Buying Digital SLR Cameras


If you’re buying a digital slr camera, there’s a couple of things to consider. The web isn’t necessarily the best place to buy one, it may appear to be cheaper, but the problem can come if the camera goes wrong. It’s gotta be a lot easier to walk into a friendly camera shop and talk to someone than have an email conversation with china. So you set foot inside the shop, what should you look for next? people always say to me should i buy
nikon or a canon, well i’d say buy whatever suits you best there’s really
nothing to choose between them, but also don’t write off the other
manufacturers like sony and pentax and sigma, they all make great cameras, one of the first things to look at is
whether the camera suits you, does it fit in your hand, does it feel
comfortable? This little Nikon for example is is absolutely delightful, perhaps a trifle small for me. This canon is comparable camera and I’d probably say the same thing. I’m big, it’s not that good, I might find it fiddly. But if you had small hands like Jayne, how would you get on with a brute like that? It might be just too much for you. The best thing about coming to a shop is you can pick the camera up, and you can try it. Act like a woman in a dress shop, try everything and then go back to the
first one probably, but you can at least take it in the street, fire a few frames, twiddle with buttons and decide if you like it. The other thing to think about is mega pixels, everybody is chasing mega pixels but you don’t necessarily need too so long as you got at least eight you can print pictures sort of yay big. If you’re going into twenty mega pixels and super sized stuff, are you printing in feet or inches? most people don’t print their pictures at all. If you’re buying a digital slr i would say there’s probably one or two other goodies you might want to go with
it as well. Chances are your cameras going to come
with a lens as part of the kit, but for most people the next thing
they’ll buy after buying a camera are some more lenses. The focal lengths you need to cover, anywhere from ten out to about two or possibly three hundred millimetres, this ten to twenty millimetres sigma is a fantastic lens, wide lenses you can do some great, dramatic shots by getting in close to things and using lots of foreground, if you’re buying some lenses make sure you you get a lens hood with it, this little scolopy looking thing here it acts a bit like your hand over your eyes on a sunny day, I don’t know if you can see but my eyes are probably going into a bit of shade if I do that, that’s what it’s doing for your lens. If you can keep the sun of your glass, your pictures will be much brighter, vibrant and you won’t get the little boo, boo,boo,boo,boo of lens clear going across them. This is a dedicated macro lens, it’s for close-ups. There’s a whole new world of exciting things when you’re getting really really close. It will allow you to focus sort of that far away and blowing things up massive. The longer focal range here , this one’s a seventy to three hundred
millimetre lens, it’s a quite a powerful zoom, this will allow you to do all sorts of things like get stuff that’s far away in closer but you can also play around with
perspective with a longer lens, you can blur backgrounds, you can do all sorts of exciting stuff with long lenses. If you notice if I can get the, there we go, the lens hood off, this one doesn’t have the scolopy bit, like the wide angle one, these scolopy bits are to make sure you don’t get black edges to your pictures because if it was that sort of length all the way around it would encroach on the image, but with a long lens that ain’t going happen. A flash gun is well worth considering as well, a proper flash gun, one that sits on the top of the camera, you can swivel the head around you can bounce all the light about. why would you want to do that? well the little flash on the front of the
camera it’s fine, it’ll get you out of trouble but it’s a tiny tiny light source and it’s gonna wush straight at you like that, it’s a bit stark, it’s a bit harsh. With either of these flash guns it’s a Nikon and that’s a Canon but you could by or anything else for that matter a Pentax or anything else for that matter. You can turn the flash head around, you can bounce the light of the walls, you can do all sorts of very useful things, you’re also far less likely to get red eye with one of these, because the flash is a bit higher above the lens,
if you imagine the lens was down there the further away your flash is from the lens, the less chance you have of getting red eye. Lens cleaning cloth, I nearly forgot to mention it, wiping your lens on your t-shirt is not a good idea, because what will happen is you’ll put smeary greasy marks on there, clean bright lenses mean, clean bright pictures, get yourself a lens cloth. And finally filters, there are millions of filters out there which you
can do all sorts of things with, there’s probably only I guess a couple that I’d be really interested in. One is a polarizing filter, these are great for darkening skies and increasing the contrast. You can remove reflections and things like that with a polarizer. You pop it on the front, you rotate the glass on the front of the lens and you can actually watch the effect happening, these work best if the suns at about forty-five degrees over your shoulder. Don’t leave the polarizer on your camera though because they cut light out, they make things quite dark so you could find you’re getting some rather low exposures if you’re leaving it on. A grad filter, like this is a very very useful tool for
darkening the sky. If you’ve got a bright bright sky it
might just wash out and go completely milky in your picture. By using one of these babies you can line it up over the image with this gridation part here over the sky and it’ll darken the sky. Photoshop can’t do everything you have
to have dater there in the first place and a grad filter can help you do it. The other one, if I can find it is the u-v skylight filter, now there’s an endless debate about these things. They’re great for protecting the glass
of your lens, but that’s about all they do to be honest, personally i never ever use them. My thought is, why spend all that money on a beautiful lens with all those rare coatings and then shove a bit of glass over the front of it, it’s a bit like photographing through a
window. However some people will disagree with
me, personally I prefer to rely on the lens hood. If you’re starting out I’d say these are probably the only accessories that you should really need to consider buying,
you’ve got to learn to walk before you can run, and I think all of these can help you do
it.

