Introduction to DSLRs, Things to Know Before You Buy

September 15, 2015, In: Tech

Regardless of whether you want to buy a camera for your own entertainment or if you want to become a professional photographer, DSLRs are always the best option. With price ranges to fit almost any type of budget and with a variety of advantages that will help you shoot photos that are truly beautiful, these cameras are a great investment no matter how you look at it.

What are the most important things to know before you buy a DSLR, though? Read here and find out more:


The Type of Photography

As you may know it, there are multiple types of photography you can practice – from wedding photography to landscape photography. It is important to know what you plan to do with your camera because it might influence the quality of the pictures you will take with it. Even more, there are certain types of photography where it may be smarter for you to choose something with extra-features. For example, you might want to choose a camera with recording capacities if you plan on shooting photos at weddings.

Even more, it is important that you know what you plan on doing with your camera if you want to be sure a DSLR is right for you. For example, if you only plan on shooting photos while you are on vacation and if you are not keen on taking the most “artistic” and high quality photos, you may want to reconsider your options, especially if you don’t want to carry a DSLR with you.


What You’ll Need

My suggestion is to buy a lens that is different to the kit lens. Often the lenses that come with cameras are broad range, and aren’t particularly good at anything. A jack of all trades, kind of lens. If you’re buying a dSLR for a particular type of photography, it makes sense to get one or two lenses – at least – that excel in the type of photography you’re interested. Whether you’re getting Nikon Lenses or another broad, it pays to shop around online as you can snag yourself a real bargain and potentially save a lot of money. For lenses, I don’t really suggest buying them secondhand as you don’t know how the previous owner has cared for them, and a poorly cared for lens is almost worthless!

Taking Care of Your Camera

Before you buy a DSLR camera, make sure you are fully aware of the things you have to do for its maintenance. Although these cameras may appear very sturdy, they do have their sensitivities and you should take the time to know them. This way, your camera will last for a very long time and it will provide you with the opportunity of shooting truly beautiful photos many years from now.


Price Tag

Unfortunately, DSLR cameras are not very cheap. There are great cameras that fall in the affordable range of prices (such as $400-$500, for example) and there are cameras that are extremely expensive. When compared with other types of cameras though, DSLRs tend to be pricier. Of course, the price tag comes with a lot of benefits (including the fact that you can do a lot of amazing things even with a low-priced DSLR by purchasing extras that enhance it). However, if you are on a tighter budget, you should be at least aware of the fact that DSLRs are not the cheapest types of cameras out there. A good mid range option is the Nikon D7100 .

Of course, there are many other things you should know before making such a purchase. In the end though, the decision pertains entirely to you. DSLRs are amazing when it comes to how they help you shoot stunning photos and they can be a great investment both for hobbyists and for professionals. Before you hit the “buy” button though, please make sure you inform yourself on the different models available and on which one would suit you best!)



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