Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Equipment reviews

I regularly get asked questions about which lens or camera is the best. As with everything you buy there are two prime things to consider ie your budget and quality.

A third question also has to be asked. Why do you want this new piece of equipment? Be honest. There's no shame in admitting its because you want the latest gadget. Personally though there are only two reasons I would buy a new piece of equipment. I need it because it will increase commercial opportunities or because it opens up new creative possibilities.

The easiest place to start is by fixing your budget, the real one, which is always a bit more than you would like to pay but not impossible. The next step is to find the best quality you can buy for your budget, taking into consideration all of your existing kit and things such as compatibility and longevity. One thing though. There is always a new model in the pipeline so if you're waiting for the latest product to come out you'll never buy anything and just because it's not this year's model does not mean that it has suddenly become trash.

Back to the starting point in this article. I don't know about every camera and I don't write reviews but here are a few websites which I've found useful when researching equipment:

If you cannot find what you're looking for here then try Google. You'll be amazed what you can dig up with a little effort.

All the best,
Paul
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