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10 Things You Need to Know About Prime Lenses

10 Things You Need to Know About Prime Lenses

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While some people give prime lenses the cold shoulder because they don’t offer the focal length versatility of a zoom lens, others, like me, hold prime lenses in high regard.

In fact, there are a lot of reasons why a prime lens is a great addition to your camera bag - more so than a zoom in many cases.

Not convinced?

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What are Prime Lenses?

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Let’s go over a few things you need to know about prime lenses.

First, let’s explore what prime lenses are and how they work.

Unlike a zoom lens, a prime lens has a fixed focal length. Common focal lengths include 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm, though there are many other variations, like the 135mm prime pictured above.

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This means that you’re “stuck” with one focal length whereas a zoom lens gives you a wide range, like 12-24mm, 24-70mm, 70-200mm, and so forth. 

I say “stuck” because you obviously can’t change the focal length with a flick of your wrist like you can with a zoom lens.

However, as I’ll hit on later, many photographers actually consider this to be an advantage because it forces you to “zoom with your feet.” 

So, while zoom lenses are built for versatility, prime lenses are built for a specific purpose. 

For example, an 85mm prime lens is traditionally used for portraiture. A 24mm prime lens is often used for landscapes.

How do Prime Lenses Work?

I’m no physicist, so I’ll leave the experts at CanonAsia to explain how camera lenses work in the video above. 

What I can tell you is this - prime lenses and zoom lenses work the same way in terms of the physics of light.

The difference, of course, is that in a prime lens, the lens elements - the glass - do not move as they do in a zoom lens.

Because prime lenses do not have moving elements, they benefit from a number of advantages, not the least of which is improved optical performance.

Below, I offer an overview of this and other advantages of prime lenses.

Prime Lenses are Smaller Than Zooms (Usually)

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Thanks to fewer pieces and parts inside the lens, many prime lenses are much smaller than their zoom counterparts.

Not only does this mean a smaller form factor, but prime lenses are often much lighter than zoom lenses as well. 

This makes prime lenses a top choice for photography pursuits that require you to be able to move fast and light, like travel photography or street photography. 

Now, some prime lenses - like high-end professional models - can be quite heavy because of higher-quality optics and weather-resistant build quality. But by and large, most prime lenses are small, compact, and lightweight.

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Prime Lenses Have Large Apertures 

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Whether it’s Canon prime lenses, Nikon prime lenses, Sigma prime lenses, Sony prime lenses, or another brand we’re talking about, these lenses have large apertures that let tons of light into the camera.

It’s not uncommon to find zoom lenses that have an aperture range from f/3.5-f/5.6. But with prime lenses, you can find options with an aperture as wide as f/1.2. 

All that extra light-gathering capability means prime lenses are better-suited to low-light photography. 

A large aperture opening means you don’t have to rely as much on boosting the ISO or slowing down the shutter speed, which results in cleaner shots with less noise and a reduced incidence of camera shake due to a slow shutter.

Prime Lenses Can Be Found on the Cheap

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Professional-grade prime lenses can be extremely expensive. For example, the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM shown above is a cool $1,849.00.

However, many other options are quite budget-friendly.

The Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S is less than $200.00 brand-new.

You’ll find that as the size of the aperture increases, so too does the price. That means that if you’re looking for something that won’t destroy your bank account, prime lenses with an aperture of f/1.8, f/2, f/2.8, or f/4 will be much more cost-effective than prime lenses with an aperture of f/1.4 or f/1.2.

Prime Lenses are Sharp

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One of the advantages of prime lenses is that they are typically sharper than their zoom counterparts. 

This makes sense because prime lenses have fewer elements and moving parts inside, so there’s less stuff for light to travel through. 

Prime lenses aren’t just generally sharper than zooms, either - they’re sharper from corner to corner as well. Now, even the best prime lenses aren’t going to be their sharpest when shooting wide open at their maximum aperture, but the point remains the same - primes are sharper than zooms. 

Naturally, there’s a difference in sharpness from one prime lens to the next, but you can expect a prime lens of any focal length to outperform a zoom lens when it comes to sharpness.

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Prime Lenses Offer Improved Image Quality 

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Aside from being sharp, prime lenses typically get you better results than zoom lenses in several important image quality areas. 

For starters, prime lenses create less distortion than zooms. Distortion makes straight lines appear to bend, and it usually occurs in one of two ways:

  • Pincushion distortion, in which lines appear to pinch inward
  • Barrel distortion, in which lines appear to bow outward.

While all lenses create these kinds of distortions to some degree, prime lenses do a better job of limiting it than zooms.

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Secondly, prime lenses usually display much less vignetting, or darkened areas around the edges of the frame. This is especially true when comparing the performance of a prime lens to the wide-angle end of a zoom lens.

Lastly, prime lenses typically have much less chromatic aberration than zooms. Chromatic aberration appears as color fringing (usually purple or green) on the edges of elements in a high-contrast scene.

Prime Lenses Combat Lazy Photographer Syndrome


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When you can rely on turning the lens barrel of a zoom to reframe your shot, you can become a bit of a lazy photographer.

But with prime lenses, you don’t have that option, and instead you must “zoom with your feet” to frame up a shot that’s closer or further away. 

Though some might say this is inconvenient, it helps you to develop your creative eye, to think purposefully about the composition, and can help you find new and interesting perspectives from which to shoot.

Exploring the world around you is a good thing! And since prime lenses are so light and compact, you don’t have to lug a huge, heavy lens around to do it.

Fast Prime Lenses = Beautifully Shallow Depth of Field

As explained in our primer on depth of field, one of the factors that influence depth of field is the size of the aperture being used.

Since some prime lenses open up to f/1.2 and f/1.4, you can get a minute depth of field that’s ideal for things like macro photography and portrait photography.

This isolation of a sharp subject against a blurry background not only looks fantastic, but separates the subject from the rest of the scene, thereby allowing the subject to be a much stronger focal point in the shot. 

Get more details on how focal length and depth of field are related in the video above by Dylan Bennett.

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Prime Lenses Help You Develop Your Photographer’s Eye 

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Part of the challenge of photography is looking at a particular scene and being able to see the different photographs that are possible in your mind’s eye.

When you use a zoom lens, developing this skill can be a bit of a challenge. After all, with a wide range of focal lengths available, it can muddy the waters when it comes to seeing the scene and figuring out how your final shot will look.

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Conversely, when you frequently utilize a prime lens, you begin to see the world at that focal length. You become familiar with what 35mm, for example, looks like in your viewfinder, and then when you’re surveying a scene with your own eyes, it’ll be easier to see what vignettes you can capture at 35mm.

In other words, prime lenses can be a creative tool that helps you determine what will be in the shot (and what won’t be) as well as how the shot will be framed, all before you ever bring the camera to your eye.

You begin to feel the shot, and with less hunting for framing and messing around with composition, you’ll likely find that photography becomes a more satisfying and fruitful exercise.

What’s not to like about that?!

Which Prime Lenses to Get

As Matt Granger discusses in the video above, the prime lenses you add to your camera bag will depend on a variety of factors:

  • What do you intend to do with the lens?
  • How fast of an aperture do you need?
  • What is your budget? 

Regarding what you intend to do with the lens, you need to tailor the focal length to your style of photography.

That is, if you primarily shoot landscapes, you might want to opt for a 24mm lens rather than an 85mm lens. The former just has more applicability for landscapes than the latter.

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Secondly, not everyone needs an f/1.2 lens. If you typically shoot portraits using natural light, an 85mm f/1.8 will suit you just fine. There’s no need to spend more money on an 85mm f/1.2!

And that brings us to the final, and perhaps most important factor - your budget.

As noted above, the larger the aperture, the higher the price tag. If you have the budget to spend a couple thousand dollars on a lens, by all means, spring for an f/1.2 or f/1.4 professional prime lens like this one if you need it.

Otherwise, if you need to mind your wallet, opt for an f/1.8, f/2, f/2.8, or f/4 prime lens and save yourself some cash!


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3 Cheap Full Frame Cameras for 2021

3 Cheap Full Frame Cameras for 2020

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As much as I don’t want to admit it, we are nearing the end of the decade, which means I need some new cameras to take me into 2021.

But, I don’t exactly have the budget for expensive full frame cameras. Cheap full frame cameras are much more up my alley for Christmas this year.

However, most cheap full frame cameras are not great. In fact, cheap full frame cameras can be a rip off if you don’t purchase the correct one.

As such, I pulled together my three favorite cheap full frame cameras: the Nikon D750, The Sony A7 II, and the Canon EOS RP. Let’s talk about them. 

Nikon D750

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The Nikon D750 is the cheapest full frame camera that Nikon carries, which means it doesn’t come with anything fancy like 4K video or fast live view AF, but it still comes with a tilting rear-screen and an incredible dynamic range.

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 The Nikon D750 controls work similarly to Nikon’s other hobby-level DSLRs instead of its professional DSLRs (which can be a pro or con depending upon how you look at it).

The Nikon D750 has a 51-point AF system, shoots in 1080p full-HD at up to 60fps and weighs under 2 lbs. 

Other Nikon D750 Specs include:

  • 24MP full-frame CMOS sensor
  • 3.2” 1,229k-dot LCD tilting screen
  • 51-point AF system
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • 1080p video at 60fps
  • ISO range of 100-12,800
  • 1/4000th max shutter speed
  • 1.7 lbs

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There are rumors that the Nikon D750 is about to be replaced, which is good news for bargain hunters because that means the price is about to go down.  

Until then, though, you can purchase the Nikon D750 brand new on Amazon for $1,200.

Or, you can head over to MPB and get it starting at $885.  

Prices vary depending on the condition of the camera, but even the more “expensive” like-new ones are $1,109, and that’s a pretty darn good deal for a full frame camera with this kind of specs!

Sony A7 II 

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Out of all of our cheap full frame cameras, the Sony A7 II is the cheapest.  

The Sony A7 II features in-body image stabilization, 5fps burst speed, and a 24 megapixel CSC. It’s built out of magnesium alloy, which keeps the body light and comfortable in your hands.  

Other Sony A7 II specs include:

  • 24.3MP full-frame CMOS sensor
  • 5-axis sensor-based image stabilization
  • AF system with 117 detection points
  • 3-inch tilting LCD screen with 1.23 million dots
  • 2.36M dot OLED viewfinder
  • 1080 full HD video capabilities
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

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The one complaint with the Sony A7 II is that it didn’t feature enough upgrades from the Sony A7 to be worth the price when it came out, but since this full frame camera was released 5 years ago, this point is no longer relevant. 

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You can buy a new Sony A7 II on Amazon for $900.  

Or, MPB is offering a Sony A7 II in excellent condition for $815. Either way, that’s not a bad deal at all!

Canon EOS RP

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Finally, the Canon EOS RP, or as some call it, Canon’s “baby.” The best thing about the Canon EOS RP is that it gives you access to all of the RF lenses for much cheaper than previously possible. 

The Canon EOS RP is also compact and it comes with a DSLR lens converter so you can use both the newer RF lenses and your older, pre-owned EF-mount lenses. 

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But, the Canon EOS RP is a good camera in and of itself. It comes with a 26.2MP CMOS sensor, the DIGIC 8 processor, and this camera is the only camera with 4K video capabilities on our list.  

Other Canon EOS RP specs include: 

  • ISO range of 100-40000
  • 6240 x 4160 max resolution
  • 1/4000 sec max shutter speed 
  • Fully articulated 3” screen
  • 1.07 lbs

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You can purchase a Canon EOS RP on Amazon for $1,000. 

You can also save $100 and go pick up the last Canon EOS RP has up right now for $900. 

Why MPB?


MPB is the website photographers use to sell, buy and switch their gear for a few reasons. MPB offers a 6 month warranty on all of their products, which is almost unheard of in the used technology world.

You can trade in your gear to make your new (used) gear cheaper. You can also find the newest used cameras on MPB. All of the cameras I featured on this list are relatively new, but pretty much as soon as a replacement camera comes out, you can be assured that MPB will have stock of the camera that was just replaced.  

But, the real reason I trust MPB with my hard-earned money is their grading system. I know exactly the condition my new camera is going to arrive in. No more guessing with sites like eBay or Craigslist! 

Head over to MPB to browse these and other inexpensive full frame cameras.


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3 Hot Black Friday Cameras You Can Still Get on the Cheap

Hot Black Friday Cameras You Can Still Get on the Cheap

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Black Friday may be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still get great deals on Black Friday cameras. 

As we ramp up for the holidays, camera manufacturers are trying to convince you to spend your money where you most want to, on their products. And the way they are doing so is by making their sales longer and their prices cheaper. 

Here are the best cheap cameras you can still get at bargain prices. 

Nikon D750

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The Nikon D750 may be a few years old, but consumers still love it.  

The Nikon D750 tops our cheap DSLRs list because its a full frame DSLR with a 24.3MP sensor. It shoots 1080p video and features 6.5fps burst shooting. 

Plus, people went crazy for this Black Friday camera because it was over $1,000 off.

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We did a review on the Nikon D750 a few years back. Check it out for a more in-depth review.

You can pick up the Nikon D750 on Amazon for $1,200 right now, which is $800 off. 

You can also pick up a used Nikon D750 on MPB starting at $730.

Nikon D3500

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The Nikon D3500 is on many “budget cameras” lists, but it’s cheaper than usual right now if you’re interested in purchasing the Nikon D3500.  

The Nikon D3500 is a current Nikon model with a 24.2MP sensor. It’s a great camera for someone who is newer to photography because this is the type of budget camera you can grow with.

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You can also send photos from your Nikon D3500 directly to your smartphone to edit and upload to social media.  

The Nikon D3500 can record Full HD video at 1080p, or shoot in burst mode at up to 5 fps. 

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As soon as you start to explore the Nikon D3500 more, you’ll see it’s marketed for someone looking to upgrade from their smartphone camera with options like Guide Mode and a huge array of compatible lenses to make this camera a great go to.

It’s currently available on Amazon for just $400. While MPB doesn’t currently have this model in stock, the best thing about MPB is that it’s a used camera site that rotates through hundreds of different products every day, so while it isn’t there today it could be tomorrow! 

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Sony A7 III 

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While cheap DSLRs are always fun, cheap mirrorless cameras are even harder to come by which is why I’m so excited about the Sony A7 III sale.

The Sony A7 III comes with a 24.2MP Exmor R CMOS sensor, can shoot 4K video at up to a whopping 30fps and features 15 stops of range. 

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The Sony A7 III also features a touchscreen, in-body image stabilization and 93% autofocus coverage which means this is easily the most capable of all the Black Friday cameras. 

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The Sony A7 III is currently available on Amazon for $1,800,which is still 10% off. 

Or you can head over to MPB and get one starting at $1,650.


I love using MPB because you can get Black Friday cameras, at Black Friday prices, year round.

Plus, MPB uses an excellent rating system on all of their products, so you know exactly what you are getting.  

Don’t feel like you need to be left out of the Black Friday madness because you couldn’t afford what you wanted. Head over to MPB and check out their used selection now and get smokin’ deals on pre-owned gear year-round. 

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3 Must-Have Lenses for Landscape Photography

3 Must Have Lenses for Landscape Photography

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I know what you’re thinking…

How can anyone possibly narrow down all the excellent landscape lenses to a set of just three?

It’s true that there are a lot of fantastic lenses you can use to capture gorgeous landscapes, but standing above them all is the “holy trinity” of landscape photography - a wide-angle zoom, a standard zoom, and a telephoto zoom.

More specifically, something like the RF 15-35mm f/2.8L, the RF 24-70mm f/2.8L, and the RF 70-200mm f/2.8 L for the Canon EOS R is what I’m talking about. 

I know, I know...there’s no prime lenses in the holy trinity.

But as I explain in my video below, there are some very good reasons why you should pursue the holy trinity of zoom lenses and forget about primes for landscapes.

Give the video a watch and find out what lenses qualify as the holy trinity for Canon EF and RF lenses, Nikon F and S lenses, and Sony E-mount lenses.

Below, I’ve offered up a quick overview of why the holy trinity is your best bet as a landscape photographer.


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The Holy Trinity 

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As I mentioned earlier, the holy trinity for the full frame EOS R includes the RF 15-35mm f/2.8L, the RF 24-70mm f/2.8L, and the RF 70-200mm f/2.8 L.

I’ve talked about my love for Canon’s RF lenses before, and I’ll do it again here - each of these lenses is simply spectacular.

The crazy part is that they’re spectacular on the EOS R, which can’t come close to maximizing the quality that these lenses are capable of. That’s something that the EOS R5 will certainly be able to do, and boy am I excited to get my hands on one of those cameras later this year! 

As I explain in my video, there are some minor differences in focal length and aperture in the holy trinity depending on what camera you have and what mount the camera uses.

But, by and large, you’re looking at something in the 14-24mm range, as well as a 24-70 and a 70-200mm. This is most likely your best bet for the best lens for landscape photography combination.

Best Lens for Landscape Photography: Should You Get f/2.8 or f/4 Lenses?

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There are very few situations in which you need to shoot at f/2.8 in landscape photography. Low-light situations like astrophotography are a prime exception.

That being the case, if landscapes are all you shoot, an f/4 lens will be plenty fast for your needs. In fact, you’ll likely not even shoot at f/4 all that often!

I personally like having f/2.8 lenses over f/4 lenses because of their low-light capabilities. I’m not out every night photographing the stars by any means, but when I do, an f/2.8 lens is much more capable than an f/4 lens. 

But, budget is the ultimate factor for most people, and since f/2.8 lenses are usually much more expensive, it makes sense for a lot of folks to go with f/4 lenses. I’ve shot many landscapes with a 24-70mm f/4 and they turned out great, so I’m not poo-pooing f/4 lenses by any means. 

I suppose the advice I’m trying to give here is that you need to buy the best lens for landscape photography you can afford. Your lenses will last you for decades if you care for them properly, and they have a more significant impact on image quality than your camera, so putting your money towards good glass will definitely pay dividends. 

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Benefits of Wide-Angle Zooms

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The biggest asset of a wide-angle zoom like my Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8 is that you can take photos that look so much different than what our eyes see.

The distortion of a wide-angle lens isn’t for everyone, but I really love that distortion in a landscape - it looks unique and interesting, and that’s precisely what you want in a photo. 

Besides, wide-angle lenses allow you to include a ton of foreground interest. Doing so gives your shots more depth and makes the photo seem more immersive too because you can create a layered shot with elements in the foreground, midground, and background. These are some of the primary reasons why a wide-angle zoom is considered a best lens for landscape photography.

Benefits of a Standard Zoom

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Having a 24-70mm lens in your kit is a must because it is such a versatile lens.

I’d say that most landscape photographers - myself included - would choose a 24-70mm lens as being the only one they could take on an epic landscape photography trip.

You can go wide at 24mm, shoot telephoto at 70mm, and have a ton variability in between.

This is an easy lens to use, too.

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Photos captured with a 24-70mm lens look much more natural than what you can create with a wide-angle or a telephoto lens. Without the distortion of a wide-angle and the compression of a telephoto, the images you create look more like what you see with your own eyes. 

This can be helpful when framing up your shots and composing images because what you see through the viewfinder looks so much like what you see with your own eyes.

If you’re a beginner, pick up a 24-70mm zoom first - it’s an excellent learning tool and a best lens for landscape photography! 

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Benefits of a Telephoto Zoom

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The biggest advantage of using a telephoto zoom like a 70-200mm lens is that you can fill the frame with individual landscape elements and create much more intimate images.

Rather than showcasing the entire landscape, you’re forced to find that one element that’s more eye-catching than the rest and find ways to capture it in a beautiful way.

Telephoto lenses also give you the greatest opportunity to show scale.

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Because of their compression, distant elements seem larger than they are, so while mountains in the background of a wide-angle shot look tiny, they are big and robust in a telephoto image. 

I’d argue that using a telephoto zoom for landscapes is the most challenging of the three lenses discussed here, but also the most rewarding.

Most landscape photographers start out with a wide-angle (I know I did…), and switching to telephoto requires you to think outside the box and reimagine what landscape photography can be.

So, if you’re in the market for the best lens for landscape photography, think about investing in the holy trinity of zoom lenses.

You’ll be covered from wide-angle to telephoto with just three lenses, and if you’re cramped for space in your backpack, any of these lenses can be used effectively on their own.


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4 Nikon Z9 Specs That Make It a Must-Have Camera for Professionals

4 Nikon Z9 Specs That Make It a Must Have Camera for Professionals

For professional photographers and videographers, one of the most sought-after cameras currently on the market is the one-of-a-kind Nikon Z9. The Nikon Z9 release date was January 2023, and professionals have been creating jaw-dropping content using it ever since. And if you want to find out more about it, you’ve come to the right place!

In this Nikon Z9 review, we share four specs that make it an amazing camera for pros in 2023. From its camera specs to video specs and more, we cover it all here. Moreover, thanks to innovative online platforms like MPB, buying a used Nikon Z mirrorless camera has never been cheaper and easier than it is today.

MPB is a trustworthy and reliable online platform selling used photo and video gear at unbeatable prices. All their cameras and lenses are meticulously hand-inspected by knowledgeable product specialists and backed by six-month warranties, allowing you to make your purchases confidently and worry-free.

We have bought, sold, and traded in more camera equipment than we can count using MPB’s online platform, and it’s always been a positive experience. That’s why we’re delighted to recommend them to you here today. Now, with that said, let’s dive in and discover the Nikon Z9 specs that make it a must-have camera for professionals!

Check out the video above by Jared Polin to learn how the Nikon Z9 stacks up against other flagship cameras like the Canon EOS R3 and Sony Alpha A1

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Nikon Z9 specs: 45.7MP Image Sensor

Nikon Z9 specs 45.7MP Image Sensor

The first spec that immediately jumps off the page when looking at the Nikon Z9 is the high-resolution 45.7-megapixel CMOS sensor. It delivers unbelievably sharp RAW images with excellent dynamic range – ideal for professionals who edit and retouch their content in post-production.

While the dynamic range score is slightly lower than the Nikon Z7 II, it more than compensates for it thanks to the improved speed. It’s faster thanks to the camera sensor's all-new “stacked” design. Stacked sensors also provide blackout-free electronic viewfinders (EVF), boost continuous shooting speeds, and reduce rolling shutter issues.

Furthermore, the high pixel count of the sensor enhances low-light performance and makes images shot on the Z9 ideal for enlarging for print. Whether you intend to print your photos for magazines, posters, or billboards, they will remain sharp and detailed regardless of size. 

Now, here’s an in-depth look at the Nikon Z9 specifications and key features:

  • Camera Type: Mirrorless
  • Sensor: 45.7MP Full-Frame Stacked CMOS Sensor
  • ISO: 64 - 25,600 (expandable to 32 - 102,400)
  • Lens Mount: Nikon Z Mount
  • Speed: 30.0 fps
  • Autofocus: 493 focus points
  • Video: 8K/30p, 4K/120p & 1080p/120p
  • Size/Weight: 149 x 150 x 91 mm / 1340 grams
  • Battery Life: 740 shots
  • Stabilization: Yes
  • Touchscreen: Yes

Nikon Z9 specs: 8K Video

Nikon Z9 specs 8K Video

Another of the Nikon Z9 specs that makes it a must-have camera for professionals is its 8K video capabilities. It can capture gorgeous 8K footage at 24 and 30 frames per second frame rates. Moreover, it offers extra-detailed 4K/60p video oversampled from 8K. Both resolutions are perfect for pro videographers and filmmakers.

In addition to 8K, the Z9 boasts 4K and 1080p Full HD video — both top out at speeds of 120p, which is great for filming slow-motion videos. Because of the stacked CMOS sensor and powerful Expeed 7 image processor, it can easily record for two hours or more without overheating. 

Having a lot of storage space is critical when shooting high-resolution video content. Luckily, the Z9 has two CFexpress Type B memory card slots. The dual slots will allow you to record uninterrupted for longer and increase your productivity/workflow speeds. 

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Nikon Z9 specs: Built-In Image Stabilization

Nikon Z9 specs Built In Image Stabilization

In-body image stabilization (IBIS) is definitely a must-have feature for professionals, and the Nikon Z9 offers some of the best stabilization of any camera available today. The IBIS has a CIPA image stabilization rating of six stops, meaning it adds up to six additional stops of exposure compared to a non-stabilized camera (more if paired with a lens with optical image stabilization).

IBIS has three primary advantages – improved handheld video, better low-light performance, and sharper still images. The quality of video shot by hand is better because the IBIS reduces camera shake. Low-light performance is enhanced since you can shoot at lower ISOs. And images taken on telephoto lenses, in particular, are much sharper if a camera has IBIS.

Nikon Z9 specs: Sensor Shield

Nikon Z9 specs Sensor Shield

Finally, the state-of-the-art sensor shield is one of our absolute favorite Nikon Z9 specs. The sensor shield automatically closes when you turn off the camera in order to better protect the delicate sensor from dust, dirt, and other unwanted particles. The shield adds an extra layer of security to the camera and helps make it more durable than most digital cameras

Overall, the Z9 is an incredibly rugged and long-lasting camera. Its robust magnesium alloy body is nearly indestructible, and the weather sealant makes it a great choice for outdoor use. Professional adventure, landscape, and wildlife photographers are three groups who see fantastic results from this camera.

Final Thoughts on the Nikon Z9

Thoughts on the Nikon Z9

We appreciate you taking the time out of your busy schedule to stop by and read our Nikon Z9 specs camera guide. We hope you have found it informative and that it’s helped you in your camera search. As a parting gift before you leave, here’s a list of our favorite Nikon Z Mount lenses for photo and video to pair with the Z9. You can find great deals on them now at MPB

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5 Inexpensive Full Frame Cameras for 2021

5 Inexpensive Full Frame Cameras for 2020

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If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to buy a new full frame camera, then this list of inexpensive full frame cameras is for you.

While these five cheap full frame cameras are some personal favorite of the PhotographyTalk editors, it is definitely not an exhaustive list. Although a bit expensive, its worth to mention about Nikon D3500 because its a perfect entry level DSLR camera used by many professional photographers.

Sony A7

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Sony A7 Specs: 

  • Type: Mirrorless
  • Megapixels: 24.3
  • Screen: 3” tiltable LCD
  • 5fps burst mode 
  • 1080p video resolution 

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The Sony A7 features one of the best autofocus systems out of all mirrorless cameras, despite the fact that it has been almost completely overshadowed by its newer versions, the Sony A7 II and Sony A7 III (which both expanded on this incredible autofocus system). 

The Sony A7 is light and travel-friendly, while maintaining a full frame sensor.

Additionally, the Sony A7 has a wide range of compatible lenses, despite the fact that the Sony A7 has been discontinued. 

The Sony A7 also allowed beginners to break into the mirrorless camera game when it dropped because it provided almost all of the features of more expensive mirrorless cameras like the Nikon D610 or the Canon EOS 6D. 

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Since the Sony A7 has been discontinued, you can no longer buy it new anywhere online. So, MPB will be your best option with a used version starting at $560. 

There is also a “like new” Sony A7 for $660.


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Canon EOS RP 

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Canon EOS RP Specs: 

Type: Mirrorless

  • Megapixels: 26.2
  • Screen: 3” fully articulating touchscreen LCD
  • 5fps burst mode
  • 4K video resolution

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The Canon EOS RP is surprisingly small and light, even more so than the Sony A7, but that doesn’t mean it lacks any features as compared to the other best full frame cameras on this list.

When the Canon EOS RP dropped it was the least expensive full-frame camera to ever hit the market. 

It can shoot 4K video, which isn’t true of many other inexpensive full frame cameras, and it is reminiscent of other Canon cameras, so it’s a fan favorite of brand-loyal photographers.

While the photo quality is excellent, the 4K video quality is not as compared to other full frames on the market, so videographers should keep this in mind before springing for this camera.

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The Canon EOS RP is available on Amazon for $1,000, or you can look for a used version starting at $900. 

Nikon D750

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Nikon D750 Specs:

  • Type: DSLR
  • Megapixels: 24.3
  • Screen: 3” tilting touchscreen LCD
  • 6.5fps burst mode
  • 1080p video resolution

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The Nikon D750 offers the fastest burst mode of any of the inexpensive full frame cameras on our list, which makes it an excellent choice for sports or wildlife photographers.

But, my favorite quality to this camera is that it features a tiltable screen, unlike its sister versions, the Nikon D810 and the Nikon D610. 

It doesn’t shoot 4K video, but it does feature powered aperture control, “flat” picture control modes, and overexposure warnings. 

It’s autofocus system is also advanced for a camera of this era, with 51-points. 

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The Nikon D750 is on sale on Amazon right now for $1,500.Or, you can save over $600 and shop MPB where there are a ton of Nikon D750s listed at just $850. 

Canon EOS 6D Mark II 

Canon EOS 6D Mark II

Canon EOS 6D Mark II Specs: 

  • Type: DSLR
  • Megapixels: 26.2
  • Screen: 3” vari-angle touchscreen LCD
  • 6.5fps burst mode
  • 1080p video resolution

Canon EOS 6D Mark II 2

Of all these inexpensive full frame cameras, this one is not for beginners. 

The Canon EOS 6D Mark II features many of the same incredible features of the Nikon D750, like a good screen, a fast AF system, and excellent handling due to its size, but it isn’t as intuitive. So you shouldn’t expect to pick it up and have all of the controls figured out within a few days.

This Canon’s AF system works so well that you can even use it efficiently in Live View mode, which some current cameras can’t even offer. 

It’s also got really good low-light capabilities since it features an ISO range of 100-40,000. 

You can’t shoot 4K video with the Canon EOS 6D Mark II, but you can shoot full HD at 1080p for up to 60fps. 

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The Canon EOS 6D Mark II is available for $1,400 on Amazon, or you can buy a used version off of MPB starting at $1,065. 

Nikon D810

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Nikon D810 Specs:

  • Type: DSLR
  • Megapixels: 36.3
  • Screen: 3.2”  TFT-LCD screen
  • 5fps burst mode
  • 1080p video resolution

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The Nikon D810 is the big sister to the Nikon D750.  

Whereas the Nikon D750 featured a 24.3MP sensor, the Nikon D810 features a super impressive 36.3MP sensor. While this won’t affect your everyday photographer, it’s a huge bonus for the pros. 

The Nikon D810 also features a wider ISO range, which begins at 64. Unsurprisingly, it performs very well in low light. 

The Nikon D810 is heavier and bulkier thanks to its pro-spec build. If you’re after something smaller, the D750 might be for you. 

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The Nikon D810 rounds out our list of best full frame cameras as the most expensive one on the list at $3,000.However, if you’re looking to save some money on your full frame cameras for 2021, make sure to check out MPB where you can find the Nikon D810 starting at $850.


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5 Reasons to Buy a Nikon D7200 in 2023

5 Reasons to Buy a Nikon D7200 in 2023

While mirrorless cameras are all the rage these days, there remains a huge market for high-quality DSLR cameras. One such camera is the budget-friendly Nikon D7200. While it was initially released in 2015, it remains one of the most sought-after DSLRs for entry-level and enthusiast-level photographers. 

In this Nikon D7200 review, we’ll share five reasons why it remains a great choice in 2023 despite its age. From image quality to lens compatibility to price, we cover it all! Furthermore, thanks to innovative online platforms like MPB, buying a pre-owned Nikon DSLR has never been cheaper and easier than it is today.

MPB is a trustworthy and reliable online platform selling pre-owned photo and video gear at unbeatable prices. All their cameras and lenses are closely hand-inspected by expert product specialists and backed by six-month warranties, allowing you to make your purchases confidently and worry-free.

We’ve been using MPB’s online marketplace to buy, sell, and trade in camera equipment for years and have gotten many great deals on pre-owned gear. That’s why we are thrilled to recommend them to you here today. Now, without further ado, let’s dive in and discover what the Nikon D7200 can do for you!  

Check out the video above by Henry Turner to learn why one popular YouTuber recently decided to switch back to the Nikon D7200. 

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The Image and Video Quality of the Nikon D7200

Image and Video Quality of the Nikon D7200

The first thing that jumps off the page when looking at the specs of the Nikon D7200 is its high-resolution sensor. It’s a 24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor that captures sharp JPEG and RAW images with excellent out-of-the-box colors. Moreover, the photo mode autofocus is fast and accurate, even when shooting bursts at up to six frames per second (fps). 

The video quality recorded by this camera is also very respectable. While it lacks 4K video capabilities, it films good 1080p Full HD video at 60 and 24 fps frame rates. Another thing to note is that when shooting 1080p/6p video, a 1.3x crop factor is applied to the footage. 

