Since I have signed up to be a photography instructor at the local community college I have received a few of the same questions. It’s cool because they were the same questions I asked when I started in photography. The main question is…
I'm looking into taking your course and was wondering if you had and recommendations for a good starter camera? A buddy, who is also a pro, suggested cannon rebel t2i/t3i. Thoughts? Suggestions?
Here is my most professional, been there, feared that, answer.
Purchasing my first camera took me four months of wasteful research. I think what happens is the rip-off factor comes into play or the thoughts of “this” camera takes better images than the other one shakes our psyche. While I do believe that high end (professional/full frame) cameras take better images the lower end ones (the ones in Best Buy) have some advantages. Here is what I tell people.
Don’t even ask me about Nikon or Canon. Well, here is a quick take on that one. I have heard from Nikon people (mainly my photo coordinator) that Nikon is easier to use and the buttons are easier to understand. My response is “Canon is better (in my shut up, I’m the boss, I can’t hear you, 5th grade kid voice).” Hope this helps. Make a decision and forget about the regret. Photography is about exploration, if a higher end helps you take great pics when you go hiking then don’t sell yourself short. These prosumer cameras will last a good 6 years if you shoot them really hard. Longer if you don’t. See ya in class.
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