100 Replies to “Buying Digital SLR Cameras”

  1. You can use any camera provided it has a large enough file size (check iStock's requirements) The most important thing is your skills as a photographer. Also check to see what kind of images sell the best and shoot accordingly.

  2. This video will come in handy when I buy my first DSLR, moving up from my bridge camera. Thanks for this. Favourited.

  3. Hello Mike… I found your channel a week ago and I must say that you are have become my favorite. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and taking time to create these great tutorials.

    Regarding this video… could it be possible to create a second part to discuss the pros and cons of crop and full sensor cameras?

  4. Don't know for sure but I expect it's down to cost. Top end DSLR £5000 – top end satellite camera £50,000. This isn't fact just a guess.

  5. Just love the comment at 1:16… "act like a woman in a dress shop" You must have been shopping with my wife.

  6. Ah Ha – I missed those. There's a film about choosing a tripod at /watch?v=CW_mb2yNm9Y – but to be honest I've never given much thought to memory cards. I once used an expensive (fast) one which a friend lent me but didn't notice any difference in my camera's performance.

  7. hi mike very informative video, im going from a luminx which broke, to a canon eos 600d would you recommend this as a good place to start the entry into dslr thanks phil

  8. Hi Phil. Sorry – I've never used a 600D and don't know anything about them. But all DSLRs take great photos. As I said in the vid – the important thing is to find one you like. Search some forums etc and see what 600D owners are saying about theirs.

  9. Hello mike, I went to the shop to buy D5200, But only because of this video about choosing Cams, I opted Sony A57 over D5200 only because of easy to use, grip and some fantastic features specially when m doing Manual Focus 🙂 Hope i havnt made a mistake please correct me if m wrong 🙂 Plus they provided Prime Lens 50mm f1.8 for free with Sony A57. Price was the same as of D5200. Thanks in advance

  10. Thank you. Well done for taking the time to find something you like because YOU like it – rather than buying on someone else's say so. Sony make great cameras and because you like it you're more likely to explore and experiment with it – which is how you'll learn new things and get experience.

  11. One tip regarding lens cloths. Microfibre cloths come in packs of 3 from poundland and are perfect for using to clean your lens.

  12. Hi Mike,have you wrote a blog or anything like that telling your story of what inspired you to get into photography? I like many other people that watch your videos would love to know your story, like your first photography job, if you we're nervous and what you did conquer those nerves..I Think it would help a lot of people hearing your experiences as you seem to be a down to earth regular guy and not like some professional photographers I'v met…Would be very interesting 🙂

  13. It's a real shame, now Jessops has gone there is only one old little film photography shop left here in Brighton. The only other place you can buy a new DSLR here is at Curry's and PC World. Sad, very sad.

