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;
Film Large Format 8*10″ + Incredible Image Quality – Hugely Impractical.
Phase One IQ280 Back
Digital Back + Incredible Image Quality – Slow
Digital Medium Format SLR + Tough & great image quality – Bulky.
Digital Medium Format SLR + Great image quality – Slow.
Digital 35mm SLR + Robust & Versatile – Bulky
Digital Rangefinder + Small, quality lenses – Manual focus only.
Digital 35mm SLR + Versatile and good image quality for the size – Quite slow.
Digital 35mm SLR + Versatile and fast – Image quality.
Digital 35mm SLR + Weatherproof & Tough – Limited pro support
Digital 35mm SLR + Versatile and great low-light capability – Bulky.
Digital Mirrorless + Good image quality in a tiny body – Limited lens choice.
Digital 35mm SLR + Low light performance – Fussy.
Digital Mirrorless + Style and usability – Poor manual-focus.
Digital Mirroless + Fast & Tough – Image quality
Digital Compact + Exceptionally small with good image quality – Limited versatility.
Digital Compact + Incredible image quality – Abysmal battery life
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.