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My Story

I am an amateur photographer who immensely enjoys the feel of a real camera in my hand. The sense of satisfaction I get from a well-taken photograph is hard to beat. There is nothing like taking a picture and, when the picture is reviewed, it looks just as the eye sees the subject of the photograph.

I’m also a United States Air Force Desert Storm veteran. I was a Communications/Radio Navigation/Electronic Warfare specialist on the FB-111A and F-111E aircraft. I am a “techie” at heart, drilling down to the technical aspects of electronic equipment to find out which is “better.” I’m usually reading a photography magazine or a technical manual about the most recent piece of equipment I may get. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m no “Scotty” when it comes to the deep down things, but I do have enough of an understanding to be able to intelligently do a “stare and compare” between two pieces of equipment and make the best choice. I do make mistakes, but I try REAL hard not to make them.

When I first ventured into the world of the camera, film was still around. My very first 35-mm SLR camera was one my parents bought for me from J C Penney for Christmas before I went off to England for a 3-year long tour while in the Air Force. I had very little photography experience. While in England, I caught the photography “bug.” I became fascinated by the effect on the photographs the different settings on the camera would have. Of course, I went through a LOT of film for which I’m very grateful for DSLR cameras today.

But, I was confused. I kept hearing from other airmen on base how I should have gotten a (insert brand name here) camera because they (insert reason here). Weren’t all cameras the same? I very shortly found out they weren’t! That’s when I started digging….

Why do I want to help you and what is my goal?

I want to make sure no one has to go through the learning curve I had to as an amateur photographer. I want to make sure you understand what a piece of equipment does and how it functions in terms EVERYONE understands. If you understand what a piece of equipment does, then you can make an informed, intelligent buying decision. Why pay a huge price for a piece of equipment you won’t be able to use? If you’re able to make an informed, intelligent buying decision then you will be able to use your equipment to its fullest advantage.

If you have any questions or need a hand, then feel free to leave them below and I, or one of my photography friends, will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best!

Loyd

www.thephotograpjyfreak.com

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked this question. My answer, since I’ve gotten to know more about them, sounds remarkably like a camera salesperson: “What will you be using the camera for?”

Canon vs. Nikon digital cameras … Amateur or Professional?

Okay…I hear you… There are a plethora of questions to answer before you can say “THIS ONE!”  Let’s face it… Both pieces of equipment are great! However, are you a professional photographer, or, like me, an amateur? This is where the rubber meets the road. Most professional photographers like to have their settings where they can manually adjust them. They wish to control the amount of light getting through the lens, or even if the subject has the proper color temperature of light on them. Is the subject of the photograph properly back lit? What kind of ISO is to be used? Questions like these are going to be asked by a professional photographer. Whereas, an amateur like me, will whip out the camera to take a picture of something they see in an instant. I don’t have time to get all that set up in the camera! Point and shoot!!!

What’s the difference between Canon and Nikon?

The difference is in how you use the camera. Are you the “point and shoot” or do you take time with the settings to tweak the photograph? The point and shoot people rely a lot on the automatic settings already on the camera. They want to have the internal settings already there when the dial is turned to a particular mode. Both Canon and Nikon have a manual setting on their cameras and you can experiment all you want, but if your subject is fast moving, do you have the time? No, you don’t. Hence, the automatic mode is normally selected.

Sports photographers have to have a high speed shutter and a very fast exposure to capture those “moments” on the court or the field. There’s a setting for that as well. These people usually favor the Canon EOS Rebel products because they are built for the “point and shoot” crowd.

The other side of the coin is the professional side. Lighting levels and color temperature are selected, proper exposure levels are set and everything is set just so. Let’s get the settings just right for the “optimal” picture. The professionals normally use Nikon products as Nikon has been catering to the professionals for decades. But, Canon has some power packed products aimed at the professionals too. Some pros have even made the switch over to Canon because of the power of the Canon 7D model.

But here’s the biggest difference of all… check this out… it’s not the camera… it’s the person BEHIND the camera that makes the biggest difference of all.

Canon vs. Nikon … NOW WHAT?!?

Now that I’ve thoroughly muddied the waters and you’re more confused than ever, now I can talk to you… the camera, lenses, lighting kits, and all the other equipment are just TOOLS. Since they are just tools, it only makes sense the person who is using the tool makes the difference. After all, who would you want to paint the roof of the Sistine Chapel? Michelangelo, or just someone off the street? Of course, you want the professional. But how did they get so good at what they do? Simple, really… practice, practice, practice. HOWEVER, I’m digressing here. This post isn’t about the photographer. It’s about the equipment.

Canon and Nikon … Finally!!!

I had to qualify everything before I could tell you what I’m about to say. The best camera for you is one that fits your budget and once you’ve bought it how much you’re willing to learn about it and work with it. The better you know your tool, the better photographer you will be.

For the “point and shoot” crowd, such as myself, I recommend the Canon EOS Rebel products because they are more suited to that type of photography. It’s also the best fit for a lot of pocketbooks.

For the “I want to mess with the settings” crowd, both products will do but be prepared for a bit of a sticker shock with Nikon. Canon has more expensive products as well (the 7D) as Nikon does so don’t spend more than you can afford or are willing to learn about.

Canon and Nikon … The Heart of the Matter

Remember the key principles you should use:

  • Do I want to mess with the settings or “point and shoot”?
  • What will I use the camera mostly for?
  • What will the subject of my photography mostly be? Sports, portraits, landscapes, moments?
  • Am I setting myself up as a professional or is this just a camera I can leave on “auto” mode?
  • How much am I willing to work with, and learn, about my equipment?
  • And finally, what am I willing to spend?

Remember to follow the principles above. They will help you to “…choose wisely!” Okay, okay…bad Indiana Jones reference there…