Now, here’s an in-depth look at the key features and specs of the Nikon D7200:

  • Camera Type: DSLR
  • Sensor: 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • ISO: 100 - 25,600 (expandable to 100 - 102,400)
  • Lens Mount: Nikon F Mount
  • Speed: 6.0 fps
  • Autofocus: 51 focus points
  • Video: 1080p/60p & 1080p/24p
  • Size/Weight: 136 x 107 x 76 mm / 765 grams
  • Battery Life: 1110 shots
  • Stabilization: No
  • Touchscreen: No
  • Pre-Owned Nikon D7200 Price: $439 - $509

The Low-Light Performance of the Nikon D7200

Low Light Performance of the Nikon D7200

Thanks to a wide ISO range, the low-light performance of the D7200 is superb. Images tend to be sharp and relatively noise-free even when working at higher ISO levels. This makes the Nikon D7200 a great choice for shooting in poorly lit situations like at night, sunrise/sunset, and indoors.

The low-light autofocus is also significantly better than previous Nikon cameras. The uptick in performance is thanks to an upgraded image processing system, and you will see improvements across all AF modes. This helps when shooting portraits, wildlife, and other moving subjects. 

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The Insane Battery Life of the Nikon D7200

Insane Battery Life of the Nikon D7200

One of the trademark features of DSLR cameras is their impressive battery life compared to mirrorless cameras. Therefore, you shouldn’t be surprised to hear that battery life is a strong point of the Nikon D7200. Rated at 1110 shots per full charge, the D7200 delivers two to three times the average battery life of even the newest mirrorless cameras.

Unless you blindly fire off bursts every few minutes, one battery should easily last an entire day of shooting. On top of that, spare batteries are incredibly cheap if you decide you want to buy some extras. 

The Lens Compatibility of the Nikon D7200

Lens Compatibility of the Nikon D7200

Another reason to get a Nikon D7200 is its extensive native lens lineup. There are over 400 Nikon Nikkor F Mount lenses, giving you more lens flexibility than any other lens mount on the planet. Additionally, there are tons of compatible third-party lenses, too. 

So, regardless of your budget and what you like to shoot, you will have endless options to choose from. Whether you need a standard zoom lens, a telephoto lens, a prime lens, or even a macro lens, the F mount system has the perfect lens for you!

With that in mind, here are a few of our favorite cheap lenses for photo and video to pair with the D7200:

The Affordable Price of the Nikon D7200

Affordable Price of the Nikon D7200

Last but not least, there’s the attractive price of the Nikon D7200. While it originally retailed for around $1,200 when it came out in 2015, you can now find good quality pre-owned Nikon D7200 cameras for under $500! 

The low price of the body gives you more money to spend on lenses and other accessories like tripods, bags, lighting equipment, and more. Better yet, it means you don’t have to spend all your savings if you are new to photography, a student on a tight budget, or buying your children their first camera. 

Final Thoughts on the Nikon D7200

Thoughts on the Nikon D7200

As you can see, there are plenty of reasons to buy a Nikon D7200 in 2023. Not only does it perform well, but you can find them way cheaper than they originally cost if you look on platforms like MPB.

Want a Nikon DSLR but aren’t 100% sold on the D7200? Check out the list below to compare it with other popular models. 

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5 Reasons to Buy a Used Nikon D850

5 Reasons to Buy a Used Nikon D850

A used Nikon D850 camera is a great choice for anyone looking for their next Full Frame format Nikon DSLR.

Primarily because the Nikon D850 is such a full-featured, professional-level camera.

In addition to used Nikon D850 cameras, there are several other excellent choices if you don’t need this superb instrument's size, weight, cost, or ultra-high resolution.

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Professional Level Used Nikon D850

Professional Level Used Nikon D850

What makes a used Nikon D850 such a good option for serious photographers? One of the reasons is that used Nikon D850 cameras are fully professional-level cameras. What does that mean?  

You may have heard certain well-respected cameras referred to as a hockey puck or a tank of a camera. That means that the camera is designed to withstand the heavy use of a working professional. You still don’t want to throw your D850 off of a balcony, but you can use your used Nikon D850 in professional settings without worrying about it being delicate. 

Ruggedness is the key here. The Nikon pro-level cameras are all built to handle extremes of usage and conditions. The single-digit F-Mount cameras are the strongest. That would be DSLR cameras such as the D6, D5, film cameras like the F4s, and so on. Apparently, the Z-Mount lineup of mirrorless cameras is following a different naming path.  

The Nikon DSLRs in the 800 numbering are super rugged, but the main reason for their existence is the super high resolution of their imaging sensors.  

Here are 5 reasons to buy a used Nikon D850:

  1. Full Frame 45.7 MP sensor
  2. Pro-level ruggedness
  3. 4K video
  4. Wide variety of lens choices
  5. Part of the excellent Nikon system

Ultra-High Resolution Full Frame Sensor

Ultra High Resolution Full Frame Sensor  Nikon D850

Inside a used Nikon D850 camera is the heart of its imaging capability - a Full Frame (known from Nikon as FX) format, 45.7MP BSI CMOS sensor and Nikon’s proven EXPEED 5 image processor.  

It has light sensitivity settings available from ISO 32 for the highest possible sharpness up to ISO 102,400 for extreme low-light image captures. This sensor and imaging engine allows for 51 frames of high-speed captures at 7 frames per second, also 4K video recording. 

If you’ve always wanted extremely high-resolution images in the Full Frame format, a used Nikon D850 camera will likely be your dream camera. For now, at least, right?

F-Mount Lenses for Used Nikon D850

F Mount Lenses for Used Nikon D850

Your recently-acquired used Nikon D850 will take close to every Nikon F-Mount lens ever made since 1959. That’s almost 65 years of lenses! Read your owner’s manual or go to the Nikon website for a complete compatibility list, as some very rare specialty lenses won’t fit.  

From the newest G-type lenses, all the way to manual focusing non-AI lenses, your used Nikon D850 is ready to use them. So if you have a 1980s vintage Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 lens, a 13mm f/5.6 (lucky!), or a Series-E 50mm f/1.8, these will work just like they did on the cameras from that era.

AF-S, AF-D, and all current AF lenses work just as designed, too. Even lenses meant for DX format (APS-C) Nikon cameras will function perfectly, though they will trigger the D850 into DX capture mode.

This means there are many options for you regarding lenses for a used Nikon D850 camera. You may have been a Nikon shooter for many years and have lenses from film cameras, or you could be brand new to serious photography and looking for reasonably priced used lenses, the D850 can likely take them. 

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Used Nikon D850 Alternatives - FX Format

Used Nikon D850 Alternatives FX Format

Since we opened the door about prices and size and weight already, you may wonder what other cameras you could consider, either as a second camera or as an alternative to a used Nikon D850 camera.  

Browsing one of my favorite online platforms for quality pre-owned photography gear, MPB, I see numerous options for a used Nikon D850 in various conditions, from Good to Excellent, to Like New. Every camera and lens listed on MPB has a very clearly defined condition rating. 

The condition rating is mostly cosmetic and indicates just how much an item may have been used. If it’s for sale at MPB, it will be in perfect working condition, unless clearly identified otherwise. 

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So, a Like New condition used Nikon D850 may cost just a little less than actually brand new, but the Good condition could be several hundred dollars less. It’s nice to have those pricing options.

Still, a used Nikon D850 may be a little harder on some budgets, or we may realize we don’t need or want all of the features of this particular camera model, so we can look at other used camera ideas such as an older used Nikon D810 (pro-level 36.3 MP) or the smaller and lighter Nikon D750 (prosumer or intermediate level 24.3 MP) cameras. 

You could pick up one of these fine cameras at MPB for prices ranging from just under a thousand to just several hundred. Check out your options, there are many ways to obtain an ultra-high quality camera on an online platform such as MPB.

Used Nikon D850 Alternatives - DX Format

Used Nikon D850 Alternatives DX Format

Everything about FX or Full Frame format Nikon cameras is higher. The weight, the size, and the cost of the cameras themselves, and the sizes, weights, and costs of the lenses for FX Nikons. So the crop format of APS-C, called DX by Nikon, is a fine alternative approach.

Nikon has 2 excellent DX format cameras that compare favorably to the FX format D8XX and D7XX series cameras. The fully pro-level 20.9 MP Nikon D500 and the prosumer level 20.9 MP Nikon D7500. While you're there, check out the many great lenses available for Nikon DX format cameras.

Where to Buy a Used Nikon D850

Where to Buy a Used Nikon D850

Finding a good used Nikon D850 DSLR F-Mount camera is one thing, finding it at an online platform you can fully trust is another. I purchase much of my everyday use camera and lens equipment at MPB. 

I’ve come to really trust MPB for my equipment needs due their excellent process of only acquiring equipment in working order after thoroughly examining the items, their easy to understand rating system, and their policies of a 7-day return window and 6-month store warranty on their gear. 

Plus, the prices! I’m a big fan of used photographic equipment in the first place since I can save so much money. The excellent reputation, top level customer service, and their warranties, make saving money at MPB one of favorite things to tell others who are searching for different photography equipment.

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5 Reasons Why a Used Nikon D750 is a Great Camera in 2022

5 Reasons Why a Used Nikon D750 is a Great Camera in 2022

When Nikon released the Nikon D750 in late 2014, it was a very welcome addition to the Nikon Full Frame (or FX in Nikon talk) lineup of digital cameras. Finding a used Nikon D750 is still a great option for many serious digital photographers.

More capable than the consumer-oriented D6XX series but with a far lower price and lighter weight than the 36mp to 46mp sensor pro series 8XX cameras, the D750 has a 24mp full frame sensor, articulated screen, full HD video, and many great features for pros and serious amateurs.

Even though it was superseded by the D780 in early 2020, a used Nikon D750 is still one of the best choices for serious photographers wishing to move up to full frame format from crop format cameras and is fully capable of being used as a prosumer-level camera.

A prosumer-level camera is a camera that is priced attractively for the “average” consumer but has some features and a build strength that are conducive for being used in a manner in keeping with professional demands. It’s not a D850, D6, or Z9 top-level pro camera by any means, but a used Nikon D750 would probably be a great choice for many serious photographers.

Nikon D750 Specs

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The Nikon D750 is a full frame format digital single-lens reflex camera. It has an image sensor that is 35.9 x 24mm in size and has 24 megapixels providing a maximum resolution of 6016 x 4016 recorded in JPEG and 12 or 14-bit RAW formats.

It uses Nikon’s Expeed 4 image processor and is also capable of recording full HD video (1080p) in ISO sensitivities from 50 to 51,200. The top shutter speed is 1/4000th of a second, flash syncs at 1/200th, and it can cycle at 6.5 frames per second.

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It uses the Nikon F-mount, which allows a large percentage of Nikon lenses to fit and operate on the camera, has autofocus with many Nikon AF lenses, and its magnesium alloy and carbon fiber body is both rugged and lightweight.

It has a built-in flash and an articulating tilting rear viewscreen usable for image review, live view, and as the deep camera menu. The Nikon D750 battery is long-lasting at 1,230 shots per charge. The camera has two SD card slots and 100% viewfinder coverage. 

Nikon D750 accessories include flashes, flash controllers, remotes (wired and wireless), a GPS unit, microphones, headphones, and external monitors.

Used Nikon D750 Price

Used Nikon D750 Price

One of the biggest reasons for buying a used Nikon D750 camera is the price. For decades, photographers have turned to used equipment to save money on the fine gear we need. While the D750 was priced brand-new in 2014 at around $2300 for the body only, you can find a used Nikon D750 body in excellent condition for under $1000!

If you’re wondering where to find a used Nikon D750 for sale, check out the several dozen in stock as MPB. A used camera is only worth buying if it’s in great working condition with all the features functioning. extends a limited warranty on their cameras and lenses for six months, and you have the ability to return any item for seven days after purchase.

Since MPB specializes in buying and selling used photography equipment, they can stand behind their condition descriptions, so you know exactly what you’re getting in a used Nikon D750.

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5 Reasons Why a Used Nikon D750 is a Great Camera

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I’m actually limiting myself by sticking with only five reasons! But here’s a few top choices:

  1. Nikon D750 is a full frame format camera
  2. Rugged yet lightweight body
  3. Nikon F lens mount
  4. Prosumer features
  5. Bargain prices

Full Frame Format

The full frame format of a used Nikon D750 has excellent low-light performance compared to crop formats, has excellent resolution with a 24mp sensor, and full frame format is often required by some clients for professional imaging.

Rugged Yet Lightweight Body

Rugged Yet Lightweight Body

An entry-level camera in a crop format likely won’t be as rugged as a Nikon D750, but the D750 is nowhere near the weight of a Nikon D850 or the size and weight of a Nikon D5 or D6 full-fledged professional camera.

While it may not be the army tank of a camera that top-of-the-line cameras are, a used Nikon D750 should perform well for all sorts of serious photography.

Nikon F Lens Mount

Nikon F Lens Mount

The Nikon F lens mount has been around longer than many of us have been alive! You can fit many of the lenses Nikon has made through the years to a used Nikon D750 camera. Just check the lens mounting guides on the Nikon websites or in the instruction manuals to learn how.

Current FX lenses are some of the best-performing lenses in all of digital photography. Many of the newest Nikon lenses are also available as used lenses for less than brand-new items.

Prosumer Features

Features that can help the workflow or capabilities of a working photographer are included in the D750 features, such as exposure bracketing, high-speed motor drive, extended ISO range, high resolution, 14-bit RAW imaging, dual card slots, and super-fast autofocus with 51 AF points.

Bargain Prices


Since you’ll most likely be finding this great camera as a used Nikon D750, the pricing will seem like a bargain compared to several other full frame format DSLRs on the market. The D750 was already very budget-friendly compared to the then-current D810 and D4s, so a used Nikon D750 from a reputable dealer like MPB is a very budget-friendly camera.

If you’re already shooting with an FX format Nikon, a used Nikon D750 is a great second camera. It is especially a good choice for any serious photographers wanting to move up to full frame format digital photography. 

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50mm or 85mm: Which is Best for B-Roll?

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A great way to enhance your finished videos is to add in B-roll footage while editing. A-roll is footage that can tell the story on its own without anything added as explanation. B-roll is extra footage that doesn’t tell the story, but supports the A-roll in fleshing out the story.

How to actually get good B-roll video and edit it into your finished video requires some good choices. One choice is what lenses for shooting video to use. Other choices are where to add it and how much of it to use. 

The Best Lens for B-Roll

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As far as useful video tips, the best one I ever got was to listen to everyone and everything, but then choose what actually fits me. As a new photographer, and even as an established pro, I received suggestions and tips about lenses all the time.  

Certain lenses are better suited for some applications than others. The trick is to determine which lens best fits the applications you want to use that lens to accomplish. Two lens focal lengths that have both general and specific jobs they are well suited for are the 50mm normal lens and the 85mm short telephoto. 

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Crop Factor Confusion

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You may have noticed that I’m using descriptive labels for these lenses that correspond to full-frame 35mm format. If you are using one of the cropped formats like APS-C or MFT, then the crop factors of 1.5X and 2.0X applies to what focal lengths are equivalent.  

To get close to the same field of view, lenses of 35mm and  57mm for APS-C are similar, for MFT it would be 25mm and 42.5mm. A quick search of actual lenses close to these numbers reveal several 25mm and 40mm lenses for MFT and 35mm and 60mm lenses for various APS-C cameras.

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Of course, you could also use the 50mm and 85mm lenses on the crop cameras, but crop factor will make them act like other focal lengths. MFT gives you 100mm and 170mm, APS-C gives you 75mm and 127.5mm.  

It can get a little confusing to think back and forth about crop factors and focal lengths, so we will concentrate our discussion on full-frame format. Crop factor could fill up a whole article on its own. So, let’s examine our choices of 50mm and 85mm lenses.

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The Nifty Fifty 

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One of the most versatile lenses for photography and videography is the 50mm normal lens. Using a 50mm lens for B-roll is one of the more beneficial video tips. It’s a good lens for general use and for A-roll, too. 

The Nifty Fifty gives what is considered a normal perspective and field of view (FOV) in photos and video. They can be very budget friendly and are generally compact in size and have a wide maximum aperture. These lenses also tend to be close focusing and have pleasant bokeh when shot at wide apertures.

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One of the better choices for many videographers could be the Nikon 50mm f/1.8 lens. Granted, this lens is in the Nikon F mount, so it is primarily meant to be used on Nikon DSLR cameras. With an f-stop of f/1.8, you can capture good images in low light or employ selective focus techniques. 

This is also one of the most affordable lenses in 35mm digital photography. It actually costs less than several of the speedlights for Nikon cameras. All of these reasons make the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G lens one of the best lenses for shooting video and a great lens for B-roll.

Here is an interesting video covering the use of a 50mm lens for B-roll from Jeven Dovey, an experienced videographer and vlogger: 

With all of these pros, it sounds like a no brainer as the perfect lens. However, as one of the most important video tips ever, I must sadly inform everyone that there is no perfect lens. So sorry!

Among the cons for this fine lens is the normal focal length itself. Even though you can focus very close with most 50mm lenses, if you focus close on a person, the apparent perspective will not be flattering. 

While not as extreme as with wide angle lenses, the perspective exaggeration of a person’s face with a 50mm is enough to be noticable. So if you want to crop in closer on a person, either a headshot or head and shoulders, a short telephoto might be a better lens for B-roll. 

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Short Telephoto Lens - 85mm

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Long a favorite of portrait photographers, short telephotos in the approximately 80mm to 100mm range make excellent lenses for shooting video. What makes an 85mm lens a good lens for B-roll footage?

One of the finer examples of short telephoto lenses I’ve had the opportunity to use is the Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM lens. If you are a Canon shooter, this lens is well worth the money. It’s expensive, as all of the L-Series lenses from Canon are, but the quality is outstanding.

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One of the reasons for using an 85mm lens for B-roll is to avoid the the facial elongation seen in wide to normal lenses when shooting people close up. A fast 85mm also gives you great bokeh and separation of subject to background when shot at wide apertures. For an 85mm lens, f/1.4 is pretty fast.

Watch this video from Peter McKinnon that explains some of the advantages of using 85mm lenses for shooting video B-roll:

The cons of using a fast 85mm lens include the aforementioned high price, large size, increased weight, and generally larger filter diameter. For what you can get from a high quality short telephoto, those cons can be viewed as being just part of the deal for using it as a B-roll lens.

Quality B-Roll Equals Great Video

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Since you are going to all the trouble to shoot and edit it B-roll, you want to get the best out of your efforts. Both the 50mm and 85mm lenses are good choices as lenses for shooting video B-roll and primary footage.

Besides lens choice, other techniques, tricks, and tips for video B-roll can be found on our site. Browse around for ideas for videographers from beginner to advanced users. Whatever lens choice you make, shooting B-roll will enhance your videos. A 50mm and an 85mm lens are fantastic options, you really couldn’t go wrong with either one. Or both!


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Beginner Photography Primer: Types of Cameras Used for Photography

Types of Cameras Used for Photography

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As you browse the web for learning more and more about photography, you have no doubt seen many types of cameras used for photography. 

There are so many options that you have to choose from, so we decided to make a primer covering what cameras are used for photography by beginners and intermediate photographers.

Even if you’ve already made your choice, this may help you understand some basic principles for your future growth as a photographer.

Format Options for Digital Photography

One of the concepts that I see many entry-level photographers struggle with is the types of formats that are available.

The three most popular digital formats of cameras used for photography from beginner through advanced levels are MFT, APS-C, and Full Frame.

MFT Format

Olympus OM D E M5 Mark II

Also known as Micro Four Thirds or Micro 4/3rds, MFT (like the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II shown above) is the smallest of the three formats and offers advantages and disadvantages. A major advantage is the small size and weight of cameras and lenses. 

A disadvantage is that since the actual pixels are small for any given resolution, their light-gathering ability is lower than comparable resolution cameras in larger formats. Other advanced features like image stabilization can offset that issue.

Many MFT cameras used for photography are also excellent cameras for high-quality video recording. In fact, many of the premier videography cameras are in this MFT format. The 4:3 aspect ratio of this format transfers over to video formats with little or no loss of quality.

APS-C Format

types of cameras used for photography sony a6300

APS-C format cameras (like the Sony a6300 shown above) that are used for photography actually predate digital photography, having been an alternate film format from 35mm or 135 format. It is one step down in size from Full Frame 35mm format and offers several advantages over the other two formats for entry-level photographers.

Advantages of the APS-C format are smaller size and lighter weight cameras and lenses compared to Full Frame, larger pixel size compared to MFT, and having some of the most budget-friendly cameras for beginners and intermediate level photographers. The 3:2 aspect ratio is the same as Full Frame cameras.

Disadvantages include the lower light gathering ability of sensors in the same resolution compared to Full Frame and few truly budget-friendly entry-level cameras have 4K video capability. 

4K video is a high-quality standard usable for extremely sharp videos to be viewed on larger devices such as a TV. Plus the 3:2 aspect ratio often requires some alteration to fit common video display formats.

Full Frame Format

canon eos 1dx

Full Frame format (like that in theCanon EOS 1DX shown above) is the exact same size as 35mm or 135 format film and is the largest of the three common digital formats of cameras used for photography.

Advantages are ultra-high-quality imaging and extreme low-light capability. Disadvantages are the increase of size, weight, and prices of cameras and lenses. Even with larger sizes and prices in mind, there are some excellent cameras in this format that beginners could consider.

As you read through other articles or chat forums discussing cameras used for photography, don’t let any camera snobbery or snide comments get you down about format and camera choices. All three of these options are excellent choices for photographers of all levels of expertise. 

DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras Used for Photography

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DSLR is an acronym for digital single lens reflex, meaning the cameras use a mirror and a prism to show you the view through the lens that will be captured on the sensor. Mirrorless cameras use the sensor and an electronic display to accomplish the same thing.

Both types of cameras have pros and cons. Most mirrorless cameras are smaller and lighter than DSLR cameras but they are often more expensive and use up battery charge faster. 

Also, even though mirrorless cameras are generally smaller, in Full Frame format the lenses are still going to be large. MFT and APS-C format mirrorless camera lenses can be rather small and lightweight, but are still usually more expensive than lenses for DSLR cameras.

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I’ve mentioned price concerns a few times already because it’s on the minds of pro photographers too, not simply beginners. One way to offset some of the monetary outlay of our pricey photography equipment is to shop used cameras and lenses.

Especially as a beginner, you will want to stick with reputable sources when looking for used photography cameras for sale. One of my most trusted sources that sell used photography equipment is MPB.

There are a plethora of reasons why I trust MPB so much. 

For starters, they offer a 6-month warranty on most items, return privileges in case an item isn’t what you expected, and I appreciate how they approach buying and selling used equipment.

Specifically, they rate these cameras and lenses based on their exhaustive inspection, ensuring you get exactly what you want - a great camera or lens at an awesome price. A lot of the used items in stock are currently in-production equipment or very recently introduced gear.

Cameras Used for Photography - Entry-Level

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Entry-level cameras should be easy to use and most beginners want a price that doesn’t stress a budget. Here are three I like that qualify on these counts. Two are APS-C format and  one is Full Frame.

  • Canon EOS Rebel T6i is a DSLR camera in the APS-C format that has a high-resolution 24.2mp sensor and uses Canon EF lenses for a huge variety of lens options. Beginners can pair it with the Canon EF-S 18-135mm IS STM lens for an extremely versatile beginner kit.
  • If mirrorless is your preference, look at the APS-C format Sony Alpha a6300 camera with a Sony 16-50 PZ lens for an ultra-compact, fully-capable beginner setup.
  • A Full Frame format camera that beginners will find both comfortable and affordable is the mirrorless Canon EOS R. It’s lightweight, full-featured, Full Frame format, and records 4K video. Add the Canon RF 24-105mm lens for a compact and affordable system.

Cameras Used for Photography - Intermediate

fuji xt20 cameras used for photography

An APS-C mirrorless choice is theFujifilm X-T20 with18-55mm f/2.8-4.0 LM OIS lens that has a high-resolution sensor and fast aperture lens.

If DSLR is more your preference, it’s hard to beat the APS-C format Nikon D7100 with the high-performance Nikon 18-140mm DX lens for features, quality, and affordability. You can find almost the same exact camera but in Full Frame format, the Nikon D750 and Nikon 24-120mm zoom lens.

A mirrorless Full Frame prosumer or intermediate level camera such as the Sony Alpha a7R III has a 42.4mp Full Frame sensor and professional level build. It goes well with an all-around zoom lens such as the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DN Art lens.

MFT cameras make excellent prosumer-level cameras. Options such as the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mk II camera and fast zoom Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro lens are ideal.

Cameras Used for Photography - Advanced and Professional

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Advanced users or anyone wanting full-fledged professional build and the extra features added to pro-level cameras should look at the DSLR choices in Full Frame format such as the Nikon D4s and Canon EOS 1DX, or the mirrorless Full Frame Nikon Z6, Panasonic DC-S1R, or Sony Alpha a9 II

For the other formats, in APS-C, look at the Nikon D500, Fujifilm X-T4, and Canon EOS 90D. MFT format pro cameras include the Olympus OM-D E-M1X and Panasonic DMC-GH5S which is also a super high-quality videography camera. 

Cameras Used for Photography and Videography

panasonic gh5s

If video is your primary love, then in addition to the Panasonic GH4 and GH5 series of MFT cameras which have become virtually industry standards for videography, you should also take a good hard look at the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema 4K camera with MFT mount.

As you can see, you have a lot of fine options to choose from when shopping for the types of cameras used for photography. All of the options on this short list will be excellent as your first camera or as an upgrade from whatever you’re currently using.

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Best APS-C Cameras for 2022

Best APS C Cameras for 2022

What are the best APS-C cameras we should consider when buying a camera through the rest of 2022? This is a good question!

I have three recommendations for you: a good option, a better option, and a best option for you to examine. 

Interestingly, the best APS-C cameras for 2022 may have been introduced from a few years ago up to very recently, but the three I’m listing are either still being made or are so recent that you can find excellent examples from MPB, my favorite online platform for pre-owned photography equipment.

All three of these best APS-C cameras can be found right now at MPB. Part of the reason I shop at MPB is because it’s run by photographers, they carefully examine each item they list for sale, and they describe the exact condition of each item. What’s more, MPB offers a six-month warranty and seven-day return window on virtually everything they sell. 

Without further ado, let’s discuss the best APS-C cameras for 2022!

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Common Features of My Best APS-C Cameras

Common Features the Best APS C Cameras

When looking at upgrading to a prosumer-style APS-C camera, there are some certain features that are important.

First off, in order to qualify as a prosumer-quality camera, it should have a level of build quality that engenders confidence for use in professional situations. 

The sensor resolution and ISO sensitivity also need to support the case for this type of use and for inclusion on a list of best APS-C cameras. Resolution in the low 20s seems to work out very well for high-quality APS-C crop format cameras. After all, it was cameras in the 8 to 12 MP range that started to equal and surpass small format film for many photographers.

Other features I like to see are extended exposure bracketing, customizable buttons, and top-of-camera exposure setting readouts (or indicators of the same settings, such as physical dials). I also like cameras with faster sequence shooting, more AF points, and higher-capacity batteries (or the capability to add a battery grip).

I also like to have a high-quality video mode, preferably 4K, but Full HD works for a lot of vlog-style video recording. 

If these items aren’t present, it isn’t a dealbreaker, but they’re nice to have.

Best APS-C Cameras - Good - Canon EOS 80D

Best APS C Cameras Good Canon EOS 80D

The first camera on the list of best APS-C cameras is the good category with the Canon EOS 80D.  

This camera comes with a 24.2MP APS-C sensor and 45 AF points. It is a DSLR type of camera, has a touch screen rear view screen, takes a single SD card, and records video in Full HD resolution. 

This camera was released in 2016 and is a fine example of a prosumer camera. A couple of things that keep this camera from the top of this short list of best APS-C cameras are that it only holds one memory card and doesn’t have 4K video capability.

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Best APS-C Cameras - Better - Nikon D7500

Best APS C Cameras Better Nikon D7500

Next on the list of the best APS-C cameras is the better category with the Nikon D7500. This camera is equipped with a 21MP APS-C sensor and 51 AF points. Also a DSLR style of camera, the Nikon D7500 has much of the electronics and features of the full-fledged pro model D500. It also holds a single SD card and records 4K video. 

Released in 2017, the Nikon D7500 is a fine example of the excellent prosumer cameras at reasonable prices for which Nikon is famous. It also has a camera focus motor which opens up more lens availability than Nikon’s intermediate and entry-level cameras have. 

A couple of things that keep this camera from being at the top of the short list of best APS-C cameras are that it only has one card slot and there is no in-body image stabilization. Instead, Nikon relies on individual lenses having VR (vibration reduction) technology for their DSLR lenses.

Best APS-C Cameras - Best - Fujifilm X-T4

Best APS C Cameras Best Fujifilm X T4

At the very top of my three-camera list of the best APS-C cameras in the best slot is the Fujifilm X-T4 mirrorless camera. It has a 26MP APS-C format sensor and 425 focus points. Fujifilm does not make any digital cameras with a mirror box - not even in their medium format cameras. This camera is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera body.

The Fujifilm X-T4 is the newest on my list of the best APS-C cameras, having come out in 2020. It has all of the features of being in my sights as a prosumer camera. In fact, it could be labeled by some as fully professional because of how rugged and capable it is. 

Here are the features that put the Fujifilm X-T4 at the top of my list as the best of the bunch…

The camera controls are completely intuitive to operate, and you can instantly see what you’re setting because it uses marked dials instead of buttons or a menu. It records 4K video, has dual SD card slots, and a long battery life.

Best APS C Cameras Best Fujifilm X T4 2

A feature that the Canon and Nikon DSLRs don’t have is in-body image stabilization (IBIS), which allows shooting and filming in extreme conditions. The Fujifilm IBIS adds 6.5 stops of hand-holdability, which is a fantastic benefit of Fujifilm mirrorless cameras.

Another point in favor of mirrorless cameras is that you are able to use so many different lenses from multiple makers, in different mounts, and from virtually any era of modern photography if you have the right adapter to go from the lens mount to the camera.

Final Thoughts

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Well, with the Fujifilm X-T4 winning this little contest, am I recommending that you dump your current Canon or Nikon lenses, flashes, and other accessories that you’ve built up with your entry-level or intermediate-level camera to move into the prosumer category?

Of course not, don't be ridiculous!

Nikon and Canon (Pentax and Sony, too) are excellent cameras, each one capable of outshining the other with the right person at the controls. But, if you’re eager to move into mirrorless cameras and desire prosumer ruggedness and features, the Fujifilm X-T4 is easily one of the best APS-C cameras to use.

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And, as I mentioned in the introduction, you can find excellent examples of each of the cameras I’ve discussed here at MPB. Not only does buying pre-owned save you money, but you can also sell or trade in your current gear to MPB to further reduce the cost of your new-to-you gear. 

With thousands of items in stock and with stock that is constantly changing, the likelihood that you can find the right camera for your needs at MPB is very high.

Don’t take my word for it, though - head over to MPB today to browse their vast selection of pre-owned camera gear!

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Best Camera for Product Photography

Best Camera for Product Photography

Whenever I come across an article about what is the best camera, lens, flash, tripod, or whatever for portraits, weddings, wildlife, product photography, architectural photography, or whatever, in the back of my mind I’m saying “Is there really only one best?”

I have two main reasons for this thought. One, there are SO MANY amazingly excellent cameras for all types of photography and all types of photography. And two, every photographer is different, having some tastes and desires that vary from other photographers.

Here’s the thing, though. I still read every article and learn something from them. Weird, huh? I just love being a photographer and I love teaching it, too. So, with that in mind, here are my current thoughts on what is the best camera for product photography.

Format and Type of Camera

Format and Type of Camera

Looking at the 3 most used digital formats for serious photography, MFT, APS-C, and Full-Frame, which is the best camera for product photography?

From the perspective of total usability including post-processing, I’m going to opt for the two larger formats, APS-C and Full-Frame. 

MFT mirrorless pro and prosumer cameras are super performers for quality imaging and virtually perfect for all videography, but the size of the pixels are smaller for the same resolution, so there isn’t as much capability in low light performance and I also think that still imaging color management is not quite equal to the two larger formats. 

This isn't to say that a photographer couldn’t use MFT (Micro Four Thirds / Micro 4/3rds) cameras for professional product photos, simply that a larger format offers some very real benefits for professional photography. 

So, as we’re searching for the best camera for product photography, we’re zeroing in on APS-C and Full-Frame format cameras. So now the question becomes between Mirrorless cameras and DSLRs, what camera is best for product photography? 

