Can you take fantastic photography on a budget? Yes, I think so….
That’s one of the reasons I run this site, to show you how it can be done.
I love my photography, I get so much enjoyment out of it and in so many ways.
But my photography is on a budget!
Why should that stop me creating great shots? (I could be biased!).
So a couple of weeks ago I was faced with the unthinkable, the auto focus on my lens broke!
It would still work in manual focus, but on the 18-55mm kit lens it’s very slow and very fiddly…
I have one other lens a 50mm f1.8 so thankfully I wasn’t completely stuck.
And although I was having a great time taking photos with a 50mm (it really changes the way you think and shoot). I was missing the flexibility of a zoom.
*Before I say anything else, for photography on a budget I think the best lens choice is a good zoom lens and a prime lens. And money wise I think there is no better choice than the 50mm f/1.8 prime lens.*
I knew I didn’t want to buy another 18-55mm kit lens.
So I was shopping for a zoom lens, I always try to get the very best I can with my budget and I like to research thoroughly to make sure I do.
After a lot of searching and reading reviews I decided on the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Standard Zoom Lens, it ticked all my boxes. I wanted a good walk around zoom that incorporated a wide angle for landscapes and had a longer range than the 18-55, and the price was in budget.
I know I’m going on about budget and money but at the end of the day photography is an expensive hobby and it does come down to money…. and lenses aren’t cheap!
And on that point, when I was shopping for a lens it did start to raise a question over my camera body? I have a Canon 450D.
The 18-135mm lens just happens to be the kit lens with a Canon 600D/T3i. Should I upgrade my camera body at the same time, and sell my old one second hand before it gets too old and loses too much money?
So if I was to follow general photography advice then…..
- I should buy better Glass (lenses) over camera bodies.
- I shouldn’t just upgrade within my existing camera range (xxxD), I should move up in the DSLR range (xxD).
Anyway I blew it! I ignored all the normal photography advice and went for what I think fitted me the best for my photography…
Getting the New Camera
But I do agree with that photography advice.
I think it’s good advice as a guideline, and if I wasn’t on such a budget I would probably follow that advice. But that’s why the standard advice isn’t always a good fit because each photographer has individual needs.
If I had a larger budget and in an ideal world I would have gone for a Canon 7D with EF-S 15-85mm Lens.
I may even have looked at the Sony NEX-7 mirrorless system if I’d had bigger pockets.
And if money was no object I would have gone for a Canon 5D Mark III with 24-105mm L Lens.
They are wonderful gadgets, but not essential to take great photographs with.
It’s the photographer that presses the shutter button not the camera.
I think it’s more important to learn how your camera works better, and understand composition and light, and develop your photographers eye for the situation.
And that’s exactly what you can do with these entry level DLSRs.
So just because your photography is on a budget doesn’t mean it has to suffer.
There’s some great mobile phone photography out there never mind anything else!
I’m very happy that I upgraded to a 600D/T3i and I’ll write a full review soon to explain exactly why.
I’d also love to hear your views on photography budgets, do you have one? Feel free to add your views in the comments.