The not-so-age-old question, ‘Which camera should I buy?’ or paraphrased, ‘What is the best camera?’. The answer is subjective. Horses for courses; a camera that gives the best possible image quality is unlikely to be the best for photographing sports.

A great writer can create a masterpiece with a Bic ballpoint. A great photographer can create a masterpiece with a throwaway plastic camera. Pierre Radisic photographed his latest project and book with an iPhone 4. You don’t need a good camera to make great art.

Why then invest in the best cameras available? Put simply, for;




We recommend several cameras;

Ebony SV810U

Film Large Format 8*10″ + Incredible Image Quality – Hugely Impractical.

Phase One IQ280 Back

Digital Back + Incredible Image Quality – Slow

Pentax 645z

Digital Medium Format SLR + Tough & great image quality – Bulky.

Hasselblad H5D-60 with 80mm Lens

Digital Medium Format SLR + Great image quality – Slow.

Canon EOS-1DX

Digital 35mm SLR + Robust & Versatile – Bulky

Leica M

Digital Rangefinder + Small, quality lenses – Manual focus only.

Nikon D800E

Digital 35mm SLR + Versatile and good image quality for the size – Quite slow.

Canon EOS 5D MkIII

Digital 35mm SLR + Versatile and fast – Image quality.

Pentax K3 with 18-135mm lens

Digital 35mm SLR + Weatherproof & Tough – Limited pro support

Nikon D4s

Digital 35mm SLR + Versatile and great low-light capability – Bulky.

Sony a7R

Digital Mirrorless + Good image quality in a tiny body – Limited lens choice.

Nikon Df with 50mm Lens

Digital 35mm SLR + Low light performance – Fussy.

Fujifilm XT1

Digital Mirrorless + Style and usability – Poor manual-focus.

Olympus OMD E-M1

Digital Mirroless + Fast & Tough – Image quality

Sony RX1

Digital Compact + Exceptionally small with good image quality – Limited versatility.

Sigma DP3 Merrill (Click HERE for a Review and Comparison)

Digital Compact + Incredible image quality – Abysmal battery life

Apple iPhone 5s 64GB

Phone Camera + Always with you – Limited

These are all options worth considering. We keep this list up to date, so you can ignore the other cameras touted online. Amazon or Adorama give us 2-4% when you purchase through us, which we then pass on to the chap who keeps the website up to date; doing so doesn’t cost you anything extra, and we encourage you to buy in-store or elsewhere online if you find a better deal.

At the moment, we’d still recommend the Canon EOS 5D MkIII with the 24-105mm, 85mm f1.2 and 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses for most photographers who aren’t sure what they need. It doesn’t have the best image quality, nor is it properly weather-sealed, but it’s highly versatile.