In APS-C format, I’m comfortable with either type for any of the 3 levels of entry-level, intermediate, and full-fledged professional. For a Full-Frame format, full-fledged professional-level camera, I’m going to endorse mirrorless, I’ll explain why in a moment.

Must-Have Features

Must Have Features

For any serious photography, there are certain features and capabilities that I see as must-have for being in the running for best camera for product photography. 

Interchangeable lenses, manual exposure control, and manual focusing are the 3 basics I feel are basics for any serious photography. While I love all the different automations in modern cameras, sometimes we simply need control to adjust properly for creating what we want. 

Other features I like to recommend are exposure bracketing, spot metering, and adjustable focus points. These features ease our workflow when working with many genres of professional photography. 

Another important feature is a very high-resolution rear viewscreen, articulated or tilting is preferred, with the ability to magnify live view for critical focus confirmation. 

4K video recording is a must-have for me now, but Full HD 1080p is acceptable for many uses. I find it interesting how many clients for still photography I’ve worked with for years are now requesting 4K video footage of their products in addition to the high-resolution still images they still want. 

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Best Camera for Product Photography - Entry-Level

Best Camera for Product Photography Entry Level 1

An entry-level idea for the best camera for product photography can go with either a DSLR or a mirrorless camera. Mirrorless cameras may be an easier move for stepping up from smartphone photography or getting back into photography as former point-and-shoot film camera users, but the least expensive choices are going to be DSLRs.

 Best Camera for Product Photography Entry Level 2

Best camera for product photography, entry-level APS-C mirrorless: Sony Alpha a6100 with 16-50mm lens. This APS-C format mirrorless camera has a 24.2mp sensor, can capture 14-bit RAW files, records video in 4K, and has a high-resolution tiltable rear viewscreen. Sony lenses are excellent, plus you can use a mount adapter for all sorts of legacy lenses since it is a mirrorless camera.

 Best Camera for Product Photography Entry Level 3

Best camera for product photography, entry-level APS-C DSLR:Canon EOS Rebel T7 with 18-55mm lens. Hands down the winner in low price for a superb camera, this camera has a 24.1mp sensor, records video in Full HD, and has a bright non-moveable rear viewscreen. The closest competition for price is theNikon D3500 with 18-55mm lens that has almost identical features.

 Best Camera for Product Photography Entry Level 4

Quickly add a prime focal length macro lens from either the manufacturer or a good third-party brand such as the Sigma 70mm f/2.8 DG Macro to supplement the very sharp but slower aperture kit zoom lenses.

Best Camera for Product Photography - Intermediate or Prosumer

Best Camera for Product Photography Intermediate or Prosumer 1

Basically, any camera that has features and build quality that appeals to intermediate photographers can be used as a prosumer-level camera. Prosumer meaning it is priced for a consumer market but having many of the features of higher-end pro cameras. 

First, we’ll list APS-C format cameras.

 Best Camera for Product Photography Intermediate or Prosumer 2 

Best camera for product photography, prosumer APS-C mirrorless: Fujifilm X-T4 with 16-80mm lens. 26.1mp sensor, 4K video, and a large vari-angle viewscreen. Fujifilm is a major player in high-resolution medium format digital cameras, their expertise in all aspects of imaging is evident in any of their cameras. 

Best camera for product photography, prosumer APS-C DSLR: Nikon D7500 with 18-140mm lens. Perhaps one of the best bargains in prosumer quality cameras, the Nikon D7500 has 4K video, tilting viewscreen, and a 20.9mp sensor. 

And now an awesome option for a Full-Frame format mirrorless camera. 

 Best Camera for Product Photography Intermediate or Prosumer 3

Best camera for product photography, prosumer Full Frame mirrorless: Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 with 20-60mm lens. If you’re looking to break into Full-Frame photography and want excellent video capability along with a budget-friendly price, this hybrid camera may be your best choice. 24,2mp sensor, 4K video, and a fully articulated viewscreen.

Top Pro-Choice Best Camera for Product Photography

Top Pro Choice Best Camera for Product Photography 1

This category has been ruled by DSLRs since digital Full-Frame started, but I think mirrorless is the future for high-end digital photography. The ability to use virtually any 35mm format lens ever made via adapters and the amazing video capability of these cameras are two reasons I personally lean this way. 

There are many other reasons the industry is strongly leaning this way, so I see it as the way to go from now on. So, with that in mind…

 Top Pro Choice Best Camera for Product Photography 2

Best camera for product photography, Full-Frame mirrorless, pro-level: Canon EOS R5 with 24-105mm lens. All I can say is WOW, what a camera! 4K video, 45mp sensor, 8K video (yes 8K), articulated viewscreen, and more features than I can list in this brief write-up. Follow the link and judge for yourself how good a camera it is.

Well, now you have my list of options for the best camera for product photography, have fun following the links! Enjoy making great images, too. 

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Best Camera of 2022 for Beginners, Enthusiasts, and Pros

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What is the best camera of 2022? Well, that's a complicated question...

The best camera for me might not be the best camera for you. It depends on many factors like your skill level, your needs in terms of specs and features, and your budget, to name a few.

So the answer to our question is that it depends!

What we've done, though, is compile a list of cameras for beginners, enthusiasts, and professionals. For each category, we've included multiple cameras, each with detailed information about specs and features, as well as details about the pros and cons of each camera.

In other words, this is a one-stop-shop for you to find the best camera to fit your current situation!

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Best Camera for Beginners

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If you're a new photographer and you've outgrown the capabilities of your smartphone or existing DSLR or mirrorless camera, the options listed below give you loads of features without breaking your budget.

What's more, these cameras have enough in the way of specs that you can grow as a photographer in the coming years without necessarily needing to invest in a more robust camera.

Additionally, while this list includes options for the best camera for photography, each beginner camera also offers decent video features. It's the best of both worlds!

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV

Olympus OM D E M10 Mark IV Review

Specs and Features

  • 20MP Micro Four Thirds Live MOS sensor
  • TruePic VIII processor
  • 121-point Contrast Detection AF system
  • EVF with 2.36m-dots 
  • 3” tiltable touchscreen with 1.03m-dots 
  • 15fps burst mode
  • 4K video at 30p, 25p, and 24p; Full HD video at 60p, 50p, IPB
  • Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth
  • Approximately 360-shot battery life

Pros and Cons

  • Pros
    • Fantastic sensor
    • Image stabilization
    • Compact size
  • Cons
    • Good video capabilities
    • No microphone port
    • No USB-C

Olympus OM D E M10 Mark IV Body Design 1

If you want a small, highly capable mirrorless camera that is compatible with hundreds of affordable lenses, the OM-D E-M10 Mark IV is right up your alley.

Though it's a beginner camera, you get some nice features headlined by a fantastic 20.3-megapixel micro four thirds sensor. The TruePic VIII processor makes it a speedy camera as well, offering up to 15fps burst shooting speed.

The camera's flip-down touchscreen is a nice touch for capturing low-angle shots while the image stabilization will help you create tack-sharp images, even when you're holding the camera.

There's no microphone or USB-C ports, and the autofocus isn't the best in this class. However, this camera is loaded with other features, has great ergonomics, and with all those available lenses, you can really build an impressive kit that can grow with you as you gain skills. It's certainly an option for the best camera of 2022!

Learn more in our Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV review.

Sony A6000

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Specs and Features

  • 24.3-megapixel CMOS APS-C sensor
  • Bionz X image processor
  • Hybrid autofocus system with 179 phase-detect and 25 contrast-detect AF Points
  • 1.44-million dot OLED electronic viewfinder
  • 3-inch tilting LCD with 921.6K dots
  • 11 fps continuous shooting
  • 1080p HD video at 24p and 60p
  • Built-in NFC and WiFi
  • Approximately 300-shot battery life

Pros and Cons

  • Pros
    • Excellent autofocus system
    • Huge selection of lenses
    • Small and lightweight
  • Cons
    • Old model
    • No 4K video
    • OLED EVF resolution isn't up to par

sony a6000 back

Debuting in 2014, the Sony a6000 isn't exactly a new camera. However, it's still one of the top choices for best camera for beginners because it offers excellent features at a great price point (given its age, you can often find it at steep discounts).

Sure, you don't get 4K video, but if you're more focused on stills, you can reap the benefits of a robust 24.3-megapixel sensor, a fast and accurate autofocus system, and 11fps continuous shooting. Additionally, Sony has a huge selection of images for cameras in this range, so you can outfit your a6000 with any lens you could possibly want.

Fujifilm X-T200

  • ​​Specs and Features
  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • New image processing engine
  • 425-point Phase Detection AF system
  • EVF with 2.36m-dots 
  • 3.5” fully-articulated touchscreen with 2.78m-dots 
  • 8fps burst mode
  • 4K video at 30p, 25p, and 24p; Full HD video at 120p, 60p, 50p, 25p, and 24p
  • Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth
  • Approximately 270-shot battery life

Pros and Cons

  • Pros
    • Big and bright display
    • Excellent uncropped 4K video
    • Digital gimbal stabilizes 1080p footage
  • Cons
    • No video subject tracking
    • Small buffer during continuous shooting
    • Small joystick

TheFujifilm X-T200 is an entry-level mirrorless camera ideal for hybrid photographers who shoot photos and videos. It was announced in January 2020 and replaced theFujifilm X-T100 as the company’s signature interchangeable lens camera for beginner photographers. 

It combines a 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with an upgraded image processor, and the pair delivers fantastic results in both photo and video modes. Moreover, the colors in JPEGs are bright, vibrant, and very pleasing to the eye. JPEGs look great straight out of the camera and are perfect for new photographers.

Also, thanks to a new hybrid autofocus system capturing sharp, in-focus images has never been easier. The AF works during photo and video modes, and the face/eye-detection setting is phenomenal for portraits and videos. Manual autofocus is also available for people interested in learning how to use it. 

A few more noteworthy features of the Fujifilm X-T200 include a giant fully-articulating touchscreen display, intuitive menus, and uncropped 4K video. The high-resolution video and articulating screen, in particular, make it an excellent camera for beginner YouTubers and filmmakers. 

Learn more in our Fujifilm X-T200 review.

Sony ZV-1

​​Specs and Features

  • 20.1MP 1” Exmor RS BSI CMOS sensor
  • Bionz X image processor
  • 315-point Phase Detection AF system
  • No viewfinder 
  • 3” fully-articulated touchscreen with 921,600-dots 
  • 24fps burst mode
  • 4K video at 30p, 25p, and 24p; Full HD video at 120p, 100p, 60p, 50p, 30p, and 24p
  • Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth
  • Approximately 260-shot battery life

Pros and Cons

  • Pros
    • Great for vlogging
    • Lightweight and portable design
    • Attractive price
  • Cons
    • No viewfinder
    • Weak battery life
    • Not weather-sealed

The Sony ZV-1 is an award-winning point-and-shoot camera specifically designed for vloggers, YouTubers, and influencers. It came out in May 2020 and has been flying off the shelves ever since. It has a 1-inch CMOS sensor and a powerful Bionz X image processing engine.

While it does take high-quality still images, video shooting is its bread and butter. It offers 4K video capture at frame rates of 30, 25, and 24 frames per second and has 1080p Full HD options. I recommend 30p for most people, but if you want a more cinematic look to your movies, you should opt for 24p.

More killer video features of the Sony ZV-1 are an in-camera 1080p/120p slow-motion mode, a fully-articulating touchscreen LCD, a strong battery life, and advanced audio controls. The audio controls include a port for an external microphone, a headphone jack, and a built-in directional microphone with a wind protector. 

If you like the look and feel of this camera but want an interchangeable lens camera instead, you should consider the Sony ZV-E10. It has a massive lineup of native Sony E Mount lenses and is like a newer version of the Sony Alpha a6100

Learn more in our Sony ZV-1 review.

Best Enthusiast Camera

Sony a7 IV

sony a7 iv best enthusiast camera

Specs and Features

  • 33-megapixel full frame EXMOR R back-illuminated CMOS sensor
  • Bionz XR image processor
  • Hybrid autofocus system with 759 phase-detect and 425 contrast-detect AF Points
  • 3.68-million dot EVF with 120fps refresh rate
  • 3-inch tilting LCD with 1.036 million dots
  • 10 fps continuous shooting
  • Up to 4K video at 60p with 7K oversampling at 4K 30p
  • Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth
  • 5-axis in-body image stabilization
  • Approximately 580-shot battery life

Pros and Cons

  • Pros
    • Amazing 33-megapixel back-illuminated sensor
    • Next-level autofocus
    • Exceptional EVF
  • Cons
    • Some menu options are very complex
    • 4K video is cropped
    • LCD resolution isn't that great

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If you're an enthusiast photographer, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better all-around camera than the Sony a7 IV.

This Sony camera has a new 33-megapixel sensor that offers excellent imaging quality and good video performance, though 4K video is heavily cropped. As expected, the a7 IV has a killer autofocus system that is among the leaders in the industry.

This camera also has great battery life, which is estimated at 580 shots.

Of course, all these goodies come at a price. This is not a cheap camera, but with features like a Bionz XR processor, 10-bit video support, and a buffer that's hard to fill, you definitely get what you pay for. That's why we've ranked it as the best enthusiast camera of the year!

Canon EOS R6

canon eos r6

Specs and Features

  • 20.1MP full frame CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC X processor
  • 6,072 Dual Pixel CMOS AF II AF points
  • 0.5” OLED EVF with 100% coverage and 3.69k-dots
  • 3” fully articulating touchscreen
  • 12fps burst mode with mechanical shutter, 20fps burst mode with electronic shutter
  • 4K video capabilities at 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p and 24p
  • Built-in WiFi and built-in Bluetooth
  • 5-axis in-body image stabilization
  • Approximately 510-shot battery life

Pros and Cons

  • Pros
    • Superb autofocus system that's easy to set up
    • Great ergonomics
    • Full frame in-body image stabilization
  • Cons
    • Rolling shutter is an issue
    • Low sensor resolution compared to similar cameras

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Another great option for the best enthusiast mirrorless camera is the Canon EOS R6.

One of its biggest draws is that it offers similar capabilities as the Sony a7 IV, but with a smaller price tag. It's also a true hybrid camera, so if you want excellent photo and video performance, it's a solid choice - especially if you're already in the Canon ecosystem.

Aside from the breathtaking autofocus system, the EOS R6 offers top-of-the-line burst shooting, a 5-axis stabilization system, and is compatible with Canon's impressive and ever-growing lineup of RF lenses.

While it is a good performer on the video front, overheating limitations pose a bit of a problem. Rolling shutter is also an issue, and for some, the 20.1-megapixel resolution will be a turn-off. However, despite a few flaws, this is a fantastic option for enthusiast shooters.

Learn more in our Canon EOS R6 review.

Nikon Z6 II

​​Specs and Features

  • 24.5MP full-frame BSI-CMOS sensor
  • Dual Expeed 6 image processor
  • 273-point Phase Detection AF system
  • EVF with 3.69m-dots 
  • 3.2” tiltable touchscreen with 2.1m-dots 
  • 14fps burst mode
  • 4K video at 30p, 25p, and 24p; Full HD video at 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p
  • Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth
  • Approximately 410-shot battery life

Pros and Cons

  • Pros
    • Terrific video and image quality
    • Two SD card slots
    • Excellent ergonomics
  • Cons
    • AF occasionally “hunts”
    • Highest quality video compressions require an external recorder
    • Intricate menu system

The Nikon Z6 II is a powerful hybrid mirrorless camera launched in October 2020 to much anticipation. It boasts a 24.5-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and two Expeed 6 image processors. The dual processors seriously increase the camera's speed and will improve your overall productivity when in the field. 

One fantastic feature of this camera is its autofocus. It covers approximately 90% of the camera's sensor, has 273 selectable focus points, and works equally well in video recording as it does during still shooting. Moreover, the subject tracking in C-AF is superb and is ideal for portrait and wildlife photographers who shoot moving subjects.

On top of that, its low-light performance is far superior to the original Nikon Z6. This improvement is due to the camera’s 5-axis image stabilization technology and wide ISO range. Low-light autofocus is also much more accurate and responsive than its predecessor.

More awesome features of the Z6 II are its fast continuous shooting, dual memory card slots, and a vertical video mode. The 14fps max continuous shooting makes it an excellent camera for sports and action photography. And the vertical video mode is useful for creating content for social media platforms like Instagram and TikTok. 

Learn more in our Nikon Z6 II review.

Panasonic Lumix S5

​​Specs and Features

  • 24.2MP full-frame CMOS sensor
  • Venus Engine image processor
  • 225-point Depth from Defocus AF system
  • EVF with 2.36m-dots 
  • 3” fully-articulated touchscreen with 1.84m-dots 
  • 7fps burst mode
  • 4K video at 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p; Full HD video at 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p
  • Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth
  • Approximately 440-shot battery life

Pros and Cons

  • Pros
    • Great in-body image stabilization
    • Unique creative photo modes
    • Dual memory card slots
  • Cons
    • 30-minute video recording limit
    • Slow burst shooting
    • Awkwardly located AF-On button

The Panasonic Lumix S5 is an advanced yet affordable mirrorless camera that debuted in September 2020. It has the same 24.2-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and Venus Engine image processor as its cousin, the Panasonic S1, but is significantly smaller and less expensive.

It is aimed at both photographers and videographers, and new and improved features help to improve the quality of both photos and videos. For starters, it has several unique photo modes, such as the 96MP multi-shot mode. This mode captures multiple frames and compiles them together into one ultra-high-resolution image.

Alternatively, videographers and filmmakers love the video quality of the oversampled 4K/30p footage. Thanks to in-camera image stabilization, it has terrific sharpness and very little camera shake. Also, you can capture 4K/60p clips with this camera. They are ideal for slowing down in post-production and playing back in slow-motion.

Two more great features of the Panasonic Lumix S5 are its weather-sealed body and long-lasting battery. One group, in particular, who loves working with this camera is event photographers. It’s perfect for weddings, concerts, and more!   

Learn more in our Panasonic S5 review.

Best Camera for Professional Photography

Nikon Z9

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Specs and Features

  • 45.7-megapixel full frame stacked CMOS sensor
  • EXPEED 7 image processor
  • 493 phase-detect autofocus points
  • 3.69M dot OLED EVF with reduced lag and greater brightness
  • 2.1M dot rear LCD with multi-directional tilt
  • 30 fps JPEG shooting
  • 20 fps Raw shooting (for over 1000 compressed Raws)
  • 120 fps JPEG shooting at 11MP resolution
  • 8K/30p capture and 4K/60p-from-8K, with ProRes 422 HQ option
  • 8K/60p in 12-bit N-Raw with 4.1K ProRes RAW option
  • Internal 10-bit N-Log and HLG capture
  • 5-axis sensor shift in-body image stabilization
  • Twin CFexpress Type B card slots
  • Approximately 700-770-shot battery life

Pros and Cons

  • Pros
    • Excellent high-resolution sensor
    • 120fps continuous shooting
    • 8K video at 60p
  • Cons
    • Absolutely enormous body
    • Paltry lens options compared to rival Sony and Canon models
    • Rear LCD isn't fully articulating

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While it took a while for the Nikon Z9 to debut, it has certainly made a splash in terms of its photography and video capabilities.

Since there's no mechanical shutter, you get up to 120fps continuous shooting, which, along with the 1/32,000 top shutter speed makes this the ideal choice for sports and wildlife photographers.

But this isn't just the best professional camera for those reasons - it has an incredible autofocus system that's powered by Deep Learning AF. This means the Z9 has unsurpassed autofocus capabilities, and can recognize everything from human eyes and faces to cars, motorcycles, and animal features.

On top of that, the Z9 offers 8K 60p video. It's also capable of 8K 30p video with a two-hour time limit.

It's also the cheapest of the three flagship professional cameras - the Canon EOS R3 and Sony a1 being the other two.

Canon EOS R3

Canon EOS R3 Front

Specs and Features

  • 24.1-megapixel full frame stacked CMOS sensor
  • Digic X image processor
  • 4,779-point autofocus system (3,969 points for videos)
  • 0.5-inch EVF with 5.76-million dots
  • 4.15-million dot 3.2-inch vari-angle touchscreen
  • 12fps burst shooting (mechanical shutter), 30fps burst shooting (electronic shutter)
  • 6K up to 60p, 4K up to 120p, 1080p up to 60p
  • 5-axis in-body image stabilization (up to 8 stops with certain lenses)
  • 1 SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot and 1 CFexpress Type B card slot
  • Approximately 620-shot battery life

Pros and Cons

  • Pros
    • Excellent video capabilities
    • Superb autofocus
    • No blackout
  • Cons
    • Low resolution compared to competitors
    • No 8K video

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Another pick for the best professional camera for photography is the Canon EOS R3

If it looks like a 1D X Mark III, you wouldn't be far off. This is a big camera, but it has the modern functionalities of a high-end mirrorless camera.

While the 24.1-megapixel sensor resolution seems paltry compared to other options at this price point, its stacked design gives you plenty of firepower. In fact, the EOS R3 is capable of 30fps burst shooting in RAW.

Complementing the lightning-quick burst shooting is the autofocus system, which is capable of eye control - just look at the AF point you want and the camera will select it.

Sure, the R3 doesn't have 8K video, but it does offer up to 6K at 60p with internal recording. But, this is not intended to be a video camera - it is a photo-first rig, and it shows. That's why it's on our list for the best camera for photography!

Sony a1

​​Specs and Features

  • 50MP full-frame stacked CMOS sensor
  • Dual Bionz XR image processor
  • 759-point Phase Detection AF system
  • EVF with 9.44m-dots 
  • 3” tiltable touchscreen with 1.44m-dots 
  • 30fps burst mode
  • 8K video at 30p, 25p, and 24p;4K video at 120p, 100p, 60p, 50p, 30p, and 24p; Full HD video at 120p, 100p, 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p
  • Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth
  • Approximately 530-shot battery life

Pros and Cons

  • Pros
    • Exquisite 6K video
    • Best-in-class AF
    • Super-fast continuous shooting
  • Cons
    • Expensive
    • EVF resolution drops slightly when using C-AF
    • Top burst shooting speeds only work with some lenses

The Sony Alpha 1 was released in March 2021 and is the most powerful Sony digital camera ever. It is their flagship product and boasts a 50-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and dual Bionz XR image processing engines. The trio works together seamlessly and delivers jaw-dropping results.

For photographers, the 50MP image sensor can take pictures with a max resolution of 8640 x 5760 pixels. That is absolutely gigantic and means that your photos will never suffer a drop-off in image quality, even when enlarged for magazines, posters, or billboards. Furthermore, the 30 fps continuous shooting makes the a1 a great camera for sports, wildlife, and adventure photography.

As a video camera, the standout feature is the 8K video. And while the file sizes of these clips are huge, the quality is off-the-charts. Luckily, the camera also has two memory card slots so that you can record more footage. AF tracking during video recording is also industry-leading.

Lastly, this camera has many professional connection ports, including inputs for a full-size HDMI, a microphone, headphones, and more! 

Learn more in our Sony a1 review.

Canon EOS R5

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​​Specs and Features

  • 45MP full-frame CMOS sensor
  • Digic X image processor
  • 5,940-point Dual-Pixel II AF system
  • EVF with 2.36m-dots 
  • 3.2” fully-articulated touchscreen with 2.1m-dots 
  • 20fps burst mode
  • 4K video at 30p and 24p;4K video at 120p, 60p, 30p, and 24p
  • Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth
  • Approximately 320-shot battery life

Pros and Cons

  • Pros
    • 8K video and Canon EOS Cinema features
    • Outstanding AF performance
    • Amazing in-body image stabilization
  • Cons
    • Occasional overheating during extended high-resolution video recording
    • You can turn off the noise reduction in RAW files
    • Limited customization

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Another excellent camera for professionals is the Canon EOS R5. It’s Canon's flagship mirrorless camera for consumers and a direct competitor of the Sony a1. Canon launched it in July 2020, and it has a high-resolution 45-megapixel full-frame sensor and a Digic X image processor.

My favorite thing about this camera is its two unique operating systems—one for photography and one for video shooting. Moreover, the EOS R5 has a nifty new toggle switch that allows you to quickly and easily switch between the two. Also, you can customize the buttons and settings of the two operating systems independently.

The camera functions like a Canon EOS cinema camera in video mode. This means you have tons of professional features such as 8K video, 4K/120p slow-motion video, and advanced codecs. RAW, 10-bit, C-log, and HDR PQ are only a few of the compression formats. 

One last amazing feature of the EOS R5 is the Dual Pixel autofocus. It covers 100% of the full-frame sensor and has excellent subject tracking technology. It can even locate and track the faces and eyes of animals! 

Learn more in our Canon EOS R5 review.

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Best Camera Under 500 Dollars

Best Camera Under 500 Dollars

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It’s not too hard to find some good cameras for under 500 dollars, especially if you consider the used camera gear market from online platforms like MPB, which is a camera and lens reseller. 

While you could find a couple of brand-new entry-level DSLRs for that low price point, the best camera under 500 dollars has more possible contenders in used cameras.

There are several ways to answer the question of what is the best camera under 500 dollars. I could list camera bodies only, a camera with lens or lenses, and conditions from Well Used to Good, and either Full Frame or crop formats.

If you’re willing to accept a used camera that is in good working order but obviously looks used, you can even find some older pro-level Full Frame cameras. Let’s have a look at what’s possible with a budget of 500 dollars.

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Best Camera Under 500 Dollars - General Use

Canon EOS 70D

As an all-around recommendation for the best camera under 500 dollars, I’m going to choose the APS-C format Canon EOS 70D camera with a choice of several lenses.

Since the camera body can be found in Excellent condition for $374.00, you have plenty of budget space to add a Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens in Excellent condition for $61.00. That totals $435.00 for the camera body and an all-around general photography lens, putting this rig in my top place for the best camera under 500 dollars.

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What’s nice about this setup is that the Canon EOS 70D isn’t an entry-level camera. It’s a good camera to grow with, having features that intermediate and more advanced photographers love.

It boasts an APS-C format 20.2MP sensor with an ISO range of 100 to 25,600 and Dual Pixel CMOS AF. The dual pixel design was brand-new in 2013 and means that the camera can autofocus all across the frame when in live view for video. Still pretty impressive for the best camera under 500 dollars today.

The regular 19 point AF sensors are sensitive down to -0.5 EV, allowing for swift and accurate focusing in lower light levels. Combined with their STM lenses, this gives silent and amazingly quick autofocus.

Camera features include:

  • 1080p (Full HD) video recording
  • A fully articulated touchscreen
  • Built-in electronic level
  • Wi-Fi
  • In-camera HDR
  • AF microadjustment programming
  • Stereo sound mic input
  • Built-in flash flash

Combine all of these features, capabilities, and quality together, and you have the perfect candidate for the best camera under 500 dollars including a lens.

Now let’s look at some other options that may be your best camera under 500 dollars.

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Best Camera Under 500 Dollars - Bargain

Canon EOS Rebel T3 body

Are you looking for a super bargain complete setup for your best camera under 500 dollars? I found a camera and three lenses that can help you get started in serious photography and will also let you learn and grow.

The Canon EOS Rebel T3 body (12.2MP APS-C format) in Good condition is $89.00, a Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens in Excellent condition is $61.00

Canon EF S 18 55mm 3.5 5.6 IS STM kit lens 

Meanwhile, the Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III telephoto zoom lens in Good condition is $89.00, and the ultra-wide zoom lens Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM in Excellent condition is $184.00 for a total of $423.00. 

That leaves budget space for a good flash, a better bag, or a tripod, making this a bargain-basement setup for the best camera under 500 dollars!

Best Camera Under 500 Dollars - Prosumer

Nikon D300s

An option or two for the best camera under 500 dollars for higher-end cameras such as prosumer models come from Nikon. 

I’ve noticed over the past few years that Canon seems to have the low-price winner for entry-level APS-C DSLR cameras while Nikon wins with best pricing for APS-C format prosumer level cameras.

Here are three great examples from Nikon for best camera under 500 dollars as enthusiast or prosumer models. One is a Full Frame format camera. The other two are APS-C format.

Nikon D7100

The Nikon D600 has a 24.2MP Full Frame format sensor and can be found in Good condition for $444.00 body only.

For a workhorse older APS-C camera, the 12.2MP Nikon D300s is a true bargain at $209.00 for a Good condition body. 

A newer camera, the 24.1MP APS-C format Nikon D7100 delivers prosumer features and ruggedness at only $379.00 body only Excellent condition.

Best Camera Under 500 Dollars - Older Pro Model

Nikon D800

You can find some extreme bargains on full-fledged professional-caliber Full Frame format photography equipment if you’re willing to consider older models in less than pristine condition. One of these may be your best camera under 500 dollars.

I found two great examples on MPB DSLR pages: the high megapixel Nikon D800 and the ultra-rugged Canon EOS 1Ds Mk III

Canon EOS 1Ds Mk III

A Well-Used condition 36.2MP Nikon D800 body can be purchased for only $389.00, with a Good condition body being slightly over the 500 dollar threshold at $569.00.

The 21MP Canon EOS 1Ds is just under the threshold at $499.00 for a Well Used body, while a Good condition model will be more at $774.00 for the body only.

MPB Warranty

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One of the best things about using MPB as the source for our best camera under 500 dollars is their 6-month warranty on used cameras and lenses. You probably noticed the condition ratings I listed for the best camera under 500 dollars…MPB clearly describes each item they sell.

In addition to the clear and accurate descriptions and the 6-month warranty, MPB also offers a 7-day return window. This gives shoppers for the best DSLR camera under 500 dollars the assurance they won’t be buying someone else’s problem.

If you’re searching for the best camera under 500 dollars, MPB is the best place to find one. Enjoy your new camera!

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Best Cameras for Beginners 2021

Best Cameras for Beginners 2020

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If you, like me, are going crazy sitting at home then maybe it’s time to take up a new hobby. And if you, like me, love photography then maybe you need a new camera to help you start practicing that new hobby. 

Thankfully, it’s 2021, which means there are plenty of inexpensive cameras available for beginners that still have all of the features you could ever need.  

So, I’ve compiled a list of the “best cameras for beginners 2021,” which features the best cheap DSLRS and the best cheap mirrorless cameras that have the newest features. There’s no need to break the bank if you’re just starting out.  

Sony a6000

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I’ve written about the Sony a6000 plenty of times before because I genuinely think it is one of the best cameras for beginners… so much so that I’m placing it as my number one choice on my “best cameras for beginners 2021” article.  

The Sony a6000 is just over 6 years old, which means it’s one of the most inexpensive cameras on our list, but it still features a 24.3MP sensor and compatibility with a huge range of Sony lenses.  

It’s one of the best DSLRs for beginners because it does lack some features many cameras in 2021 come with, like 4K video, but it comes with a built-in electronic viewfinder and a tilting screen so you can get used to the feel of a Sony. 

If you’re shopping for inexpensive cameras, like the Sony a6000, then you should be doing so on Adorama. You can find the Sony a6000 for $550 there. 

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Nikon D3500 

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I tried to choose a wide range of manufacturers for this “best cameras for beginners 2021” list since I know some people really prefer the feel of a camera their parents used to use way back when. However, I would have included the Nikon D3500 on this list regardless because it is dirt cheap.

The Nikon D3500 is the best entry-level DSLR on this list because of its user-friendly layout. So, if you’ve never shot with a DSLR before, or if you’re trying to transition to Nikon from another brand, you won’t have any trouble figuring this camera out. 

The Nikon D3500 comes with a “Guide” shooting mode that essentially walks you through how to use the camera. 

Plus, the image quality on this camera is sharp. 

You can purchase this best entry-level DSLR, with a nice NIKKOR lens, for $400. 

Canon SL3

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If you’re a photographer looking to break into videography, then this is the best entry-level DSLR for you because it is the first budget DSLR that can shoot 4K.

It also features a 3.5-mm microphone jack so you can capture better audio. 

The screen is fully articulated and the camera feels balanced despite the fact that it weighs under 1 lb. 

However, my favorite thing about The Canon SL3 is that, unlike some of the other cameras on this “best cameras for beginners 2021” list, it features an incredible battery life of 1,550 shots. 

The Canon EOS Rebel SL3 is available on Adorama for $550.  

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III

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The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III is the first best entry-level mirrorless camera on our list. You’ll love its retro look and feel, its tilting touchscreen and its electronic viewfinder with a resolution high enough to compete with a camera of a much higher price point.

It shoots 4K video and 8.6fps in burst mode, making it one of the most versatile of our inexpensive cameras. 

It also features in-body image stabilization. 

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 MARK III is currently on sale for $450. 

Nikon D5600

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The Nikon D5600 is one of our top cameras for beginners if you suspect you’re going to stick with photography, because this camera will allow you to grow with it. 

