The questions of “which camera should I buy”, “how to choose a camera” is the questions of those who are passionate about photography and confuse those who are going to buy a camera for the first time or switch from a compact camera to DSLR. Even the DSLR entry level has dozens of models in itself, it contains many different features. As the name implies, “they will buy it for the first time”, which of these features is good and which is not necessary, they do not have much idea. In this article, which of the entry level DSLR models should we choose, we should look at what features are available or not. We will try to find answers to such questions.

Determine Your Model According To The Budget, Not The Budget By Machine Model

Whether it is a hobby or to transform it into a profession, the first thing you need to pay attention to is to choose the machine with the best features that will not force your budget but can be taken into the current budget. We can say that these equipment has no end. New models are constantly being produced with the developing technology. Some of these are really the latest products of the technology and appeal to professionals with all the features, while others are the entry level models that are presented to the market with a few features that seem to be renewed only on sales.

The first thing you should pay attention to on the how to choose a camera is the level of features you will use the most. For example; You shouldn’t have a megapixel obsession, because every machine is now producing 20 megapixels and above. However, these resolutions do not reflect exactly, or you may not be able to achieve full performance by shooting in automatic mode without knowing manual settings. In the beginner level DSLR models, the shutter speed, the number of shots, the body structure, the battery life, the ISO range, the LCD display features, the Video features and derivatives are almost all the same. It is sufficient to have basic features such as 30s to 1/4000 shutter range, 100 to 12800 ISO range, 3fps and above shots number, 9 and above sharpness point, movable LCD screen in an entry level DSLR machine that you can get on average. Recently produced entry-level DSLR models are presented to the market with features such as touch LCD, remote control via Wi-Fi, social media direct sharing etc. or 4k video features. If it won’t shake your budget, of course, these features will also benefit.

how to choose a camera

But none of them will contribute to photography in terms of technique and quality. The other features such as shutter speeds that I have mentioned are present in almost every DSLR currently produced and are produced in models that can take pictures in more seconds with more sharpness points. But let’s not forget that these DSLR models are the beginner level. In other words, it is enough for you to take a snapshot between 30 seconds and 1/4000 snapshots, to have the general features that will allow you to grasp the shutter, learn about its relationship with the aperture, and the effect of ISO in photography, and this is present in almost all of them.

In other words, instead of getting the latest model of the entry level machines, you can take the two previous models and spend the price difference between accessories such as lens or tripot control. Remember, you will want to replace your DSLR camera at this level without a maximum of 1 or 2 years. Why would you pay too much money for the machine that you will replace in vain?

Here are some of the models I can recommend for “How to choose a camera” from Canon and Nikon bodies, which are the entry level on the market right now:

  • Canon 100D
  • Canon 1300D
  • Canon 700D
  • Nikon D3300
  • Nikon D5300

Which Lenses Should I Choose?

how to choose a lens

You have determined your machine body and we finisihed the “how to choose a camera” part. Now it is as much as the machine body, and in some cases, in the selection of our lens, which is more important than the body and affects our image quality. Bodies are generally sold as a set with lenses such as standard 18-55, 18-105, 18-135, which we call KIT. These lenses are known for their affordable price and easy portability. However, it is a different type of lens, which is generally standard in quality and sometimes mediocre compared to other lenses, but with unexpected results when technical and usage skills are added. Generally, you will feel the need to buy this lens and sell it as soon as possible and buy new lenses.

In the forums, you admire the lenses of the Luxury series that you hear on social media and set up dreams to get it. So, getting those lenses does everything? First of all, many lenses do not give full performance in many bodies, and many bodies do not provide performance and quality results with some lenses. It is worth recalling: You are a beginner DSLR owner and prefer to choose equipment according to your budget.

Many features of lenses such as aperture, IS anti-vibration, USM fast focus etc. are the technical factors that increase the prices of the lenses. But you don’t need many of these at the beginning. For example; It would be illogical to buy 70-200mm F2.8 IS USM II by taking full care of your 650D body. Instead, you can get much more affordable lenses such as Sigma 70-300mm, Tamron 70-300mm, Canon 70-300mm and Nikon 70-300mm. Or you don’t need to get 50mm f1.2 directly at the beginning to learn depth of field. The 50mm f1.8 STM will do your job well.

Budget Friendly Lens Recommendations

Beginner wide angle, zoom lenses: Sigma 18-250, Tamron 18-200, Canon 18-135, Nikon 18-105

Ultra wide-angle lenses: Canon 10-18, Tamron 10-24, Tokina 11-16

Portrait lenses: Canon 50mm 1.8 STM, Nikon 50mm 1.8D, Canon 85mm, Nikon 85mm

Tele Zoom lenses: Canon 55-250, Canon 70-300, Nikon 55-200, Nikon 70-300

Macro lenses: Canon 60mm, Canon 100mm, Nikon 105mm, Nikon 60mm

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May your light be bright. Stay healthy.

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