Ten Ways to Think About Purchasing a Camera

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Ring of Honor event: Bully Ray makes a wild entrance. Hasselblad H6D 50c, 300mm f/4.5 at 1/500.

Photographers and artists are always looking for tools to help their craft shine in a way that their imagination envisions. A camera is a revolutionary object that, in the 21st century, has become abundant in most countries, and available through the web. So, how do you go about finding the right camera for you?

  1. Reason. Most product and portrait photographers can work with just about any camera on the market. Sports shooters will find themselves gravitating towards the Canon 1D series. Those who seek high quality images, without needing the reaction speed of the camera, may very well seek up to a Hasselblad medium format camera.

2. Size and quality of prints. One of the most deciding factors in keeping a camera or letting go of it, is the image quality. Each camera has a distinct look in how the developed image looks.

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YUMA at Pro Wrestling Guerrilla. Canon 7D, EF 24mm f/1.4, f4 @ 1/125.

3. Size of camera and comfort. What fits in your hands might not fit in someone else’s hands. The size of a camera and its ergonomics is up to you to decide. Newer cameras have newer model shapes, but you still need to decide what feels good in your hands, and what is best for your body. If the camera you want is too heavy, or too light, there may be another option for you that has most of the characteristics you want in a camera.

 

4. Personal judgment. Listening to professional photographers voice their opinions is useful if you are in the same field, but many photographers also come from many different backgrounds. Reviews will only get you as far as why the other person likes the camera. It is up to you to decide if it is right for you.

5. Camera samples. Flickr, P.O.T.N., Fred Miranda, Luminous Landscape, and many photography portfolios are ways to view images taken from the camera you are looking at. If you search the specific model, you will be sure to find matching results. Don’t worry too much about the post processing of an image. The original file made to produce the image is the base.

6. Budget. If your budget is specific, go with a previous generation of the camera you have decided on, with all the features you like, not the newest camera that has less features. You don’t have to spend more money than you have to.

 

7. Lenses. Let the lenses you need decide for you which camera you should get. One lens won’t carry over to a different camera, but there will be another camera that has similar features that can host your lens. For example, a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens on a 1.3x crop camera would have the distance and speed you desire over a full frame camera, so you wouldn’t need to get a full frame camera, even though it is popular.

8. Friends and family. Getting a camera can also involve thinking about what gear your close ones have. If your camera breaks down, can you go to your best friends and close relatives to borrow theirs to use? If so, will their gear be compatible with the gear you have?

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El Generico is laced up in Super Dragon’s grasp, with Rick Knox checking. Canon EOS-1D Mark III, 35mm f/1.4, 2.8 @ 1/320.

9. Overall complete set cost. How much does your brand of choice’s full line-up cost? Looking at the list of lenses, accessories, and repair, what does the number look like if you want to fully invest in your choice?

10. Processing. Last but not least, how well does your camera transfer files from its storage to where you want? Will the format be readily accessible from your handheld device or computer when you want to move your images, or will you have to download additional software? How fast can you get these photographs from being taken to being seen by others? Each camera has a specific file format.

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