"Don't think camera, think lens"
I've owned dozens of cameras - most of them acquired during the digital age. Without any doubt, the best images I have produced were taken through the best lenses.
Digital camera bodies are constantly improving. Buy a new camera body today and it will be superseded in a month or two. Lenses are also improving but at a far slower rate. I bought my best standard lens three years ago and it still gives me top notch results which I can enlarge to barn door size if need be.
Which is the best? The most you can afford - lenses are like that - you get what you pay for. Which make? Obviously it depends on whether you already have experience with a particular manufacturer but it's worth checking to see whose are earning the industry awards - www.tipa.com
The other question that needs to be considered is what type of new camera should you buy? Generally speaking, cameras fall into three categories - Compact (including mobile phones}, Bridge and DSLR.
Not in the UK?
Here are some Compact Cameras at Amazon.com
Not in the UK?The term bridge can be interpreted as a step towards the serious enthusiast or professional camera which is the -
Here are some Bridge Cameras at Amazon.com
DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex). So named because in the days of film, an SLR camera enabled the photographer to view the subject via a mirror and a set of prisms through the same lens used for taking the photograph and could therefore see exactly what was "in the frame".
An important point to look for - although a DSLR may sound complex at first, many come with presets which make them just as easy to learn with as a compact, so there's no need to be put off.
Not in the UK?
Here are some DSLR Cameras at Amazon.com
What do I use? I look for quality of build and performance, leading edge technology with ease of use, value for money; and most of all - I like to travel light.
Final thought - "Don't be misled by the MegaPixel Race". All of today's digital cameras have enough pixels to produce superb photographs.
To recall the favourite saying in the TV comedy series "The Rag Trade" - for those of us who remember it - Never mind the Quality, feel the Width; or in this case -
"Never mind the pixels, feel the glass."
Which lenses are right for you? Here's a superb book that will provide the answers - Lenses for Digital SLRs: The Complete Guide
If you have unanswered questions about your next new camera - please ask them in the comment section below or contact me.
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