I’m SO excited. Our faithful Canon Powershot broke on Halloween, which finally gave me an excuse to retire it and purchase a new camera. Since I’ve been coveting an SLR after seeing too many amazing photos from other bloggers, I promptly started my research on different cameras. With so many choices out on the market, I quickly became a bit overwhelmed. For an indecisive person, too many options can actually be a bad thing. I rethought my strategy and began going through a more systematic process:
1. Entry level, prosumer, or professional? Immediately ruled out the professional models, which had a ton of features that I probably wouldn’t use. Plus they’re super expensive!
2. Price point? Somewhere in the under $1000 range.
3. Brand? Based on tons of reviews and my own experience with point-and-shoot digital cameras, I knew I wanted either a Nikon or Canon. I’ve owned many Canon cameras (both film and digital) so my initial loyalty leaned that way, but Nikon SLRs have an esteemed reputation. I was torn until…
4. Lenses? I had no clue as to how to choose these. However, I learned that a good lens can be even more important than the camera body. A good lens consistently delivers quality photos and can be used for many years, even as you upgrade or change the camera body (assuming you stay with the same brand, I think). Nikon lenses have an awesome reputation for sharpness, color, clarity, and all-around reliability. Ok, now I’m sold.
5. Where to buy? Fortunately, my brother-in-law happened to purchase a dSLR a few months back. He sent me a great spreadsheet organized with information on cameras and accessories with their prices broken down by online stores. I initially planned to purchase everything from Amazon, but ended up with a better deal at Buydig.
After this exhausting but fruitful search, I chose (drumroll)….