What to buy the photographer on your list

An oldie but a goodie…..

I get asked a lot from photographers and those that have to buy gifts for photographers what is good to get/give for a present.  I have answered this before but thought that it is a good time to do it again as I have been asked many times this week. So lets go through some things;

Lenses/camera

Unless someone really needs a new camera it is more important to get better lenses than to get another camera body.  A GOOD lens will do far more to improve a photo than a camera body will. Don’t upgrade a camera just to get a new camera, save the money and get some pro lenses it will amaze you the difference a great lens makes to your photography. If you are buying for someone make sure you get them the lens that they need and not just any lens.

Canon 5D Mark IV with grip / battery holder.
Canon 5D Mark IV with grip / battery holder.
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Crop Factor

If you are using one the the APS sensor cameras, and most people are, here is a conversion guide for you to figure out the crop factor for your lenses..

The conversion guide give you the working MM of a lens when put on a crop sensor body.

So for instance a 50mm lens when put in a cropped body is actually 80MM. A 600mm lens when put on a cropped body is 960mm. Most times it is not important what the MM’s are but if you do need to know this will help.

Some of the APS cameras that are available are:

Canon Rebel line, Canon 10D, 20D, 40D, 50D, 60D, 70D, 80D, Canon 7D with the 1.6 crop factor

Nikon D7200, Nikon D500, Pentax K3 and the Sony Sony A77 with 1.52 (I used 1.52 – there are some versions 1.53 or 1.54 but it gets to confusing to add all these)

(there are more brands and models but this is a sample)

If you want a printable copy click here https://www.firstchoicephoto.ca/CropPage.jpg

Photo Printing

Photo Printing

Many places offer photo printing, so why is it so hard to find a good place to have your images printed?  Because only a select few places specialize in printing.  Most stores use printing as a loss leader to suck you in to buy other products.  You get low quality materials and few if any staff.  Add to that the fact that most staff are not even trained in photofinishing to help you and you are on your own to try and get a good print – forget about a great print!!!

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Time for a new camera?

Camera Canon 5D Mark IV with grip / battery holder.

Camera Canon 5D Mark IV with grip / battery holder.

So you are trying to figure out if it is time for a new camera, what are some of the things to consider?

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Just Google it!

I hear so often about people that put all their faith in what Google tells them.  If something is wrong they Google it, if they want to know how to do something they Google it and while I do the same thing when I am stuck I do it with a lot of caution.  It is not just Google that can be an issue it is any place that offers free information or FREE courses and classes.   The other day I listened to a guest on the radio tell about the pitfalls of listening to on-line results with respect to medical diagnoses and how much someone can be messed up by the results.  If you want to know how bad it is just Google something like “Red bump on arm” and see the results,  anything from a cancerous growth, to a steph infection, to a poisonous spider bite when all it was was a mosquito bite.

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