Why you don't need expensive cameras (yet)....

Why you don't need expensive cameras (yet)....

One of the most FAQ i got from people is: what camera do you use? Also, what camera should I buy? Well, here are my answers.

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Firstly, what camera do I use?

To be honest with you, I am one of those cheap arse photographers.

Sony A7 I bought this one almost instantly after Sony launched it, and never regret about my decision.  1.Full frame sensor built in a compact body; 2.Fast processor, this comes handy when you take long exposures photos;  3. You can adapt various lenses to it. Funny thing, I have not bought any Sony lens yet since I bought this camera, I will tell you why later. 4. It was cheap. I bought it in China, and the price that I got about two years ago is still cheaper than Australia retail price now. Always do research globally before you buy any product.

Sony A7

I bought this one almost instantly after Sony launched it, and never regret about my decision. 

1.Full frame sensor built in a compact body;

2.Fast processor, this comes handy when you take long exposures photos; 

3. You can adapt various lenses to it. Funny thing, I have not bought any Sony lens yet since I bought this camera, I will tell you why later.

4. It was cheap. I bought it in China, and the price that I got about two years ago is still cheaper than Australia retail price now. Always do research globally before you buy any product.

Nikon Nikkor AIS 28mm F2.8 One of the best Nikon manual lenses ever! Could easily be found on eBay, but I had an amazing deal when I purchased this: a fully functional Nikon Nikkormat film camera body, Nikkor SC 50 f1.4, and this lens for $250 AUD. Get it here

Nikon Nikkor AIS 28mm F2.8

One of the best Nikon manual lenses ever!

Could easily be found on eBay, but I had an amazing deal when I purchased this: a fully functional Nikon Nikkormat film camera body, Nikkor SC 50 f1.4, and this lens for $250 AUD.

Get it here

Laurel Hill, NSW WITH Sony A7+ Nikkor AIS 28 F2.8

Laurel Hill, NSW

WITH Sony A7+ Nikkor AIS 28 F2.8

Helios 58mm 44m-4  Another one that you need to have. A copycat version of Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 2/58. When I say cheap, I mean really cheap. Although the 44m-2 is what I really wanted because of the extra blades, i purchased this one from eBay with about $26 AUD. The resolution is not satisfying 24mp sensor, but I am still really satisfied about the notorious swirling bokeh. Get it here

Helios 58mm 44m-4 

Another one that you need to have. A copycat version of Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 2/58.

When I say cheap, I mean really cheap. Although the 44m-2 is what I really wanted because of the extra blades, i purchased this one from eBay with about $26 AUD. The resolution is not satisfying 24mp sensor, but I am still really satisfied about the notorious swirling bokeh.

Get it here

Helios
tokina 80-200mm f2.8 review Another budget lens, but quite mediocre. I don't really have much to say about the less than $300 AUD F2.8 lens, it does what it does. Get it here

tokina 80-200mm f2.8 review

Another budget lens, but quite mediocre. I don't really have much to say about the less than $300 AUD F2.8 lens, it does what it does.

Get it here

DJI Phantom 3 Advanced  Another Spontaneous purchase, still loving it disregard the CASA regulations.

DJI Phantom 3 Advanced 

Another Spontaneous purchase, still loving it disregard the CASA regulations.

Secondly, what camera should I buy?

Always check these things:

First, how much budget do you have?

Second, what are you going to shoot with it?

Third, do you really need a DSLR/Mirrorless camera? 

My answer is: No, you don't always need a DSLR

As you can see above, I have cut off a lot of my gears, and I am just using the necessaries. Also, a lot of my images I create nowadays were taken with my phone and compact camera which I take everyday with me. 

#iPhoneonly 

#iPhoneonly 

Canon S120

Canon S120

Most people who asked me if they should get a DSLR want a camera for daily use, and when I suggest that they should simply get a compact camera instead, and if they want to get to know more about photography, they should use the budget to invest on books and photography courses. The conversation normally would end right there since people might interpret my answer as insincere, but I reckon it definitely is the best answer.

Moreover, I am not saying all those fancy gears are not worth it, I mean there will be a point where you will need them if you want to treat photography as your career. Then it is mandatory to be prepared.

Best example of this scenario: Matthew Vandeputte (check out his works, he is the best) Whenever I meet this guy, he is always ready for shooting anything: timelapse, Vlog, drone, you name it. This is the point where you need your gears to support you creating the contents that you cannot achieve without them.

So yes, my recommendation will still be: get a compact camera if you just want to take photos for fun. Trust me, they are powerful nowadays! (see this one here )  and don't worry too much about the gears, What is more important to great photos are the mind behind it, not always the gears. 

Last but not least, here is one of my favourite Youtube photography series for you to enjoy.