So, you’re into video and the time has come to buy your first camera. Congrats! But before you spend your hard-earned money, let Jordy Vandeput of Cinecom.net help you out. In this video, he guides you through nine things to consider before buying your first camera, and these will help you make the best possible decision.
Buying your first camera can be a daunting task. Or maybe you already have a camera but aren’t quite sure you bought the right one. It hasn’t really taught you a lot and so you want to switch to something else but don’t know what to get to replace it with or what to add to the gear collection. Whatever your situation, with the range of photo tech out there today, it can get overwhelming.
This 25-minute video from Chris Turner walks you through the basics of camera gear to let you make more informed decisions about how you spend your money. What’s the difference between a DSLR and a mirrorless camera? Prime vs zoom lens? Sensor sizes? All these and more are answered with very easy to understand explanations.
Who doesn’t love buying new gear? Building up your collection of photography equipment is a terribly expensive habit. If you’re used to buying items new, the world of buying used from strangers on the internet can be a bit intimidating.
If you’re savvy, patient, and know where to look, you can save hundreds by buying used gear online. Buying used items from third parties online comes with an additional assumed risk, but I’d like to give you some tips on where to look, how to ask a fair price, and how to safely buy and sell items.
What kind of deals can you expect from buying used instead of new? Currently a brand new Canon 6D is $1,499 on B&H. In a 20 second search, I found one 6D with a 1.5k shutter count, like new condition for $995, and another with a 18k shutter count for $835. Sound worth it yet?
I’ll teach you how to save hundreds of dollars on new cameras and lenses that you can instead use for groceries, rent, bills, or even more camera equipment.
If you’re in the market for a new camera or DSLR and are not familiar with Pixel Peeper, you may want to check out what the gear-centric website has to offer. Pixel Peeper essentially let’s users choose from a large selection of cameras and lenses, then allows users to further narrow down their search (should they choose to) by entering very specific exposure settings information. The website then serves as a search engine of sorts and returns back sample images whose EXIF data matches the user requested settings.
For an example of how it works, the screenshot at the top of the article is of a search for photos taken with a Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 50mm f1.4. The search is limited to exposures taken at an aperture between 1.4 and 5.6 and an ISO of 6400 or greater. In live version of the Pixel Peeper query, the thumbnail results show up under the search query, clicking them links you through to Flickr to inspect the full size image. The advanced search could be very useful if you’re looking to see how a camera performs at a high ISO, for example, or if you want to see the quality of a specific lens’ bokeh. [Read More…]
Photographers are becoming more and more curious about the advantages mirrorless cameras have over DSLRs. In fact, judging by some of the comments on the Migrating To Mirrorless post here on DIYPhotography, many of you have already ditched the DSLR in favor of a mirrorless model. That’s precisely what pro photographer, Jason Lanier, did when gave Nikon the boot and switched over to Sony mirrorless cameras. In the 24-minute long video below, Lanier explains his decision to leave behind the leading DSLR manufacturers and, while I do love my full frame camera bodies, his words definitely got me thinking.[Read More…]
Remember getting your first DSLR and all the grand illusions that came with it? Before you even bought the camera you were probably thinking about the illustrious career as a professional photographer your purchase of prosumer camera somehow magically entitled you to. Those were good old days, when naivety was still sorta blissful. Heck, they’re still good once you realize how much fun it is to look back on those experiences and laugh at our newbie selves.[Read More…]
Mirrorless cameras have been picking up steam as manufacturers continue to advance the technology that goes into the small, but powerful camera bodies. Many photographers have already abandoned their DSLR’s to make the switch to mirrorless and it’s a trend that probably isn’t going away any time soon.