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Buying a camera
Did Santa bring you a new camera body for Christmas? Maybe you want to take advantage of some down time to reacquaint yourself with your existing camera. You’ll want to listen to this episode and take some notes. We are setting up your new camera or resetting your old one.
Dave didn't want to hear what I had to say.
He struck up a conversation at the PhotoPlus Expo that ended with him asking me which camera he should buy.
"How much do you want to spend?" I asked.
"Maybe a few hundred dollars," he responded.
"You need to move a decimal point over. For what you just told me about yourself Dave, you should plan to spend at least $2,000."
His mouth almost hit the floor. That's not what he wanted to hear.
In many instances, I might tell you that you don't need the most expensive camera to create great photos. But not in all instances. There are times when you really should plan to buy the more expensive camera.
Here's why and when.
If you want to get the low down on latest new cameras hitting the shelves, you need to find your way to a launch event.
Launch events are where camera stores invite reps from the camera manufacturers to come out and answer your questions while you play with the store models.
I got an invite to a launch event for the Canon 5D Mark IV and Fujifilm X-T2, and I decided to take you along. While we are in launch mode, I'll share some new photo tours as well.
It's time to talk gear again. Where were some of the most interesting industry announcements in the past month or two?
Let's talk about the new gear and technology and what we think about them.
Let's get the easy answer out of the way first. No Steve Heiner is not giving away free Nikon DSLRs.
As Nikon's senior technical manager, Steve has answers on just about every other question you might have about Nikon cameras and lenses.
In this episode of the podcast, I wove your questions and mine into a very interesting 45-minute conversation.
By now most of us are trained to resist the salesperson’s final question. “Do you need any bags, batteries, filters to go with that camera?"
We know it is the equivalent of “do you need fries with that that?”
Before you politely reply, “no thank you. I’ll take that Canon 5D Mark III to go,” consider purchasing these useful accessories.
I knew something was wrong with the deal, but I wasn't quite sure what. And to be honest, part of me didn't really want to know. I just wanted the sale to work — and quickly.
A while back, I was shopping for a video camera for my office. Strapped with a $2,500 budget, I searched for creative ways to get the $3,000 model I really wanted. Just as I was about to give up, I found a website that promised the same exact model for $2,499. Could it really be true? What's wrong with it?
I decided it was worth the risk and plunked down the credit card, feeling smug about my savings. Three weeks later when the camera hadn't arrived, guess who was in a mild panic? Did I really lose $2,500 trying to save $500?
That's the seduction of gray market cameras. The deals promise brand new cameras at hundreds of dollars less than you know they should cost.
Are gray market cameras too good to be true? What's really wrong with them?
If you are looking for a bit of overwhelm, try picking a Mirrorless camera from the booths at PhotoPlus Expo. Wander up to any camera manufacturer booth, and you are sure to see a long line of camera bodies and lenses in their Mirrorless options.
Many photographers are still trying to decide if you need a Mirrorless camera, and if so, which one is right for you.
Is it time to buy a new lens? Well this could get tricky. You have to understand elements and groups; lens mounts and formats; new vs. used and so much more.
Let's talk about all these decision points. I'll break them up into the seven questions I'm asked most often.
I've been a bit of a DSLR snob.
You might have noticed that I published a camera buying guide that focused exclusively on DSLRs. It's not that I have anything against Mirrorless cameras. I've been watching cautiously as all the cool kids and internet celebrities sold their DSLRS and moved to mirrorless.
Good for them, but why would I do that? Why would you?