From David George via www.davidgeorgephotography.net with permission.
Over the time of this and other sites I get questions concerning the best equipment and what do I use.
First things first. The best equipment depends on what and how you are going to shoot. The biggest myth is more megapixels the better. Sales hype and anyone tells you different has not done their due diligence. Megapixels have no bearing on the quality of the image. It has to do with resolution for printing images. The two are not the same. I am not going to get into a major discussion but look at the portraits of people especially women and they do not want every nook and cranny or hair showing. One reviewer put it best. If you want the whistles and bells buy the D7100 (24mp) but if image quality is important, buy the D700 (12.1).
As photographers image quality is the most important thing other than getting the shot. Remember that. If you think shooting images that are just good enough is ok, then you are not good enough and certainly not a true photographer. Image quality is king.
If you are going to shoot family gatherings and just once in a while something else your cell phone is probably good for that part. I am and have been for years a Nikon shooter. I started out with Ricoh, then Pentax and then Canon. It was a progression up to Canon. Then too many failures. I went to Nikon and have not look back.
I currently shoot with a Nikon D700, D300 and a D70s. So before I get asked. No this is not the original D300. I did sell it but I have replaced it. I wanted a good APS-C sensor camera and it is hard to beat that one for my purposes.
I have a couple of bags, one Nikon and one Tamarac. I have several lenses. All Nikon. I have a ring flash that acts like a full time light if I need it. I have two manual cable releases, both Nikon, one is the -30 and the other is the -30A. I use Manfrotto Tripods and a multitude of other items. The cards are all CF which I prefer. I have the D70s instead of a D50 because of the card. I have one 16gb card, two 8gb cards and the rest are 4gb and one 2gb. At this time I have 14 cards. I try to keep my equipment multi useful. All my cameras use the same cards and batteries. It makes life easier and more cost effective.
The new mirrorless cameras are not my cup of tea. All I hear about their quality is that it is good enough. Then it is not. They have their place do not get me wrong. I hear all kinds of reasons and pseudo reasoning but in reality they are limited. I was out shooting at dusk and keep seeing a light show up a little ways away. The birds that landed left as soon as the light went off. My curiosity got the best of me. I went over there and it was a woman taking or trying to take images with a new mirrorless camera. They have no viewfinder. That is an issue with me as my Nikons due and they have a diopter for correcting vision errors. Try that looking at the bright screen to see what you are shooting and if it is in focus. As we age having to verify focus by looking at the camera back with the bright light is not always a good thing., Just the shock alone can keep you from finishing the shot That is what was happening to the woman trying to use that camera. It cost almost 900.00 usd. She would have been better off with a 200.00 point and shoot. However as said those cameras do take some nice images although saying a 4/3 sensor which is about half the size of the APS-c gets as good of images as a full size sensor is a joke. I have nothing against the technology but keep it real and do not by the hype by some so-called experts even photographers who are being paid to review and endorse products. They need to say they are a company salesman and get over it.
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