In my last post I talked about my approach to this hobby and shared the list created from the advice given by my pals on Facebook. Today I am going to focus on step 1, “buy a camera”.
Four days have passed since that conversation and I can honestly say that this has been confusing as hell. It doesn’t seem to matter how many reviews or guides I read, it all seems to come down to one thing. This one is rubbish, get a more expensive one; then once you have it, take off the lens, throw that away and buy several new ones. Oh, and they are also rubbish, unless you get the bloody expensive ones.
- Nikon D5100 – There is so much good about this, not least the brand name, the quality of pictures it takes (apparently) and the healthy 1st & 3rd Party accessory / lens market.
- Canon EOS 600D – This cameras real strength is in producing video, not something I have a lot of interest in to be honest. Still a very capable camera mind.
- Sony A65 – Now, this one is a bit of a wild card. Officially it shouldn’t be in this list, as it is actually a lot more expensive than my budget allows. It is head and shoulders above the others in terms of specs, but about on par (apparently) in terms of picture quality, particularly in low light conditions.
The reason it is here and does qualify is because with my Sony Staff discount, it comes in under budget and so suddenly it is a very strong contender!