It comes with an advanced autofocus system and can shoot in low-light scenarios.  

Unlike the Nikon D3500, there is no interactive “Guide” mode, so again, this DSLR may be better for beginners who are at least a little tech-savvy. 

It can’t shoot 4K video, but it does shoot Full HD video, and you can shoot that video on a 3.2” vari-angle touchscreen, which is better than most of the other LCDs on this “best cameras for beginners 2021” list.  

The Nikon D5600 is available for $600 right now.  

Panasonic Lumix GX85

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This is another option for beginner photographers who may want to start getting into videography.

The Panasonic Lumix GX85 is the best entry-level mirrorless camera for videographers due to its 4K shooting capabilities, its impressive 2.76M-dot electronic viewfinder, and its in-body image stabilization. 

The one thing I don’t love about this camera is that it doesn’t feature microphone or headphone inputs, so ideally you would be using this mirrorless camera to shoot video in a quieter space, like your office instead of a crowded subway. However, it also isn’t weather-sealed, so you’d ideally not be traveling with it a lot anyways. 

This camera isn’t just for videographers, though, because it shoots impressive photographs, can take 6fps in burst mode with AF, and weighs under 1 lb, so you can lug it around with you all day comfortably.  

The Panasonic Lumix GX85 is currently half off on Adorama for $500. 

Canon EOS Rebel T7i

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Canon’s EOS Rebel range has basically had the market for the best DSLRs for beginners for years now, and the T7i is no different.

This camera comes with a 24MP sensor, built-in Wi-Fi and can shoot Full HD video. 

But, what really draws people to the Canon EOS Rebel line is the fact that the Auto mode is the best around. You can basically set the camera to Auto and it’ll perform excellently by itself. You can also use the rear screen to take all of your photos like you would with a smartphone and its performance remains the same. 

While this isn’t the cheapest camera on our “best cameras for beginners 2021” list, it is the best option for an older photographer who mostly wants to point and shoot and we think it’s worth the extra money. 

You can purchase a Canon EOS Rebel t7i for $700. 

Fujifilm X-T200

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When shopping for the best mirrorless cameras for beginners, everyone starts with the Fujifilm X-T200.  

It shoots 4K video, features a pretty large 3.5” vari-angle touchscreen, and will also allow you to grow with the camera, so you won’t need to upgrade for quite a few years. 

This Fujifilm also dropped in February, so since most cameras have been cancelled or postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, this may be one of the all-time best cameras for beginners 2021.  

The Fujifilm X-T200 is available for $700. 

Pentax K-70

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Due to the fact that Pentax isn’t as large as Canon or Sony, I don’t regularly get to write about Pentax cameras, but Pentax made the Pentax K-70 one of the best cameras for beginners 2021 due to its cheap price, its “Shake Reduction” in-body image stabilization, and its impressive 24MP sensor.  

The Pentax K-70 also has an ISO range of 100-102,400, which is definitely the best low-light shooting of any of our other top cameras for beginners. 

A good way to look at the Pentax K-70 is as an almost complete opposite to the Sony a6000, because the Pentax K-70 will allow you to grow with the camera and learn about manually adjusting autofocus settings whereas the Sony a6000 is truly for absolute beginners. 

You can buy the Pentax K-70 for $650.

Nikon Z50

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The Nikon Z50 is one of the best entry-level mirrorless cameras because Nikon specifically designed it for people who don’t consider themselves photographers. 

But, it still creates incredible photos. It can shoot 4K video, features a tiltable touchscreen, and can shoot 11fps in burst mode. 

Since the Nikon Z50 is one of the best cameras for beginners 2021, it is currently more expensive because it just came out. However, we suspect that with the incoming economic recession, this camera will be much cheaper in just a few months time. 

The Nikon Z50 is the most expensive of our best cameras for beginners at $850. 

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Best Digital Camera for Beginners Under $100

Best Digital Camera for Beginners Under 100

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Interested in improving your photography skills and want to invest in a “real camera” but have no idea where to start? You’ve come to the right place!  

This article elaborates on four of the best digital cameras for beginners under $100. They are all terrific cameras to learn on without spending a fortune. Additionally, I provide a list of bonus cameras to consider at the end of the article. 

As wonderful as all these cameras are, please keep in mind that the cameras I recommend below are all older, used cameras. None of them feature the newest camera technology, but when you are a beginner, you don’t need the biggest, baddest camera to learn how to take amazing photos. 

One resource I like to recommend for camera gear is MPB. They are an online camera platform with tons of camera options and unbeatable prices. Furthermore, they have superb deals on used lenses to pair with your camera.

With that said, let’s look at the best digital cameras for beginners under $100! 

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Best Canon Digital Camera for Beginners Under $100

Canon EOS Rebel T3

The Canon EOS Rebel T3 is a fantastic DSLR first released in 2011. It’s one of many cameras in Canon’s ever-popular entry-level “Rebel” lineup, the newest being the Canon EOS Rebel T8i

Featuring a 12.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor, this camera still has a place in the world of photography and provides incredible value to beginner photographers. It shoots RAW and JPEG stills and has five distinct file sizes (large, medium, small 1, small 2, and small 3). Alternatively, you can select to shoot both RAW and JPEG copies with one click of a button!

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An important thing to note is that, like all Canon APS-C cameras, it applies a crop factor of 1.6x. For example, using a Canon 50 mm lens, you will instead have the equivalent focal length of 80 mm on the Rebel T3.

Speaking of lenses, they are arguably the strongest selling point of this best digital camera for beginners under $100. The Rebel T3 uses the Canon EF lens mount, which is absolutely loaded with great lenses. Finding cheap used Canon lenses to pair with this camera is a walk in the park at online platforms like MPB

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A few more things to keep in mind are that it has video capabilities, good but not great autofocus, and easy-to-use straightforward controls. Check out the list below of the key features and specs of the Canon EOS Rebel T3. 

  • Camera Type: DSLR
  • Megapixels: 12.2MP
  • Sensor Type: APS-C
  • Lens Mount: Canon EF / EF-S
  • ISO: 100 - 6400
  • Speed: 3 fps
  • AF Points: 9
  • Video: 720p/30p

Best Nikon Digital Camera for Beginners Under $100

Nikon D40X

Another one of the best digital cameras for beginners under $100 is the Nikon D40X. It first hit the shelves in 2007 but remains a capable DSLR camera perfect for learning the basics. 

It has a 10.2MP maximum resolution and three image size options (small, medium, and large). Also, just like the Canon EOS Rebel T3, you can choose to capture your stills in RAW, JPEG, or both. 

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Thanks to a compact, lightweight body, the D40X is ideal for kids or people with small hands. Moreover, the button layout and menu system create an extremely user-friendly interface. All of the current settings are clearly displayed on the rear LCD screen and can be quickly changed using the buttons or the dial on the top of the camera.

The biggest drawback of this best digital camera for beginners under $100 is the lack of a video mode. If you are interested in upping your filmmaker skills, you are better off going with one of the other cameras in this article. However, if you are ok strictly taking photos, the D40X is a crazy bargain.

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A couple of other things to consider are that the autofocus is average at best, and it has a burst mode of 3 frames per second. Check out the list below of the key features and specs of the Nikon D40X. 

  • Camera Type: DSLR
  • Megapixels: 10.2MP
  • Sensor Type: APS-C
  • Lens Mount: Nikon F
  • ISO: 100 - 3200
  • Speed: 3 fps
  • AF Points: 3
  • Video: None

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Best Sony Digital Camera for Beginners Under $100

Sony NEX 3N

Debuting in 2013, the Sony NEX-3N is undoubtedly one of the best digital cameras for beginners under $100. It’s a pocket-sized entry-level mirrorless camera boasting a 16MP APS-C CMOS sensor and a ridiculously compact body.

While many people overlook the NEX-3N in favor of the slightly more expensive Sony Alpha A6000, its features and specs are not that far behind it. Along with the powerful sensor, this Sony mirrorless camera also uses a BIONZ image processor. The pair work together seamlessly to generate sharp images with outstanding image quality. 

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Another area it excels is video shooting. It’s the only camera highlighted in this article capable of recording 1080p Full HD video. If you are a hybrid shooter looking to get your feet wet in both photo and video, this is hands-down the best digital camera for beginners under $100 on this list.

On top of all that, its autofocus is highly effective, it has a flip-up screen, and it uses the Sony E mount lens system. In particular, the flip-up screen is a valuable feature and makes it a go-to choice for Vloggers and YouTubers.

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Check out the list below of the key features and specs of the Sony NEX-3N. 

  • Camera Type: Mirrorless
  • Megapixels: 16MP
  • Sensor Type: APS-C
  • Lens Mount: Sony E 
  • ISO: 200 - 16000
  • Speed: 4 fps
  • AF Points: 25
  • Video: 1080p/30p

Best Olympus Digital Camera for Beginners Under $100

Olympus Pen E P1

The Olympus Pen E-P1 is an interchangeable lens mirrorless camera that hit the market in 2009. It was their first-ever Micro Four Thirds camera and remains a popular choice for beginners today. 

Essentially, it’s a replica of two legendary Olympus cameras (the E-620 and E-30) but with two significant upgrades: A 12.3MP Micro Four Thirds sensor and an electronic viewfinder. The sensor increases resolution and improves sharpness, while the EVF is fast and delivers a crystal clear live view. 

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Another key feature of the Pen E-P1 that no other camera on this list has is in-body stabilization. The “Supersonic Wave Drive” stabilization, as they call it, produces four stops of additional EV compensation. That is a huge advantage for new photographers and helps deliver better results in low-light situations, video recording, and more! 

Furthermore, it records HD movies, has two control dials for making adjustments, and has face-detection technology. With all those advanced features, it’s unquestionably one of the best digital cameras for beginners under $100.

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Check out the list below of the key features and specs of the Olympus Pen E-P1. 

  • Camera Type: Mirrorless
  • Megapixels: 12.3 MP
  • Sensor Type: Micro Four Thirds
  • Lens Mount: Micro Four Thirds
  • ISO: 100 - 6400
  • Speed: 3 fps
  • AF Points: 11
  • Video: 720p/30p

Bonus Best Digital Cameras for Beginners Under $100

Best Digital Camera for Beginners

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While the cameras listed above are my favorite cheap digital cameras, they are far from the only ones available. Below are some more of the best digital cameras for beginners under $100:

These cameras are available on MPB, just like those I listed earlier. When purchasing gear from MPB, you get the peace of mind of having a six-month warranty, a seven-day return window, and a detailed grading scale that lets you know the precise condition of the gear you’re interested in buying. What more could you ask for when buying camera gear?!

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Best Lens for Product Photography

Best Lens for Product Photography

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In the capitalist world of small businesses and startups we live in, product photography has never been more in demand. That’s terrific news for you, since it means infinitely more potential clients in the sea!  

At the same time, due to this heavy demand, more and more photographers every day are deciding to dip their feet in and test the waters of product photography. How on earth are you supposed to stand out amongst the crowd?

Well, one fantastic way to improve both the quality of your product photography, and make a great impression on clients, is by having the best lens for product photography! But what lens is best for product photography? That depends on you! 

The first question to ask yourself is whether you want the extra crispness of a prime lens or the versatility of a zoom lens? After that, the two main factors you will want to consider when deciding on the best lens for product photography are, focal length and image sharpness. 

The sweet spot for focal length in product photography is generally considered to be between 85mm and 105mm. All of my top recommendations, regardless if it’s a prime lens or zoom lens, will fall somewhere in this range. Additionally, all of them produce stunning images with  outstanding sharpness! 

So with that being said, let's dive in and discover the best lens for product photography for each camera brand, and where to buy them! 

Best Lens For Product Photography - Sony Users

Sony FE 90mm f2.8 Macro G OSS Lens 1

 The Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS Lens is Sony’s premier macro lens, and without a doubt the best lens for product photography if you are a Sony shooter! Personally, I shoot with Sony and this is my go-to lens whenever I am doing product work for a client. 

 What makes this Sony’s best lens for product photography you ask? For starters, the 90mm focal length is right in the heart of the 85mm-105mm zone I spoke about earlier. I recommend pairing it with a full-frame camera if you want best results. It still works great on an APC-S camera, but technically you will be shooting at a length of 135mm due to the 1.5x crop factor. 

Sony FE 90mm f2.8 Macro G OSS Lens 2

Next, the Sony 90mm offers 1:1 magnification which makes it easy to get extremely sharp images of even the smallest products! If you shoot jewelry, this is an unbelievable product photography lens!

In addition, the lens has built-in image stabilization and a low f-stop of f2.8. The OSS image stabilization means you can get stellar handheld shots, and the f2.8 aperture creates a creamy bokeh effect. 

The only downside of the Sony 90mm is the price, but with that said, you definitely get what you pay for, because the quality is absolutely crazy! If you are looking for an amazing deal, try checking out Samy’s Camera, they are always running deals and promotions on their new products, and oftentimes have used cameras in stock for bargain prices as well! 

Best Lens For Product Photography - Nikon Users

Nikon NIKKOR Z 24 200mm f4 6.3 VR Lens 1

TheNikon NIKKOR Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR Lens is an excellent choice if you prefer to have a zoom lens for product photography! While the clarity isn’t quite comparable to a prime lens, it’s still very good, and on top of that you get a ton of versatility!

 With a variable focal length of 24-200mm, no matter what sort of product you are shooting, you will never have to switch lenses. At 24mm you can photograph large items like furniture, or even use it for real estate photography. Whereas fully zoomed in at 200mm you can capture even the tiniest details of any product.

 Nikon NIKKOR Z 24 200mm f4 6.3 VR Lens 2

Another rad feature is the DX crop mode. If you pair the Nikon 24-200mm with a DX camera, you can shoot at the equivalent of 300mm! While that may be overkill most of the time in product photography, having the option to zoom in like that can sometimes be a huge advantage.

Other things I love about this lens are the built-in vibration reduction (VR), how lightweight it is, its video versatility, the customizable control ring, and its weather-resistant build. As far as zoom lenses go, this is unquestionably the best lens for product photography!

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Best Lens For Product Photography - Canon Users

Canon EF 100mm f2.8L Macro IS USM Lens 1

TheCanon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens is one of the most popular product photography lenses of all time. First released in 2009, this lens has been creating award-winning images since the day it came out, and still today it’s in the running for the overall best lens for product photography! 

The 100mm focal length is ideal, and it’s images have been scored as some of the sharpest from any Canon lens. Furthermore, the colors in this lens are super vibrant and will help make your images pop! 

Something else I love about this lens is the large and easy-to-control manual focus ring. Autofocus is great, but when shooting product photography you will always be able to get crisper images if you change over to manual focus. If you do decide to shoot in manual focus, a quick tip is to throw the camera on a tripod. If you don’t have steady hands, trying to focus manually when shooting handheld can often be a challenge! 

As an older lens, there are plenty of Canon 100mm lenses on the second-hand market. Samy’s Camera always has a wide selection ofpre-owned lenses andopen box lenses that are constantly changing, and it’s a fabulous place to look. 

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Best Lenses for Landscape Photography

Best Lenses for Landscape Photography

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You have been creating great-looking landscape photography for a while, but maybe you’re considering purchasing another lens to help further satisfy your creative ideas.

So that begs the question, what are the best lenses for landscape photography? 

There are many different choices you can go with. That goes for brands, focal lengths, price points, and many other factors.

To help you narrow the field of possibilities, we’ve devised this guide to the best lenses for landscape photography. Let’s get started!

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Clearing Up Misconceptions

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Before I tell you some of my suggestions of what lenses are best for landscape photography, let’s clear up a few misconceptions concerning lenses and landscapes. 

  • Misconception #1: Wider is always better. While I love wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle lenses for a good portion of my own landscape photography, the best camera lenses for landscape photography can fall into any of the focal length ranges. In fact, I find my Nifty Fifty is a great choice for many real-world landscape situations. Telephoto lenses are also excellent for some landscape subjects. 
  • Misconception #2: Only use OEM lenses. OEM (original equipment manufacturer) lenses are usually excellent lenses. The days of the lack-luster, substandard 3rd party manufacturer lenses are long gone, however. Some of the best lenses for landscape photography are coming from both the camera makers themselves and from independent companies.
  • Misconception #3: Use the smallest aperture. Depth of field is affected by focal length and focusing distance, as well as lens aperture, plus there are optical considerations such as hyperfocal distance and diffraction limitation to factor into our thoughts. And deep depth of field is simply one technique, selective focus can also be very effective for landscapes.

Nifty Fifty

Canon RF 50mm

One of the best lenses for landscape photography is the standard lens for whatever format you’re shooting. In Full Frame 35mm format, that lens is the 50 to 55mm lens, affectionately nicknamed the Nifty Fifty. APC-C would use 35mm, MFT (Micro 4/3rds) has “normal” lenses of around 25mm.

If you’re using a Full Frame Canon mirrorless R Series camera, the Nifty Fifty of choice would be the Canon RF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens. There are several things that make this lens an excellent choice as one of the best lenses for landscape photography. 

It is compact and lightweight, blending perfectly with the new Canon R Series of mirrorless cameras. This gives it great handling in the field. It has a fast aperture at f/1.8. With the R camera's in-body stabilization feature, good technique, and this lens, low light conditions are easily handled. Selective focus is simple to accomplish as well.

Nikon AF S DX Micro Nikkor 40mm

A huge reason I list this first as one of the best lenses for landscape photography is that the standard focal length field of view is close to what our eyes see. It has the field of view and the apparent perspective that lends itself well to capturing landscape images.

Most standard lenses can also focus quite close, so we can add in some of these types of views as we’re out capturing landscapes. Since many macro lenses are a normal focal length, we could choose one of those as one of the best lenses for landscape photography. The APS-C format Nikon AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor 40mm f/2.8 lens is a good example. The 40mm focal length corresponds to a 60mm lens in Full Frame format, so it’s still in the normal range.

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Ultra-Wide-Angle Zoom

Ultra Wide Angle Zoom

Yes, I know I just got through clearing up a misconception about this type of lens, but what I meant is that this isn’t the ONLY choice as best lenses for landscape photography, simply one of the options.

And it’s a really good option. A wide-angle lens or an ultra-wide lens is awesome for certain types of scenes in that we can capture such a sweeping view of any vista in front of us. Another function of wide and ultra-wide lenses is that we can get really close to things without losing the view of what it is. Those images with flowers or a rock formation in clear view in the foreground and the landscape in focus behind it are made possible by the optical characteristics of ultra-wide-angle lenses.

I like the zoom versions of these lenses for the versatility provided. The optical quality of most ultra-wide to wide-angle zooms is amazing, and many are made with professional-level builds for extra ruggedness, and some of them have a pretty fast maximum aperture.

Sony FE 12 24mm Master lens

The Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 Master lens for Full Frame E-Series mount cameras is a great example and is often chosen as among the best lenses for landscape photography. At about 2/3rds the cost of comparable OEM lenses, check out the Sigma 14-24 f/2.8 DG DN Art lens

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7 14mm

Similar lenses exist in APS-C and MFT cameras, you should consider lenses such as the APS-C format compatible Tokina ATX-i 11-20mm f/2.8 CF lens or the Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 lens. All are fantastic options for best lenses for landscape photography once we fully understand what makes them so.

All-In-One Lens

Tamron 18 300mm Di III A VC

The all-in-one type of lens is what would probably work as the best lenses for landscape photography for many photographers. All-in-one is a style of lens that goes from wide-angle to fairly significant telephoto in one lens barrel.

Since telephoto lenses are usable for zeroing in on aspects of a scene or creating high levels of selective focus, lenses that have those focal lengths in it along with normal and wide-angle focal lengths can be very usable as best lenses for landscape photography. 

Some examples include the APS-C format Fuji X-mount Tamron 18-300mm Di III-A VC f/3.5-6.3 VXD lens, the Full Frame format Nikon AF-S FX Nikkor 28-300mm/3.5-5.6G ED lens, or the MFT format Panasonic Lumix Vario 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 lens

Nikon AF S FX Nikkor 28 300mm

These may not be perfect choices as the best lenses for landscape photography because of their relatively slow maximum apertures, but they are super versatile if you want to carry around only one lens as you’re out capturing landscape images.

So, if you’re looking for what could be the best lenses for landscape photography for your own personal style, have a good look at the features, focal lengths, apertures, and prices of the lenses listed and adapt these recommendations to your camera format, lens mount, and personal photographic style.

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Best Nikon Camera for Videography

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Best Nikon Camera For Videos

Nikon has been the go-to for families looking to capture family vacations, graduations and weddings for generations. I remember my father lugging around a Nikon to my college graduation back in the day, and I'm very proud to say I took my Nikon video camera to my son's preschool graduation last year.

Nikon has the name recognition, but Nikon also feels nostalgic. When you're shooting with Nikon, it almost feels like you can be connected to the photographers who came before you, both in and out of your immediate family. 

I love Nikon for these reasons, and many more, but what truly convinced me to be a die-hard Nikon fan was the first Nikon video camera I purchased, which just so happened to become known as the best Nikon camera for video in the 2000s: the Nikon D90. 

While the Nikon D90's features are almost laughable now, when it dropped in 2008, it was the first Nikon video camera. DSLR users could previously not shoot movies on their cameras. 

So, just over a decade later, what has changed in the Nikon video camera world? And what should you be looking for while you're shopping for a Nikon DSLR video camera? 

What Features Should My Nikon Video Camera Have?

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When shopping for a Nikon video camera, the primary thing you should be considered about is your budget.

Nikon features such a wide range of Nikon DSLR video cameras and Nikon mirrorless video cameras that you are bound to be able to find one that fits your price range, but you need to know what that price range is before you start searching. Otherwise, you're sure to fall into gear acquisition syndrome and buy a camera with features you don't need and won't use.

It's also important to note that while one Nikon video camera may feature incredible added features, like fast burst shooting or filters, that doesn't necessarily mean you should buy it. In fact, you should probably have a list of added features you are looking for before you even begin shopping.

Finally, you should be looking at video quality. If you aren't an advanced photographer or into technology, though, it can difficult to sift through bitrates and processor information. So while you're shopping for a Nikon video camera, I recommend watching multiple test shoot videos on YouTube. 

To make this process a little easier, I've provided video tests for each Nikon video camera I recommended. 

A Mirrorless Nikon Video Camera: Nikon Z6

As you can see in Jevaughn Smith's video, the Nikon Z6 is the best Nikon for videography. Period. Nikon used this mirrorless body to do something it could never do before with its DSLR line: create a compact camera that can shoot cinematic quality video in 4K with a full-frame sensor. Get more details in my Nikon Z6 review.

This Nikon video camera can shoot in the following resolution and frame rate options:

  • 3840 x 2160 (4K UHD): 30p, 25p, 24p
  • 1920 x 1080 (Full HD): 120p, 100p, 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p
  • 1920 x 1080 (Full HD in slow motion): 30p 4x, 25p 4x, 24p 5x

Unfortunately, along with the good news comes the bad news: each video clip is limited to 29 minutes and 59 seconds, unless you're shooting in slow motion with your Nikon video camera, then that limit is 3 minutes.

 best nikon for video

The Nikon Z6 also outshines similar cameras from other manufacturers when it comes to its bitrate of 144Mbps. 

Nikon Z6 Specs:

  • 4K video
  • 24.5MP full-frame sensor
  • In-body image stabilization
  • ISO range of 100-51,200
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • 273-point AF system
  • 12fps burst mode
  • 310-shot battery life

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Nikon Z6 Pros:

  •  4K video capabilities
  •  Touchscreen LCD 
  •  High-resolution EVF

Nikon Z6 Cons:

  •  Short battery life
  •  Limited lens options (though this is improving rapidly)

Putting the specs of the Nikon Z6 aside, the bright contrasts, incredible low-light shooting, and crazy autofocus of this Nikon will convince you it is the best Nikon camera for video in a matter of minutes. 

Learn more about the Nikon Z6.

A Nikon Video Camera for the Budget-Conscious Buyer: Nikon D500

Huge shout out to Andru Milla for doing this quality video test on the Nikon D500. The Nikon D500 is considered the best Nikon DSLR for video by many videographers, despite the fact that it is now aging. 

The Nikon D500 was released by Nikon in 2016, making it 2 years older than the Nikon Z6 and therefore just a little bit cheaper. 

However, as I explain in my Nikon D500 review, this Nikon video camera features almost all of the same features as the Nikon Z6, making it a great choice for the budget-conscious videographer.

For instance, the Nikon D500 shoots 4K video (and was, in fact, one of the first Nikon cameras to be able to do so), features a good ISO range with usable footage even into the 12,800 range, and a touchscreen LCD. 

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Nikon D500 Specs:

  • 4K video capabilities
  • 21MP sensor
  • 10fps burst mode
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • 153-point AF system
  • ISO range of 100-51,200 
  • 3.2" tilting touchscreen LCD
  • 1,240-shot battery life

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Nikon D500 Pros:

  • Fast, accurate autofocus
  • Durable body fit for extreme weather shooting
  • 3.2" tilting touchscreen LCD monitor with 100% screen coverage

Nikon D500 Cons:

  • 4K crop factor of 2.25x
  • Poor Full HD video capabilities

Learn more about the Nikon D500.

The Best Nikon Video Camera for Professional Videographers: Nikon D850

I count on DSIto bring me unbiased video tests on a weekly basis, and their Nikon D850 camera test is no different. 

But, if it isn't clear in the video, the Nikon D850 is not a Nikon video camera for beginners. In fact, I would argue it isn't even a Nikon video camera for intermediate videographers. You should have extensive experience working with Nikon cameras before diving into this one.

As I explain in my Nikon D850 review, this camera features 4K video with 30fps, the capability to shoot in pretty much any lighting, and 45.7MP of resolution, making all of your photos and videos crystal clear. 

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Nikon D850 Specs:

  • 45.7MP full-frame sensor
  • 4K video capabilities
  • ISO range of 64-25,600
  • 151-point AF system
  • 3.2" tilting LCD touchscreen with 2.36m dots
  • 7fps burst mode
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

Nikon D850 Pros

  • Incredible full-frame image sensor
  • 4K video
  • Fast and accurate AF system

Nikon D850 Cons

  • Expensive
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth aren't always reliable

Learn more about the Nikon D850.

Did we miss your favorite Nikon video camera? If we did, what do you think is the best Nikon camera for video?


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Best Used Cameras for 2021

Best Used Cameras for 2020

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Used Cameras

Considering the pandemic, we are seeing a lot of photographers experiencing reduced business. If you need new gear, that creates a problem.. 

While this is, of course, unfortunate, it also means we could be saving a ton of money this year by simply purchasing used cameras. 

Also thanks to the pandemic, a lot of photographers are trying to downsize and get rid of their old gear, which means that you have an even better chance at snagging a great deal.

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So far, we have seen a ton of incredibly cheap used cameras this year, but the following four are some of the best used cameras for 2021.  

We chose these cameras for a few reasons. Firstly, in order for a camera to make our best used cameras for 2021 article, it has to be inexpensive. This means different things for different people, so we tried to include a wide range of cameras we think are a great deal.

Secondly, we wanted to make sure that every camera on this list has features that make it a realistic option for a professional photographer working in 2021. 

It took us quite a while to pick these out and we hope you benefit from it. 


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The first camera on our “best used cameras for 2021” list is the Nikon D7100.  

The Nikon D7100 is a workhorse if I’ve ever seen one. It features a 24MP sensor, an impressive 3.2” LCD 1.22m-dot screen, and a 6fps burst mode that can last for up to 100 shots.

In order for me to consider a camera workhorse, though, it has to have a great battery life, which the Nikon D7100 does. Its battery is rated at 950 shots, which means it can last for well over 1,000 in the right conditions.

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Unfortunately, it doesn’t feature 4K video, but it can shoot full HD at 60, 50, 30, 25, and 24fps.

As you can see in this video by Jo Jo Productions, this camera can handle itself in video mode.  

You can also throw this camera around a bit because of its robust weather-proofed body. If you’ve ever shot with any of the cameras in the Nikon D line before, then you will be able to pick this one up with ease.   

You can find a used Nikon D7100 on MPB starting from just $314, making it one of the best used cameras for 2021.


Olympus OM D E M1

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is the cheapest camera on our best used cameras for 2021 list because it’s getting old. It came out in 2013 and has since been replaced with two newer versions. 

But, I think the Olympus OM-D E-M1 specs have aged exceptionally well. For instance, this camera features a 16MP sensor and an ISO range up to 25,600. Its EVF has 2.36m-dots and 100% coverage.

Its 3.0” touchscreen comes with 1.03m-dots and tilts so that you can capture the best images from any angle.

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It also features some impressive specs for its age. For example, it comes with built-in Wi-Fi and a 10fps burst mode with autofocus. 

While its battery life is definitely not as impressive as the Nikon D7100, it is workable at 440 shots. 

The one thing I wouldn’t recommend this camera for in 2021 is its video quality. But, you can check out the video test by Blizzardfoto above to judge for yourself. 

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 tops our list of the best used cameras for 2021 because you can find it on MPB for only $209. 

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Canon EOS 6D 2

The Canon EOS 6D is one of the more expensive best used cameras for 2021 on our list at $680, but we promise it's worth it. 

The Canon EOS 6D specs include:

  • 20MP sensor
  • DIGIC 5+ processor
  • ISO range o 100-25,600
  • 4.5fps burst mode
  • Full HD video 
  • 97% viewfinder coverage
  • 3.2” LCD screen with 1.04m-dots
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and GPS

Canon EOS 6D 2

My favorite quality of the Canon EOS 6D is its vari-angle screen, which makes taking selfies or vlogging incredibly easy. For this reason, I’ve used this camera while traveling to various countries. 

But, it's one of the best used cameras for 2021 because it's rugged. 


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The Sony a7R is probably the most popular camera on our best used cameras for 2021 list, and for good reason, because the Sony a7R specs are nothing short of impressive. 

The Sony a7R dropped in 2013 and immediately solidified itself as a favorite everyday shooter for professional photographers. If you remember, the Sony a7R dropped alongside two other cameras in the same line: the Sony a7S and the Sony a7, though these cameras really had more in common than Sony made it seem at first.

Sony a7R 2

The sony a7R is a first-generation E mount, compact camera. It came with a high resolution 36MP full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor. It also came with Sony’s best processor to date, the BIONZ-X Image Processor.

Its electronic viewfinder features 2.36m-dots and its 3.0” LCD tilts. 

Again, this camera is nearly a decade old at this point, so it doesn’t feature 4K video, but it can shoot full HD video at 24 or 60p. 

Its ISO rating is the same as every other camera on this list: 100-25,600. 

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If you’re wondering what the difference is between the Sony a7R, the Sony a7, and the Sony a7S you aren’t alone.

The major difference between these three cameras is the sensor. For example, the Sony a7 comes with a 24MP sensor, while the Sony a7S comes with a 12MP sensor.

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There’s also a large difference in the low light capabilities of these three models, since the Sony a7S was specifically built for low-light shooting and comes with an ISO range of 100-102,400.

The battery life on all three cameras is pretty similar, with the Sony a7R reporting a 340-shot battery life, the Sony a7 reporting a 340-shot battery life, and the Sony a7S reporting a 380-shot battery life. 

Unfortunately the last of the “best used cameras for 2021” is currently out of stock on MPB, but check back frequentlybecause MPB rotates through hundreds of products every day. 

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Budget-Friendly Cameras to Consider for 2021

Budget Friendly Cameras to Consider for 2020 

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If you’re like me and have a family, then there’s pretty much no way to run a photography business or even have a photography hobby without searching for budget-friendly cameras.

For starters, almost all cameras now-a-days feature similar specs, and if they don’t, you can get almost any effects that you want in post-production.

While I follow all of the news on the up and coming tech, I’m really a cheap cameras aficionado at heart. 

So, here are the top 3 budget-friendly cameras I’m looking at as we head into 2020.

Canon 5D Mark II

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If you’re like me and have a family, then there’s pretty much no way to run a photography business or even have a photography hobby without searching for budget-friendly cameras.

For starters, almost all cameras now-a-days feature similar specs, and if they don’t, you can get almost any effects that you want in post-production.

While I follow all of the news on the up and coming tech, I’m really a cheap cameras aficionado at heart.  

So, here are the top 3 budget-friendly cameras I’m looking at as we head into 2020.

The Canon 5D Mark II is a phenomenal full-frame camera that is not for beginners. This budget full frame camera dropped back in 2008, but it still features a 21.1MP CMOS sensor, full HD 1080p video, and 3.9fps burst shooting. 

If any of these budget-friendly cameras prove my point that technology in professional cameras is no longer evolving so quickly that you need a new one every year, it’s the Canon 5D Mark II. 

