Check out our new DSLR Camera Purchase Guide

Being a photography website that frequently publishes gear reviews, we get asked a lot of questions on a daily basis from our visitors on all kinds of camera gear, from DSLRs and lenses to tripods and camera bags. To make it easier for our readers to see our recommendations, I have been actively working on the “Gear Guide” during the last two plus weeks. While the section is far from being complete, I wanted to share some news regarding the new “DSLR Camera Purchase Guide” that is now live in the Gear Guide section. It is an interactive camera purchase guide that displays a list of recommended cameras by Mansurovs based on what you like shooting, your budget and the brand of camera or lenses you might already own.

DSLR Purchase Guide

Please check it out and let us know what you think! I could really use some feedback. The purchase guide has not been fully completed yet and I am still working on adding more information under each camera, but the functionality should be more or less complete at this point. I will be adding interactive guides like this for lenses and other accessories as well, so stay tuned!


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is a professional photographer based out of Denver, Colorado. He is the author and founder of Photography Life, along with a number of other online resources. Read more about Nasim here.

Comments

  1. 1
    ) Valen

    As always – that would really aid for newbies and current photographers. Thank you!

    It’s perfect. However I have 1 recommendation that you may want to add.. for the brands portion; you may want to include a checkbox instead so people can choose various brands instead of just one.

    • Valen, the question on brands is only for those that already have a camera (the very first question). If you own one brand DSLR, it might not make sense to show multiple selections from different brands. If you answer “No” to the very first question, then you are presented with 3 choices from Nikon, Canon and Sony.

  2. 3
    ) Durga

    I m thinking to shoot short movie. I want to spend around $1000. Which camera you prefer to shoot the video?

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      ) Romanas Naryškin

      For videography, I’d recommend the Canon 600D with it’s decent video specs and swivel screen, which can be very usefull. Of course, Nikon D5100 can be just as good, but there’s a big minus for the beginners using Nikon DSLRs for video work – it’s the limited m42 lens compatibility. m42 lenses are a great and cheap way to start doing serious video work. You’ll have some money left to buy those (soviet Industar, Helios, Jupiter and other lenses can be very cheap and very good), an adapter so that you can put them on the camera, and maybe even some ND filters, too, which can be essential. After that I’d save up on a decent tripod with video head – helps a lot, too.

      This is shot with a Canon 550D and Helios-44 lens (if I remember right), handheld. https://vimeo.com/31218607

      These two were mainly shot with the same camera + Canon 50mm f1.8II lens and some accessories. We used the Canon 24-105mm f4 L IS lens for the second video as well.

      https://vimeo.com/34730915
      https://vimeo.com/35418880

      • Avatar of Romanas Naryškin
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        ) Romanas Naryškin

        You can always use a lens-corrected m42-Nikon F adapter if you prefer Nikon cameras, but those are much more expensive than the regular ones, as well as degrade optical quality of the lens used.

  3. 4
    ) Christian

    Wow, Nasim, I am – once again – deeply impressed by the efforts you put into your website. Many thanks for this!

    Since I am already using an FX camera and the range of Nikon FX models is rather limited, it is not too complicated for me to decide for a particular model… My next camera will, of course, be the D800 which I have been waiting for quite a long time.

    For me, it is generally rather difficult to decide for a particular lens. To make it easier, I often consult your in-depth reviews which are very useful.

    Best,
    Christian

  4. 5
    ) William

    Good job you did Nasim,
    Regards
    William

  5. 6
    ) Peter

    Great idea. Need more variables.

    How about adding a question like this: “Do you break out in a cold sweat when you see a new camera that has 2 to 3 times more MPs than yours?”

    Or, “Owning a Canon would make me feel like a second-rate photographer”.

  6. 9
    ) Geary

    Nasim,
    What a great website you have for objective information about photography and photographic equipment! I’m a hobby and occasional semi-professional photographer. I’ve been a long time Nikon user and have transitioned through several of the F series and Nikonos cameras and in recent years the D100 and now the D700.

