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What Camera Should I Buy? Tony Northrup Gives a Few Suggestions

By Hanssie on December 5th 2014

If you’ve been a photographer for more than 5 minutes, you’ve gotten this question from someone you know: What camera should I buy? It’s a question that pops up frequently this time of year, when Costco has their entry level DSLR kits set out to entice people that are looking for gifts to give to the aspiring photographers in their lives.

Of course, we all know that it’s not about the gear and all that, but still that doesn’t answer the question of our inquiring friend who just wanted short answer, but now has glazed over eyeballs because of our 20 minute tirade about the camera being just a tool, that it’s really not about the camera and that it’s all about the photographer…stop me if you’ve heard this one.

A little while ago, we created an ultimate camera purchasing guide where we comprehensively broke down the types of cameras – Point & Shoot vs. DSLR vs. Medium Format, etc, budget considerations, important features for different specialties, and other things to think about when making the decision of which camera to buy.

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We don’t actually list out any specific cameras in our article and so if you have a friend looking for the short answer and really just wants the names of a few good cameras, the following video may be one you could pass along to them. In the following 8 minute video, Tony and Chelsea Northrup tackle the question, “What Camera Should I Buy” and give their recommendations on a few types of cameras. It’s all subjective, of course, and everyone will have an opinion on what should and should not have made the list, but this is a good place to start. The list will eventually be obsolete as newer models come out, but if you’re looking to buy a camera or has a friend wanting to buy a camera, this video will give you some suggestions on not only cameras, but a few lenses as well.

Watch ‘What Camera Should I Buy?’

If your friend is looking to research the perfect camera for them and wants a general guideline, be sure to point them to our ultimate camera purchasing guide and as a stocking stuffer, you should send them a copy of our newest workshop DVD, Photography 101.

[Via Tony Northrup YouTube]

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Clare Havill

    Great video, I’ve already sent this link to a friend who is looking to camera.

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  2. Eric Sharpe

    I thought the video and advice was pretty good. I appreciate that I have someplace to send my non-photographer friends, when they’re in the market for a camera.

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    Nice and great video

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  4. adam sanford

    Tony Toni Tone strikes again. Thankfully this video is free of “DXO interpretation time with Dr. Tony” which makes everyone cringe.

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  5. Nick Viton

    at 3:54 they show the 7D Mark II as $2150
    but then at 5:30 it’s shown as $1800

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    • adam sanford

      Tony’s a nice gentleman, and we all appreciate his “I want to be the Carl Sagan of photography and explain all this nerdy gear stuff to you” schtick, but facts, consistency, interpretation and insight are not exactly his forte. I honestly believe he spends more time on his hair than on getting the details right. :-P

      It’s not unlike the retired football pros we hear from at halftime on a major network. They mean well, and I bear them no grudge, but I’d rather just go back to the game.

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    • Matthew Saville

      Adam you made my day… LOL…

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  6. Brandon Dewey

    Great video!

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