  14. Doesn't the uv filter or clear glas filter protect the lens front glas. Every time you wipe the lens you remove some of the coating on it, right?

  15. It does protect the glass if you think you might bang it against something – but having a uv filter on is like taking a picture through a window. It won't help image quality. Lenses are tougher than you think and can put up with quite a lot of punishment. I've never scratched or damaged the glass of a lens in 20 years as a pro and I don't even put the lens cap on. I do keep a lens hood on though. You won't remove any coatings by cleaning the lens.

  16. Thank you lakshmi Karthik Kudaravalli . Please help us spread the word by 'liking' 'G+ing', sharing on Facebook etc

  17. Hey I have a question, we're already in 2013 no offense, but can we still use this guide? I mean are there no changes in technology about what and what not to get?

  18. No worries. Yes you can because it's still more important to find a camera you like that makes sense to you than to worry about brands etc. But the most important thing is to learn about light and composition – then you can take awesome photos with any camera – even phones because the camera won't take great pictures, it'll only do what the photographer tells it.

  19. In 3:17 u moved focus rign in Auto mode. It's not good for this sigma 70-300 dg. U should change to Manual first.

  20. Hi Simon. I'm sorry but as a photographer rather than a camera retailer I have no idea what's available on the market at the moment so I'm not the best person to advise you. However all cameras take great images these days – it's the photographer's skills with light and composition which make for great pics. And that I can help with when you watch our tutorials. As for the camera this video might help – /watch?v=uBQkozxzVUQ

  21. Excelente, i will love to have someone like you when i go to a store bying my equipments =)

  22. Hi Mike , Just found your videos having watched thousands of others which are quite annoying at times and to me come across as very condescending i.e. those two Japanese guys and the grey haired American who's idea of the best way to cleaning your sensor is to breath onto it ???? :-z
    Anyway it is a breath of fresh air ( no pun intended to the last guy ) to learn from not only a great British photographer but one who talks common sense for a change !
    Cheers mate 🙂

  23. hey sorry for bothering u again but i am rly confused xD i got a 2600 riyals budget that means around 425 uk pounds ,, i rly like to shoot landscapes and Portrait so any advises ?? …….. this video made me more confused xD (rly need ur advise) 

  24. Thanks for the best photography videos on YouTube Mike. I would like to point out megapixels are important if, like me, you are in to macro or nature photography, as they allow you to 'blow up' images whilst maintaining a decent resolution. Nearly all my bird shots are cropped.

  25. I have a question, so a 8 mega pixel camera will be good as the 14 or the mega pixel doesn't mind it's all about the lens ?

  26. Please, can you suggest some camera models that aren't expensive and of course, suitable for a beginner??? 

  27. I am looking for a camera. My budget is under 500 US dollars, and I would be using this camera mostly for shooting all kinds of photos, learning and improving photography, and recording high quality videos for youtube uploading, and other uses. I have looked over many dslr cameras, and since I want both a photography camera, and a video camera, a dslr looks like my best bet. I am looking at the Nikon d3200, as it is under my price point, has a great 24 megapixel sensor, and shoots full hd video. I have read a ton of reviews on this camera and it looks like a good camera for me. The only thing that I am worried about, is it looks like it is a camera for more the beginner/someone who wants good pictures and is not a photographer. I am worried I am going to outgrow this camera in a short amount of time, and want more advanced things. Because of the amount of user guides and tutorials built into the camera, I feel like I would grow bored/outgrow the camera very quickly

