"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 Buy a new camera body today and it will be superseded in a month or two.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.
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".
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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