Hi! I wanna invest in a good camera.
What would you guys suggest?
This might help...
This is a religious question, and most people have strong feelings about it that mainly depend on whichever system they’ve bought into already. However, it’s complicated by the fact that there are definitely strengths and weaknesses of each system.
Note that I say system here - I believe it’s far more important to consider all the elements of a given camera system (lenses, flash units, etc) than a specific camera model. You often see posts online from people agonizing over whether they should buy the Canon 30D or the Nikon D200 or the Sony Alpha or whatever, but I think they’re missing the point. Unless you really really love a specific camera model for some reason, or just want to buy a single camera and lens, it’s wiser to consider the features available to you in the whole system.
So I think the question only becomes meaningful when you ask, “which manufacturer makes a system which best suits my particular photographic needs?”
Now since this is meant to be a beginner FAQ for users of Canon EOS cameras I’m not going to get into a long discussion about the merits of drawbacks of each manufacturer. But I will mention a few points to consider.
Do you want to buy a new film and a new digital camera which can use the same lenses? If so, Canon, Sony and Pentax are currently your choices. (Sony support the lens format developed by Minolta for their film cameras) Nikon have dropped nearly all their film-related cameras and products. Of course, you can still buy tons of incredibly good second hand Nikon cameras and lenses, so this may not be a huge issue for the time being.
Do you want to be able to use both manual-focus and autofocus lenses on the same camera? If so, many modern Nikon cameras (though not their cheaper models) fit the bill. Canon’s old manual-focus system (eg: the FD-mount series of cameras) is not compatible with its autofocus system (the EOS series of cameras).
Do you want to buy affordable fast and quiet lenses with ultrasonic motors or image stabilization? If so, Canon is your better choice. Nikon sell lenses containing such technology but only really expensive ones. Sony take a different approach and include image stabilization in the camera body rather than the lens.
Do you have specialized requirements such as the need for interchangeable finders or fully compatible macro bellows or high-capacity film backs? If so, Nikon is probably a better choice.
Do you want a really lightweight camera? Canon’s low-end SLR gear is some of the lightest around.
Do you have a good friend or relative with lots of camera equipment? If so, and they’re willing to lend you it from time to time, you should probably get the same system that they use. They can also be a valuable resource when you have questions and problems.
Do you want to start out with cheaper products and slowly build up the system with time? If so, Canon's a good choice since they sell cheap, midrange and expensive gear that’s all compatible.
And of course there are many other things to consider. If you’re interested to know some of the reasons that I personally chose the Canon EOS system, have a look at my article on the topic.
Really, though, it comes down to personal choice. Make a list of the type of features you need to suit your photographic requirements and work out a basic budget. Go to a camera store. Check out the various cameras and lenses that fit that budget and decide if they feel right for you. Play with the camera controls - do they make sense to you? Does the camera grip feel comfortable? Does the maker offer the equipment you want at prices you can afford?Credits