Mark Jansen

We encounter many photographers new to the craft on our workshops. Many of these new clients that are caught up in the technology. With so many options to capture a picture these days, it’s a wonder anyone can choose the road that’s good for them. It’s so important for newcomers to focus on their photography, and not the brand of camera they’re using.

There are some other factors to keep in mind as well, like lens selection.

I often mention when I’m instructing that digital cameras have reached a point that most all moderately priced cameras have the capability to capture clean sharp images. The playing field has been leveled for all to enjoy.

I’ve been in this business before digital photography slowly came to life in the 1990s. I’ve tested many 5 megapixel early models in the back-country (photo below) and have seen improvements in equipment first hand. Now, I’ve come to the conclusion that almost all digital cameras within the last 10 years are all capable of resolving great images.

I’m referring to equipment beyond kit lens units that many get started with and eventually graduate to more purposeful camera bodies and lenses.

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Captured with a 5 Megapixel Camera deep in the Canadian Rockies

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With all this fine, lightly used and refurbished gear floating around online, this leads me to believe much of what people seem to be wrapped up in is the next new camera body in order to guarantee that epic photograph. When in reality what they perhaps should be looking at is hanging on to that camera body a few more years and upgrading a lens.

Many newcomers without a planned budget tend to hold back once they make that big camera purchase when it comes to lenses. Many opt for a more expensive camera body and pair it with a less costly brand lens thinking it’s all about the camera alone, holding back on a better lens purchase for some future date. In many cases, these lenses won’t provide them the full resolving power that their new camera is capable of providing them.

Quite a few digital cameras over the last few years have long surpassed the dynamic range of film. When you come to that point when your ready to step up into the big leagues, I suggest doing your homework. A quality, fast aperture lens will last you a lifetime. Most of all, if you’re new to photography, prepare yourself for the sticker shock. We all experience this as photographers when it comes to quality professional grade lenses. Always budget for the best and be assured, you’ll more than likely own this lens for a lifetime (unless you switch brands) and enjoy it to its full capability.

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If you’d like to learn more about that new camera and lens, join us for an upcoming workshop to Yosemite, Big Sur, Iceland and Beyond!

All the best,

Mark Jansen