Other Canon 5D Mark II specs include:

  • 21.1MP sensor
  • 1080p shooting
  • 3.9fps burst shooting
  • 1.87 lbs
  • ISO range of 100-6400
  • 3” fixed LCD screen 
  • Waterproof and dust resistant

JordanPhotoAudio does a great job of explaining the many benefits this camera still has over a decade later. So, check it out.

Pros of the Canon:

  • Crisp visuals, even in burst mode
  • Full 1080p video capabilities
  • Long battery life
  • LCD screen that competes with cameras well into the 2010s
  • Self-cleaning sensor

Cons of the Canon:

  • No autofocus illuminator
  • Less-than-ideal low-light shooting
  • Power switch button can be difficult 

You can buy the Canon 5D Mark II on Amazon for $1,300, or get it for almost one-third of the cost by buying used. MPB features the Canon 5D Mark II starting at $539.

Olympus OM-D EM-1 

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On top of my budget-friendly cameras list is this micro four thirds Olympus. It features a 16.3MP Live MOS sensor, 2.36m dot electronic viewfinder, and is very cheap used.

This Olympus dropped back in 2013, and held the highest camera sensor rating of any Olympus cameras for the next year. 

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Olympus OM-D EM-1 specs:

  • 16MP MOS sensor
  • ISO range from 100-25,600
  • 10fps burst shooting, or 6.5fps burst shooting with continuous AF
  • 1.04M-dot 3” LCD touchscreen that tilts
  • 2.36M-dot electronic viewfinder
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Dust, splash and freeze-proof 

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Pros of the Olympus:

  • Incredibly weather sealed
  • Clear and crisp photos
  • Ergonomic grip
  • Accurate AF system

Cons of the Olympus:

  • Significant noise introduced at ISO 2000 and above
  • Slow Wi-Fi
  • AF points are too large 

You can purchase the Olympus OM-D EM-1 on Amazon for $850 right now, or head over to MPB to take a look at their used selection where you can find this camera for $339.

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Nikon D7100 

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In an effort to keep this budget-friendly cameras list diverse, I chose the Nikon D7100 as the final camera. This mid-range APS-C camera came out in 2013, just like the Olympus, but features very different strong points. 

For example, The Nikon D7100 features a 24.1MP DX-format sensor, shoots incredibly well in low-light, and has one of the best AF systems of any camera from the early 2010s. 

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Other Nikon D7100 Specs include:

  • 24.1MP sensor
  • Mobile connectivity
  • ISO range of 100 to 6400
  • 6fps burst shooting for up to 100 shots
  • AF system with 51 points
  • 3.2” LCD screen with 1,229K dots
  • Full 1080p video capabilities
  • 100% frame coverage
  • Wi-Fi connectivity

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Pros of the Nikon:

  • Incredible AF system
  • Good LCD screen
  • Dust and moisture proof body
  • Performs well in low-light situations

Cons of the Nikon:

  • RAW shooting is lacking
  • Must purchase accessories for Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Noise becomes a problem at higher ISOs

You can purchase the Nikon D7100 on Amazon for $900. If you’re looking for a better bargain, though, MPB features the same camera starting at $364.

Where Can I Buy Cheap Cameras in 2020?


While I think these three cameras are the most budget-friendly cameras you can purchase new going into the new year, they’re also the best cheap used cameras you can buy. 

These cameras are all older, so you probably won’t find any of them in excellent condition, but if you’re looking to upgrade for half the price and are willing to purchase used, MPB has a wide variety of these cameras for you.

And, if you’re looking for newer used cameras, MPB has those as well. Some of which are in near-mint condition. You just need to browse around. 

I trust MPB because of their grading system, which tells me exactly what condition my new-to-me camera is in. They also have one of the biggest selections of any used camera store online, which is helpful for me because I don’t have many physical camera stores nearby.

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Camera Sensor Sizes Explained

Camera Sensor Sizes Explained

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Camera sensor sizes, crop factor, and focal lengths vary quite a bit among all the different digital cameras presently up for grabs. This can cause no end of confusion for beginner and advanced photographers alike.  

In order to have camera sensor sizes explained, and to understand just what a crop factor is, we’ll have to go back in time… Not too far, though, just to the golden age of film photography.

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35mm Film and the Nifty Fifty Lens

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If you’re old enough to have firsthand memories of the 1970s and 80s, one of those memories could be the Canon AE-1 camera commercial with tennis pro John Newcombe informing us that the AE-1 was “so advanced - it's simple. 

The reason I bring this up is because that era pretty much cemented in the minds of the populous the idea of 35mm film cameras being the “standard” format for most photography. At least, most amatuer photography, and a whole bunch of pro photography, too.

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The Nifty Fifty 50mm lens has been the standard or normal lens for the 35mm film format for about 100 years. So, everything involved in lenses and formats tends to be based on or compared to these two standards. 

Full Frame digital format is the same as 35mm film format, with most other digital formats being compared to Full Frame by means of a crop factor. And many lenses are compared to that format’s 50mm lens for magnification.

So, a 200mm lens might be referred to as a 4X lens, since 200mm on Full Frame delivers 4X the magnification of the 50mm lens. Crop factor refers to how a lens focal length behaves on a format other than Full Frame.


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Crop Factor and Sensor Size 

Crop Factor and Sensor Size

Crop Factor is mentioned so often in camera advertisements and digital photography articles, we should probably find a good explanation of it so we understand what it means to us and our digital photography. 

Specifically, crop factor is the ratio of a format’s imaging area compared to the reference format, in most cases, the Full Frame format. Any sensor smaller than Full Frame sees a narrower field of view, thus any focal length lens will provide a narrower field of view on smaller formats.

This is what is referred to when listing a crop factor. As an example, on a format with a 1.5X crop factor, a 200mm on Full Frame will behave similarly to a 300mm lens on the smaller format. The focal length has not changed, only how the sensor sees it compared to Full Frame. See what I mean in the video below by ProAV TV:

Compared to Full Frame is the important part to understand. It is still a 200mm lens. Focal lengths don’t change, only how a format sees the field of view of that focal length. Compared to a 50mm lens on Full Frame, a 200mm lens is a 6X telephoto on a 1.5X crop factor format camera, even though it’s only 4X on Full Frame. 

Is your head swimming yet? Yeah, I know. Imagine how it feels to some of us who shoot with multiple formats or who have dyslexia!

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Larger Sensors Have Higher Quality

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This isn’t a knock on any sensor size or camera brand. It’s simple physics. The larger the sensor, the larger each individual pixel is. Which is why my 7 gazillion MB smartphone camera can not provide the overall image quality of my Full Frame mirrorless.  

That won’t stop me from using my smartphone, MFT, or APS-C cameras, though. Like many pros or other serious users, I choose the equipment to fit the needs of that photo or video shoot. Likewise, if you have standardized on one or two formats for yourself, you can achieve outstanding results. 

When used properly, any camera gear can produce outstanding images. Conversely, the highest end equipment on the planet won’t deliver superior results if not used well.

The Various Camera Sensor Sizes

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The pixel size and overall area of larger digital formats also impacts depth of focus. Crop factor is a huge reason, but there are other characteristics that come into play as well. Which is why there are post processing programs and smartphone apps for selective focus effects. 

It should also be noted that most of the digital formats have an aspect ratio of 4:3 as opposed to the Full Frame format’s aspect ratio of 3:2. Which means that Full Frame and the closest crop format APS-C have a height to width ratio that is slightly more rectangular than most of the other formats. 

The MB count is only part of what provides overall image quality. But enough about that, let’s get to the most used camera sensor sizes. I’ll start from small and get larger. 

1/3.2” Sensor

Canon PowerShot A100

Canon PowerShot A100 

There are smaller sensor sizes in some older smartphone and point-and-shoot style cameras, but this size is one of the smallest currently used in a decent quality camera. Camera examples include the iPhone 5 and Canon PowerShot A100.  

This sensor size is 4.5mm x 3.4mm, so it’s pretty small. This small size allows it to be a smartphone camera sensor size. In order to get any selective focus from this sensor, you will need to use a smartphone app or post processing.  

Crop factor is 7.6X, so focal length calculations usually aren’t even mentioned for this smartphone camera sensor size.

1/2.3” Sensor

Panasonic Lumix FZ80 

Panasonic Lumix FZ80 

A more common size, this is also used as an iPhone camera sensor size and in many point-and-shoot style cameras. Plus you may find it in various medical and scientific imaging devices where small size is vital. 

Several Super Zoom Compacts use this sensor with a crop factor of 5.6X and a size of 6.3mm x 4.7mm. The Nikon Coolpix B500 and Panasonic Lumix FZ80 use this sensor. So does the waterproof compact camera Olympus TG-6

Image quality can be quite good, which is also because of the excellent lenses in many of these cameras. Few of these or smaller sensor cameras offer any RAW image file recording, using JPEG as their standard image file type.

2/3” Sensor

Fujifilm X30 

Fujifilm X30 

Fujifilm X30 and some tablets like the iPad Mini 2 use this 8.8mm x 6.6mm sensor with a crop factor of 3.9X. Just so you know, many tablets have excellent imaging capabilities, a fact that sometimes gets overlooked by focusing on the super portable and ubiquitous smartphone. 

Some older cameras such as early Leica Digilux cameras made outstanding use of this sensor size. Many of these cameras can be found for great prices on your favorite used camera sites. 

1” Type Sensor

Sony RX 100 VI

Sony RX-100 VI 

The 1” type sensor is one of the more common sensors for serious video cameras such as the Sony FDR-AX100 4K camcorder and the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema 4K camera, as well as super high quality compact cameras like the Sony RX-100 VI with Carl Zeiss lens and the Canon PowerShot G9.  

Some ultra compact interchangeable cameras use the 1 inch sensor as well, Nikon 1 series of cameras and lenses is a prime example.  

A crop factor of 2.7X is a characteristic of the 13.2mm x 8.8mm sized 1 inch sensor. Excellent video in 4K is capable with this sensor as well as exceptional still imaging with the ultra high quality lenses normally paired with these cameras.

4/3rds and MFT Sensor Cameras

Olympus OM D E M1X

Olympus OM-D E-M1X 

Both 4/3rds and MFT (micro four thirds) cameras use this camera sensor size, the difference in cameras is one is a DSLR and the MF is mirrorless. Almost all of the newest offerings are MFT.

MFT is also an excellent format for high end video recording. It offers video recording quality that actually surpasses film formats such as 16mm and Super16, depending on the exact application. 

Serious and professional level still photography can also be accomplished with this format that has a crop factor of 2X and an image area of 13.5mm x 18mm. Notable cameras with superior performance in MFT are the Olympus OM-D E-M1X, the ultra compact Olympus PEN-F, and the video superstar Panasonic LUMIX GH5s

APS-C Format

Nikon D3500

Nikon D3500 

APS-C is used on still imaging and video-capable DSLRs and mirrorless cameras from entry-level up to professional caliber. For most brands, APS-C format sensors are 23.6mm x 15.6mm with a crop factor of 1.5X. Canon APS-C cameras use a 22.3mm x 14.9mm sensor for a 1.6X crop factor. 

There is also the APS-H crop format with a 1.3X crop factor, but no current cameras are using that format. It was really more of a stop gap format before any of the camera manufacturers were building any of their own DSLRs in Full Frame sensor size.

Canon EOS 90D

Canon EOS 90D 

This format is a great option for serious photography as it gives you outstanding image quality while maintaining a smaller size and lower price that photographic enthusiasts have been leaning towards since well before digital photography became commonplace.  

Several amazingly advanced cameras and camera systems are using the APS-C format, including ones from Sony, Nikon, Canon, Pentax, and Fuji. Notable lower-priced cameras include the Nikon D3500, Canon EOS Rebel T6, Pentax K-70, Fujifilm X-T30, and Sony A6100. Prosumer or professional models include the Nikon D7500 and Nikon D500, Canon EOS 90D, Pentax K-1 Mark II, Fujifilm XT-4, and Sony A6600.

Full Frame 35mm Format

Nikon D780

Nikon D780 

Some simply call it Full Frame, leaving off the 35mm label, but this is the same size as the film cameras using 135 or 35mm film. The full frame filter size is 24mm x 36mm, crop factor of 1X. 

There aren’t many entry level priced cameras in this format because it costs much more to make larger sensors, not to mention the increased size, weight, and cost for lenses as well. Still, there are several models from the various brands that cost less than a nice used car.

Sony a9 II

Sony a9 II 

A few excellent general use cameras that come to mind are the Nikon D780 and the mirrorless Nikon Z6, Canon EOS 6D Mark II, and Sony a7 III. Professional use cameras such as the Nikon D6, Nikon Z7, Sony a9 II, and Leica M10 are among the finest imaging tools ever made but are extremely expensive for any average user.

What you get with Full Frame digital, DSLR or mirrorless, is absolutely excellent image quality, plus all the other characteristics that can be used to create superior images and video. And no crop factor! Everything is larger, heavier, and more expensive than crop formats, but for those who want or need it, it’s definitely worth those costs. 

Medium Format Digital

Hasselblad X1D II

Hasselblad X1D II 

A digital format that is very important in the commercial photography world but doesn’t get a lot of discussion among any but the most serious photographers is medium format. Actually, we could say multiple medium formats as there is a lot of variation in format sizes. Some aren’t much larger than Full Frame, others are equal to 6X6cm film format.  

Some of the best options in medium format digital are the mirrorless cameras such as the Hasselblad X1D II, Fujifilm GFX 50S, and Fujifilm GFX 100. These cameras are amazing tools and their price points are amazing, too. A little rich for most enthusiasts, but absolutely  superb cameras. 

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What Camera Sensor Size Should You Get?

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Any of the larger camera sensor sizes are worthy professional and advanced photo enthusiast cameras. The larger sizes like Full Frame and APS-Care preferred for pro use more so than smaller formats, outside of MFT and 1 Inch Type being the favorites of many serious videographers.

As we say many times, though, a camera is only as good as the photographer using it. Check out the Learn More links in this article to reference other guides to help you continue to grow as a photographer, regardless of what camera sensor size you are currently using.


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Cheap Digital Camera With Flip Screen: 3 Great Options

Cheap Digital Camera With Flip Screen 3 Great Options

Canon EOS M50

If you’re interested in buying a cheap digital camera with flip screen, you came to the right place! In this article, I’ll share three of the most popular cheap digital cameras with flip screens currently on the market. 

While there are many advantages of having a flip screen, the most significant benefit is seeing yourself. They help tremendously with composition and allow you to make sure you are always centered in the middle of the frame. For YouTubers and vloggers, in particular, flip up screens are a must on any video camera.

Panasonic Lumix DC G9

Panasonic Lumix DC-G9

One thing to keep in mind is that the word “cheap” is relative. What some may consider cheap, others may find expensive. Because of this, I have included three different cameras, all of which will be attractive to different budgets. While their prices vary, the one constant is that they all offer premium value to consumers.


One resource I recommend that always has tons of affordable digital cameras with flip screens in stock is MPB. They are a trustworthy and reliable online platform that sells used photo and video kit for unbeatable prices. 

Furthermore, all of their cameras are carefully hand-inspected by experienced product specialists and backed by warranties, allowing you to make your purchases confidently and worry-free.

Now, let’s dive in and discover which cheap digital camera with flip screen is the perfect fit for you!

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Cheap Digital Camera With Flip Screen: Nikon Z5

Nikon Z5

The Nikon Z5 is a powerful entry-level mirrorless camera stuffed to the brim with advanced features. It was first introduced in July 2020 and boasts a large 24.3 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and a speedy Expeed 6 image processor.

The pair work together to produce stunningly sharp photos and videos and make the Z5 one of the best valued full-frame cameras on the planet. Overall, the camera has a super similar look and feel to high-end Nikon cameras like the Nikon Z6 and Nikon Z7 but comes with a significantly lower price tag.

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Where this camera shines brightest is as a stills camera. The high-resolution sensor consistently delivers sharp edge-to-edge images, even in low-light situations. Three factors contributing to its excellent low-light performance are its full-frame sensor, the 5-axis in-body image stabilization, and a wide ISO range. 

Turning to its video capabilities, the first thing that stands out is that it records 4K movies at 30 fps and 1080p Full HD movies at 60 fps. While you will undoubtedly be tempted to always shoot in 4K, I actually prefer shooting in 1080p with the Z5. This is because, unfortunately, a heavy 1.7x crop factor is applied during 4K recording. More standout video features include two memory card slots, solid video autofocus, and microphone and headphone jacks.

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Here’s an in-depth look at the key features and specs of this cheap digital camera with flip screen:

  • Camera Type: Mirrorless
  • Sensor: 24.3MP Full-frame CMOS sensor
  • ISO: 100 - 51,200 (expandable to 50 - 102,400)
  • Lens Mount: Nikon Z Mount
  • Speed: 4.5 fps
  • Autofocus: 273 phase-detection points
  • Video: 4K/30p & 1080p/60p
  • Size/Weight: 134 x 101 x 70 mm / 675 grams (battery included)
  • Battery Life: 470 shots
  • Stabilization: Yes
  • Touchscreen: Yes

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Cheaper Digital Camera With Flip Screen: Panasonic Lumix DC-G9

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The Lumix DC-G9 is Panasonic's flagship photo-oriented camera. It hit stores in December 2017 and has been one of the most sold mirrorless cameras globally ever since. A 20.3 megapixel Four Thirds CMOS sensor and an upgraded Venus Engine image processor are at its heart. 

The most impressive thing about this camera is its speed. Using its electronic shutter, it can fire off a breathtaking 20 frames per second during continuous shooting. Furthermore, even when using the live view and continuous autofocus, it still has a spectacular max burst rate of 9 fps.

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Also, it features some cool new photo modes unique to Panasonic cameras. The first two are 4K and 6K photo modes. They create still images using in-camera focus stacking technology and deliver beautiful results. Additionally, a new high-resolution setting for landscape photographers generates stunningly detailed 80MP pictures.

Even though it’s tailored more toward photography, the video specs of this cheap digital camera with flip screen are impressive. The uncropped 4K video footage is sharp, and the colors look great straight out of the camera. Moreover, the fully articulating touchscreen LCD is bright and has excellent resolution. With that said, video shooters who want an even more advanced video camera might want to opt for the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5

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Here’s an in-depth look at the key features and specs of this cheap digital camera with flip screen: 

  • Camera Type: Mirrorless
  • Sensor: 20.3MP Four Thirds CMOS sensor
  • ISO: 200 - 25,600 (expandable to 100 - 25,600)
  • Lens Mount: Micro Four Thirds
  • Speed: 20.0 fps
  • Autofocus: 225 contrast-detection points
  • Video: 4K/60p & 1080p/60p
  • Size/Weight: 137 x 97 x 92 mm / 658 grams (battery included)
  • Battery Life: 400 shots
  • Stabilization: Yes
  • Touchscreen: Yes

Cheapest Digital Camera With Flip Screen: Canon EOS M50

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The Canon EOS M50 (sometimes called the Canon EOS Kiss M) is the predecessor to the incredibly popular EOS M50 II. While the second-generation model is a couple of years newer, the original came out in March 2018 and is a dynamic camera in its own right.

For starters, they share an identical high-resolution 24.1 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor. On top of that, it pairs the sensor with a high-performing DIGIC 8 image processor that makes the camera super responsive. To increase your workflow even further, you can have the camera automatically transfer photos to your mobile device after every exposure.

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Another area this cheap digital camera with flip screen excels in is autofocus. The Canon EOS M50 uses a dual-pixel autofocus system boasting 143 phase-detection and 143 contrast-detection points. It is one of the best and most accurate AF systems I have ever tested, rivaling that of cameras like the Sony Alpha A6300 and the Fujifilm X-T200.

In terms of video, it is a terrific digital camera often sought after by YouTubers and Vloggers. Courtesy of its lightweight, compact body, travel vloggers especially can’t get enough of this camera. It has 4K capabilities, a fully-articulating rear touchscreen LCD, and bright and bold out-of-the-box colors. However, two things to note about shooting in 4K are that a 1.6x crop factor is applied and that the dual-pixel autofocus is disabled.

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Here’s an in-depth look at the key features and specs of this cheap digital camera with flip screen:

  • Camera Type: Mirrorless
  • Sensor: 24.1MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • ISO: 100 - 25,600 (expandable to 100 - 51,200)
  • Lens Mount: Canon EF-M Mount
  • Speed: 10.0 fps
  • Autofocus: 143 phase-detection points
  • Video: 4K/24p & 1080p/60p
  • Size/Weight: 116 x 88 x 59 mm / 390 grams (battery included)
  • Battery Life: 235 shots
  • Stabilization: No
  • Touchscreen: Yes

Final Thoughts on Cheap Digital Cameras With Flip Screens

Final Thoughts on Cheap Digital Cameras With Flip Screens

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While those are three of the best affordable digital cameras with flip screens available at the moment, they are far from the only great options out there! If you want to do more research on your own, head over now to MPB.

They offer a seven-day no questions asked return window, and also, you will receive a six-month warranty on most items. Moreover, if you have an old camera or lens you no longer need, you can trade them in and offset the cost of your new cheap digital camera with flip screen!

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Check Out These Awesome Rebates From Canon and Nikon

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Adorama has some smokin' deals right now on Canon and Nikon products.

We're talking savings on dozens of items, of anywhere from $20 up to several hundred dollars off normal prices. PhotographyTalk has done an extensive Canon Vs Nikon camera debate, check it out!

In fact, there are some deals that you can save up to $700!

Here's a sampling of some of the biggest savings...

Canon EOS 80D Bundle - $700 Off

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This bundle includes a treasure trove of stuff, including a camera cover, a camera strap, a battery charger, a Rode VideoMic Go, a memory card, and a cleaning kit, among many other goodies.

Normally, this bundle is $1,949, but you can get it for $1,249 through May 31, 2020.

Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E ED-IF AF-S VR NIKKOR Lens Bundle - $200 Off

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If you need to round out your collection of lenses with a fast 24-70mm zoom, this Nikkor lens bundle is a great option. In addition to the lens, you get a lens hood, a soft case, an 82mm filter ket, a lens wrap, a cleaning kit, and more!

Normally $2,096.95, this lens is on sale for $1,896.95 through May 31, 2020.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II DSLR Bundle - $600 Off

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Looking to upgrade to a full frame camera? The Canon EOS 6D Mark II is a great option that's also much more affordable at the moment!

This bundle includes the 6D Mark II body, an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens, and Flashpoint Zoom Li-on X R2 TTL On-Camera Round Flash Speedlight, as well as several other items.

This bundle is normally priced at $2,699, but through May 31, 2020, you can pick one up for $2,099.

Be sure to head over to Adorama to check out all the other Canon and Nikon rebates that are currently available.


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Check Out These Deals on MPB Camera Gear

Check Out These Deals on MPB Camera Gear

I’ve been singing the praises of the MPB used photography gear store for a while now, for some very good reasons.

Primarily, used camera gear and lenses are a fantastic way to save money on good equipment. The MPB camera gear store has a wide selection of quality used gear and gives great service and peace of mind while we save. 

With that in mind, here’s a few great deals on MPB camera gear you might consider!

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Used Equipment is a Good Idea

MPB Camera Gear - Used Equipment is a Good Idea

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The equipment we use in photography can end up being expensive, whether we’re shooting as pros or a serious hobbyist. It is definitely a significant investment. Looking at the pages of MPB camera gear available right now, you will find items that are either very recent or sometimes current models.

Buying used items such as cameras, lenses, and accessories, we can often save a significant amount of money from what they sell for brand new, even if we shop at deeply discounted stores.

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Used MPB camera gear comes from various sources. Sometimes, a photographer buys something that they quickly find out they want something different. Outside of the original store return window, this usually means a piece of equipment will be sold as used without having been used at all or used very little.

There are also store and brand representative demonstration units that can’t be sold as a brand new item, so these end up as used equipment. And then many photographers will trade-in or sell outright some of the gear they have had for a while.

All of these ways that cameras and lenses find themselves onto the used market means that we can find exceptionally favorable pricing on high-quality, good condition used equipment. MPB camera gear is firmly in this category.

MPB Camera Gear is a Great Value

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MPB camera gear is a great value in the used equipment market for several reasons. Most of the reasons relate to giving us peace of mind while saving money as we purchase used camera gear.

We definitely don’t want to buy someone else’s problem when we buy used, so how do we make sure that doesn’t happen? Buying from a well-established store that values its customers is a great method. 

MPB camera gear is thoroughly checked out before they even take it into their stock. MPB is interested in purchasing your used items, by the way, either as a direct sale or as part of a trade-in. Their website tells you exactly how this process works.

A great service MPB provides us is a 6-month warranty on their used equipment. That means that even if something does happen with a camera or lens we purchase used, we aren’t left out in the cold. Their turnaround time is very quick on this service.

You also get a 7-day return window on MPB camera gear. This helps protect us from making a mistake, such as purchasing a camera or lens that really doesn’t suit our needs. 

All MPB camera gear is listed with a clear and easy-to-understand rating system. Items can be anywhere from Like New or excellent all the way to Heavily Used (but still in good working order). Individual pieces of MPB camera gear are posted with a clear description of what categorizes them as any condition other than Like New or Excellent.

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Used MPB Camera Gear

So, now let's look at what you could pick up right now as used MPB camera gear. This list is current at time of printing, but availability does fluctuate based on what people are selling or trading in at MPB.

Canon EOS R


The Canon EOS R is a Full Frame format mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses and is part of the Canon EOS R mount cameras. It has a 30.3MP sensor, records 4K video, and offers an ISO up to 30,000.

It’s a pretty new camera, but you can find it on MPB in Like New and Excellent condition with prices between $1309.00 and $1379.00 for the body only.

If you need additional MPB camera gear, there are many R lenses available, including some exceptionally fast prime lenses.

Nikon Z6


The Nikon Z6 has been replaced by the Z6ii, but it’s still a very recent camera. It has a 24.5MP Full Frame format sensor, ISO up to 51,200, and records 4K video. It is one of the best-performing cameras for low light that I’ve ever seen.

It uses the new Nikon Z lens mount, which also has extremely fast maximum aperture prime lenses. Right now, you can find MPB camera gear examples of this camera in Like New and Excellent condition for $1189.00 and $1129.00 for the body only.

Sony a7 III

Sony a7 III

Also a low light champion, the Sony a7 III is a Full Frame format mirrorless camera with a 24.2MP sensor, 4K video, and ultra-fast autofocus with E-mount lenses.

Like New and Excellent condition MPB camera gear examples go for $1579.00 and $1499.00, for the body only. Check out all the Sony lenses in E-mount too.

Panasonic Lumix DC-S5


The Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 is an L-mount Full Frame format mirrorless camera with a 24.2MP sensor, 4K video, and the new L lens mount Panasonic shares with Leica and Sigma.

Prices of this camera range from $1499.00 to $1579.00 for the body only for Excellent and Like New examples.

Check out all the MPB camera gear and lenses available in all the brands and formats. There are hundreds of items for sale in conditions from Like New and Excellent to Good and even Heavily Used, so there’s something for every budget!

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Check Out These Smokin' Black Friday Photography Deals

Check Out These Smokin Black Friday Photography Deals

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I think we can all agree that 2020 has not been the best of years… 

But at least we have what’s looking like an excellent Black Friday for photographers to look forward to.

I’ve put together a quick list of some of the best photography Black Friday deals at the moment. Keep in mind that this is not a comprehensive list and that many retailers have limited stock. In other words, if you see something you like, it’s best to jump on it now rather than later!

Adorama Black Friday Deals

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Amazon Black Friday Deals

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Nikon Black Friday Deals

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Nikon has a wealth of deals on mirrorless cameras, DSLRs, and lenses for both systems. This includes:

  • $250 off Z50 two-lens kit
  • $400 off Z6 24-70mm kit
  • $400 off Z6 body only
  • $300 off Z7 body only
  • $150 off Nikkor Z 35mm f/1.8 S
  • $200 off Nikkor Z 14-30mm f/4 S
  • $300 off D7500 18-140mm kit
  • $570 off D500 16-80mm kit
  • $400 off AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
  • $500 off AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR 

Nikon is also offering their online courses for free through the end of the year.

Holdfast Gear Black Friday Deals

Our friends over at Holdfast Gear are kicking off Black Friday with an Early Bird Sale that gets you 20% off straps and other accessories.

Holdfast makes all sorts of high-end gear, including bags, single and dual camera straps, and a host of leather accessories like shoes, wallets, and pen holders, just to name a few.

To score the 20% discount, simply use the promo code EARLYBIRD2020 when you check out.

This is a short, time-limited discount, so hurry over to Holdfast Gear to do some early Black Friday shopping!

MPB Black Friday Deals

You can get an extra 10% off select camera bodies, lenses, gimbals, and stabilizers at MPB through November 30th. MPB has also partnered with One Tree Planted to plant a tree each time someone buys, sells, or trades gear at as an added bonus!

Additionally, U.S. residents can score 10% off these camera bodies:

  • Nikon D610
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • Sony Alpha A5000
  • Fujifilm X-T1

The sale on these cameras runs from Black Friday through Cyber Monday. Head over to MPB to check out these deals and much more!

HEX Brand Black Friday Deals

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Black Friday through Cyber Monday, HEX Brand is offering 20% off, which includes their brand-new Ranger Crossbody Bag shown above.

Like all HEX Brand gear, this new Crossbody bag represents the ideal mix of style and substance.

The exterior of the bag is crafted of Genuine Cordura® and ballistic nylon. Inside is EVA foam padding to protect your camera and accessories. There's also an adjustable padded divider to keep your gear organized.

But don't think that this is a bulky bag. Quite the opposite. Its small form factor hugs your body as you move so it stays out of your way. In fact, it's just 1.3 pounds yet can hold up to 1.5 liters of gear.

Check it out at HEX Brand and see if it's the right bag for you this holiday season!

Other Photography Black Friday Deals

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There are TONS of other awesome Black Friday deals for photographers. Here’s a few:

  • Up to 46% off at
  • Up to 40% off paper prints at Artbeat Studios
  • 25% off Adobe Creative Cloud for individual subscriptions through November 27th (which includes more than 20 apps, including Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, After Effects, and InDesign)
  • 70% off Adobe Creative Cloud for students and teachers through November 27th (the discount makes it just $15.99 per month)
  • Up to 20% off on Peak Design gear through December 1st (this includes 20% off on Everyday Bags and 10% off on tripods)
  • 20% off site wide on orders over $50 at Printique (use promo code BLACKFRIDAY20 at checkout)

Like I said earlier, some of these deals might disappear, and other killer deals might pop up, so keep your eyes peeled and your credit card ready!

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First Look: Nikon Z6 II Review

First Look Nikon Z6 II Review

Nikon has been teasing the release of the Nikon Z6 II for what seems like a year, but has really only been a few months. The pandemic has really ruined everyone’s idea of time. 

The Nikon Z6 II was originally supposed to be released in winter of 2020, but rumors have it that the Nikon Z6 II should be available for purchase within the next few weeks (depending upon Nikon’s availability to source all of the correct parts). 

One of the reasons why the Nikon Z6 II has been so hyped up over the last couple of months is that its predecessor, the Nikon Z6, is much-loved amongst mirrorless camera users. Still, it’s been three years since the original Nikon Z6 was released and many photographers, myself included, are looking forward to some of the updated specs promised in the Nikon Z6 II.  

However, as is the case with a lot of cameras that receive a lot of media attention before their release, and then have their release date repeatedly pushed back, the question the wait worth it?

I’m going to attempt to answer this question in our full Nikon Z6 II review. 

Nikon Z6 II Specs

Nikon Z6 II Specs

The most important aspect of any first look are the specifications, and it seems as though most of the Nikon Z6 II specs are living up to the hype. 

I’ll start with the best specs of the Nikon Z6 II before discussing some specs that are a little disappointing.

On the pros column, we have a greatly improved burst mode. The Nikon Z6 II can take up to 14fps in burst mode. This is an added feature for wildlife, sports, and action photographers. 

Another huge change in the specs of the Nikon Z6 II is the fact that it now comes with two card slots: a dual XQD/CFexpress card slot and an SD card slot. This is likely due to the fact that many photographers were quite upset that the older edition only had one.

Speaking of card slots, with a camera like this, you want to use the best memory cards you can afford. For me, ProGrade is the cream of the crop when it comes to cards. Their cards are fast and reliable and they offer all sorts of card types, including CFexpress and SD cards. In fact, I use ProGrade cards in all of my cameras, and I can attest to their reliability. I wouldn't use anything else!

