Couple of weeks ago – after a lot of searching – I’ve finally bought my first DSLR, a Canon EOS 70D with a 18-55mm IS STM kit lens.
It was a very difficult decision, the other alternative was the Nikon D7100. I’ve chose the Canon because of the video functions and the overall lens options. Yes, it has WiFi, tilty-shifty touch-screen but those are minor things.
About buying a new camera here is an advice:
Spend on lens more then on the camera body. I would say in a 65-35 or 70-30 ratio.
There are many discussion and videos about this, but the point is, the lens is more value then the body, because after 5-10 years you will get a new body, but you don’t have to buy the lens again, because the lens technology is developing slower than the body.
I’ve used the 70D with the kit lens for a month now, generally I’m pleased with the overall performance and usability, it’s a lot different then my Sony DSC-H50. The RAW file format is a huge factor, it’s astonishing what you can get from it, recover the shadows, tuning the exposure and the white balance.
For me now it’s clear that this is an expensive and time consuming hobby. Time I have plenty, but money…
I’m still learning how to do things, how to get better results, but it’s complex. E.g. to get the best from the video you have to use a flat picture profile and colour grade it later in post. Same goes for audio.
After some time I’ve needed and upgrade over the kit lens, so yesterday I’ve bought a Canon EF 50mm F1.8 II lens. I was a little surprised that, it needed a +17 micro-adjustment out of the box, thank god the 70D support this feature. Right now I’m testing the lens, and still learning the whole photography thing.
Currently my main photography profile is drifting, but I’m interested in cars,landscape and in timelaps too.
All my photos are can be found on Flick and on 500px
- Sony DSC-H50
- Canon EOS 70D
- Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
- Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
- Canon Outdoor Accessory Kit (bag + Joby Gorillapod)
- Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM – for video; good all around lens
- Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM – for Sport; old but still the most affordable L lens
- Canon EF 135 F/2L USM
- A good tripod
- 95 Mb/s SanDisk SDHC memorycard
- BlackRapid strap
If you are also a beginner here are some great YouTube channels which can help you a lot of learning photography:
- Anthony Morganti – great for learning Lightroom
- CameraRec Toby – reviews, guides, general photography
- Christopher Frost Photography – very helpful lens reviews
- DigitalRev TV – if you want to have fun, but don’t take them too seriously
- Fenchel & Janisch – great DSLR film-making tips and tutorials
- Jared Polin – the FRO, general photography
- LearningCameras.com – tutorials, reviews
- Matt Granger – ThatNikonGuy, general photography
- MichaelTheMentor – great reviews and tutorials
- Phlearn .com – Photoshop learning
- Serge Ramelli – Lightroom learning
- Tony Northrup – general photography, tutorials, reviews
- ZY Productions – tutorials, very useful for 70D owners
I also highly recommend the DPreview.com website, it helped me a lot choosing and to get an overall view of the cameras.
Now that I’ve got some rest after the CCNP TSHOOT and got my CCNP Certification, I’m preparing to the CCNA Security exam.
My learning resourced are/or will be:
- Cisco Press – CCNA Security 640-554 Official Cert Guide
- CBT Nuggets – Cisco CCNA Security IINS 640-553 by Jeremy Cioara [link]
- CBT Nuggets – Cisco CCNA Security 640-554 by Keith Barker
- My Cisco c851 Router (for practicing the Cisco Configuration Professional)