NOT rational advice on choosing a camera!
The first camera should cause awe
That’s right, and nothing else. It does not matter what kind of camera it will be, a mirror or soap box, digital or film, or maybe even a medium format or a range finder. Never mind! The main thing is that the camera rests in the hand. This will be a criterion of how willingly you will pick her up, look at her, look at the world through her. If you like the camera, then you will take it with you, despite the inconvenience of a large weight, bulky size, low battery. If the camera inspires you, you will solve all these minor problems and will photograph more and more. I can advise you: take Nikon. Or Canon. Or Olympus. Or Sony. But you do not listen to me blindly, you come to the store and touch the same camera with your hands. It was the same with me: I just saw Canon and Nikon, and I didn’t like the youngest model of Canon, but I liked the younger model of Nikon, perfectly fit in my hand, and somehow I immediately got along with it.
So I just chose my first SLR camera. At that time I didn’t even have regular Internet to read articles about choosing the first camera. What is there, and there were really no such articles on the Internet! There were only forums on which photo-monsters sat (more about them) and discussed some strange things such as thermal noise, barrel-shaped distortion, noble grain, soapy pictures … But to me, a simple layman, a student who dreams about the first DSLR, all these words were like this as clear as the instructions from the microwave for Nicholas II.
And, you know, I did not regret it at all! Until now, that first camera responds with warm memories, I still do not regret that I had it. Even sometimes thoughts arise, but not whether to find such a used a camera? Just be nostalgic. Since then everything turned out with Nikon, I remained a “Nikonist.” However, over time, my views have expanded, and now I also have Sony NEX, and the bride takes pictures on the Canon 5D mark II. And I clearly understand what their strengths and weaknesses are, and why Nikon is the best choice for me right now. Because he is in the hand!
Because I really like his buttons and control dials, grip, the feel of pressing the shutter button, menu, a huge number of buttons, thanks to which you do not need to climb into the menu. This is only one of the reasons, but very important. Someone more like the ergonomics of Canon, and this is his choice.
Well awe, so what? After all, all cameras are pieces of plastic.
So, but not so. Before buying equipment, ask your friends and acquaintances, hold it in your hands, click the buttons. You will see how different the sensations are between different firms. Do not limit yourself, go to the photo shop and touch modern mirrorless cameras with your hands, try to take a few frames. Watch Sony, Fujifilm, Olympus, touch a watering can and Hasselbrad (well, what if). Some of you will like Olympus’ toys, while others will be impressed by the years-honed features of faceless black professional SLR cameras. Someone will like the Fuji stylized as a rangefinder, and someone will be hooked by the medium format Pentax. And this is normal!
OK OK! I will choose with my heart, but this is not the only criterion?
Indeed, not the only one. In addition to the call of the heart, you need to slightly connect your mind and think about why you will still use the camera more often.
And here a number of limitations come up:
Large SLR cameras are poorly suited for street photos, because they attract a lot of attention. When I shoot on the street with a Nikon D600 and a 24-70 lens, people turn around even on the other side of the road. But it’s worth picking up a Sony NEX with a 16mm pancake lens, as I find myself in an invisible hat. I’m just not there! No one cares about this little camera. In addition, thanks to the folding screen, it does not need to be lifted in the face. You can take pictures from the abdomen by looking at the screen down. And such a pose (so far) does not attract much attention.
If you are in a bohemian (read with a Little Russian accent) party, then the SLR camera may not come in, and the stylish mirrorless in a leather case will give you a sophisticated personality and connoisseur of beauty. Light irony, but there is some truth.
If you are going to make a report (all kinds of banquets, corporate parties), do not console yourself with illusions: a mirrorless mirror will not suit you. You (at least at the end of 2016) still need a classic SLR with good autofocus. My gradation is from the best reporting camera to the worst:
Canon 1DX markII,
Nikon D810 (although in fact it’s not a reportage, but autofocus is good),
Canon 5D mark IV
Canon 5D mark III
Canon 7D mark II
All other cameras are currently unsuitable for high-quality reporting. Also, cameras that are no longer in sale, such as the Nikon D3 and D700, were not included in the list. Canon, from what went out of sale, has no cameras with good autofocus.