“You guys take really nice pics. What kind of camera do you use? I’m interested in photography and thinking about buying a camera.”
We get this question a lot. To answer the first question “What kind of camera do you use?“, Adam shoots with a Nikon D300 and I shoot a Nikon D300S model. These aren’t the cameras we started with (which were a Nikon D70 and Nikon D80, respectively), but they’re the pro models we’ve grown into over several years – there are no ‘training wheels’ or auto features, which makes them very difficult (in my opinion) to learn to shoot on for first-time DSLR users and impossible to hand over to a non-photographer to get a decent pic of you when you’re on vacation with that stellar background that you bought the cam to capture in the first place! Why Nikon? I shoot Nikon because Adam already had Nikon when I bought my first “big girl” camera and it made sense to have the brands match so that we could share lenses (the real expense to quality photographs). Adam chose Nikon years before that, quite simply, because of the way the camera fit in his hand when compared with the Canon models available at that time.
Which brings us to the real question, “I want a ‘grown-up’ Digital SLR. What kind of camera should I buy?” The short answer is: the camera body that fits easily into your hand and your budget. While having a top-of-the-line camera body is nice once you really know how to take advantage of all the features, you can just as easily get amazing photos with an inexpensive camera body. Going for more than the entry-level consumer model isn’t going to earn you anything but a painful learning curve and bragging rights for having lots of cash to burn. Save your pennies for the lenses. That’s where the magic truly happens!