you don't need the most expensive camera to make an impactful image. The investment should really come with the lenses, and the software to edit. Don't get me wrong, you need the quality out of the gate, but amazing Photographers like Brandon Woelfel prove that you can create something beautiful ( with the right editing) with something basic like he proved here, with a toy camera. To make sure you get exactly what you need. Start by asking.
- What is my budget?
- What will I actually be taking pictures of? e.g flatlays and still life, sport, fashion street style
- Beginner or professional?
- Will I be taking it out and about?
Do your research
Cameras are an investment whether it is for blogging or personal family photos. Don't feel any way taking your time doing the research to make sure you get the best fit for you. Ask your peers, but what works for them might not work for you. Canon have a great camera selector questionnaire, it is useful to narrow down your options and gives you a clear idea and breakdown of what functions correlate to the end images. This is super useful so that you know what to look out for when researching different cameras. Even if you don't go for a Canon it is still worth doing because it shows you a great selection of possibles. Then you can simply google which camera is similar to your preferred model, and go from there.
When it comes time to buying new equipment, once I have decided what I need, my first point of call is YouTube, Digital rev tv is a great channel. There are plenty of review and comparisons videos to get stuck into across YouTube, and will give you a realistic idea of what the camera is able to do. If you don't feel confident going it by yourself, I couldn't recommend Jessops more. They stand out from other retailers because the sales people are Photographers, it is their passion and they test a good cross section of cameras, so really do know their stuff. Get into store, or use their online chat service, they are pretty brilliant and ultimately steered towards my Canon 80d, and I haven't regretted it
Don't be put off by the term 'used'
I have made some incredible savings by buying used lenses. Used can just mean the box was opened and the person changed their mind, and decided to return it. Focus on the wear, which show how much they used it. Trust in a service like Wex Photographic they only accept the best quality used cameras and gear. Ebay is not for the faint hearted but have the best deals by far. Make sure to buy through Paypal, the buyer protection protects you in possible disputes.
Go for it