Canon T3

Canon T3

As of right now (Spring 2015), the Canon T3 is my most highly recommended camera for strict budgets. I have purchased four in the past six months, $120-$150 for bodies, and $200 or less as kits. Quite affordable for a more modern 12MP camera with HD Video. Mine is doubly cool because it’s red. FIRST IMPRESSION and BUILD QUALITY It’s small, plastic (though...Read more
It’s not the equipment: $100 project

It’s not the equipment: $100 project

We’ve all heard the saying: “it’s not the equipment, it’s who’s using it.” or “a great photographer can make beautiful pictures with a piece of junk camera.” and other similar phrases that all say the same thing. Knowledge about your equipment, knowing how to use it, and to get the final effects that you want trumps gear every time. (I’m...Read more
Canon Rebel XSi

Canon Rebel XSi

The Canon Rebel XSi (450D, Kiss X2,) in my opinion, is one of the first cameras in what I consider the “this is where things start getting good” phase of affordable DSRLs. Other cameras released at this time (mid 2007 to mid 2008) were the 40D, 50D, Nikon D300, D90, D60… What sets these cameras apart in my mind? (all...Read more
Nikon DSLR bodies without built-in Autofocus.

Nikon DSLR bodies without built-in Autofocus.

I shoot both with Nikon and Canon, and love their midrange and professional grade cameras. However,  I usually recommend Canon when it comes to entry level, beginner cameras. One of the main reasons I do so is due to the availability of inexpensive lenses. Entry level cameras are all so very similar when looking at them side by side under...Read more
Canon XTi – Older, but still very nice!

Canon XTi – Older, but still very nice!

That first year of shooting digital had so much more of an impact on me than the entirety of the seven previous years, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without this camera. However, bias aside, it is still a very capable camera, and very budget-friendly for someone just starting out, and concerned with learning above all else. This is the camera that...Read more
Canon 5D – My most recommended DSLR for under $500

Canon 5D – My most recommended DSLR for under $500

Seriously, if you have a budget of $500 for a camera body, do not pass go, do not collect $200… just find whoever is selling one, and buy a Canon 5D. This camera has reached almost legendary status when it comes to skin tones, and overall portrait use. Noisy high ISO is among the most natural looking I have seen,...Read more