On this week’s episode of The Weekly Briefly I’m joined by my former
podcasting partner in crime, Ben Brooks. We talk about (a) what sort
of camera you should buy if you want to upgrade from your iPhone, and
(b) how to increase your chances of snapping a few awesome photos of
friends and family during the holidays (and pretty much any other
I have spent most of my days off since 22nd of December to get through
most of my podcast queue. And this episode have been one of my
favorites, this far.
Shawn Blanc and Ben Brooks talk about buying cameras. I think I agree on
most of what they are saying. But I can’t get aboard on everything. This
is how I think you should get into photography].
Look at all the major players: Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Fuji etc.
Figure out how big or small of a camera you need. Bigger cameras have
larger and better sensors, while smaller are easier to carry.
Find the brand that fit with you. You will be investing in a system.
Everything you buy: body, lenses, flash etc will be for that system.
You can always upgrade the body and keep your stuff later. As long as
you stick with the same system.
Find something you love. Some people pick camera system based on how
they look. And I get it, I do the same with computers, tablets and
phones. But I have always picked cameras after how they feel in my
hand. Canon and Nikon design their system cameras with ergonomics in
their mind. A lot of other brands, don’t.
The most important thing is to pick something you know you will use.
Having a good camera is a great investment. You will get better
pictures. But you won’t get great pictures unless you treat it as a
Things have changed a lot in the last two years. There wasn’t much of a
standard in the mirror-less camp. I have greater confidence in it now. I
would still go for a regular Canon DSLR. But that’s just because I love
Find the system that you think fit you, try to hold different models in
the store, to find the brand that feels right. And then buy the best
lens you can afford. I would recommend starting with a prime; it’s a
great way to learn how to shoot. And then spend the rest of your budget
on the body.
The reason I think you should get a prime is simple. You get more for
the money, compared to a zoom lens. And it enables you to focus on the
[^0): What I mean by “getting into” is having it as your hobby. In other
words: really learn it.