Which Camera to Buy and What Lens to use? The most frequently asked question.


Hey guys, I think we have to change
today’s topic. It’s another one lots of beginners wants to know which
camera to buy and what lens to use Let’s do a video on that now. Let’s
change today’s okay. We’ll do this one another day. Set it up. Lets do that. Apparently 300 hours of content is being
uploaded onto YouTube every minute. A large chunk of it is on photography. In
spite of all that the maximum amount of question that come up is about which
camera to buy and which lens to use. Well if so much of content in the YouTube
cannot solve it then I don’t think I can solve it but yet let me make an attempt.
We live in this digital age like I said and we are spoiled for choices which is
a prime reason why we all get confused in while making a decision because there
are so many options in front of you. When I started out way back in the early 80s,
well obviously there were not YouTube, there was it was not digital at all and
we did not have so many choices. I’m sure all those people who kind of went into
buying cameras during those days will agree that the most common purchase was
a body and one lens which usually is a 50mm. I started out like that
I had one body and one 50mm lens. I used to do wedding photography that was
that’s how I started out my career in photography. We would cover the function,
we will do group shots, we will do close-ups everything using a 50mm lens
and one body, well of course on a film so I had no
options of changing formats and cropping into the sensor etc.
Well everyone including the photographer and the client all were happy people
those days. Let me say start with the crop sensor camera. Resolution doesn’t
matter buy whatever that is that suits your pocket. Okay. It can be 16, 18, 20, 24
whatever, buy it. It is good enough for most of your purposes. We live in an age
where images from a mobile phone can be used in a huge billboard. So you should
not really worry if your camera is an entry-level camera or top-of-the-line
crop sensor camera. In a crop sensor camera what is really failing you is the
kit lens. Well it is made for a price. No manufacturer under the Sun can give you
great optical quality to match the best lenses at a kit lens price. So first
thing if you want to take better pictures
keep the kit lens away or trade in for another lens and which is that lens I
would argue that lens should be 50 mm or thereabouts. So anything from a 40mm to a
60 mm equivalent in a crop sensor camera should be what you should buy but if I
have to pick one lens and that one lens which according to me is a magic lens, it
is not really a popular lens by the way let me admit but I think is extremely
useful and extremely underestimated. So let’s get out onto a shoot and see it
for ourselves how that lens behaves in various situations. So what we are trying
to do today is to catch some candid moments possible, some close-ups using
the camera that we are going to discuss and so for which I am actually going
into my own apartment cuz a lot of things happen in the
evening or children come out to play people go out for a walk and all that
it’s almost like walking into an unknown territory because every day there is
something new happening. Well my boss used to say let’s play it by the year
that’s exactly what you are planning to do today let’s play by the year and of
course what I like beautiful what you do is on one two three just
jump out of the water okay you count yourself and come out hey thank you bye-bye. Thank you. People know Pixel Viilage by the way ah let’s look for a nice close-up this
time. Hey, how are you? Hey we are doing a video, can I take a close-up of you? So we got a nice candid shot, we got a
close-up and now I need to look for that one special shot which only this first lens
can do yes oh yeah I found the stuff can someone pass me the my son’s a small
toy wait so let me place it here. Wow, nice so we got that short too. I think we
should head back to the studio and then sum it up there. Yes I know your question
still remains the same which camera which lens. Well the camera we used for
the shoot and the image is set to use so now are from crop sensor camera from
Nikon called the D5600. The difference was the lens that we chose to use this
is the Nikkor or 40mm f/2.8 G which also is a micro lens. The difference is it’s a
block lens. 40mm effectively acts like a 60 mm. It still is considered to be a
standard lens so this is one camera a crop sensor camera with a standard lens
and you saw how we shot a reasonably good wide candid shot a good close-up
and a micro shot, why, because this also offers micro. The biggest contributor according to me
is the lens, you instantly gained one stop and you’re gonna stay with that
maximum openable aperture of 2.8 very unlike the kit lens aperture options. The
quality of the optics again is a notch higher. Well more than anything you will
also become a little more disciplined in your photography you’ll start using your
legs instead of zooming in and zooming out.
I remember reading at the legendary photographer Ernt Haas saying “The best
zoom are your legs” well I think that’s what we did during this shoot whenever
we needed a wide angle we moved away from the subject whenever we needed the
close-up we walked close to the subject and of course you now have to shoot a
macro let me give you one more example. The greatest photographer the world has
seen Henri Cartier-Bresson walked all across the globe with just a camera and
us in the lens. Well if you read about him you will know how he worked with
just one camera and probably he had many cameras, but he used to work with one
lens and his pictures are still considered to be classics. We need to
learn from people like that instead of worrying about which lens to use and
which camera to use. Ha, before I forget well I know that you will still have
this question what if I am a Canon user or a Sony user or a Fuji user. Yes, you
may not get a macro lens in that range but you will get similar focal lengths
the Canon user can buy the 40 mm pancake the Sony user has a 30 mm and I think
Fuji also has a lens in that same range so don’t worry if you’re a cop sensor
user you are no way inferior to any other photographer. Get that great
quality optics which is in your budget and build that discipline and get those
shots. Bye for now Hope that’ll help people and not confuse
them yeah ha Does it look like lots of questions
about basics in photography. Guys let’s get ready for some basic lessons in
photography back to basics

100 Replies to “Which Camera to Buy and What Lens to use? The most frequently asked question.”

  1. I was planning for a micro four third, Lumix G9 or Lumix GH5, I will be happy to get any suggestions on this or other than these…..
    Hope you can do a video on micro four thirds…..

  2. sir, what is your take on 35 mm lens?
    Is 40 mm is as sharper as 35 mm?
    if i want to buy one prime lens than which one out of this two will be better choice?
    and how is this lens in low light compare to 35 mm as minimum aperture is 2.8?