Back to the Z6 II...the autofocus system is also greatly improved. The AF system comes with 273 AF points and incredible tracking. This is yet another reason why the Nikon Z6 II is looking appealing for action or sports photographers. 

Unfortunately, there are some disappointing aspects of the Nikon Z6 II. For instance, while the camera does shoot 4K at up to 60p, your videos will be cropped at this rate. Since other cameras in this price range offer uncropped 4K at 60p, this camera may not be the best option for videographers. 

Other Nikon Z6 II Specifications Include:

  • 24.5MP CMOS sensor
  • Dual Expeed 6 processor
  • 4K video capabilities at up to 60p (with crop) or 30p (with no crop) and Full HD video capabilities at up to 120p
  • 3.69m-dot EVF 
  • 273 hybrid AF points
  • ISO range of 100-51,200
  • 3.2” tilting touchscreen with 2.1m-dots
  • Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth 
  • 410-shot battery life 

Nikon Z6 II Build & Handling

Nikon Z6 II Build Handling 1

The Nikon Z6 II build measures 5.28” x 3.98” x 2.76” and weighs 1.55 lbs. The moment you lay your eyes on this camera, you realize that it is incredibly high end in much the same way as you did with the Nikon Z6 before it.

 Both of the cameras come with a large grip, are made of almost all magnesium alloy, and feel sturdy in your hand. 

The Nikon Z6 II handling is also fun. Since the camera does weigh a bit more than most mirrorless cameras, you can put really large lenses on it and the camera is still comfortable to operate. So long as you are shooting without the OVF, you can also get 410 shots out of just one battery charge. 

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Nikon Z6 II Body & Design

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The Nikon Z6 II features a very similar design to its predecessor. The camera’s menu is, unmistakably, a Nikon menu. You get to choose from a wide array of custom settings and, thanks to the menu’s color coding, it is pretty simple to use.

The camera comes with two customizable Fn buttons that are located by the lens mount. You also get a scrolling dial on both the front and the rear of the camera, as well as buttons for your ISO and exposure compensation.

Since the Nikon Z6 II is still pretty small, you will have a hard time if you are switching from a DSLR since there aren’t as many buttons on the camera. You will need to get used to navigating via the screen more often. 

Nikon Z6 II Video Performance

Huge shout out to DSI Pictures for the Nikon Z6 II video performance test above. 

As I already mentioned, the Nikon Z6 II is able to shoot 4K video at 60p with a 1.5x crop, although nobody has actually had the chance to shoot with this promised feature yet, so I will have to hold my judgment until I can. 

However, it also shoots 4K video at 30p without a crop. You can either shoot an 8-bit video in camera or a 10-bit video via the HDMI. If you need to shoot 12-bit RAW video, you can do so, it will just cost you extra because you’ll need to get the ProRes RAW upgrade which costs an additional $200.

Nikon Z6 II Video Performance

You cannot record 4K video for longer than 29 minutes and 59 seconds, but you shouldn’t have problems with your camera overheating until you’ve shot at least 2 full length video clips in 4K. 

The camera comes with a headphone jack and a microphone jack so you can measure your audio levels while filming. 

The camera also comes with in-body image stabilization. It isn’t necessarily the best IBIS I’ve seen, but it gets the job done for situations where you absolutely can’t shoot with a tripod. 

Nikon Z6 II Price

Nikon Z6 II Price

As could be expected, the Nikon Z6 II price definitely isn’t cheap. If you only want the Nikon Z6 II body, you can expect to pay $2,000, but if you want the body with the kit lens, you can expect to pay $2,600.

Since it is the middle of a pandemic, I know very few of my own friends can afford a camera this expensive right now. However, you can help to offset the costs of a new camera by getting rid of some of your old gear and there is essentially no easier way to do this than to sell it on MPB. 

MPB is a used camera retailer that purchases old equipment off of photographers from all over the world in order to clean them up and resell them. 


You may be able to get a slightly higher price for your old gear if you sold it yourself, but having years of experience trying to sell my old cameras on eBay or Craigslist has taught me that I have no patience to deal with the general public. 

Plus, MPB really does offer you a fair price for your old gear. It’s so easy. All you have to do is go to their quote page here. The website will ask you for your camera’s model and condition (don’t worry, it walks you through how to determine the condition) before giving you an estimated quote for what MPB is willing to pay. Then, so long as your camera is truly in the condition you said it was, you get paid. 

You don’t have to worry about shipping because MPB pays for it. 

I know that buying a brand new mirrorless camera is expensive, and so does MPB. Once the Nikon Z6 II drops, you can likely even trade in your old equipment with MPB to purchase a used Nikon Z6 II off of their website.

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Get One of these Three Budget Nikon Z50 Lenses for Under $500

Get One of these Three Budget Nikon Z50 Lenses for Under 500

The Nikon Z50 is one of the most popular digital cameras today and boasts an impressive lineup of compatible Nikon Z Mount lenses. If you own or are considering purchasing a Z50 and don’t know what lenses to buy, you’ve come to the right place. Below, we share three inexpensive Nikon Z50 lenses every photographer and videographer needs in their kit!

One fabulous resource with heaps of cheap used Nikon Z50 lenses in stock and a place I have bought and sold countless camera gear over the years is MPB. They are a trustworthy and reliable online platform selling used photo and video kit at unbeatable prices. 

Additionally, all their cameras and lenses are meticulously hand-inspected by talented product specialists and backed by extended warranties, allowing you to make your purchases confidently and worry-free. Another fantastic feature of MPB is its online marketplace, where you can trade in and sell your old camera equipment to help offset the cost of new-to-you gear.

Let’s jump in and learn more about three of the best Nikon Z50 lenses for under $500!

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A Brief Overview of the Nikon Z50

Overview of the Nikon Z50

The Nikon Z50 is an entry-level hybrid mirrorless camera first released in 2019. It has a high-resolution 20.9-megapixel APS-C sensor and an advanced Expeed 6 image processing engine. The pair work together seamlessly to make the Z50 one of the fastest cameras on the market and a terrific option for photography and videography.

Its image quality is superb, it has 4K video capabilities, and its body is shockingly lightweight and portable. These features make it a great all-around camera for traveling and everyday life. Moreover, its intuitive menu system and button layout make it an ideal camera for beginners and children.  

My only slight complaint about this camera is that it lacks in-body image stabilization. However, since many Nikon Z50 lenses feature optical image stabilization, it’s definitely not a dealbreaker.  

Here’s an in-depth look at the key features and specs of the Nikon Z50:

Camera Type: Mirrorless

Sensor: 20.9MP APS-C CMOS Sensor

ISO: 100 - 51,200 (expandable to 100 - 204,800)

Lens Mount: Nikon Z Mount

Speed: 11.0 fps

Autofocus: 209 focus points

Video: 4K/30p & 1080p/120p

Size/Weight: 127 x 94 x 60 mm / 450 grams

Battery Life: 320 shots

Stabilization: No

Touchscreen: Yes

Check out the video above by Tech Through The Lens to discover why the Nikon Z50 is still a great camera in 2023!

Nikon Z50 Lenses: A Budget Nikon Z50 Zoom Lens

Nikon Nikkor Z DX 50 250mm

Without a doubt, the Nikon Nikkor Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR is one of the top budget lenses for Nikon Z50 cameras. It’s one of two kit lenses you can typically choose when buying a new Z50, and if you can only afford one lens at this time, this is our top recommendation!

Thanks to its versatile focal range of 50-250mm (75-375 mm when paired with APS-C cameras like the Z50), it’s a do-it-all zoom lens capable of capturing all types of photography. At the low end of 75mm, it’s good for portraits and street photography. On the other hand, when fully zoomed in to 375mm, it takes mind-blowing photos of faraway subjects, like animals.

Also, it features Vibration Reduction image stabilization technology which adds up to five stops of exposure to your images. The stabilization makes this Nikon Z50 lens a great choice for low-light shooting and handheld video recording. 

Here’s an in-depth look at the key features and specs of one of the best Nikon Z50 lenses: 

Lens Type: Superzoom

Camera System: APS-C

Lens Mount: Nikon Z Mount

Focal Length: 50-250mm (equivalent to 75-375mm on the Z50)

Maximum Aperture: f/4.5-6.3

Minimum Aperture: f/16

Minimum Focusing Distance: 50 cm

Filter Size: 62 mm

Focusing system: Autofocus & Manual Focus

Maximum Magnification: 0.23x

Size/Weight: 74 x 110 mm / 405 grams

Optical Image Stabilization: Yes

Check out the video above by BVC Co. to learn more about the Nikon Nikkor Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR.

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Nikon Z50 Lenses: A Budget Nikon Z50 Wide-Angle Prime Lens

Nikon Nikkor Z 28mm

Another prestigious Nikon Z50 lens is the Nikon Nikkor Z 28mm f/2.8. It’s an ultra-compact prime lens that provides a wider field of view than the aforementioned 50-250mm zoom lens. Its wide-angle perspective makes it excel at landscape, real estate, architecture, and street photography.

Furthermore, it’s a fan-favorite of YouTubers and vloggers for several reasons. First, it’s wide enough to easily fit your face and the background in the frame, even when shooting handheld selfie footage. Next, its autofocus motor is smooth and quiet, making your movies look and sound impressive.

A couple more notable features of this Nikon Z50 lens are its two aspherical elements and a customizable control ring. The lens elements boost sharpness and reduce distortion. While the control ring helps speed up workflow and improves productivity during shooting.

Here’s an in-depth look at the key features and specs of one of the best Nikon Z50 lenses: 

Lens Type: Wide-Angle Prime

Camera System: Full-Frame (compatible with APS-C cameras)

Lens Mount: Nikon Z Mount

Focal Length: 28mm (equivalent to 42mm on the Z50)

Maximum Aperture: f/2.8

Minimum Aperture: f/16

Minimum Focusing Distance: 19 cm

Filter Size: 52 mm

Focusing system: Autofocus & Manual Focus

Maximum Magnification: 0.2x

Size/Weight: 70 x 43 mm / 155 grams

Optical Image Stabilization: No

Check out the video above by The Project Photography to learn more about the Nikon Nikkor Z 28mm f/2.8.

Nikon Z50 Lenses: A Budget Nikon Z50 Standard Prime Lens

Nikon Nikkor Z 50mm

Last but not least, we have the Nikon Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.8 S. It’s an award-winning lens heralded for its superior sharpness and shallow depth of field. Also, it’s a must-have lens if you like to shoot video.

The signature feature of this standard prime lens is its f/1.8 maximum aperture. It creates beautiful bokeh effects (when your subject is sharp, but the background is blurred) and increases the quality of images shot at night. It’s my favorite Nikon Z50 lens for portrait, product, and astrophotography.

Another feature I love is that it is weather sealed to protect it against water, moisture, and dust. This makes it a durable lens perfect for outdoor, nature, and adventure photographers as well as documentary filmmakers. 

Here’s an in-depth look at the key features and specs of one of the best Nikon Z50 lenses: 

Lens Type: Standard Prime

Camera System: Full-Frame (compatible with APS-C cameras)

Lens Mount: Nikon Z Mount

Focal Length: 50mm (equivalent to 75mm on the Z50)

Maximum Aperture: f/1.8

Minimum Aperture: f/16

Minimum Focusing Distance: 40 cm

Filter Size: 62 mm

Focusing system: Autofocus & Manual Focus

Maximum Magnification: 0.15x

Size/Weight: 76 x 86.5 mm / 415 grams

Optical Image Stabilization: No

Check out the video above by Taylor Jackson to learn more about the Nikon Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.8 S.

More Excellent Nikon Z50 Lenses

Excellent Nikon Z50 Lenses

While those are three of the best budget-friendly used Nikon Z50 lenses on the market, tons of other great options for photo and video are also available. With that in mind, here are a few more of my favorite Nikon Z Mount lenses currently on sale for under $500 at MPB:

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Gifts for Photographers Under $2,500 - 2020 Edition

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Photo by mapodile via iStock

I don't know about you, but I can't wait for the holidays.

It's been a tough year - I think we can all agree on that - so some holiday cheer will be a nice change of pace.

While it seems like the holidays are a long ways off, they tend to sneak up on us (at least they do me). But this year I've resolved to be ready ahead of time and get my holiday shopping done well in advance.

If you've got the same goal and have a photographer on your holiday shopping list, consult this list of the best gifts for photographers under $2,500 to get some gift idea inspiration!

Gifts for Photographers Under $2,500: CanvasHQ Print

One of my favorite gifts to give (and to get, while we're at it) is a big, beautiful print.

Personally, I like canvas because of the texture the canvas gives to the print. Besides, a canvas print is something that will continue to give joy to the person that receives it for years and years to come!

Now, I know what you're thinking...canvas is so old-school.

But if you order your canvases from the right printers, you can get something that is beautiful, well-made and looks modern, even if the substrate is perhaps a bit old-school.

I have tons of canvases in my home, the vast majority of which are fromCanvasHQ.

These are some of the best canvas prints I've ever purchased. The sharpness of detail, the color accuracy, and the overall build quality of these prints is next-level good.

Part of the reason for this is the materials CanvasHQ uses. We’re talking archival-grade canvas, commercial-grade inks that are water and UV resistant, and kiln-dried pine frames to keep everything straight and true.

But CanvasHQ isn't just tops in the quality department...

They have excellent customer service that makes you feel heard and as though you're the only customer they have to worry about at that moment.

These guys are committed to getting it right, so if something doesn’t go as planned, you won’t be hung out to dry.

If you have questions, they’ll answer them. If you have a problem, they’ll fix it. If you need assistance with uploading your photo or even picking the best finishes for your canvas, they’ve got your back. 

In the video above, you can see how one of my CanvasHQ prints stacks up against similar prints from other printing companies. I think you'll see why I'm so loyal to CanvasHQ!

Start shopping for your favorite photographer today on CanvasHQ.

Gifts for Photographers Under $2,500: DJI Mavic 2 Pro

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I've been a fan of DJI drones for years and years. In fact, when I've had my fill with one of their drones, I go right back to DJI and get a newer one.

I have two DJI drones at the moment, and one of them is the Mavic 2 Pro. To say that it's been a fantastic addition to my kit is a massive understatement.

While I use the DJI Mavic Mini for quick outings, the Mavic 2 Pro is my go-to rig for heavy-duty tasks. This is the case because of features like this:

  • 20-megapixel 1-inch CMOS sensor (it’s a Hasselblad too!!)
  • Variable aperture from f/2.8-f/11
  • ISO range of 100-12800 (when shooting in manual)
  • JPG and RAW photo files
  • Multiple photo modes - QuickShot (Dronie, Circle, Helix, Rocket), HyperLapse (for shooting timelapses), HyperLight (for low-light shots), Panorama, ActiveTrack 2.0, Point of Interest 2.0, Waypoint 2.0
  • 4K video at 30p (and 2.7K at 60p and Full HD at 120p) 
  • 4.3-mile range (perfect for getting long, sweeping cinematic videos of a landscape)
  • 31-minute flight time (bring a couple extra batteries and you can fly for a solid 1.5 hours!)
  • 44.7mph max speed (not that you can fly that fast and get good photos or videos…but it’s still fun)
  • Omnidirectional obstacle detection (forward/backward, left/right, up/down)

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But don't think that because it's loaded with features that this is a big, bulky drone. Quite the contrary...

When it’s unfolded, the Mavic 2 Pro is 12.7 (L) x 9.5 (W) x 3.3 (H). But when it’s folded, it’s small form factor becomes much more apparent: it’s just 8.4 (L) x 3.6 (W) x 3.3 (H).

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But perhaps best of all is the price!

The Mavic 2 Pro's price has steadily dropped, and right now it's the lowest it's ever been at $1,599.00. With a $2,500 budget, that gives you leeway to add in another gift for your favorite photographer this holiday season!

Learn more about the DJI Mavic 2 Pro

Gifts for Photographers Under $2,500: Haida M10 Master Filter Kit


One of the most critical components of a good photography kit is a set of high-quality filters.

Sure, there are less expensive filters out there, but why put a cheaply-made filter in front of your expensive lens?!

If you want to give the photographer on your list the ultimate holiday gift, you might consider a professional filter kit, like the Haida M10 Master Filter Kit.

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This kit has everything that's needed to be prepared for taking breathtaking photos.

It comes with the Haida M10 filter holder and 67mm/72mm/77mm and 82mm adapter rings. It also comes with a host of must-have filters:

  • Drop-in circular polarizer
  • 100x100mm Red-Diamond ND3.0
  • 100x100mm Red-Diamond ND1.8
  • 100x100mm Red-Diamond ND0.9
  • 100x150 Red-Diamond Medium ND0.9
  • 100x150 Red-Diamond Reverse Graduated ND0.9
  • 100x150mm Red-Diamond Hard Graduated

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No matter if the photographer in your life is taking photos morning, noon or night, in the mountains or at the beach, or taking a normal photo or a long exposure, this kit has what they need to find success.

I've used the Haida M10 system for a while now, and it has proven to be worthy of the price tag over and over again.

This system is intuitive to use, highly durable, and the quality of the filters is simply second-to-none!

Learn more about the Haida M10 Master Filter Kit

Gifts for Photographers Under $2,500: Pre-Owned Canon EOS R  

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The EOS R is Canon's very first mirrorless camera, and if the photographer on your holiday list is a Canon shooter, there are few better gifts to give this holiday season!

The EOS R offers a bevy of features that starts with an ultra-resolute 30.3-megapixel full frame CMOS sensor.

Paired with a DIGIC 8 image processor, this camera is capable of shooting at 8fps and up to a native ISO range of 40000.

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What's more, Canon gave the EOS R excellent video capabilities with UHD 4K video recording at 30fps.

One of this camera's best features, though, is the Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus system.

All told, it has 5,655 selectable autofocus points that allow photographers to quickly and accurately select where the focus of the image will be.

With a small, lightweight body, excellent build quality, great handling, and an increasingly large selection of lenses, the EOS R is definitely a fantastic gift idea this Christmas!

Learn more about the Canon EOS R

Gifts for Photographers Under $2,500: Aputure Light Storm LC 120d II Daylight LED 2-Light Kit With Case 

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I have an Aputure 120d II in my home studio, and as I explain in my review of this light, it is absolutely fantastic.

Each light has pretty incredible specs:

  • 1000-watt Tungsten equivalent
  • Integrated power and control box
  • CRI & TLCI 97+
  • Dimmable from 100 percent to just 1 percent
  • Built-in lighting effects, including fireworks, fire, lightning, paparazzi, and TV flicker
  • 18 dB quiet fan
  • DMX Capability
  • Wireless remote (328-foot range) 

Not bad right?

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This kit gives you two of these lights, each of which has a set of four-way barn doors to customize how the light interacts with the subject.

Each light also has a controller with 100-240 VAC power, a wireless remote, and a 7.5-foot light stand. Aputure even throws in a padded SKB case with a custom Think Tank interior so the photographer on your list can easily and safely transport their new lighting kit from Point A to Point B. 

Photography is all about good lighting, and Aputure certainly delivers on that front!

Learn more about the Aputure Light Storm LC 120d II Daylight LED 2-Light Kit With Case

Gifts for Photographers Under $2,500: Pre-Owned Nikon Z6

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Like the EOS R I mentioned earlier, the Nikon Z6 is a fantastic mirrorless camera.

If your loved one is a Nikon shooter or if they just want to switch to Nikon, this is a great camera to entice them to do so.

The Z6 has a 24.5-megapixel full frame back-illuminated sensor that offers superb image quality with excellent detail, clarity, and sharpness.

The 12fps burst shooting speed is ideal for action photography while the 273-point autofocus system helps you keep track of moving targets.

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On the back is a large 3.2-inch variable-angle touchscreen LCD with 2.1 million dots of resolution, so you can easily see the camera's menu system and take a peek at images you've shot.

The Z6 has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, shoots 4K video, and has a battery life of 310 shots.

This camera is an excellent option for photographers that want a solid rig that can tackle still photos and videos all in one package!

Learn more about the Nikon Z6

Gifts for Photographers Under $2,500: Syrp Genie II Pan Tilt 

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If the photographer on your list is a video enthusiast as well, the Syrp Genie II Pan Tilt is an ideal gift for them.

Not only is this rig ultra-portable, but it gives you complete pan and tilt motion control that adds smooth, cinematic motion to your videos with 180-degree tilting motion and 360-degree panning motion.

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The Genie II Pan Tilt offers options for real-time and timelapse videos, key-framing, panoramas, and much more. And since it has removable batteries, you can easily head off the beaten path with spare batteries in hand to shoot long and beautiful cinematic sequences.

The unit has a built-in screen for checking settings and starting quick motion sequences, but it also has a companion app that allows you to control the unit from your smartphone.

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Whether the photographer on your list wants a motion control device for documentary work, interviews, timelapses, panoramas, or something in between, the Genie II Pan Tilt is the device to get. 

Plus, it’s easily combined with Syrp’s Genie II Linear to get three-axis motion control in a super small and portable device. Nice, right?!

Learn more about the Syrp Genie II Pan Tilt

Holdfast Roamographer Duffle Bag, Camera Bag, and MoneyMaker

This might just be the ultimate photography setup...

If you want to impress a photographer, go ahead and give them a bundle of products from Holdfast.

Holdfast's venerable Roamographer bags not only look incredible, but they're also incredibly functional, too.

Give them the Roamographer Duffle Bag for those long weekends out taking photos.

The duffle is handcrafted out of American Bison hide and has a shearling-lined shoulder strap for easy carrying. It's the perfect bag for a quick trip, and with a metal frame that keeps the bag open during packing and unpacking, two boot bags to keep your shoes away from your clothes, and tons of pockets for small items, it'll become their favorite getaway bag.

To carry their gear, you can include a Holdfast Roamographer Camera Bag as well.

Like the duffle, the camera bag has a vintage aesthetic but with modern features.

The camera insert cradles each camera item, ensuring their safety during transit.

The carrier straps accommodate a tripod for easy carrying, and the shearling-lined shoulder strap makes it easy on your favorite photographer's shoulder to carry the bag, too.

While you're at it, you can throw in a Holdfast MoneyMaker dual camera system.

The dual straps mean that a photographer can carry up to three cameras in ultimate comfort, and with their gear right at their fingertips for safe carrying.

What's more, for quick shots, their cameras are easy to reach, making the MoneyMaker just about the most functional gear you could give a photographer this holiday season.

And, like all other Holdfast products, the MoneyMaker looks like a million bucks.

You can pick up all three of these products and still have money to spare with a $2,500 budget!

Learn more about Holdfast products.

Gifts for Photographers Under $2,500: ProMediaGear Pro-Stix TR424L Carbon Fiber Tripod 

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ProMediaGear tripods are among the best on the market. And that’s not just lip-service, either.

I’ve used ProMediaGear tripods, including the TR424L, for quite some time, and I can assure you that they are well-made, durable, and extremely functional.

These are professional-grade tripods, without a doubt. It can hold up to 125 pounds of gear thanks to its 42mm-thick carbon tripod legs.

Even when I’m out shooting video and I have a ton of accessories, it still doesn’t come close to that 125-pound mark!

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From a functionality standpoint, the legs have three-position angle locks so you can adjust the tripod to be perfectly level, no matter how uneven the terrain. The built-in bubble level helps in that regard as well.

Deploying the legs is simple, too - just a quarter-turn locks them in place.

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This tripod also has huge rubber feet, which as a landscape photographer is a favorite feature. The tripod doesn’t sink into soft soil and it doesn’t slip when things are wet or frozen. The metal spikes in the bottoms of each leg offer even more stability for truly rough shooting conditions.

You get all this in a tripod that folds down to just 26.3-inches tall, which can easily fit into a camera bag.

This isn’t a lightweight tripod by any means, but if the photographer on your list needs a go-anywhere, do-anything tripod, this is definitely it! 

Learn more about the ProMediaGear TR424L Carbon Fiber Tripod

Gifts for Photographers Under $2,500: Amazon Gift Card

Totally stumped regarding gift ideas for photographers on your list?

Why not go the easy route and get them an Amazon gift card?

Though a gift card isn't exactly the sexiest gift, when the photographer in your family sees that you have given them carte blanche to get what they want, they'll be stoked!

With an Amazon gift card, they can put the card amount towards whatever they want - a new lens, a second camera body, lighting gear, a laptop - you name it!

As far as flexibility goes, there's nothing better to give a photographer than a gift card.

Learn more about Amazon gift cards

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Gifts for Photographers Under $5,000 - 2020 Edition

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A $5,000 budget can get you a lot of camera swag for the photographer on your list.

We're talking incredible cameras and lenses, amazing photography trips, and a whole lot of beautiful prints or gifts from Amazon.

We've considered lots of different types of gifts for this list of the best gifts for photographers under $5,000. See what your budget can get you in 2020!

Gifts for Photographers Under $5,000: CanvasHQ Print 

One of my favorite gifts to give (and to get, while we're at it) is a big, beautiful print.

Personally, I like canvas because of the texture the canvas gives to the print. Besides, a canvas print is something that will continue to give joy to the person that receives it for years and years to come!

Now, I know what you're thinking...canvas is so old-school.

But if you order your canvases from the right printers, you can get something that is beautiful, well-made and looks modern, even if the substrate is perhaps a bit old-school.

I have tons of canvases in my home, the vast majority of which are fromCanvasHQ.

These are some of the best canvas prints I've ever purchased. The sharpness of detail, the color accuracy, and the overall build quality of these prints is next-level good.

Part of the reason for this is the materials CanvasHQ uses. We’re talking archival-grade canvas, commercial-grade inks that are water and UV resistant, and kiln-dried pine frames to keep everything straight and true.

But CanvasHQ isn't just tops in the quality department...

They have excellent customer service that makes you feel heard and as though you're the only customer they have to worry about at that moment.

These guys are committed to getting it right, so if something doesn’t go as planned, you won’t be hung out to dry.

If you have questions, they’ll answer them. If you have a problem, they’ll fix it. If you need assistance with uploading your photo or even picking the best finishes for your canvas, they’ve got your back. 

In the video above, you can see how one of my CanvasHQ prints stacks up against similar prints from other printing companies. I think you'll see why I'm so loyal to CanvasHQ!

Start shopping for your favorite photographer today on CanvasHQ.

Gifts for Photographers Under $5,000: Canon EOS R5 and RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens

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The Canon EOS R5 is one of the best cameras on the market, and the RF lineup of lenses is absolutely stellar.

That being the case, the combination of this camera and lens is a perfect gift idea for the photographer on your list.

This 45-megapixel camera is no joke - that's why I went out and got one at the first opportunity.

The new imaging sensor produces clean, sharp results with beautiful color rendition.

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The Dual Pixel autofocus system is both fast and accurate, for still images and shooting video.

Speaking of video, the 8K/30p internal recording in 4:2:2 10-bit C-Log and HDR PQ is an astonishing spec. Those specs are also available in 4K/120p, in case you were wondering!

This rig has in-body image stabilization that gives you up to five stops of stabilization. When paired with a stabilized RF lens, you can get up to eight stops. If the photographer you're shopping for has stabilized EF lenses, those will work too (with an EF-RF adapter, of course).

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This camera is not for the faint of heart or budget. But for a professional photographer that demands the best, I think it's one of the top options available today.

Adding a versatile and sharp 24-105mm f/4L lens to the mix is just the icing on the cake! This lens is a fantastic zoom option that can accommodate all kinds of tasks, from landscapes to portraits, wildlife to automobile photography, and many other pursuits.

If you really want to impress your favorite photographer this holiday season, this gift will do it!

Learn more about the Canon EOS R5 and RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

Gifts for Photographers Under $5,000:Razer Blade Studio 15

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The 2020 Razer Blade 15 Studio is impressive, to say the least...

It's retained many of the best features of the 2019 version and juiced up many others.

Get a load of these specs:

  • Windows 10 Pro
  • 8-core 10th Generation Intel Core i7 processor with up to 5.1GHz max boost
  • NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 GPU
  • 15.6” OLED touchscreen with Corning Gorilla Glass 
  • Up to 4TB of SSD storage
  • Up to 64GB of dual-channel DDR4 memory
  • Upgraded backlit keyboard

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Of course, the 2020 version kept the best thing about the 2019 version - the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 GPU.

I've had a lot of laptops and desktops over the years that had a "high-end" graphics card, and I can tell you that none come close to what this Quadro GPU can do. Honestly, it's like something you'd find in a Hollywood studio! No matter if you're doing intensive photo editing or video work, this GPU will be able to handle it.

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Another exciting feature about the 2020 Razer Blade 15 Studio is that it's now available with 8-core processors. Having that extra power is certainly a bonus!

The larger 15.6-inch OLED touchscreen color-calibrated display is another amenity to note. Not only is it bigger than its predecessor, but it also now has a Gorilla glass panel for added durability. Add in a UHS-III sd card reader, ports galore, and an anodized aluminum body finished in mercury white, and you have the makings of the hottest laptop of the year for photographers and videographers!

Learn more about the Razer Blade Studio 15.

Gifts for Photographers Under $5,000: Pre-Owned Canon EOS R, Canon RF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM, and Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS STM Macro

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If the photographer on your list needs an upgrade in the camera department, you might consider giving the gift of a Canon EOS R this year.

The EOS R was released in October of 2018, so there's been time for prices to fall and for a good selection of used cameras to develop.

With a like-new-condition EOS R, you can save yourself quite a bit of money while still giving your loved one a capable, reliable, and virtually new camera!

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The EOS R features a 30.3-megapixel full frame CMOS sensor paired with a DIGIC 8 image processor.

The result of this is superb performance, excellent image quality, and a bevy of secondary features that make it a fantastic camera for just about any photographer.

With a native ISO range up to 40,000, this camera is a good low-light performer, and with 8 fps continuous shooting, it can tackle subjects like wildlife and sports photography in which rapid movement needs to be captured.

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Additionally, the EOS R has a top-of-the-line autofocus system called Dual Pixel AF, which allows users to select from 5,655 AF points to quickly and accurately acquire focus.

Add to that 4K UHD video recording at 30p, and you have the makings of a fantastic holiday gift!

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The Canon RF 24-105mm f/4 L USM is a great choice for an all-around lens that accommodates wide-angle, standard, and telephoto shooting. And since pre-owned versions in like-new are under $950, you're well under the $5,000 budget threshold! That means you can add a second lens like the Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS STM Macro to the gift bundle!

Though the 35mm f/1.8 isn't an L-series lens, it has excellent optics, a large maximum aperture, and image stabilization. Plus, the 35mm focal length is hugely versatile, so the photographer on your list could use it for everything from architectural photography to portraits.

With this bundle, you can equip your favorite photographer quite nicely, and for well under budget.

Learn more about the Canon EOS R, the Canon RF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM, and the Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS STM Macro

Gifts for Photographers Under $5,000: Colors of Costa Rica Photo Tour With ColorTexturePhotoTours

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From spectacular sunsets on the coast to breathtaking waterfalls, incredible diversity of wildlife (including dozens of species of frogs) to stunning flowers, Costa Rica has no shortage of subject matter for a photographer.

And as part of ColorTexturePhotoTour's Colors of Costa Rica photo tour, the photographer on your list can explore all that and much more as part of a luxurious, all-inclusive trip!

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This trip is the ideal length - six days and five nights - so it's easier to get away from work and other responsibilities to spend a relaxing time in one of the most beautiful locations on earth.

Over the course of the trip, the photographer on your list will join no more than three other participants to tour the landscapes of Costa Rica with workshop leader Scott Setterberg.

Those landscapes, which includes four national parks, will be fodder for some spectacular photography opportunities, as well as plenty of one-on-one instruction time with Scott.

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In this regard, this trip isn't just about seeing gorgeous places, but it's also about developing and improving photography skills.

With stops in Tenorio Volcano National Park, La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Catarata La Fortuna, Lake Arenal, and Juan Castro Blanco National Park, the tour takes participants to varied locations, each of which offers unique beauty and challenges photographers to apply their skills to get the best shots.

Along the way, a licensed, English-speaking nature guide will offer insights into the biodiversity of Costa Rica, so tour-goers learn more about the beauty they see and photograph.

Each evening, the tour winds down and participants stay in luxurious, award-winning accommodations.

The photographer on your list can enjoy authentic Costa Rican cuisine, spa services, massages, and more.

What better way to celebrate the holidays than by giving your loved one the photography trip of a lifetime?!

Learn more about the Colors of Costa Rica Photography Tour by ColorTexturePhotoTours

Gifts for Photographers Under $5,000: Nikon Z7 with Nikon Nikkor 24-70mm f/4 S Lens

When I had a Nikon Z7, I used this very lens as well. It's an ideal combination for everyday photo-taking.

What impressed me the most about this camera is its sensor - a 45.7-megapixel full frame behemoth that offers superb image quality.

