When I’m out and about with my cameras or on any given day sitting around my house, I get the following question about once a week:
“What kind of camera should I buy?”
It is one of the most difficult questions, because lots of people — more people than you might understand — think that having an expensive camera equals great photos.
I’ve been shooting with manual SLR cameras since I was a teen, and I can fuck up a photo, an easy photo, as good as any novice.
A nice camera can get a great shot. A nice camera can also get a putrid shot.
A cheap camera can get a beautiful photo, too.
Well, Malaysian photographer has tackled this question with amazing precision. And I’m going to point you toward his blog to read for yourselves what camera to buy.
Here are his thoughts on camera systems Part 1, Part 2 and also his recommendations for a compact camera.
If I were to respond to his recommendations, Nikon would be the first choice in terms of professional cameras that are stealing attention away from medium format.
Second, Canon. He’s not a fan of Canon, which is my everyday camera of choice.
Full frame is highly recommended.
I’ve been pleasantly surprised with his recommendations for the Olympus OM-D. And when it comes to compact, he’s a big fan of the Sony RX100.
If I were to get the “What kind of camera” question today, I would tell someone to google Ming Thein’s blog and read up on his site.
Unfortunately, there’s just not “right” answer. And even when I’m confident about one camera, it’s because I am somewhat more confident with my ability to shoot. The average user needs to know that photography is an art. It’s not easy.
It’s not as easy as you might think anyway. So after you buy that recommended camera, prepare yourself for some hours of practice.
Take a class.
And practice some more.