  28. @Mike Browne  Hello Mike ,  I have been practicing my photography skills on my friends DSLR's on several occasions (don't own any yet) … I am not a pure beginner  , I am an ethousiast .  And now I want to buy one , but I wonder what camera to go for  in terms of budget and durability . I am interested in buying a Nikon SLR    but I need a camera that I can grow with , and keep for a good while without outgrowing it very quickly. I have been hesitating between the D3300  (cheapest) ; D5300 and the D7100. Based on what I have mentionned above I am thinking to buy the D7100 because of its very good contruction and speed , and for the lenses I think I will be buying more lenses overtime as i develop my photograpy skills. I know many photographers  recommend to buy cheaper body and focus most of the money on the  lenses which is true ; but I need you to help me choose a camera (between the D3300, D5300&D7100)  on which I won't only improve my skills but also something that I can grow with and keep for a good amount of time .  pls Help me to find the right camera that combines budget and durability .Thank you for your advice.

  29. Hello Mike,

    I am looking to buy DSLR but bit confused which one to buy because of lots of options being available in the market.

    Here I would like to add that I like taking photos of my family and kids at home (including portraits), indoor photography, family trips to another city or country (holidays) , day outs, school functions, kids sports, friends get-together etc.
    I would love to take blurred background pictures which is my favorite part.

    I am not much into wild photography, architecture, etc.

    Should I buy DSLR Camera and Lens in one go instead of buying them separately?

    I am thinking of buy eitehr Nikon 18-105mm or 18-200mm lens. Not sure which lens to buy! and would that be worth to buy these zoomed lens keeping in view my above photography priorities! Or should I go for prime lens?
    And also not sure which camera body to buy?

    My budget is approx. $1200  (£750).

    Thank you in advance for your time and comments.

    Amateur Photographer

  30. I don't know about the other manufacturers but Canon are terrible when it comes to supplying lens hoods with their lenses. Unless you're buying one of their top line 'L' series lenses which come with a hood then you're stuffed because they don't supply lens hoods for their other lenses as standard but as an optional extra. Don't buy this optional lens but shop around for compatible hoods from other manufacturers and you'll save yourself quite a bit of money.

  31. Gifted teacher. Simply explained.  Easy to learn.
    Thank you Mike for making these videos available to all of us.
    It would have taken me years to research and learn what you teach through your instructional videos.
    I am grateful to you for the time you took to put these videos together.
    I will continue to watch and to pass them on to others.
    Cheers.

  32. Hello again sir.Hope you are doing good. I'm planning to buy a canon 700D/nikkon D5200 which comes with a 18-55mm and 55-210mm lens. Should I invest extra on the lenses or is the default lenses good enough? Also are there any other tips I should keep in mind other than the ones on the video?

  33. We know that mobile phones and tablets take some excellent photographs, but I find it kind of sad that fewer
    people are using cameras.
    We were in the Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds at the weekend, and there was a small wedding group in the gardens
    with everyone (about a dozen) taking photos of the couple. Not one was using a camera.
    It seems that most people are happy with a mobile phone shot, they can share with friends via social media. …. …… …… (AKA Alan Radley)

  34. Well, you got me. After shooting film for all these years and watching your videos, I just ordered a nice little used Nikon DSLR. I'm blaming you Mike!!!! But I think I just might like it. 😉

  35. By the time I buy a plane ticket to go to a state that has a camera shop, I no longer have money to buy the camera itself. 🙁

  36. The "Thunk" The Sigma 70-300 does when zoomed out is really distinctive, could have told you the lens without looking. OR I know it so well because it zooms itself out when carried; so I'm always winding it back in. It's a great addition to begin with though.

  37. (Alan)
    Even after 6 years this is still a good video. I'm out tomorrow to invest in a new camera and lens.
    I could buy online and save a couple of hundred pounds, but I prefer to go to a good camera shop
    and get advice from someone who knows what they are talking about. Not a shop which also sells
    computers, TVs and washing machines. 🙂

  38. My first time watching video of your channel. I find it very interesting, simple and explained clearly. Can you do video of tips when buying secondhand dslrs, meeting the buyer. What should you look out for?

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