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How to Choose Your Next DSLR Camera


Watch How to Choose Your Next DSLR Camera on YouTube

This is my 100th video!

Choosing your DSLR camera is a very personal choice. I go over the finer points of why you should choose one camera vs another. There is a Nikon Rant in the middle of this so feel free to skip that part if you must. If you are thinking about buying a new camera, lens, accessory or anything from Amazon.com please use the search box on the right side of this page, you will pay the same amount and help support new weekly videos and more content in the future.

Nikon Legacy Nikon Legacy by Cazillo, on Flickr
  • Price/budget.  Figure out what you can spend for bodies, lenses, strobes, etc
  • Have you outgrown your current body?  What doesn’t it do?
  • Many people forget about AF performance, build quality metering accuracy when comparing cameras. Pro cameras are pro for a reason
  • How does it feel in your hands?
  • Do the controls make sense to you?  I totally don’t understand the Canon wheel.
  • Private sale will often get you higher prices or save you money if you want to buy used
  • Accessories are easier to come by for Nikon or Canon, aftermarket ones are less expensive

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0 # Erick 2012-06-21 14:52
Thanks Greg! This video is just on time, I've a Canon EOS 7D with several lenses, right now I began making portraits and food works aside from Wilderness and landscapes.

Recently I bought a D7000 with a 16-85mm lens and I'm very happy with it, the Dynamic Range is awesome, since it easily allows me to have good exposure without clipping shadows and highlights as the Canon 7D does. Right now, I'm thinking of getting a D800 as I was thinking about jumping to FF and Canon isn't offering what I want on their sensors.
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-1 # Jamie 2012-06-28 23:02
I presently have a D200 Nikon, consider myself as an advanced amature, and very addicted to photography. I shoot mainly landscapes of all varities,and am getting heavy into protraits, can't stand wedding or doing sports. I am seriously thinking about the D800E, which will require me to up-dating my 6 year old lap top to handle the larger files. Thinking ISO in the D4 might be more of my kind of camera, any advise you can recommend will be greatly appreciated. I have been shooting Nikon since 1972, still have my old F2, and N90s.
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0 # Gregory Cazillo 2012-06-29 09:32
I would say it comes down to budget. You may want to upgrade some lenses (like a 70-200 2.8) so take that into consideration too. Both are great cameras.
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+1 # Jim 2012-06-30 16:34
NASA uses Nikon,the White house uses Canon, Ge makes light bulbs and medical equipment, Toshiba makes TV's and MRI machines. Greg uses Nikon others use Canon. I shoot a 7d and love it. I listen to Greg because at the heart of it he is a Photographer and he knows how to capture the images he wants.The equipment issues are the same for all and they all have things we love and hate. Keep up the great posts Greg and i look forward to your next video series.
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0 # Susan 2012-07-01 22:32
Great video, Greg. Guess I don't need that 5D Mark III quite yet. The 70-200/F2.8 lens will probably do more for my photography :)
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0 # allison northway 2012-08-16 18:16
I've watched Fro for months and he's very entertaining. I came across your site by accident last week and I can't believe how much I've learned already after watching your videos! Your instruction is right on and easy to understand and duplicate. Keep up the good work Greg!
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0 # Felix 2012-08-20 16:34
Nikon and Canon make great cameras, if you know how to use the camera you will never be able to tell a difference between the 2, it is all about what feel better in your hands, before I got my first Canon, I tried so hard to get used to the Nikon and it felt always awkward for me, then I visited a camera store and I was in love with the 5D as soon I placed my hands on it, it just feel natural to me, buttons on the right place, but remember, that's just for me, you could be just the opposite of my experience, you could just feel the same way with a Nikon.
To say that Nikon make better cameras because they only make camera it is a bit to the extreme, but I saw the warning "Rant!" lol.
Great job Greg, I love your web and I know tons of people is learning so much thanks to you.
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