Which is the best Camera? Which is the best Lens?
I normally get a lot of clarifications related to Wildlife Photography. 6 out of the 10 questions I get related to Wildlife Photography is this – Which is the Best Camera? Which is the best lens?. I would try and answer that in this article.
The Best DSLR Camera in the world is yet to be made!
– Alvis Lazarus, Wildlife Photographer, India
That’s my quote to the budding photographers. The actual meaning behind that quote is – DSLR world is ever expanding and new photography equipment including camera, lens etc., would keep getting launched and if you decide to find the best, that is a never ending exercise. But, I would say:
The best Camera for you is the Camera which suits you!
So all you have to do is, try and find the camera and lens that suits you the best. The tips below will help you do that.
How to decide which Camera and Lens best suits you?
Now that you are already decided to purchase a DSLR Camera and lens, I assume that you already started photography.
If you haven’t, do read this article: https://wild.photography/how-to-become-a-wildlife-photographer/
What’s your Type of Photography? What do you love to Photograph?
First decide what you wish to photograph – wildlife, people, birds, insects, landscapes, food etc. Once you are clear, you know what type of photography you are into. I’m a wildlife photographer because I love to photograph wildlife. So my prime focus is only wildlife photography; my camera & lens selection will focus only on that.
Photographic Capabilities needed for your Photography
You have to list down all the key functionalities needed on your photography kit. Following examples would help you on this:
- A Bird Photographer definitely needs a 500mm or greater reach lens since birds won’t allow you to get closer.
- An Action Photographer definitely needs at-least 7-9 Frames per second capable camera else he will miss some crucial moments.
- A Landscape Photographer needs a wide angle lens to capture the beautiful landscapes in a single frame.
- A Portrait Photographer needs a lens which is low depth of field capable to get a creamy bokeh; Aperture of 4 or less.
- An Event Photographer needs a camera and lens which works well on a low light situation.
How much Budget do you have for your Photography Kit?
Decide how much you are willing to spend on your photography kit. Photography is a very expensive hobby and there is no limit to how much you can spend.
Don’t burn your fingers by seeing some Established Pro Photographers posing with an Array of Prime Lens! They should be doing Photography for years and would be earning money out of it.
Take things slowly and steadily and you would reach there. Keep in mind, as I said in the below article, the photography is a means to enjoy what you Love! Have you missed that point? Read this article again – Photography
Now, you know the Best DSLR Camera and Lens!
The above 3 points put together will give you a list of options and you can pick one from them. Once you arrive at the list, to finally pick the best one, you can –
- Read reviews about the product
- Compare the other functionalities
- Talk to a friend who owns the same camera
- Reach me as well at https://www.wild.photography/contact I would love to help; or just leave a message down with the details of cameras and I can help you pick one.
All the best to you! Happy Clicking!
About the Author:
Alvis Lazarus is a Wildlife Photographer from Nazareth. Top Shot Winner 2017 (National Geographic) and Your Photo Winner 2017 (BBC Wildlife). Alvis’s work is published in Nat Geo, BBC Wildlife and Conde Nast Traveller Magazines. See his work here: Instagram | Facebook | Website