Hi Wide Open Tees! I want to get into photography but don’t have money to buy a DSLR. What should I do?
- Don’t fret! A DSLR doesn’t automatically make you an amazing “photographer.” Tons of great photographers produce amazing shots with a simple point and shoot. Don’t believe us? Just do a search for any point and shoot on flickr. You’ll be amazed with some the photographs produced by <$200 point and shoots. In the meantime, use what you have, or save up for a good quality point and shoot. We’d recommend some, but haven’t tested every point and shoot out there! A short Google of “Best Point and Shoot Cameras” will lead you in the right directions! If you find out that you really enjoy it, maybe an entry level DSLR will be a good fit for you down the road when your finances line up. Our belief here: Don’t let camera-envy define you as a photographer.
What type of lens would you recommend for someone trying to upgrade from the kit lens on a T2i?
- (Assuming you’re referring to the 18-55mm) The 18-55mm lens is a great beginner lens. It’s considered a walk-around lens, meaning whatever subject/object you want to shoot, the lens should be more than able to handle the situation. If you’re planning to replace the lens (sell it once you receive your new lens), a new walk-around would be the best fit. Obviously, your budget is important since lenses can range from $90 to $2500. For the sake of answering your question, we’ll do our best to keep it on the less expensive end. The Sigma 17-50 f/2.8 and Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 (VC and non-VC) are great lenses. The f/2.8 will allow you to shoot in low-light situation and produce a rather creamy bokeh wide open. It’s also versatile when it comes to general walk-around shooting. If you’re keeping the 18-55mm, we’d recommend something that helps your photographic-needs. If you love shooting portraits (family, friends, etc.), 50mm, or 85mm, or 100mm would work wonders. Canon and Sigma produce great “portrait” lenses when it comes to 50mm and 85mm. If you’re really strapped for cash, Canon produces a 50mm f/1.8 for just around $100. Don’t be fooled by the low price; The 50mm f/1.8 is a great lens. If you love shooting landscapes, consider an ultra-wide angle lens like the Sigma 10-20mm. Of course, we hate to push you in any direction. So take our opinions for what it’s worth. Find the right lens for you!
ARGH! Why is photography so expensive?
- LOL! Tell us about it! Although we’d love for photography to be a bit less expensive, we’ll defend it for the sake of this answer. Photography can be a form of art, but it’s also a form of capturing memories. Most of us want to remember certain milestones in our lives and photography helps us do that. Considering how much you can get out of photography, the price can sometimes be justified. Whether you profit from it as a pro, or have images of your baby’s first steps. Photography can have a great return on investment financially and emotionally.
I’ve had a cheap Canon pocket camera for awhile now. I think I want to get into DSLRs. Any recommendations?
- There are tons of great entry level DSLRs out there. We might sound like a broken record, but finding one that fits your needs should always be the first priority. That being said, we’d recommend a Canon only because you own a Canon point and shoot (pocket camera) now. Making the jump to Nikon would be absolutely fine if you’re willing to learn a different layout. Canon and Nikon do a great job keeping button layouts and options similar model-to-model, so users have a sense of familiarity when staying within the product line. If you weren’t happy with your Canon, take a look at the Nikon d3100. It’s a great entry level camera that can produce amazing photos. If you like to keep the same knowledge that you have with your Canon now, try the T2i or the 60D. Both produce amazing photos and comes with everything that you need to get started. All three shoot 1080p video as well.
I hope this isn’t a stupid question, but should the first thing I look at when buying a dslr megapixels? I’m not sure what megapixels actually do or is. Is it as important as all my friends say it is?
- That’s not a stupid question at all! Buying DSLRs, or cameras in general, can be difficult. Your friends are right and wrong. When digital cameras first came out years ago, yes, megapixels were rather important. Today, not so much. Now, megapixels are only somewhat important. Megapixels are used to describe the resolution of your photos that your camera can capture. To keep it simple, more megapixels means that your photo is captured larger. No, that doesn’t mean if you buy a 21MP camera, all your photos will print out as posters. It just means you have the ability to do so if you’d like. More megapixels are good for 2 reasons: (1) as mentioned before, you have the ability to print larger photos (poster sized), and (2) you have the ability to crop your photos without losing too much detail. That being said, if you’ve never or rarely crop your photos and don’t print larger than 5×7 or even 8×10 photos, megapixels shouldn’t be your number one concern. In today’s market, entry level DSLRs have more than enough megapixels! So don’t be fooled by salesmen who say, “Buy this one because it has more megapixels!” If you want a big viewfinder, look for that. If you want ease of use, look for that. If you want something technically advanced and want to experience the learning curve, look for that. So to answer your question, megapixels can be important to you, especially if you want to print poster-sized photos or crop your images rather small. Otherwise, we’d recommend looking for your next need/want on your list.
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