The sensor is paired with a fast and accurate 493-point autofocus system that offers 90 percent coverage. Whether the photographer on your list photographs people, places, or things, this camera will be a great companion!

Other features of note include 9 fps shooting, 4K video up to 30p (up to 120 fps in HD), an ISO range of 63-25600, and built-in image stabilization.

Additionally, Nikon gave the Z7 a beautifully resolute 3.69-million-dot electronic OLED viewfinder as well as a 3.2-inch LCD touchscreen display.

I really appreciated the design of the camera as well - it feelslike a Nikon with a deep grip and a familiar button layout.

On top of all that, the Z7 is fully weather sealed - I tested it out in Norway and can attest to its ability to stand up to really, really cold temperatures.

You get Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB battery charging, and Nikon's SnapBridge functionality as well.

And in this case, the Z7 comes with a killer lens, the Nikon Nikkor 24-70mm f/4 S.

This lens is the ideal walk-around lens, with wide-angle to short telephoto capabilities that allows photographers to capture all kinds of subject matter without the need for lens changes.

What's more, this S-series lens is small and lightweight, making it an ideal alternative to bigger, heavier f/2.8 models.

It has an aspherical extra-low dispersion element, three aspherical elements, and Nano Crystal and Super Integrated Coatings, all of which combine to reduce chromatic aberrations, distortions, ghosting, and flare.

The result is beautiful color rendering and improved contrast. In other words, it's a great camera-lens combination!

Learn more about the Nikon Z7 With Nikon Nikkor 24-70mm f/4 S Lens

Gifts for Photographers Under $5,000: eMotimo spectrum ST4 Run & Gun Bundle


For the photographer on your list that's itching to add videography to their repertoire, the eMotimo spectrum ST4 Run & Gun Bundlespectrum ST4 Run & Gun Bundle is a perfect gift with a $5,000 budget.

Included in this bundle are a spectrum ST4 4-axis motion control unit, a eMotimo heavy duty L-bracket for mounting a camera, an eMotimo Fz focus motor, and iFootage Shark Slider with both two-foot and four-foot lengths.

Also included is an iFootage integration kit with the motor of your choice, a uSD card with instructions, an Arca compatible quick release clamp for tilt, and an Arca compatible plate for pan axis.

In other words, this bundle is loaded for bear with all the fixings a photographer needs to create breathtaking cinematic films and time-lapse videos!

Learn more about the eMotimo spectrum ST4 Run & Gun Bundle

Gifts for Photographers Under $5,000: Sony a7R IV

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The Sony a7R IV will be hot off the assembly line well in time for the holiday season, and it's a fantastic gift idea for the photographer in your life.

This camera is packed to the gills with modern features that will make any photographer smile from ear to ear.

The a7R IV has a 61-megapixel sensor that's unrivaled on the market at this point.

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Along with that crazy sensor is a laundry list of jaw-dropping specs:

  • a 5.76-million-dot electronic viewfinder
  • 5-axis image stabilization
  • 10fps burst shooting
  • 15 stops of dynamic range
  • A 567-point phase-detect autofocus system
  • Wireless tethering
  • Enhanced dust and moisture resistance.

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That's not even to mention Sony's impeccable Eye AF system which tracks human and animal eyes with extreme precision.

There's also Real-Time AF for video recording, 26-megapixel resolution in APS-C crop mode, and sensor-shift multi-shot mode that creates image files that are a whopping 240-megapixels in size.

And at less than $3,500, you can give the gift of the Sony a7R IV without breaking your budget!

Learn more about the Sony a7R IV

Gifts for Photographers Under $5,000: Arca-Swiss F-Classic 4x5 View Camera

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For discerning photographers that enjoy working in medium format, it’s tough to beat the Arca-Swiss 4x5.

This is a professional-grade tool that is both easily transported and produces high-quality images.

It’s made specifically for 4x5 medium format film and digital backs made to fit medium format digital camera systems.

It’s a fully modular system, too, with a wide array of accessories for everything from viewing to conversion.

Whether it’s used for film or digital prints, this camera will bring a smile to any photographer’s face!

Best of all, it's well below the $5,000 budget mark, so you can give an awesome gift and save a ton of money, too!

Learn more about the Arca-Swiss F-Classic 4x5 View Camera

Gifts for Photographers Under $5,000: Amazon Gift Card

Totally stumped regarding gift ideas for photographers on your list?

Why not go the easy route and get them an Amazon gift card?

Though a gift card isn't exactly the sexiest gift, when the photographer in your family sees that you dropped $5,000 into a few gift cards (there's a $2,000 limit per card), they'll love it just the same.

With an Amazon gift card, they can buy whatever they want - a new lens, a second camera body, lighting gear, a laptop - you name it!

As far as flexibility goes, there's nothing better to give a photographer than a gift card with some serious money loaded onto it!

Learn more about Amazon gift cards


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How to Choose the Ideal Landscape Photography Camera

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I think we can all agree that it isn't the gear that makes a great photo, it's the person using the gear.

That said, having quality landscape photography gear certainly doesn't hurt!

The question is, when you're shopping for the best landscape photography camera, what features should you look for?

In this quick guide, I offer up a few tips that will help you make the best decision for your landscape photography.

Camera Features You Need for Landscape Photography (and Some You Don't)

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First things first...

Let's identify a few camera features that will help you take better landscape photos:

  • Sensor size - Both full frame and crop sensor cameras are great for landscapes. Where full frame cameras like the Nikon D850 offer better image quality and the ability to capture more of the scene in one shot, a crop sensor camera like the Nikon D7500 is often less expensive. Additionally, since a crop sensor camera increases the effective focal length of a lens, you can take telephoto images with smaller, less expensive lenses. 
  • Megapixels - High megapixels means high-resolution images, and the more resolution you have, the finer the details will be. Plus, if you intend to make your images into large-format prints, more megapixels is definitely a good thing.
  • Dynamic range - One of the most important features to consider is the dynamic range the camera is capable of capturing. The wider the dynamic range, the better the shadows and highlights will be and the less noise there will be in the shot.
  • Construction - To protect against rain, snow, dirt, and other elements, look for a camera that is well built and has weather sealing.

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What a good landscape photography camera doesn't really need are features that have to do with capturing motion.

That is, where a sports photographer will want a camera with advanced autofocus features and ultra-fast continuous shooting, since most landscapes don't involve quick motion, you can likely skip looking for those features.

Top Canon Cameras for Landscape Photography

Now that you have an idea of some of the most important features for a landscape photography camera, let's take a look at a couple of Canon cameras that could serve you well.

The first choice (in my opinion, anyway), is the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

This full frame camera has excellent resolution with a 30.4-megapixel full frame sensor.

It's got excellent dynamic range, is great in low-light situations for dusk and nighttime shots, and it has excellent weather sealing.

You can even use its built-in GPS system to tag your images with details about where each one was shot. Not bad, eh?

See the 5D Mark IV in action in the video above by Brendan van Son.

Price: $3,099.99 (body only) at Adorama

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If you're on a tighter budget but still want a high-performance full frame camera, the Canon EOS 6D Mark II is a great option.

It's got a 26.2-megapixel full frame sensor, an articulating touchscreen LCD, and is smaller and lighter than the 5D Mark IV, which is handy when you've got a long hike in front of you.

The 6D Mark II also has an improved dynamic range over its predecessor, so your photos will have those deeper shadows and brighter highlights discussed earlier. 

Price: $1,599.00 (body only) at Adorama

Top Nikon Cameras for Landscape Photography

In addition to the Nikon D850 and Nikon D7500 mentioned earlier, Nikon has other cameras that will do the trick for photographing landscapes.

That includes the older Nikon D750 which offers full frame performance with a 24.3-megapixel sensor, but with a much smaller price tag given that it's two models old.

Additionally, the D750's sensor has a reputation for imagery with very low noise, even when you have to push the ISO, and it has a rockstar of a battery that allows more than 1,200 shots on a single charge.

It's built like a tank, too, so it's perfectly suited for landscape photography.

Learn more about the Nikon D750 in the video above by James Popsys.

Price: $1,399.99 (body only) at Adorama

Final Thoughts

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Like I said in the introduction, it's not the gear you use that has the greatest impact on the quality of your photos.

Instead, it's you, your capabilities, skills, and talents behind the lens.

You can take great photos with nothing but your smartphone, but having gear that has features that specifically aid in taking landscape photos will only help your situation.

Any of the cameras mentioned in this article are a great choice, but this is by no means a comprehensive list. Do your due diligence, research different cameras you like, and get one that fits your budget and your needs.

From there, all that's left to do is go shoot!

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Inexpensive Upgrades for Your Nikon Camera Gear

Inexpensive Upgrades for Your Nikon Camera Gear

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Are you a Nikon shooter looking for budget ways to upgrade your kit? You’ve come to the right place!

Seemingly every day more and more amazing Nikon camera gear is being released, the only problem is most of it is so darn expensive. 

Lucky for you, there are still some incredible deals out there. That’s why I’ve created this guide, as a one-stop shop where you’ll discover the best pieces of gear to buy if you want to upgrade your kit for cheap.

Keep reading to find out my absolute favorite inexpensive upgrades for your Nikon camera gear! 

Best Inexpensive Nikon Camera Gear: Nikon Tripod

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The Octopod is without a doubt my favorite lightweight tripod! It utilizes a weighted no-slip mat in order to provide far superior stability than other comparable mini tripods on the market. 

Due to the no-slip technology, it can be placed on virtually any surface, including uneven and slanted surfaces, with complete confidence that it won’t slide or tip over. 

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The Octopod comes with a mini ball head that works great with both Nikon DSLR and Nikon mirrorless cameras (as well as phones and action cameras). Additionally, thanks to the universal ¼”-20 threaded bolt, you can pair it with practically any accessory (lights, microphones, monitors, gimbals, monopods, etc.). 

It works marvelously as a tabletop tripod for home use, but weighing in at only 1.96 pounds it’s also terrific for throwing in your backpack when you head outdoors or on the road. No matter what type of photography you practice, the Octopod is an excellent piece of Nikon camera gear that will immensely improve your photography!  

Best Inexpensive Nikon Camera Gear: Nikon Camera Strap

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Looking to upgrade your Nikon camera strap, look no further than the Holdfast MoneyMaker Solo! This stylish and innovative camera strap will not only help take your photography to the next level, but will make you look good while doing it.

It’s a cross-body sling strap designed specifically for the single camera shooter. Furthermore, it comes with a ridiculously comfortable shoulder strap that’s designed to help distribute the weight of your camera evenly, along with a stabilizer strap that helps keep the shoulder pad in place. 

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My favorite thing about the MoneyMaker Solo though is the included belt anchor. The belt anchor is compatible with any belt, and helps keep your camera stable whenever you’re on the go and don’t have it in your hands. 

Another thing I love about this Nikon camera strap is its compatibility with other Holdfast products like the Sightseer Cell Pouch and Sightseer Lens Pouches.  

Finally, when buying your strap you can choose from three size options, right/left-handed shooter options, and even six different dashing color choices! 

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Best Inexpensive Nikon Camera Gear: Nikon Camera Bag

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If you prefer a Nikon camera bag over a Nikon camera strap, the Peak Design Everyday Sling is my top choice! The Everyday Sling is a light and fashionable bag that’s ideal for the active and on-the-go photographer. 

Depending on your needs, it comes in sizes of three liters, six liters, and ten liters. The larger bags are super spacious, hold tons of nikon camera gear, and even have dedicated sleeves for tablets or laptops. 

All the bags feature padded cross-body straps for improved stability, FlexFold dividers so you can customize your setup, internal pockets for extra organization, and are constructed out of weatherproof 100% recycled material. 

Want even more space, check out other Peak Design bags such as the Everyday Messenger, Everyday Backpack, or Travel Backpack.

Best Inexpensive Nikon Camera Gear: Nikon camera battery

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One crucial piece of Nikon camera gear to have with you at all times is extra fully charged spare batteries! They are lightweight, and even if you don’t end up needing them, you will never regret carrying them. The same cannot be said for running out of battery and not having any spares. 

A traditional Nikon camera battery is super overpriced in my opinion, and I always opt for less expensive third-party batteries. My go-to is this BM Premium 2 Pack of EN-EL15C High Capacity Batteries and Charger!

This pack comes with two Nikon camera batteries, as well as a Nikon camera battery charger. All that for just a little more than Nikon usually charges for just one single battery. If that’s not an inexpensive upgrade for your Nikon camera gear then I don’t know what is! 

The charger can charge two Nikon camera batteries at once, and comes with additional attachments so you can use it in the car and in Europe.

The batteries are compatible with most Nikon cameras, but please double-check that they are compatible with whichever camera you have before purchasing them. 

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Want more ideas on how to upgrade your kit for cheap? Check out these other fantastic Nikon camera gear options! 

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Inexpensive Ways to Upgrade Your Camera

Inexpensive Ways to Upgrade Your Camera

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It can be really frustrating looking for ways to upgrade your camera if you’re on a budget. Despite the fact that I consider myself one of the lucky ones and was able to maintain most of my clients through the pandemic, I still don’t have a lot of money to spare. However, I was looking to treat myself the other day and had some issues figuring out how I wanted to do so.

So, I went looking for cheap camera accessories that are actually worth their price. I definitely recognize that most budget camera accessories are so bad I wouldn’t use them if I got paid to, so it was actually a far harder task than I had imagined. 

However, I think I was successful. If you’re looking for ways to upgrade your camera for 2021, then look no further. All of the four recommendations on this list are inexpensive camera accessories which will make your shooting experience far better in the new year. 

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One of the best ways to upgrade your camera is to get yourself a nice camera leash and Holdfast’s Leather Camera Leashis one of the best. 

Holdfast’s Leather Camera Leash is so nice because you can use it as a traditional camera leash, where you wear it on your wrist to prevent your camera from accidentally getting dropped, but you can also use it alongside your MoneyMaker harness if you’re needing to carry more than one camera at a time.

The Holdfast Leather Camera Leash also lets you secure your keys to a belt-loop, attach a water bottle to your backpack, or keep your gear exactly where you want it as you travel to and from your photoshoot destination.

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Plus, if you’re looking for ways to upgrade your camera, the Holdfast Leather Camera Leash is a great option because it comes in so many colors. There’s no way you won’t find one that matches your pre-existing gear. 

You can get the Holdfast Leather Camera Leash in tan, burgundy, and even stars and stripes, and you can do so for just $45-$65. 

Importantly, every Holdfast leather product comes with a lifetime guarantee. So, it is one of the most inexpensive ways to upgrade your camera, since you’ll never need to replace it again.


While learning how to upgrade your camera on a budget, you should also learn how to steady your camera on a budget. After years of using tripods that are almost always ineffective, I went searching for a good tripod alternative last year and found the Octopad.

The Octopad is one of the more interesting ways to upgrade your camera because it’s likely that none of your friends have one, or have even ever heard of one. The Octopad is an excellent replacement for a mini tripod. It comes with a weighted and non-slip mat at its base which works even better than suction cups or other anti-slip tripod bottoms. 

The Octopad is impossible to tip over or collapse, and it never suddenly comes unattached or slips. However, other than its untraditional design, it works exactly like a traditional mini-tripod. You can set it on any surface, even surfaces that are on a steep grade, and get the perfect photo every time. 

The Octopad comes with a high-force ball head, a standard ¼-20 bolt, and a cable strap so that you don’t accidentally damage your equipment. 

The Octopad is available on Adorama for $27. 

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Camera Canopy or Camera Canopy Mini

If you are a photographer who likes to travel or if you are a photographer who finds themselves photographing outdoor events a lot, then there are tons of ways to upgrade your camera for shooting in the rain, sleet and snow. 

However, one of my favorites is the Camera Canopy. The Camera Canopy is a type of shield designed to mount to the hot shoe of your camera to prevent it from getting wet when it is raining or snowing. 

Instead of using plastic bags that rarely work, you can treat yourself with a Camera Canopy. The original Camera Canopy is designed for use with a DSLR and it comes with a rear tripod shield, a two piece main shield, and a carrying bag. 

However, if you need protection for a smaller mirrorless camera then you can purchase a Camera Canopy Mini instead, which is designed to protect mirrorless cameras.

The traditional Camera Canopy sells for $88, while the Camera Canopy Mini sells for $60. Both editions come with a 30-day refund if it isn’t quite what you were expecting, though we don’t suspect that will happen. 

Plus, if you shoot with super zoom lenses, then Camera Canopy also has an extendable shield for purchase. 

While there are tons of ways to upgrade your camera, the Camera Canopy is the best option for photographers who consider themselves outdoor enthusiasts. 

50mm f/1.8 Lens

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When you’re looking for ways to upgrade your camera, your first thought is likely lenses. And if you don’t have a traditional 50mm f/1.8 lens, which I consider a staple of any photographer’s lens diet, then you need to get one. 

I recommend two different 50mm f/1.8 lenses: the Nikon AF-S and the Canon EF. Both of these lenses have been out for a while, so you can find them for cheap on the used market. 

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A quick search of MPB found that you can get a Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.8G for as little as $180. Another quick search found that you can get a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM for just $100.

I recommend that you buy used lenses on MPB because they hire professional photographers to rate all of their equipment, so if the website lists a lens in “excellent” condition, you can actually expect it to show up at your front door like that. 

If you find any other cool ways to upgrade your camera, we would love to hear about it.  

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Is the Nikon D750 Still Worth Buying?

Is the Nikon D750 Still Worth Buying

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Nikon D750 Camera

The Nikon Camera D750 is definitely not new. In fact, if it were a baby, and I treat mine like it is, it would be entering kindergarten this year. 

Despite the Nikon D750’s older age, it’s still a really awesome camera and I hate to see it discounted just because it dropped in 2014. 

I actually consider its age a bonus at this point because it means the price point has gone down, but it still has all the same features. Learn more about Nikon D850 camera on our website

Nikon D750 vs Nikon D780

According to digiDirect, the Nikon D750 and Nikon D780 have more in common than they do dissimilarities. 

In fact, the Nikon D750 vs Nikon D780 debate is probably the calmest debate in my circle of friends.  

Both of these cameras are frequently referred to as a “workhouse,” which is photographer-speak for they can take long hours, less than ideal weather, and will be no worse for the wear at the end of the day.  

They have similar sized full-frame sensors, similar burst modes (7fps vs. 6.5fps), and a 51-point AF system. They also both work in temperatures ranging from freezing to over 100 degrees. 

Jared Polin outlines some specific differences between the Nikon D750 and Nikon D780, primarily that the D780 shoots 4K video, which is a typical upgrade from the mid-2010s to the late-2010s.  

The LCD screen is vastly improved in the Nikon D780 with almost double the dots of the D750 (2.3M-dots vs. 1.2M-dots), but they both share 100% viewfinder coverage.  

The battery is also much improved in the D780 since it can last for a whopping 2,260-shots on one battery charge.


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Nikon Camera D750 Specs 

Nikon D750 Specs

Now that we’ve run through the improvements made on the Nikon D780, I’m sure you’re curious about the Nikon D750 specs.  

Well, for starters, while its big brother has a wildly impressive battery life, I love my Nikon D750 for its battery charge. It can last for well over 1,000 shots at a time, which is more than enough for me. 

It also features a 24.3MP full-frame sensor, and a respectable AF system.

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Other Nikon D750 Specs:

  • 24.3MP full-frame sensor
  • 3.2” flip-up LCD screen with 1.2M-dots
  • 51-point AF system
  • 6.5fps burst mode
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Full 1080p HD video capabilities
  • 1.7 lbs



Nikon CAMERA D750 Body & Design 

Nikon D750 Body Design

The Nikon D750 body is made from magnesium alloy, giving it both its ruggedness and light weight. The front of the body is covered with thermoplastics, which allow the camera to operate in less than ideal weather.  

Its flip-up LCD screen is helpful for both studio shooting and field shooting.

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Also, the control layout on the Nikon D750 mimics that of the Nikon D610, except the “Info” button was moved to be right above the other controls on the back. 

Basically, if you’re used to shooting with the Nikon D line, then you’re going to pick up the D750 in no time. 

Nikon CAMERA D750 Build & Handling

Nikon D750 Build Handling

I wouldn’t necessarily define the Nikon D750 as lightweight, but for all of the capabilities the camera features, it’s surprisingly light. 

Again, the Nikon D750 handles just like the other cameras in the Nikon D line. It’s got a very solid, and deep grip, and the flip-out LCD screen feels just as rugged as the rest of the camera.

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There are a few problems with the Nikon D750 handling, though. The rubber eyecup, for one, comes off with not much pressure. So, if you’re traveling with your D750, you may just want to remove it before it accidentally falls off somewhere.

Also, the AE-L/AF-L button, which I customize to be an AF-ON button for easier focusing, is really far away from the rear dial for no good reason since there’s just blank space between the two. 

Nikon CAMERA D750 Video Performance

Curtis Judd’s video on the video features of the Nikon D750 is a can’t miss.  

But, for those of you reading this on work hours, I’ll give you a short synopsis. 

The Nikon D750 comes with an updated processor, which means it can shoot Full HD video at 60fps. The updated processor also means you can shoot with a much higher ISO because there is hardly any noise. 

If you bought the camera specifically for its video capabilities, you can choose to shoot with a bit-rate of 12 to 24 Mbps, which prevents any loss of quality on your video but takes up a lot of memory.

Mattias Burling’s video showcases the beautiful video quality you would expect of an uncompressed recording which the Nikon D750 allows with an external HDMI recorder.  

Plus, if you shoot with the flat color feature it will allow you to edit more coloring in your studio. 

Nikon CAMERA D750 Price 

Is the Nikon D750 Still Worth Buying

The Nikon D750 is available on Amazon for $1,500.  

Or, if you’re looking to save even more money, MPB has over a dozen used Nikon D750s at the moment, starting at $850. Learn more about Nikon D3300 price on our website

Though buying used scares some people off, when you buy from a reputable outfit like MPB, there is nothing to worry about!


In addition to having excellent customer service, MPB rates every item so you know the precise condition it’s in before you buy. What’s more, you get a six-month warranty to go along with your purchase, so you’re covered in case something goes awry. 

I buy used gear all the time - it’s how I’ve been able to fill out my kit without taking a second mortgage. With MPB, you can find anything you need and save money while doing it. What’s not to like about that?


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Just How Good are the Nikon Z FC Specs?

Just How Good are the Nikon Z FC Specs

Nikon Z FC is a high-performance APS-C format camera with great-looking retro styling that will likely capture the fancy of serious digital photographers already shooting in crop format and wanting to switch into a mirrorless camera system. 

The Nikon Z FC specs are impressive enough even without the fun retro look (it looks similar to a Nikon FE or FM from the 1970s and 80s), but the specs are what will cement this camera in your thoughts if you’re trying to upgrade to a high-performance crop-format mirrorless camera. 

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Nikon Z FC Specs

Nikon Z FC Specs

Shopping for a newer camera can be both exciting and a little bit scary. Part of the worry for most of us concerns prices and our personal photography budget. Online platforms such as MPB that specialize in used photographic gear are a photographer’s dream camera store since they allow you to get your upgraded equipment at a substantial savings. 

Speaking of savings, you can trade-in your old gear or sell it to MPB and apply the money you get towards a Z FC or any other gear you need. It’s a win-win. 

I’ll provide some helpful details on that in just a bit, but first, let’s examine the awesome Nikon Z FC specs.

Nikon Z FC Specs 2

The Nikon Z FC is an APS-C format camera, called crop format by some and DX-format by Nikon. Compared to the Full Frame format cameras (FX in Nikon language), the Nikon Z FC has a 1.5X crop factor for lens comparisons.

Shopping for a newer camera can be both exciting and a little bit scary. Part of the worry for most of us concerns prices and our personal photography budget. Online platforms such as MPB that specialize in used photographic gear are a photographer’s dream camera store since they allow you to get your upgraded equipment at a substantial savings. 

Speaking of savings, you can trade-in your old gear or sell it to MPB and apply the money you get towards a Z FC or any other gear you need. It’s a win-win!

I’ll provide some helpful details on that in just a bit, but first, let’s examine the awesome Nikon Z FC specs.

The Nikon Z FC is an APS-C format camera, called crop format by some and DX-format by Nikon. Compared to the Full Frame format cameras (FX in Nikon language), the Nikon Z FC has a 1.5X crop factor for lens comparisons.

Nikon Z FC Sensor

Nikon Z FC Sensor

At the heart of this camera is the Nikon Z FC sensor. Its physical size is 15.7mm x 23.5mm. The native ISO is 100 to 51,200, but it is expandable to 204,800, though pics at that high of an ISO with a crop sensor will have a lot of noise artifacts. 

The processing engine attached to this CMOS sensor is the Nikon Expeed 6 image processor. It produces JPEG image files that look natural with nicely neutral colors. It also outputs RAW files in either 12 or 14-bit in what Nikon labels as NEF files. A 1- bit RAW image file has a ton of information in it for pulling out detail, exposure values, and color information.

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Nikon Z FC Specs for Video

Nikon Z FC Specs for Video

One of the best things about the Nikon Z FC specs is the Nikon Z FC video capabilities. 

The camera is capable of recording in 4K video at 30p and Full HD at 120p. For a camera intended for serious enthusiasts, the great thing about the Nikon Z FC video capabilities is that it uses the entire sensor area for 4K, so there is no further crop factor.

Nikon Z FC Lenses

Nikon Z FC Lenses

When Nikon designed their entry into Full Frame mirrorless cameras, they centered it around a brand-new lens mount system, the Z-Mount. Nikon Z-Mount lenses have a very wide rear opening, allowing for extremely fast lenses. 

The Nikon Z FC is an APS-C format (crop format, DX-format) camera, so any native lenses made for Nikon’s FX format Z series of cameras will have a crop factor of 1.5X compared to how they work on Full Frame. There are also a few DX-format Z-Mount lenses (like the Nikkor DX 18-140mm f/3.5-6.3 shown above) with more coming soon.

Another option, especially useful if you’re upgrading to this camera from a previous DX Nikon DSLR and already have several lenses, is to use Nikon’s own lens adapter to mount your F-Mount lenses on this Z-Mount camera. FTZ and FTZ-II are the model numbers from Nikon.

Since the Z FC is a mirrorless camera with a shorter flange to focal plane distance than single-lens reflex cameras, you could mount almost any older or current lens designed for an SLR or DSLR if you had the right adapter. Since third-party makers already have a lot of adapters out, you have a lot of options concerning lenses.

Nikon Z FC Price

Nikon Z FC Price

The Nikon Z FC specs are pretty impressive, especially since this camera is priced so reasonably for the enthusiasts market. You can save money from its already reasonable price by looking for used versions of this camera. 

Introduced in the Summer of 2021, the Nikon Z FC and its lenses like the Z DX 16-50mm, Z DX 18-140mm, and Z DX 50-250mm zoom lenses can be found in excellent condition as used equipment. I prefer using the online platform MPB for a lot of my purchases of new (to me) cameras, lenses, and other accessories.

The savings from brand to new to like-new but used is pretty noticeable and is most welcome to many photographers. Since MPB specializes in used photography gear, you could save even more money by trading in your current cameras or lenses and using that value against your new purchase.

MPB is a great source of used equipment for a few other reasons, too. They thoroughly inspect every single item they take in, list clear descriptions of the item’s actual condition,  offer a 7-day return window on most purchases, and also have a 6-month warranty on them as well.

Nikon Z FC Final Thoughts

Nikon Z FC Final Thoughts

My final thoughts on the Nikon Z FC specs, prices, and how usable an upgrade it is from your previous Nikon enthusiast or beginner DSLRs is that the Nikon Z FC is a fine camera. Its video specs are awesome, the camera handles well, and it delivers excellent images.

Some photographers may prefer the less retro styling of other Nikon mirrorless cameras, such as the Nikon Z50 with its large handgrip and menu-driven controls. But the Nikon Z FC - with its dials and buttons - will definitely appeal to many other serious photographers. It’s a great camera, and you can find it at a great price as an excellent condition used camera.

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Long-Term Update: Nikon Z6 Pros & Cons

Long Term Update Nikon Z6 Pros Cons

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The Nikon Z6 was Nikon's first attempt at a full-frame mirrorless camera alongside the Nikon Z7. It came out in 2018 and has been religiously used by those just venturing into mirrorless cameras ever since. 

Despite the fact that the Nikon Z6 is a first-generation attempt at mirrorless, it really doesn’t feature many shortfalls.  

In this article, we are going to cover the Nikon Z6 pros, the Nikon Z6 cons, and one way to save some money on the Nikon Z6 price.  

Nikon Z6 Pro #1: Image Quality

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Photo by Alexandre Debiève on Unsplash,  Image taken with a Nikon Z6, 40mm, f/4.2, 1/160 secs.

The first pro that automatically comes to mind when I think about the Nikon Z6 is its image quality. 

The Nikon Z6 image quality is obviously so good because of its 24MP sensor, which is competitive at its price point. But, its sensor also features an OLPF which reduces moiré.

The Nikon Z6 also has a leg up on a lot of Nikon’s older products. For instance, I think the image quality of the Nikon Z6 is incredibly comparable to the Nikon D810, despite the fact that the Nikon D810 has a much larger, 36MP sensor.

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Photo by Angelo Pantazis on Unsplash   Image taken with a Nikon Z6, 35mm, f/1.4, 1/400 secs.

The color rendition of the Nikon Z6 is also really good, especially when it pertains to skin tones, which is a personal pet peeve of mine. If your camera can’t render skin tones well, I won’t use it. 

When you need it, the Nikon Z6 features a 12fps burst mode with the mechanical shutter. The camera does a great job of following objects during burst mode, which means very few of the images come out blurry. 

Nikon Z6 Pro #2: Low-Light Performance

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Photo by Alexandre Debiève on Unsplash   Image taken with a Nikon Z6, 24mm, f/4, 1/160 secs.

Another one of the Nikon Z6 best features is its low-light performance. While its low light performance for stills is admirable, its low light performance really shines while shooting video. 

The Nikon Z6 video performance is great because it can record 4K with the full width of the sensor, so no pixels are left behind, but when you use the Nikon Z6 to shoot in low light, you can use video shot at up to 12,800 ISO with very little noise.  

I personally believe it is one of the best low-light cameras on the market today. 

Nikon Z6 Pro #3: User Interface

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I think one of the things that made the Nikon Z6 so popular amongst photography enthusiasts is that it is easy and fun to use. 

Just like a phone, you can do a lot with just the touch of a finger on the Nikon Z6. For instance, you can swipe between the pages of the menu and basically change all of the settings on the touchscreen. 

Almost everything on this camera is customizable, which isn’t necessarily just a Nikon Z6 feature because Nikon is known for creating a user-oriented interface. 

The mode dial comes with three custom user modes. It has different menus for photo and video modes. It basically can be whatever you want it to be. 

Nikon Z6 Con #1: Focusing Performance

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Photo by Ralph Darabos on Unsplash   Image taken with a Nikon Z6, 50mm, f/1.8, 1/500 secs. 

I know that I mentioned the Nikon Z6 focusing performance above because I’m pretty impressed with it when it comes to video, but other AF features in this camera are lacking.

For starters, there isn’t anything comparable to Eye AF, despite the fact that the camera does have a Face Detect AF. It seems almost lazy to me that Nikon could include one but didn’t want to put in the effort to include the other. This is especially true since it seems like most other mirrorless cameras in this class feature Eye AF now.  

The AF system also performs quite poorly in less-than-ideal lighting. This is to be expected since this is Nikon’s first attempt at this quality of mirrorless camera, but it still falls far behind its competition in this regard. 

Finally, the AF system is truly terrible when you’re trying to shoot a photo that is backlit. I think this is where the system struggles the most and it will be frustrating for anyone that shoots with AF in low lighting frequently. 

Nikon Z6 Con #2: Ergonomics

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While I love how customizable the Nikon Z6 is, it feels like a lot of these customizations haven’t been thought all the way through.

For instance, a lot of the customizable options on this camera are in the recessed grip, which means that whenever you are shooting with a tripod all of these customizable buttons are out of reach and useless.  

Additionally, since the Nikon Z6 is so incredibly light, you aren’t going to feel comfortable shooting with a wide variety of lenses on it since many of them will make the camera far too front heavy. 

Since Nikon is known for producing cameras with great ergonomics, some of these problems with the Nikon Z6 feel very unlike Nikon. 

Nikon Z6 Con #3: Viewfinder Lag

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While the burst mode of the Nikon Z6 is generally pretty good, if you are going to be shooting at its max continuous burst speeds there is a huge viewfinder lag. This means that you really aren’t going to be able to track any moving subjects while shooting at anything about 5.5fps.  

