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Buying your first camera

A step-by-step decision process


The decision to buy your first camera is a big one, not necessarily because it requires a big investment, because it may not, but because finding the right camera at the right time could mean the difference between your success and failure as a competent photographer.

The choice in cameras seems almost endless, yet there is one out there that's right for you.
The choice in cameras seems almost endless, yet there is one out there that's right for you.

WHAT ABOUT ADVICE FROM A SALESPERSON?

Can you go into a camera shop and ask a salesperson for advice, and will that salesperson have your best interests in mind? Perhaps surprisingly, many of the sales staff in quality camera shops will take the time to find out what you truly need and will direct you to the right camera for you.

Qualified staff in better camera stores will quickly recognize that you are a serious beginner. This means they'll realize that if you are treated properly by them, you will likely become a long-term customer, possibly returning for years to come to make future purchases from people you learned to trust and rely upon. The good ones won't blow it by selling you something you will be unhappy with or that is too much camera for your initial needs. Besides, many of them are competent, qualified photographers in their own right, with years of experience that they are generally willing to pass onto their interested customers.

Unfortunately, not all camera retailers (especially those who don't specialize in matters to do with photography alone) see much beyond the cash register. Their unqualified sales staff may sell you a high-priced wonder camera that does not meet your present needs, or even your future needs.

You need sound advice from an objective source, and that’s what we are. You have come to the right place to learn about buying a camera because we don’t sell cameras; we just want you to take good and better pictures.

Try our step-by-step procedure in determining what you want and need in a new camera. It won’t take long - just follow the links below, beginning with Determine your objectives - and we are sure you will be happy with your purchase.

Quality camera manufacturers like Nikon offer a wide product range to appeal to the needs and budgets of all photographers.
Quality camera manufacturers like Nikon offer a wide product range to appeal to the needs and budgets of all photographers.

 
Further information...
1. Determine your objectives
2. Film size
3. Buying a 35 mm camera
4. Digital cameras
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