People often ask me “what should I buy?”
Interesting question, and one that occupies all of us.
To answer it, keep in mind that cameras will last for no longer than as little as seven years. Even Chuck Westfall of Canon said the other day:
“…digital cameras are no longer repaired by manufacturers seven years after the end of production”
Keep this in mind when deciding to invest. Realistically, five years is the most you’ll keep a camera. Less, usually: something cooler will become available next year.
Lenses are a different story. Lenses, especially good lenses like Canon’s “L”-range, will last you for decades and will keep much of their value for most of this time.
Buying cameras is spending; buying lenses is investing. Get the fastest (lowest “F”-number) lenses you can get, and enjoy.
Remember: when considering a lens, the lower the f-number, the better. Lower F-numbers (like f/2.8) mean the lens has more glass and lets more light in. In practice a lower f-number means three things:
- You can use the lens in lower light
- You can get faster shutter speeds
- You can blur the background more
So look at your lens.At the front. It says “1:3.5-5.6″, doesn’t it? That’s a kit lens. Ideally, you want a lens that says “2.8″ or maybe “4″, meaning f/2.8 or f/4.Or maybe a fixed 50mmlens — 50mm f/1.8 is very affordable and stunning quality.
Anyway – what you should buy is up to you. I would put “good lenses” first and put useful accessories, like light shapers, flashes, spare batteries, etc high on the list also.