Setting the budget for your own mirrorless camera system is a personal decision. What price point may work for you may not work for someone else. In this movie, author Richard Harrington guides you through several tips and lessons that he learned overtime from building out his own mirrorless camera collection.
- Setting a budget for a mirror-less camera system is very much a personal decision. I'd like to share with you a few tips and some lessons learned, as I've built out my own camera collection. Now keep in mind, that I have the benefit of working with many co-workers. So, having a wide collection of lenses and camera bodies is useful, because we have multiple photographers and videographers in our shop. Don't feel like you have to build a giant collection. One are that you can save some money, is by choosing a platform and sticking with it.
It's very tempting to just keep jumping one manufacturer to another, but that's one of the easiest ways to add up cost. For example, I recently picked up a Fuji camera. It was actually a give-away at a conference and I was very happy to get a new camera. I had a lot of friends that shoot Fuji, and it's a lot of fun, but the challenge was it needs all new lenses. So, instead of buying more lenses, I just kept the camera as is. It's my fun, knock about camera. And, I bought a couple extra batteries. I keep this at home in a drawer.
So it's really easy to take on trips. If I've left camera gear in the office, no big deal, I can just grab this. And I've taken this on many camp-outs, and even caving for Boy Scouts. And I've gotten some great, fun, pictures. But, every time I log in to amazon.com, and see some new lens, or read a review on photo focus, well, I want a new lens but I resist. Because every lens I buy for that, isn't going to translate to any of my other bodies. So, I've made the decision to stick with two platforms, which is probably one more platform than most of you should decide to do.
In my case, it's because I have very different client work flows. So when I need to deliver things, for time lapse or travel photography. That's very different than when I'm doing pro-video. And that's kind of what's driven the decision here. You see, each camera's gonna have it's own strengths. For example, on the mirror-less side, the Panasonic GH4 or the GH series, as they continue to expand it, and the Sony cameras are well-known for their video features. 4K video, excellent professional video codex and all sorts of options. Well, those are really video cameras for me.
That's why I ended up with the A7S, with it's low-light performance. But, I found myself quickly buying lots of lenses, so I ended up investing in the next generation of the R2. Going the other direction, so I had the extra resolution. That way, if I was traveling with this camera for shooting 4K video, but I wanted to do some landscape work, or panoramas, I had a lot of flexibility with that R2. Fortunately, the lenses are easily interchangeable between the bodies, because it's the Sony platform. And, if I was a Canon shooter, Sony makes it easy to work with adapters and control those right from the Sony camera.
So, that's a logical choice. You see, the thing about lenses, is it's the most expensive part of your collection. It's very tempting to buy the latest camera body when it comes out. And to rush out and feel like, if I just had that new body, that would do everything I need. But the truth is, it's really the glass that matters most. I find that I have lenses that are 10 to 20 years old at this point. And I still use them. Good glass, lasts a really long time if you take care of it, and this is where you're going to start to add up. Do you need a macro lens? Do you need a wide angle? What about a great prime? How about for portraits? Well, you see that it starts to get expensive.
And the lesson that I've learned here, is to make sure that you save up so you can just buy the good lens. Don't keep buying cheap lens after cheap lens. Making small incremental improvements. Buy the best lens you can afford. And if you can't afford the lens you really want. Save a little bit more and then make the buy. Building up a kit, is a multi-year or even a lifetime of investment, but if you take care of it, it should give you great images for many years.
- Comparing DSLR and mirrorless cameras
- Understanding sensor size and crop factor
- Exploring lens options
- Adapting lenses
- Exploring advantages: reduced cost, weight, and more
- Exploring disadvantages
- Choosing a camera body
- Shooting video on a mirrorless camera