  3. Halo sir… Nice page and i just are watching the videos.. all are well good and your presenting is more appreciative which is in a normal speed.. one more thing in this video that i noticed and take this time to say about is the car you are using is so neat and well maintained.. i am a little but crazy in vehiclea also..

  4. I have been using this lens for the past 4-5 years and it is certainly my best lens thus far. Superior in many ways to the 35mm f 1.8. I never knew that you considered it a hidden gem as well.

  5. Sir I want to learn cam and photography can you plzz help me.i really like to study from you sir.if you make any work shop then give me an opportunity to learn from you sir

  6. Could we have get a tutorial on manual mode ? I'm using Nikon D5200. So, which ISO to choose over multiple shutter speeds. Mostly forget about the ISO and the end result will be an over exposed or under exposed image. So could you guide us in this scenario?

  7. I'm glad I waited for the video to continue when I heard you say get a 50mm lens for an APS-C camera.
    I thought "hey 50mm would act like a 75mm"! They need to get the 35mm!
    But the 40mm macro lens is really great!

  8. I feel a lot of experience in your teachings. Your delivery is superb, straight to the point. Thanks for the Teachings!!!

  9. Hello !! My budget is 1.3L & offering available to me is 7dm2 crop sensor, 6D & EOS RP.. m confused which to go for? As canon in store guy suggested for RP & he also insisted to first invest in 2 lenses 1. 50mm & 2. 85mm only instead pf camera with 550D (old) bosy. Pls help with few imp differences. My uses are potrait shoot/infant photography & food /ecommerce photo shoot. Pls suggest what to buy first

  10. Which BagPack Should we Buy Sir
    Can U please Share Some Reviews For Us ??
    Its A ''HUMBLE'' Request Sir🙏
    I Am totally Confused About it
    A Photography Student….

  11. Could you suggest a camera and macro lens under 90k INR.
    Later I would like to add wildlife photography also.
    My research suggests sony a6400 or nikon d7500. This is purely based on YouTube reviews.
    Please guide me

  12. Sir . Thanks a lot for the video
    Im planning to buy Nikon 5600 with kit lens 18-140 mm aperture 3.5 to 5.6 . Since I'm interested in portraits shall I go with 50mm 1.8 aperture

  13. Sir, how did you record audio in this video? Is it using an external mic on your phone or something external mic using audio recorder?

  14. My budget is 50000 and i chose dslr for sort film making i chose canon 77d but iam confused wich lence use for it plese help me bro

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  16. A person entering into the hobby of photography starts suffering from terrible GAS. Don't get me wrong, it's Gear Acquisition Syndrome". I too suffered from that. When gained knowledge about the working of cameras, I find an APSC system is just more than enough for hobbyist like me. I'm not going to print extra large bill boards. Maximum size I may rarely need is A3 size. I was skeptical about noise but I have dxo photolab 2 which is the best software in terms of noise reduction.
    I can't buy expensive lenses so why waste my hard earned money on the most expensive camera body for just getting a mediocre quality print?
    I found that by manual focus and zooming the live view, we can achieve terribly sharp images. Further processing of the raw image makes the final photograph a professional quality substance.
    One needs to know the limitations of their gear and overcome it through their technical skills.
    Once upon a time, I demonstrated how we can do night photography using point and shoot without introducing major noise in the final photo. The tiny sensors of these pocket cameras are notorious for making noisy image in low light.

  17. Hello,

    I am confused between Sony alpha a6000 and fujiflims XT 100. I am leaning towards XT 100 as it has articulate screen, newer camera, better lense collections, 4k burst mode, Bluetooth, touch focus etc. But I feel like Sony a6000 has aged well and I really liked the hand on feel and the burst mode is just fantastic. It's as speed is unmatched. I mean even aft 5 years it's still giving a good fight to 2019 camera. I need your suggestions. My requirements is only for still photography and I need Kelvin. Usage is Landscape and low light.

  18. dear sir I want the information about the cheap price all in one lens for mobile phone so i can make picture quality same as professional photographer

  19. Hello Sir…. Can you pls tell me if I had a budget to choose only between a mark 4 5D, and say a 24-70 or a 16-35 or 17-50 all 2.8A, what shud I opt for.. The camera or lens?
    My question basically to understand is… Is it better to Buy a Brand New Camera Body and Buy a 2nd hand Lens? Or vice versa? Coz I have heard that Lenses always stay in good condition and less abused. But a Camera can be? So your advice??

  20. actually I wanted ask you which camera I should buy ? I am was kidding , your vedios is amazing , all my respect to India from Syria

  21. hi….your videos are most inspiring to me as am basic photographer…i would like you to advise me in bird photography . thanks in advance

  22. Sir kindly know about creative lighting techniques while shooting couple shots in a wedding alongwith lens preferences !!! Please Sir kindly assist !!!! Thank you so much …

  23. why i did not watch your video before. really today i am regrating on my decion i was thinking i need good camera and expensive lens for learn and start click photos. i was saving money for buying expensive one..

  24. Dear Sir, For Nikon D5600 Model what are the Prime Lenses Suitable for Sharper and Better images for Portrait, Wedding, landing escape Shots. Is there allrounder prime lense.

  25. Perfect answer i got today… Cleared off with my confusion…. Thanks Sir.. i have been trying to get in touch with your team though..Hard luck..Can't get through

  26. First camera and lens is not a final photography kit. As long as you know photography you start upgrading the kit. All the best

  27. I am about to start my carrier in photography, and this is one of the 1st Youtube channels I refer to for various quests I have in the ocean of photography. Big thank you Mr.Radhakrishnan Ji and Pixel Village team.

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