What Camera Do I Use?
I am often asked by my clients and friends what type of camera I prefer. While this seems like an easy question, it's one that took awhile for me to find the one that works for me.
When I learned photography from my grandfather many, many (many!) years ago, I learned on a Pentax film camera. At the time, I wasn't interested so much in the correct lighting, framing, etc. I just wanted fun photos of my friends at school :)
When digital entered the world of photography, no one was more excited than I! My first digital camera was a very simple point and shoot Canon with 3.2 megapixels (remember the days when THAT was a lot! haha!). I thought I was SO high tech with that camera and I wore it out, literally! I used it so much that I actually wore it out to the point of total replacement - no repairs were able to be made.
Heartbroken, off to the store I went and while I was definitely looking for a Canon, the Sony camera at the time had more bells and whistles that appealed to me. This was still a bit of the point and shoot variety, but it had later pixel capabilities and better zoom. So fancy!!
A few years and a few thousand miles later (that camera also went EVERYWHERE with me, including Chicago, New York and Hawaii), I decided to bite the bullet, become a full fledged photographer and invest in a camera AND lenses. This time, I was torn....stick with Sony which had worked well for me, go back to Canon or try a Nikon. I researched for about a month before I decided to take a leap and purchase a Nikon.
I have to say, I was more than pleasantly surprised! Not only did I jump from a point and shoot to a DSLR (which opened an entirely NEW world to me), but for me, the options and features of the Nikon worked better than Canon.
NOW, I am NOT saying anything bad about Canon AT ALL! While upgrading cameras again a few years ago, I looked at Canon's again before purchasing my existing Nikon D7000. I would definitely consider a Canon in the future, especially if it has features and capabilities that may not be available in another brand. Am I only looking at Canon or Nikon? Definitely not! Like I stated earlier, I learned on a Pentax. I'm not a brand snob!
So, what works best for me may not work the same for you. All I suggest is that you do diligent research and know the options and features you want before you purchase a camera, especially if you go for a DSLR.
Good luck and happy shooting!
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