As a professional photographer, I often get asked for advice on which camera to buy. And with Black Friday around the corner, I'm sure a new camera is on the minds of many. While searching for the smokin’ hot deals you may be feeling overwhelmed and confused about what to buy. There are so many bells and whistles So I'm here to help you out and break it down for you.
Before you buy a new camera, you need to know you really can’t go wrong with today’s technology. You need to ask yourself a few questions when contemplating a new camera…what do you need your camera to do for you? What will you photograph most? What’s your budget?
Where should you invest your money?
Nice Camera Body - A majority of the people that I teach or speak with are moms who want to photograph their children and most often indoors. You are going to want a camera with a great ISO range and large file sizes. The Nikon D3500 and the Canon EOS Rebel SL2 are what I would suggest.
Upgraded Lens - The “kit” lens that most often accompanies a camera is low quality. If you want to take better images or if you want that dreamy background blur, you’ll want a nicer lens. Look for a lens that has a low apeture (aka “f stop”). For Nikon I suggest Nikon 50mm f/1.8 or Nikon 35mm f/1.8 and for Canon I suggest Canon 50mm f/1.8 or Canon 24mm f/2.8.
Don’t get distracted
First I want to clarify, that if you are deciding to purchase a camera this Black Friday, Nikon and Canon have set prices across the board, so you probably are not going to find a crazy deal anywhere. But in order to get you into their stores, retailers will entice you with Free Gifts with Purchase or Lens Bundles.
Free Gifts with Purchase can include memory cards or camera bags. This doesn’t mean it’s a good deal, just be aware that the quality is usually very cheap. They also may include a Gift Card with Purchase…they do this betting on the fact that you come back with your gift card and spend more.
Lens Bundles will be the most common deal you will see…a DSLR Camera that includes two lenses. Entry level cameras usually come with a “kit lens”…18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. It’s a small zoom lens and great for beginners, but doesn’t do well in low-light situations. The second lens that may be included is a telephoto zoom lens…something like a 75-300mm f/4-5.6. And as much as this sounds like an awesome deal, that second bonus lens is not ideal. You need to be 30-50 ft away from your subject and it is terrible in low light. It is great at the kids soccer game, but not so good for portraits.
I want you to get QUALITY over QUANTITY. Buying a camera is an investment and you want to make it last a long time. Do your research…ask me questions, so we can make sure you get want you need