Getting Geared Up – part 4

How you can get build to professional photography equipment on a budget   Part Four: Putting it all together     Written by: Adam Bevan – nomadicous.com   Much like […]

How you can get build to professional photography equipment on a budget

 

Part Four: Putting it all together

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Written by: Adam Bevan – nomadicous.com

 

Much like the baby boy above, you must put together the information that I have given you and decide on what to take from it and what to leave. Only you know what your needs are and only you can spend the time and the money on putting together your professional equipment over your time frame, based on your budget and goals.

Some of the handy sources that I use are listed here:

www.ebay.co.uk – Worldwide used equipment source

www.lenshero.com – lens ratings

http://www.youtube.com/user/thatnikonguy – lens reviews

http://www.youtube.com/user/DigitalRevCom – lens reviews

http://www.youtube.com/user/Lilkiwiguy87 – lens reviews

http://www.kenrockwell.com/ equipment reviews

http://www.mpbphotographic.co.uk/ – UK Used equipment source

www.valuebasket.com – Cheap worldwide equipment source

http://www.keh.com/ US Used equipment source

 

Concluding comments:

 

1)   Always buy online. It blows my mind that anyone still goes into the shops to buy gear. It may seem heartless, but even if you have a good relationship with a retailer, you’ll never get the same value from them as you will from an online store. I don’t like the fact that one day all there will be on the high street are coffee shops, restaurants and clothes stores, but you’re on a budget here so what can you do?

2)   Buy accessories new (90% of the time!) – use google shopping, amazon and valuebasket to find the best prices.

3)   Use reviews or recommendations for everything! People don’t always know what they are talking about… but if 100 people have all said that a piece of equipment is the best that they’ve ever used, there will be some validity to that. Ultimately, it’s all information that will help you make the best decision.

4)   Use the professionals to help you choose a lens and possibly a camera body. Matt Granger and the others that I have listed know what they are talking about in technical terms and they give good information. You might have a few laughs as you watch and read their material, too.

5)   Get creative! You might need a piece of equipment for a one off shoot so don’t buy the thing, rent it or borrow it off of someone else. Don’t be shy to lend out your equipment too for good karma.

6)   Do the best that you can. You won’t always be able to get absolutely perfectly what you would like. I’d have liked to have the £1000 to spend on a 70-200mm lens, but I compromised and I’m very happy with saving £650 and getting a very close equivalent lens in the process.

7)   Remember that you can always sell a good lens on. I have no doubt that I could sell my lenses for at least the value that I paid for them. I am probably an extreme case and got lucky, but you should be able to retain at least 80% of the value of the lenses when you sell it… especially if you bought it used in good condition and didn’t add any wear and tear to it yourself!

I hope that this has been helpful. Good luck and please post comments below with success stories or further questions!
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