    Of course, with the upcoming D800′s and D4, I’m mulling over my next camera. I enjoy a variety of photographic techniques including close focus wide angle, landscape, nature photography, and more recently; birds in flight. I often shoot in low light at high ISO settings. For the most part, I print my photos, but I’m currently working on a new photo blog to share photos with friends and family.

    Is there a “one in all camera” you’d recommend for this? I haven’t pre-ordered one of the new models because I’d like to see some “real world” results and tests before committing to another expensive camera.
    What do you think…stay with the D700, or go for the D800′s or D4? I’m also considering the D3s as video is not a real interest for me. BTW… the opinions at DP Review are all over the map on this. I’d appreciate your thoughts.

    Thanks,

    Geary

    • 10
      ) Geary

      I just read Bob Vishneski’s article “D800 – D700 Replacement or Not?”. Like myself, I’m sure lots of folks are on the fence, and as pointed out in some of the comments to his article; it helps to keep in mind the difference between “desire and need”. Anyway, I’m waiting to see some “real world” results/tests from folks like Nasim and Thom Hogan.

      Geary

      • 12
        ) Sumit

        Hi Geary,

        D700 is really a great camera, and untill you are into some serious business where you are actually require “EXTRA” large photos with minute details I would not recommend for D800, but for moderate increase in size (that is too a bit large). I would rather preffer to replace my D700 with D600 camera which is again a full frame and giving better picture with low noise in comparision with D800 at high ISO settings.

        Preference of D600 over D700 is based on below facts:
        Significantly better image quality
        Low noise at high ISO
        Much higher true resolution (though not required for me as i am not a big fan of large size images)
        Significantly large screen
        better color depth
        more dynamiz range 14.2 EV in comparision with D700 with 12.2 EV
        better viewfinder coverage (100%)
        significantly lighter then D700
        less startup delay
        10% smaller in size
        and the best part Cheepar (2/3rd of D700)

        Sumit

        • 14
          ) Sumit

          again to add more the image quality (low noise) at higher ISO is better than D800 in D600.

  7. 11
    ) chandan

    Hi Nasim,
    learn a lot from your site, till now I am using Bridge camera (Sony HX100V), as other now I am planning for a new dslr system. after several thought I settled for 300mm f4 + TC 1.4 for birding, a 50 mm 1.8d, 16-85mm for walk about, 70-300 for wildlife. obviously not all at a same time, but some other times. Now my question to u is, I have to buy a new dslr camera also. Choice is d90, have a second thought about d7000, but that is out of my budget. I think other lens might be good with d90, doubt is with 300mm f4 + TC 1.4. I am wating for your valuable suggestion. whether to take d90, or wait for a while then take d7000 or any other? The camera should be dx, along with good bird capturing quality. Thanks

    • 13
      ) Sumit

      Now you have a better choice and you can go for D5200 which is almost at the same price as of D90 while new upgradations make it better than any DX format camera of Nikon (D90 and D7000).

      Only difference why it is cheap then D7000 is because of Pentaprism and Pentamirror, but advancement of technology and quality of new Pentamirror makes it as good as Pentaprism so nothing to worry about while trying for D5200. :)

      • 15
        ) chandan

        Dear Sumit,
        Yes I understood, but the control buttons are wanting in D5200. so I am thinking of d7000, Didn’t comment about the lenses though.

        • 16
          ) Sumit

          I always prefer my 18-105 kit lens came with my D5200 for most of my work that is a great general purpose lens and cover up a good distance. but for higher distances with greater zoom facility and low price i would prefer AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR giving 5.5x zoom and a good focal length coverage and also very cheap in terms of cost.

          But in case the budget is not the constraint then i would prefer to go with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR giving a great zoom capability of 16.7x and cover up from any wide angle to telephoto snaps with great image quality. cost is almost same as your D7000… :)

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