Guest Post by Ruth Eileen Photography: Tips on Buying a New Camera

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I want to introduce you to my cousin, Ruthie of: Ruth Eileen Photography. Ruthie is a fantastic photographer and wonderful person. I am very happy to have her as our guest poster today! All month on her website she will be having weekly giveaways. She is giving away a FREE wedding photography in 2013!! ($2800 value!) Make sure you stop by and check out her photo gallery!
Tips on Buying a New Camera
By Ruth Eileen Photography
Today I’m going to talk about what you should look for in buying a professional camera. Wether you are an inspiring photographer or just a mom wanting to take better pictures of your children my hope is that these tips will make the buying of your next camera easier!
1) Canon or Nikon? Both brands make great cameras.  I’ve always shot canon, just because that was the first camera I got. I think either brand you go with you’ll be happy with the results.
2) So many different options, how do I choose? There are so many different types of cameras out there. You look online under canon dslr and you’re bombarded with lots of different choices. I think the best thing to do is figure out how much you want to spend on a camera. If you have a budget of over $2,000 then definitely go with a full frame Canon 5d or 5d markii. Canon no longer makes the 5d but you could definitely score a nice used one through ebay at a reasonable price. If you have just around $1,000 then go with a canon 60d  or 7d (used) If you have a little more than $500 to spend check out any of the Canon Rebels (t3, t3i, t2i). When I first started in photography in 2008 I didn’t have a large budget. So I went with the lowest dslr at the time which was the Canon Rebel XTI. I shot with that camera for 2 years until I had finally saved my money for a new body. I was ready for something bigger & better!  My next purchase was a used Canon 5d which is what I use as my back up camera now. The XTI was a great camera to start out on. This is a camera I would recommend to anyone starting out or even to all the moms out there. You can’t go wrong with this camera. Nikon also has its version of this the D3100.
3) Lenses! I had no idea I could change lenses on my dslr. Yep, you sure can. This is where you are going to want to spend your money. It’s so important to put a good piece of glass (or lens) on your camera. The rebel will come with a kit lens when you buy it but its honestly not a very good lens. If you can invest into a new lens that will be one of the best things you could do! There once again are quite a few choices but basically the more expensive the lens the better it is! :) I’ve listed below a few of my favorite lenses:
Portrait Lens – 50mm 1.8 ($100), 50mm 1.4 ($400) or 50mm 1.2 ($1,600) – I started with the 1.8 and slowly made my way up to the 1.2. I’ve shot with all these lenses and they are all great! Of course, the 1.2 is a gorgeous piece of glass. That’s why it’s almost $2,000 :) Here is an example of one of my images that I used the 50mm 1.4
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Wide Angle Lens – 24 2.8 ($400) and 24 1.4 ($1,700) – I’ve shot with both. They are both great lenses! Here is an image of me using the 24mm 1.4
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Hopefully these tips will help you in the buying process! Incase you are interested here is a list of the equipment I use:
Canon 5d markii
Canon 5d (backup camera)
Canon 50mm 1.2
Canon 50mm 1.4 (backup lens)
Canon 85mm 1.8
Canon 24mm 1.4
Canon 70-200mm 2.8

Thank you so much for being my guest today Ruthie!!

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  1. says

    Great post…. now if she could tell me how to take good pictures with the camera and lens I have-it would be great. I have a macro lens that I have no idea what to do with it yet… Hopefully someday I will figure them out… I did with my film camera so think I will with my dsl camera… I have a canon T2i and do like it… Have only had it for a couple of months.

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