Swapping brands and manufacturers in photography can be a very expensive process so before deciding to invest in a particular brand you need to make sure you do your homework in the first instance.
DSLR cameras aren’t cheap, and neither are the lenses, speed lights and other specialised photography equipment that only works with one brand of camera therefore you need to think carefully before shelling out thousands (and yes, you will soon spend thousands) of bucks on photography equipment.
When upgrading to a DSLR camera you need to think about the future. Let’s take Canon as an example. You may really like the Canon entry level dslr camera and it may do everything you want it to and, at this stage, more however there will come a time when you outgrow the camera. The time will come when you want more mega pixels, a large sensor, more features and better image quality, and the only way you are going to do this is to upgrade.
If you only had to think about the camera that would be okay but there’s more to it than that. During your ownership of the entry level dlsr camera you may have spent a lot of money on different Canon branded lenses and these will only work with Canon dlsr cameras. If you decide not to upgrade to another Canon dslr camera you will have to get rid of the lenses, and whilst there is a market for used and second hand lenses you will not make your money back on selling the lenses. In fact, you are most likely to end up making a huge loss which is even more difficult to take when you have to also shell out more money on new lenses for your new camera.
As well as the lenses you need to think about the speed lights and flash units, which will only work with Canon cameras. If you upgrade to a non-Canon camera you will also have to get rid of your current flash guns and buy some new ones, which is even more expense. In addition to the flash guns you may have bought other bits and pieces of photography equipment that only works with Canon dslr cameras, and all of this will be useless if you don’t buy another Canon.
Before you buy your first dslr camera you need to look at the prosumer and professional cameras made by the company. For arguments sake let’s take Nikon as an example. If you are thinking about a Nikon dslr camera you need to look at the prosumer and professional Nikon dslr cameras and decide whether they have the features you are going to want in the future. If they don’t then Nikon is not the brand for you and no matter how much you like the beginners’ Nikon dslr camera you should not buy it.
As well as the prosumer and professional cameras you also need to look at the lenses available. The kit lens you get with a dslr camera will be suitable first off but there will come a time when you outgrow it and need to upgrade. You need to think about the upgrade and make sure the type of lenses you are likely to want to upgrade to are available for the brand of camera you are thinking of buying.
Buying the “wrong” brand in the first instance is a costly mistake, and it is one you don’t really want to make.
Before you part with your hard earned cash you need to make sure you do some research, read some reviews, visit a camera shop or two and check out all the options available.
You may be reading this thinking “I am not going to upgrade the camera or the lens and the entry level and kit lens are all I need for my photography”. I know of many people who first thought this when they started their photography and not one of them still uses an entry level dslr camera and kit lens. Once you sample photography you will be hooked, and once hooked you will crave more and more elaborate equipment to take your photos, and an entry level dslr simply won’t cut it.
Once you have decided on the manufacturer and the brand of equipment that best suits your needs you can then go and fill your boots, safe in the knowledge that when you do upgrade your camera you won’t have to invest in a collection of new lenses, new flash equipment and other bits and pieces at the same time.
Whilst many people consider Canon and Nikon the “best” this is not necessarily true and there are other manufacturers out there producing top quality photography equipment that will do everything that Canon and Nikon can do. In fact there is very little difference between Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony and Olympus (amongst others) and I can guarantee you will be happy with any of them. It’s just a case of working out which brand does what you need, making a decision and then sticking with it.
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