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Old January 10th, 2016, 03:12 PM
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Just one man's opinion

Frequently I read articles about new gear, new lenses, better this, better that and each year brings new more advanced bodies form both Canon and Nikon. Increased megapixel counts, expanded ISO, increased frame rates so the question is what should I buy.

Every newcomer asks what gear should I buy...even some old timers might ask the same question. I always give one answer.

What are you trying to shoot?

Certainly it is the person that defines the composition, arranges the elements and just about anyone can learn to read a light meter and set aperture and shutter speed. These are skills outside of the realm of equipment and if you struggle with these you need to lean them first and foremost. Take a class and use a basic simple manual camera and but the end you should have a good feel for those basic skills.

Now getting back to what should I buy. Some will say what is your budget, I still look at what your needs are over budget. Its a simple matter of identifying which tool(s) are best suited for the type of photography you wish to engage in. It does no one any good if the body and lenses you purchase to not allow you to capture those shots you wanted and purchased the camera for.....Indoor low light photography for instance...You need a camera that can perform nicely at high ISO's. It would be better to perhaps pinch pennies and save up for a camera body that offers better noise control, then to get the first cheap thing that comes along. Along that same lines is the upgrade question. If your gear is allowing you to capture the images you want, what is the need for the upgrade.

Certainly the larger full frame or more expensive APC camera will be able to serve every need. If they are truly out of budget you can look then at the compromises you are making..like frame rate, High ISO, etc... and make the choices you are willing to sacrifice to engage the photos you want to take, or hold out and save more depending on your needs.

I shoot a D4...Even looking at the specs for the new D5, I am not looking to sell off and get one. I have all that I need. In fact if I got a new body it would more likely be a D750 for my hiking as its the lightest of the 3 I like in the Nikon Line (D5,D810, and D750) What do I really need with 36mp...24 will be more than enough especially considering the weight factor for my hiking.

Lenses Yeah I have some nice prime lenses and I use them for sporting events. I also have some great wide lenses that I originally bought for landscape work. Unless I am using special filters (this is rarer these days) I don't really use them much any more for landscape work. I use a 28-300 FX lens as it proves full wide to getting in close for wildlife shots. It is a compromise but that one lens is lighter than carrying multiple lenses and certainly less bulky. It also gets the job done to my satisfaction which is ultimately the most important factor.

My advice with looking to buy is do your research. Examine yourself and the type(s) of photography which you wish to engage in and purchase the right tools for the job. In the long run you will end up much happier, even if it means delaying a purchase fo a year or so to save up the necessary money.
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Old January 10th, 2016, 04:08 PM
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Re: Just one man's opinion

Some excellent opinions here bro! Thanks for sharing.
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Old January 11th, 2016, 10:40 AM
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Re: Just one man's opinion

Very good advice. I made the mistake of not researching before buying and went and bought lenses that came with a discount with my D5300. One is the kit lens and the other is 55-300mm f4.5-5.6. Though it was cheaper that that time, now I feel I should have done my research and instead of buying that i should have saved to buy 24-70mm f2.8.
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Old January 11th, 2016, 06:09 PM
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Re: Just one man's opinion

good advice, Clark! too many people rush out and buy a new camera because they think it'll make their photos better, and in some ways it might, but the most important factor is knowing how to use and get the most from your equipment. knowing what you want to shoot is critical. the requirements for shooting sports outdoors are totally different from those for shooting portraits in a studio; you'll need much different lenses for landscapes than you would for wildlife. know what you want to do first, and then get the equipment that will let you do those things.
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