All of this means that the Nikon Z6 is not going to be a good option for sports, action or wildlife photographers, despite other specs that may make it seem like a good fit. 

Nikon Z6 Price

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If you’re trying to purchase a Nikon Z6 2020, you may be tempted to purchase a new one. Let me tell you why you shouldn’t. 

The Nikon Z6 is currently selling for just under $2,000 new, or $2,600 with the Nikkor Z 24-70mm F4 S lens. 

But, if you opt to purchase a lightly used Nikon Z6 off of MPB, you can save nearly $500, because the cheapest one is currently available for $1,534. Plus, it’s still in excellent condition.

If you save $500 by purchasing a used body, then you’ve practically bought the Nikkor Z 24-70mm F4 S lens for free. 


I recommend MPB for buying used gear because I’ve had such good experiences buying (and selling) used gear with them.

Their customer service is top-notch, and when you purchase an item, it’s shipped quickly right to your door.

Plus, they grade each item on a specific scale, that way you know the precise condition the item is in when you buy. Just to be safe, MPB offers a six-month warranty on most items too.

It’s just a great way to get “new” gear without the hassle of places like Craigslist! Check out MPB to see if they have what you need.

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Micro Four Thirds vs APS-C: Pros and Cons

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Two different crop formats have a large share of beginner, enthusiast, and professionals using them, APC-C and MFT (Micro Four Thirds). The form factor is similar to what photographic enthusiasts have been using since the 1960s, the 35mm film SLR. 

Of course, in current cameras, APS-C and Micro Four Thirds are digital camera formats, not film. What is the difference between Micro Four Thirds vs APS-C, what are the pros and cons of Micro Four Thirds vs APS-C, and which format system is right for me?

What is a Crop Format?

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A crop format, APS-C or MFT, is a smaller format than the Full Frame format. Full Frame corresponds directly to 35mm film format, being 24mm x 36mm in size. The other two formats we’re considering are cropped down from that.

So, what is APS-C? It’s a format with the same image aspect ratio (height to width) as Full Frame, namely a 3:2 ratio, but with a sensor size of 23.6mm x 15.6mm. This gives a crop factor compared to Full Frame of 1.5X, a specification you will see in a lot of articles and ads.

What is Micro Four Thirds?  Micro Four Thirds (MFT or Micro 4/3rds) sensors are a slightly different aspect ratio, 4:3 specifically, and have a sensor size of 17.3mm x 13mm producing a crop factor of 2X. 

For a full explanation of crop factors, sensor sizes, and aspect ratios, Micro Four Thirds vs APS-C vs Full Frame, check out the articles in our archives. 

What it all really means for many beginner or enthusiast photographers is that we can get high-quality cameras and lenses for serious photography without the higher costs and larger sizes of Full Frame cameras and lenses.

Pros and Cons of APS-C

Micro Four Thirds vs APS C Pros and Cons

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APS-C format also first started as a film format, a smaller alternative to Full Frame 35mm film format. It kept the aspect ratio that everyone was using, 3:2, but featured smaller cameras and lenses, plus the film cartridge was easier to load, virtually foolproof, in fact.

So, making the jump to high-quality digital imaging, it was actually a simple transition to APS-C digital format. Interestingly, many of the earliest professional and prosumer digital cameras from the major players like Kodak, Fuji, Nikon, and Canon, were APS-C format cameras.

Let’s consider some of the pros and cons of APS-C format digital cameras. Pros include the smaller size of most of the cameras and lenses compared to Full Frame, plus there are many very budget-friendly cameras in APS-C, both entry-level and higher-end gear. 

One of the cons of APS-C format can also be considered a pro, depending on how you look at it, the crop factor. It is a pro when considering telephoto lenses but a con when going the other way toward wide-angle. 

In order to use wide and ultra-wide lenses in this format, the focal lengths are very short. With a crop factor of 1.5X, in order to get the equivalent coverage of a 21mm lens in Full Frame format, it requires a 14mm lens in APS-C. 

Low light performance is also less in smaller formats. A larger sensor size allows for larger pixel sizes, so a 24mp camera in Full Frame has better low light performance than a 24mp sensor in an APS-C format camera because the actual pixels are larger. That’s oversimplified, but you get the idea.

Some of the most budget-friendly cameras in entry-level and prosumer level are in APC-C format DLSRs, and some of the most advanced cameras at a reasonable price are APS-C mirrorless. 

Here are a few examples: 

The Nikon D7200 is a prosumer level APS-C DSLR that is very favorably priced compared to full ledged pro cameras in Full Frame format. 

Canon EOS Rebel T6i is a fine entry-level DSLR with lots of great features that will allow you to grow as a photographer.

Mirrorless cameras in APS-C format include the Fujifilm X-T4 pro camera and many Sony cameras from entry-level to professional such as Sony Alpha A6500.

By the way, all of the cameras listed in this article are used items from Buying used is another great way to get high-quality camera gear for reasonable prices.

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Pros and Cons of Micro Four Thirds

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Now let’s look at the pros and cons of Micro Four Thirds cameras. All Micro Four Thirds cameras will be mirrorless, no DSLRs in MFT. Some earlier cameras in 4/3rds format were DSLRs, but all of the major players now in this format are mirrorless.

Mirrorless cameras generally use power from the batteries quicker than a comparable DSLR, so that’s one of the cons. Another con is also a pro, just as in APS-C, the crop factor for lenses. Micro Four Thirds cameras have a 2X crop factor compared to Full Frame.  

A great pro for Micro Four Thirds cameras is the size and weight. This format has some of the most compact, lightest weight professional capable cameras and lenses in all of serious photography.

Video performance is generally outstanding with Micro Four Thirds but you’ll be hard-pressed to find rock bottom dollar entry-level cameras in this format. Some of the pro and prosumer cameras are a little pricey, but the features are fantastic.

Examples of fine cameras in Micro Four Thirds are the video superstar Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5 and a favorite of many wildlife photographers, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 III

Micro Four Thirds vs APS-C - Which Should I Buy?

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So now the question of Micro Four Thirds vs APS-C formats comes down to which one to buy. There’s no one easy answer to this question, as is the case with so much photography gear and methods.

The smallest, lightest fully professional cameras are in the mirrorless Micro Four Thirds format. These cameras also have superb video capabilities. But you will be paying more for many MFT cameras than comparable items in APS-C DSLRs. And keep the 2X crop factor in mind also.

Some of the most budget-friendly entry-level cameras can be found in DSLRs in APS-C format. Many fine prosumer DSLRs of this format are surprisingly affordable as well. You can really do well with your personal budget by considering a used camera from a reputable dealer such as


This format has the same aspect ratio of Full Frame format so if you transitioned from 35mm film to digital photography, APS-C format will feel familiar. Some of these cameras may even take some classic lenses you may still have, though with some limitations of functionality.

Many excellent mirrorless system cameras can be found in APS-C format, many of them with excellent video features. As with Micro Four Thirds, these mirrorless system cameras are often a little higher priced than comparable DLSRs in this format.

Micro Four Thirds vs APS-C camera systems is an interesting discussion. You won’t go wrong whichever way you choose. 

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Mirrorless or DSLR for Beginners in 2021?

Mirrorless or DSLR for Beginners in 2019

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A mirrorless or DSLR camera is a must if you want to develop your own style in photography. Both types of camera allow you to use a wide range of high-quality lenses. Moreover, they are rich in features and highly adaptable for different needs. 

DSLRs have ruled the market for nearly two decades. However, in the past few years, mirrorless cameras have become much more popular. In this article, we will explain the main differences between DSLR and mirrorless cameras and point out their strengths and weaknesses.  

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DSLR and Mirrorless Defined

DSLR is an acronym for a digital single-lens reflex camera, but what does that really mean? In simple words, a DSLR camera uses a mirror system in order to reflect the light from the lens into the viewfinder. Additionally, it uses a digital sensor to produce images instead of a photographic film. You can see this process work in the video above by Fstoppers.

Every DSLR camera has a mirror which is placed just in front of the camera’s image sensor. Since it is positioned under 45 degrees, this mirror transmits everything that passes through the lens into an optical viewfinder. With a press of the shutter button, the mirror folds and exposes the sensor to the light (hence creating an image).

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The first professional DSLR was introduced by the Nikon Corporation in 1999. This camera (Nikon D1) had only 2.74 megapixels, but it changed the rules of the game in photography.

DSLR cameras share the same design and mechanism as analog SLR cameras, but they offer much more capabilities in terms of image procession. Nowadays, most professional photographers use this type of camera. However, the reign of DSLR seems to be coming to an end. 

Mirrorless cameras are becoming increasingly popular, especially since Nikon and Canon released the Nikon Z7 and Canon EOS R. It should be obvious from the name, but this type of camera does not feature an internal mirror. This is basically the main characteristic that distinguishes it from a DSLR camera model.  

As is the case with DSLRs, mirrorless cameras feature a digital sensor and use interchangeable lenses, but their sensor is not hidden behind the mirror and it is exposed to the light all the time. As we will see, this is a big game-changer. 

In the video above, Sony discusses a few differences between DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. 


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DSLR vs Mirrorless: Size and Weight

Since they don’t have a mirror within their body, mirrorless cameras are usually very compact and lightweight. An average DSLR weighs 1.7lbs. Although this is not too heavy for carrying around, an average mirrorless model weighs significantly less.

For example, the mirrorless Sony a6300 weighs only 0.89 lb. Moreover, this camera measures just 4.7 x 2.6 x 1.9 inches. Because of this, it can easily fit into a smaller bag and you will still have plenty of space for different types of lenses and other photography equipment. 

In comparison, one of the most popular DSLRs in recent years - the Nikon D810 - weighs 2.16 lb. Although it is a bit bulky, this camera is super strong and these few pounds and inches do not mean a lot for many photographers who enjoy using this camera. 

DSLR vs Mirrorless: Which Has Better Autofocus?

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The first mirrorless cameras used only contrast detection technology for autofocusing. DSLRs use phase-detection technology which is faster and more precise. Because of this, they are usually associated with better autofocusing capabilities. 

However, mirrorless cameras are evolving and getting better with each passing day. Nowadays, there are mirrorless cameras that combine phase detection and contrast detection technology in order to provide the best results in terms of autofocus accuracy and speed.

The Sony A6300 is a mirrorless model with the world’s fastest autofocus speed and it can lock the subject in 0.05 seconds. Additionally, this camera has 425 phase-detection AF points. The autofocus of this camera is impressive, but in the years to come, it’s a given that mirrorless cameras will have even better autofocus systems.

Some people in the photography industry believe that DSLRs will soon be relics in a market dominated by mirrorless cameras.

Find out why this might be the case in the video above by Engadget

DSLR vs Mirrorless: Optical vs Electronic Viewfinder

As we already touched upon, DSLR cameras use an optical viewfinder, while mirrorless cameras use an electronic viewfinder. Both types of viewfinder have their own advantages and disadvantages, as Jared Polin discusses in the video below.

The optical viewfinder works better in low-light situations. In a very dark environment, the electronic viewfinder produces grain and noise while DSLR allows you to see exactly what you are about to shoot (without digital interference). Additionally, the optical viewfinder is also better for tracking fast-moving objects. 

On the other hand, a mirrorless camera provides you with a unique option to see the effect of the exposure settings through the viewfinder. In this way, a mirrorless viewfinder gives you a possibility to see a preview of the image you are about to take.

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DSLR vs Mirrorless: Image Stabilization 

Image stabilization works as a mechanism that reduces blurring as an effect of the camera’s motion. If you have a shaky hand, then you will need to look for a camera that has a good image stabilization function. 

Both DSLR and mirrorless cameras have image-stabilization systems. However, some of the mirrorless cameras such as the Sony a7R III offer 5-axis sensor-based image stabilization (IBIS) while there is no such feature in DSLR cameras. Because of this, mirrorless cameras have an advantage in this category.


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DSLR vs Mirrorless: Image and Video Quality

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When it comes to image quality, there are no profound differences between DSLR and mirrorless cameras. 

The first mirrorless cameras had smaller sensors so they couldn’t produce the same image quality as DSLRs. However, this has changed. In the past few years, there are many full-frame mirrorless models such as the Sony a7R III, Nikon Z7, and Canon EOS R.

Mirrorless cameras, on the other hand, do perform better in terms of video. High-end mirrorless cameras usually have a more accurate focus and larger video resolution than DSLRs of the same class. Even the entry-level mirrorless cameras, such as the Fujifilm X-A5, offer 4K video recording. DSLR camera manufacturers are still struggling to reach this level. Only a few high-end DSLR cameras, such as the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, shoot 4K video.

Some people still prefer to use DSLR cameras because they come with a wide offer of lenses. Mirrorless cameras are relatively new so there are not as many lens choices. Although new ones are being released every year, DSLRs are still more versatile for image and video because of the much bigger choice of lenses available.    

DSLR vs Mirrorless: Shooting Speed 

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Since mirrorless cameras have simple mechanics, they can produce more photos per second. This is particularly useful for those interested in sports, wildlife, or event photography.  DSLR cameras are also good for burst shooting, but it's mirror makes things a bit more complicated.

Additionally, mirrorless cameras usually offer silent burst shooting mode which is convenient if you don’t want to disturb an environment with the sound of the shutter.

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DSLR vs Mirrorless: Battery Life 

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Finally, mirrorless cameras still can’t compete with DSLRs in terms of battery life. The battery life of a DSLR, like the Nikon D5600, is around 970 shots per charge. In comparison, the Nikon Z7 makes only 330 shots before the battery runs out. 

Mirrorless cameras usually have lower battery life because its electronic viewfinder drains the battery. If you are not using Live View, DSLR cameras can shoot for hours. This makes them more practical for most situations.

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As you can see, mirrorless cameras are more compact and better for video, but DSLRs come with a bigger choice of lenses and their battery life is much stronger. In other words, each has its unique benefits. 

Ultimately, the choice between a modern DSLR and mirrorless camera will come down to what you need in terms of specific features. Either way, you can get a high-quality camera that offers tons of functionality.

Whatever you decide - at MPB, you can get a great DSLR or mirrorless camera for a good deal.

Buying a new camera is an expensive investment, but buying used helps soften the blow to your pocketbook. Moreover, you can trade-in or sell your old gear at MPB, so you can finance a new-to-you camera by getting rid of your old one. Not bad, right?

If you're not familiar with MPB, check out my MPB review for full details.


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Mirrorless vs DSLR: Which is Best for You in 2021?

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The mirrorless vs. DSLR debate has been raging for nearly a decade now, which is surprising to me because it felt like the longest decade ever.  

But, do you know whether to buy a mirrorless or DSLR in 2021? 

With this guide, you’ll learn all about the differences between these types of cameras so you can make an informed decision.

Let’s get started!

So, What’s a DSLR?

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I suppose before we can get into the mirrorless vs. DSLR debate, you need to understand what each camera is and does. 

A DSLR can be thought of like a step up from the 35mm film cameras you may have used to shoot with back in the day. There is a mirror located inside a DSLR that allows light to bounce onto a prism and then into the viewfinder so that you can see what your shot looks like. 

Whenever you’re ready to take your photo and press the shutter button, the mirror flips up to allow light in through your lens so the image can be recorded on the camera’s sensor. 

Because of the space needed to incorporate the mirror, DSLRs tend to have larger, bulkier bodies than their mirrorless counterparts. 

Sure, So What’s a Mirrorless?

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Well, it’s obviously a camera without a mirror. As such, mirrorless bodies tend to be smaller and lighter than DSLRs.

Additionally, a mirrorless camera allows light to stream in through your lens directly onto the image sensor, which is then displayed on the rear LCD or the electronic viewfinder. This allows you to see the image preview and make necessary adjustments to the camera settings before you take the shot.


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Mirrorless Vs DSLR Size and Weight

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If you’re looking to purchase either a mirrorless or DSLR in 2021, then there are multiple factors you need to consider, one of which is the relative size of each camera. 

Since DSLRs technically have more parts, they are usually slightly larger than mirrorless cameras.  

However, you also need to consider the other camera gear you will be using with your cameras, like lenses. While mirrorless cameras are technically smaller, most of their lenses are about the same size as the more conventional DSLR lenses.  

So, while you may be saving yourself a few ounces or inches when it comes to the camera body, it may not matter much considering your other photography gear.  

Mirrorless Vs DSLR in Low Light

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Traditionally, DSLRs have had much better low light shooting capacity, but this is changing as the mirrorless vs. DSLR debate rages on and manufacturers are racing to create better products.

For instance, the Sony Alpha a6500is a mirrorless camera known for its low-light shooting, with an ISO range of up to 51,000.

But, it truly depends upon the type of camera you have. Whenever you purchase a camera with a larger sensor, whether it’s a mirrorless or DSLR, that camera will be better able to shoot without much natural light. This means that a camera with a full frame sensor will have greater low-light capabilities than one with an APS-C sensor. 

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Mirrorless vs DSLR Video Quality

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This is the first category where mirrorless cameras reign supreme in the mirrorless vs. DSLR debate.  

Mirrorless cameras are typically much better for shooting film because they can use phase detection while shooting, whereas a DSLR’s mirror gets in the way so it has to use the less accurate contrast-detection focus method of shooting.

This is why most mirrorless cameras, like the Fujifilm X-T30, can shoot incredible 4K video with high-end AF systems. 

Now, just because mirrorless cameras are typically better for shooting video, that doesn’t mean DSLRs are completely out of the race.

For instance, the Nikon D780 was just named as the “most serious DSLR for video yet” by Engadget. 

It can shoot in 4K with eye-tracking phase-detect autofocus and full pixel readout. 

Mirrorless vs DSLR Shooting Speed

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Again, this is one subject that mirrorless cameras typically rock out. Because of the lack of a mirror to get in the way of taking one photo after another after another, mirrorless cameras typically have faster shutter speeds and higher frames per second.  

For example, the Canon EOS R mirrorless camera features the world’s fastest high-speed focusing at just 0.05 seconds and can shoot as fast as 1/8000th second for up to 8fps.  

However, high-end DSLRs can compete with mirrorless cameras, you may just need to pay a little more for it.  

For instance, the Canon EOS 7D Mark II, which I think is the best DSLR for 2021, also shoots as fast as 1/8000th second at up to 10fps. 

Mirrorless vs DSLR Battery Life

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If you’re looking for photography gear to travel with, and you’re concerned about having access to power regularly, then you should definitely purchase a DSLR.

DSLRs last much longer on each battery charge because they don’t need to use an EVF or LCD screen, whereas a mirrorless camera does, and those features use a ton of power. 

However, I always recommend having an extra battery regardless of the type of camera you purchase, so it doesn’t make that much difference in the long run. 

Mirrorless vs DSLR Lenses

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This is yet another reason to side with DSLRs in 2021, they’ve simply been around longer so there are way more lenses to choose from. 

Granted, this is bound to change with the influx of mirrorless cameras the market is seeing.

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You might be able to pick up any of the cameras I’ve mentioned in this article on Gear Focus. Since Gear Focus is a used camera resale store, you’ll find cheaper options than anywhere else.

But, since Gear Focus is run by professional photographers, you won’t need to give up quality for a discount. Their team constantly monitors listings in the site to ensure that each transaction is legitimate and satisfies both the seller and the buyer. 

Try searching for any of the above cameras right here on their site. 

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Must-Have Landscape Photography Accessories

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Landscape photography accessories help make capturing beautiful images a little or a lot easier. Your skill level is what matters the most, then the quality of your main landscape photography gear, the camera and lens.  

After those things, the other stuff adds to the ease of your landscape photography, or gives you a capability over your basic gear, or allows you to accomplish something special. 

Camera and Lens

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These two items are the core pieces of your landscape photography gear. Whatever you are currently using and comfortable with is a good choice. If you are near time for an upgrade, there  are some qualities and features you should consider. 

Entry-level cameras, like the Canon EOS Rebel SL3 are fantastic, and pro-level cameras, like the Nikon Z7, are amazingly complete tools, but there’s a level or two of cameras in between I like for outdoor and landscape photography. I’ll call them enthusiast and prosumer cameras.

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While being smaller, lighter, and less expensive than top-of-the-line pro models, these camera types add features, capabilities, and quality above the entry-level cameras. Two prime considerations are useful functions that are easy to access and more durable and rugged construction. Examples of enthusiast and prosumer cameras include the Nikon D5600, the Canon EOS R (shown above), and Sony a6400.

Along with that, the lenses that are a step up from kit lenses have the same considerations as the landscape photography camera choices. In the video above, I talk about three of my favorite landscape lenses. My choices are more expensive, pro-level lenses, but you can get a good idea of features and ideal focal lengths to look for that fit your budget.

After the camera and lens is chosen, I have three prime categories of landscape photography gear and several other landscape photography accessories I prefer.


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You Need a Great Tripod

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A great tripod is on my short list of must-have landscape photography accessories. In some photo situations, it’s absolutely vital to have one you can use with ease and that you can trust with your camera and lens.

My criteria for an outdoor use tripod are sturdiness, portability, and versatility. Sturdiness is listed first because if I’m going to go through the effort to have a tripod in my landscape photography gear, it better do the job I need it for. 

Portability and versatility will make it easy to carry out into the field and give me some extra options. The Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AB 100 aluminum tripod with Alta BH-100 ball head is one of the most versatile and study tripods in a moderate price range. Extremely sturdy, the multi angle center column is what really makes this tripod stand out as great landscape photography gear.

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Along with a tripod, add in a remote release, wired or wireless. This will increase the stability of the camera on the tripod during the exposure since you won’t need to touch the camera to take the picture.  

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The Right Filters

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Three filters are in the prime category for must-have landscape photography filters. C-POL, ND, and GND.

Circular polarizer (C-POL) filters remove reflections, deepen colors, and adjust contrast for capturing outstanding landscape photography images. Neutral density (ND) and graduated neutral density (GND) filters give us the capacity to tame the extremes of exposure variables within our scenes.

A filter system such as the Haida M10 Enthusiast Filter Kit II has a filter holder and lens adapters plus the C-POL, ND, and GND filters most desired by landscape photographers. 

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A Protective and Efficient Bag

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The outdoors can be rough on a camera. Just look at what it does to your shoes! The best landscape photography camera bag will combine rugged protection for your landscape photography gear with making it easy to get at your camera when you’re ready to take a photo.

One of my favorite bags for carrying my cameras, lenses, and the rest of my landscape photography accessories is the Blastwall™ sling pack camera bag from Hazard 4®, manufacturer of extreme use tactical gear.

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It is a sling pack design, comfortable to carry and convenient to access as needed. Lightweight shell construction and convertible pads for gear protection with Hardpoint® hardware and also strap rests for attaching tie-downs, straps for a tripod, and other extra items. It’s made so that nothing blows in the wind during extreme weather or riding on a motorbike or ATV.

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The Blastwall™ features multiple MOLLE webbing on the sides and main strap along with a patented roto-locking buckle keeps the sling pack secure. Heavy duty construction features YKK zippers, real Cordura® 1000D nylon or 600D Polyester and reinforcing stitch patterns for added durability. There’s even space for a laptop computer or a water bladder for hiking refreshment. 

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It’s one of the best extreme use outdoors and landscape photography camera bags to protect your camera gear and give you rapid access.

The next few items either solve specific problems or make landscape photography more convenient and pleasurable. 

Bubble Level

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Some cameras have this as a built in function, for others you will need an external level. Especially when using ultra wide lenses or attempting a limited panorama, keeping the camera level will avoid odd and uncomfortable viewer apparent perspectives. 

If your camera has this function, find out how to turn it on. It may be buried in a deep menu tree. If not, or if you prefer an external visual aid, a hot shoe mounted bubble level like the ChromLives Hot Shoe Bubble Level multi pack is very useful.

It has two different styles of bubble or spirit levels for adjusting your camera with a wide lens while on a tripod. It’s cheap as pocket change and you can keep one in your pocket, making it a must-have landscape photography accessories choice.

Extra Batteries or a Battery Pack

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Some photographers prefer to carry extra charged up batteries in their camera bag, while others like having a camera mounted battery pack with extra batteries in that. Either way, the intent is to make certain you don’t run out of battery power before your photo trek is over. 

Because if you run out of power, your photo trek IS over. Which is why extra batteries are must-have landscape photography accessories.

Extra Memory Cards

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Same reasoning as with batteries, once you’re out of a place to keep your images, you’re done. This is the equivalent of running out of film. 

Most of the enthusiast and prosumer cameras use SD cards. Options are a couple of high capacity cards, or several smaller cards. Either way, extra memory cards are must-have landscape photography accessories.

What’s In Your Bag?

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The landscape photographer has a great job. Outdoors, taking pictures. What could be better? These landscape photography accessories can make that endeavor easier, more productive and more fun. Let me know what’s in your bag. 

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My Ideal Landscape Photography Kit

My Ideal Landscape Photography Kit

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Over the years, I’ve tested all kinds of landscape photography gear. I’ve owned all kinds of landscape photography gear too…

But I keep coming back to the same gear as being part of my ideal landscape photography kit. There are tried-and-true items that I’ve found to be what works best for me, and there’s also relatively new items that I’ve only begun using recently that have quickly earned a spot in my kit.

Below, I’ve outlined some of my favorite landscape photography gear in the hopes that it sheds a little light on what gear might work for you as well.

Remember...these are just a few items that I personally use and that work great for me and my workflow. Some might work great for you but others might not. You’ll still need to do some research and experimentation with gear, but this should at least give you a compass for what direction to go!

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My Pick for the Best Landscape Photography Camera: Nikon Z7

I’ve had the Nikon Z7 for about a year at the time of this writing, so it’s a relatively new addition to my kit. Before it, I had a Nikon D850, which I absolutely loved. In fact, I wrote this article about how it was the best landscape photography camera.

The only problem with the D850 is that it is big and heavy - two qualities you might not want if your focus is on landscape photography.

The Z7, however, is nearly a pound lighter and has a much smaller form factor than its D850 cousin. Those features alone make it a more useful camera for me when I’m out exploring landscapes because it’s easier to carry and easier to handle, too.

And don’t think that because it’s a smaller mirrorless camera that the grip is tiny and that your fingers will be dangling off the bottom…

The Z7 has a nice, chunky grip that feels good in the hand and is comfortable for all-day shooting of beautiful landscapes. 

One of my other favorite features of the Z7 for landscape photography is its live view autofocus.

This system is the best Nikon has ever had - it’s fast, accurate, and honestly rivals the results I get when I manually focus. It’s that good!

It helps that the Z7 has a 3.2-inch LCD that has a 3:2 aspect ratio, so the LCD seems even larger and easier to see.

That’s just a few reasons why the Z7 is such a valued addition to my landscape photography kit. You can get all the details of the Z7’s landscape photography features here

Be sure to check out my real world review of the Z7 in the video above too!



My Pick for the Best Landscape Photography Lens: Nikon Nikkor Z 14-30mm f/4 S 

I personally love this lens because it gives me those frame-filling wide-angle views that really envelop the viewer in the scene.

I especially appreciate that Nikon extended the zoom range to 30mm rather than stopping at the more typical 24mm - that extra focal range is nice for framing up slightly narrower images. 

It’s also a tiny lens - roughly the same size as the 24-70mm f/4 S kit lens and it weighs just over a pound. When you need to shed weight so your backpack isn’t full of 50 pounds of gear, having a small, versatile lens like this is a major bonus.

Of course, that weight savings is the result of lots of plastic parts, which are good-quality plastic, but still, that fact will scare some of you away from using this lens in a rough-and-tumble setting. 

I’ve had no issues with the build quality of the lens thus far, so it’s performed like a champ whenever I have pressed it into service - even in extreme temperatures in Death Valley and Norway. 

I like this lens’s autofocus accuracy, which is very quick and virtually silent, too.

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I will say that this lens suffers from a crazy level of distortion. However, Nikon and Adobe alike have built-in lens profiles that corrects this issue. 

But where this lens shines is in the sharpness department…

It’s a little soft at 14mm (as you’d expect), but dialing it back to 16mm improves things greatly. I’ve found it to be crazy sharp throughout its focal range.

And that’s just what you want in a landscape lens - beautiful sharpness, quick and accurate autofocus, and lightweight design.

Learn more about this lens in my Nikon 14-30mm f/4 S landscape review.



My Pick for the Best Landscape Photography Tripod: E-Image EK650 Tripod 

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I often use my ProMediaGear Pro-Sticks 34 Series tripod when I’m out for short jaunts to get landscape photos, but at $900, it’s not exactly cheap… 

So to add a budget-friendly component to this list, I recommend the E-Image EK650 tripod shown above and below. 

It weighs about the same as the ProMediaGear tripod and is close in collapsed size as well. 

But it’s $700 cheaper, which is clearly a significant savings!

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This isn’t a cheap tripod from a build quality standpoint, though… 

The aluminum construction makes it durable yet lightweight, and the 11-pound load capacity is more than enough to securely support my Z7 and 14-30mm lens with other goodies attached, if need be.

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The leg locking mechanisms make for quick set up and take down, while the mid-level spreader gives you that added degree of stability.

Speaking of stability, this tripod also has big anti-slip rubber feet and removable metal foot spikes for terrain that’s uneven or slippery. 

The included fluid head with fixed pan drag, variable tilt drag, and continuous adjustable tilt drag is a nice bonus too!

My Pick for the Best Landscape Photography Filter: Kenko Puro Circular Polarizing Filter

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I’m not sure I can remember how many different filter brands that I’ve tested over the years. 

Like any kind of photography gear, there have been some really good filters along the way. But few have offered the level of performance and the budget-friendly price as the Kenko filters I’ve been using as of late.

Any landscape photographer needs a good circular polarizer, and Kenko’s Puro circular polarizing filter certainly fits the bill.

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These filters are crafted from high-quality Asahi optical glass and feature 16 layers of multi coating that help repel water and dust while also making the filters extremely easy to clean. 

The slim, low-profile ring is a nice touch as it helps minimize vignetting on the 14-30mm lens. The filter housing also has a black anti-reflective mounting ring that helps reduce reflections and flare from the housing.

It’s touches like that that you don’t often see in budget-friendly filters!

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I’ve also been using Kenko’s Variable NDX filter, and have been supremely pleased with the results.

Besides, it’s nice carrying around a single variable ND filter rather than an entire ND filter set! 

My Pick for the Best Landscape Photography Light: Litra Torch LitraPro

I don’t do a ton of light painting, but I’ve found the small-yet-powerful Litra Torch LitraPro to be an ideal companion for light painting landscape scenes.

For starters, this thing is just 2.75 x 2 x 1.2 inches in size and weighs a whopping 6 ounces, so it’s a perfect, lightweight addition to my landscape kit. 

And it puts out an incredible amount of light thanks to its 60 LEDs that are good for 1200 lumens.


The light is bi-color, clean and crisp, and you won’t find any flicker here, either. 

It’s adjustable from 3000-6000K so you can dial in just the right color temperature for light painting your landscape subjects. It’s even waterproof for those messy spring and winter shoots in the rain and snow and offers 10 hours of battery life!

Sure, I use this light more in my studio and for portraiture, but, hey, who doesn’t like camera gear that’s super versatile?!

Get more details about this awesome little light in my LitraPro Review.

My Pick for the Best Landscape Photography Bag: Holdfast Sightseer Backpack

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Of course, you need something to carry all your gear in, and one of my all-time favorite bags for landscape photography is the Holdfast Sightseer Backpack.

There’s several levels of awesomeness that this bag brings to the table…

First, the construction is off-the-charts with an attention to detail you just don’t find in many bags.

The waxed canvas and leather exterior is weather resistant, so rain, snow, and other elements won’t penetrate the bag and soak your gear. The zippers are even waterproof!

Inside, you’ll find a beautiful Aztec flannel lining that cradles your gear in the ultimate softness while also preventing scratches as you put your gear in and take it out.

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The organization possibilities with this bag are also worth mentioning. 

As you can see above, the flap unzips from top to bottom, allowing you to open it completely for a look inside. There, you’ll find multiple cubbies for your camera body, lenses, and other accessories.

You can customize the arrangement of these cubbies, too, so depending on your needs now and in the future, this bag can accommodate your gear.

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I also appreciate the little things that Holdfast has integrated into this bag.

It has a breathable mesh back to help keep your back cool as you hike around finding those ultimate landscape shots.

The metal fixtures on the bag are stainless steel - not plastic made to look like stainless steel - so you get the benefit of something highly durable that won’t rust.

Of course, all those leather loops on the back of the bag are prime real estate for adding lens pouches and a cell phone pouch. With the ability to expand the carrying capacity of the bag, you have the makings of a modular system that you can customize to your specific needs.

What’s not to like about that?!