Photographers! | What gear are you using?

in hive-174578 •  3 months ago 
I got into photographing last year after purchasing my first more expensive camera. The camera I bought was Nikon's P900. The biggest reason why I got interested in this specific camera was the insane zoom range of 24-2000mm. The zoom comes in handy when photographing animals or landscapes, which are my favorite things to shoot. But there is also a downside with this camera, the sensor is really small and you can't shoot in raw.
Because my passion for photography is increasing day after day, I'm already searching for a better camera. So now, I wanna ask you. Which camera would you recommend and why?

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Aperturef/8
Shutter Speed1/50 sec
ISO400
Focal Length57 mm

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Aperturef/5
Shutter Speed1/200 sec
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Focal Length89 mm

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Aperturef/8
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Shutter Speed1/400 sec
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Focal Length357 mm

Shot with: Nikon Coolpix P900/Nikkor 83X Wide Optical Zoom 4.3-357mm f/2.8-6.5.

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I shoot with Fujifilm Cameras - mainly an X-T3 sometimes a X-E3 but I've owned a whole heap of X series cameras and all of them have been amazing, I like the size (they are mirrorless and generally smaller and lighter than most Nikons or Canons), which means I'm more likely to throw it in my bag, and as they say the best camera is the one you have with you. I also like the retro/classic look and the support that Fujifilm provide with software updates etc - i.e. if a new software feature comes out on a new model they tend to release it for the older models too)

Two things are really important when choosing cameras.

  1. Lens are more important than cameras, good lens, in terms of image quality and more important the fastness you need and the reach you need is more important. I.e. shoot wildlife you'll need long lens ( in which case a crop factor is useful), shot landscapes or architecture and you'll want wide angles, street photography you'll want a setup that doesn't scare people (generally smaller).

  2. No one produces bad cameras anymore. If you stick with the recognised names, Fujifilm, Canon, Nikon, Sony you will be fine, then it's really down to what you are used to and feel comfortable with.

And maybe most important of all is that it's not the camera that makes a photographer but the person.

Fujifilm cameras are foreign to me, but I've heard they make great cameras. I googled the X-T3 and yeah it seems really small and light! Nice! I like the retro look too!
"And maybe most important of all is that it's not the camera that makes a photographer but the person."
I totally agree, but as I wrote earlier. There are 3 main things I hate about my camera:

  1. Too small sensor (if you go any higher than ISO 800 the image will look awful).
  2. No raw shooting.
  3. Focusing problems.
    Otherwise the camera is good for it's price and it's also very flexible. You can shoot almost anything thanks to the incredible zoom range (24-2000mm).

Thanks for your tips!

I bought my first DSLR in 2018. It's a Nikon D3400. It came out in 2016. It's got a crop sensor and the crop factor is 1.5 if I recall corretly. The noisiness of the sensor is surprisingly low. You can take pretty good high-ISO photos (read 3200) with relatively little noise in the image. I doubt they would look good printed in a large size but they're fine even looked at from a large monitor.

I think the D3400 camera body is very good for its price, which was a below €500 with the Nikkor AFP 18-55 mm kit lens. The lens has pretty good image stabilization. My kit also included the Sigma 70-300 mm telephoto lens, which costs about €100 separately. For an entry level DSLR, I didn't find any that had better reviews than the Nikon D3400.

One of the drawbacks of the Nikon D3400 is that is has no plug for an external microphone. So, if you make videos and need a better microphone than the built-in one, you're going to have to sync the sound and the video in post-processing.

I'm guessing they don't sell the D3400 any longer because its successor the D3500 has come out already two years ago.

I'm probably going to buy new lenses for this camera body as long as it lasts. When its time to get a new camera body, I'm going to give serious thought to getting a full-frame camera because I'm not expecting to have to buy a new camera body for a long time. My way of doing photography is to exhaust the possibilities of my existing gear before upgrading.

I googled Nikon D3400 and it seems indeed like a solid camera! At least you can buy it from kameraliike for 499 €. Interestingly enough the Nikon D3500 is a bit cheaper right now.

I read a comparison between these two cameras and the biggest difference seems to be that the Nikon D3500 is smaller and has a better battery life, that's about it.

https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/buying-guides/nikon-d3500-vs-nikon-d3400-which-camera-should-you-buy

The noisiness of the sensor in my camera is really bad. If you go any higher than ISO 800 the image will look awful.

A full-frame camera would be nice to have. Unfortunately they are often quite expensive.

Thanks for the tips!

You could manage to get a full-frame camera at at a reasonable price if you buy it used. But I haven't really looked into that.

Yeah, but I don't like to buy used cameras. It's like buying a pig in a poke.

Could be, particularly if you buy one from an individual. I totally get the sentiment.

I have actually never owned a real camera, all my photos have been taken with cell phones :) I wonder if I ever get one :D

:D...Fortunately, today's cell phones have surprisingly good cameras! :)

Exactly :) Plus they are easy to "point and shoot" and you always have them with you ;) Unlike with regular cameras...