Even though we ARE Nikon lovers,we are NOT affiliated with Nikon Corp. in any way.

Enjoy your daily dose of great imagery selected by the editors on our Editor's Choice team. The selected image is showcased on our homepage. All images selected so far can be viewed on the overview page.


Sign up Login
Home Forums Articles Galleries Members Galleries Master Your Vision Galleries 5Contest Categories 5Winners Galleries 5ANPAT Galleries 5 The Winners Editor's Choice Portfolios Recent Photos Search Contest Info Help News Newsletter Join us Renew membership About us Retrieve password Contact us Contests Vouchers Wiki Apps THE NIKONIAN™ For the press Fundraising Search Help!

How-to's Camera Reviews

FAQ - What Camera to Buy?

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

Keywords: nikon, camera, bodies, faq, film

Page 12/12 next page show all pages

To choose a camera is not an easy task for the new photographer to be. Choices are many and marketing has become the refined art of confusing the buyer into purchasing anything.

Without getting too philosophical, photography is the means through which you want to capture still images; occasions, events and maybe also moods, emotions and memories. You might be casual about it, frequently serious, deadly serious or a pro. This is what in the end really determines the resources you allocate to the tools for the task.

Nikon F5

 Nikon F5 shown here with the Nikkor 50mm f/1.4


  • No matter what, stay clear from the so-called "Advanced Photography System" or APS, even from the SLR APS. It is not worth the pain. What you gain in convenience you loose in disappointments, mostly from the size of the negative. Nikon has now discontinued production of its APS SLRs.
  • If you are casual photographer, get a compact or 35mm Point & Shoot. Larger negative size than that of the APS, still very small and therefore convenient, with good lenses for small to medium size prints. 
  • If you want to get serious about it, buy a 35mm Single Lens Reflex  . Relatively easy to master, you will soon be a very happy photographer capable of outstanding pictures and huge enlargements, whether you have chosen a manual 35mm SLR, an autofocus or a high end flagship.  
  • If you have the budget and savor exquisite pieces of machinery and optics, get a 35mm rangefinder camera, although you will encounter a limited set of (superb and expensive) lens choices and not that many zoom lenses as of yet. Least WYSIWYG, but you may even learn to shoot from the hip. In terms of status, yes there are models that will enhance it.  
  • Now, if you want superior negative's quality at all times for huge enlargements, don't mind the inconvenience of the size, or are considering becoming a pro and have no serious budget constraints, go for the ...... Medium Format, but even then, don't give up 35mm.
Regardless of your choice,
remember to ....

Have a great time Be Happy!


(3 Votes )
Page 12/12 next page show all pages

Originally written on May 21, 2002

Last updated on December 19, 2017

J. Ramon Palacios J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

JRP is one of the co-founders, has in-depth knowledge in various areas. Awarded for his contributions for the Resources

San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico
Admin, 42537 posts


Larry Jones (Larry443) on May 4, 2014

Outstanding! Thanks so much for the overview and the recommendations. I enjoyed reading about each class or group you presented. I especially liked your closing comment as that's what it's all about for me. Thanks again! Larry

Zita Kemeny (zkemeny) on March 5, 2013

Very good points which we may check when we want to buy a new camera. Thanks.

Page 12/12 next page show all pages