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6 Critical Mistakes to Avoid When Buying New Camera Gear

Don't buy your new camera gear until you've read this post! Buying a new camera gear can seem so exciting, after all, you are about to order your dream camera and begin taking beautiful pictures.

Whether you are buying a camera gear to fulfill your passion as a photographer or going into full-time photography business, there are certain factors you need to consider to avoid mistakes. No matter your motive, you need a camera that can not only take beautiful pictures but also grow with you. You need camera gear that you will enjoy now and still be happy with it years to come.

There are some common mistakes most people make when buying their camera gear. In this article, you will learn how to avoid these mistakes when ordering for your camera gear:

Top 6 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying Your Camera Gear

1. Wrong Advice

While almost every Tom, Dick, and Harry can take a picture, and some by stroke of luck can even take really awesome pictures, not everyone knows about how camera works.

When you want to buy your camera, I believe you have a specific need for the camera, you therefore should seek advice from professional photographers especially those doing the same thing you are about to embark on. Don't just buy a camera because your friend thinks it looks cool. You can get advice from websites of professional photographers. Read reviews, seek for various photographers’ opinions and compare your options before making your final decision.

2. Wrong Budget

You need a good plan if you are to achieve anything meaningful and buying your camera gear is no different. You need to make a clear and appropriate budget about how much you want to spend on your photography gear.

Different cameras come in different prices. You don't have to budget too low or too high. Don't assume that you will somehow start pulling off world-class quality images when you spend too much on a camera. Spending a lot on a camera that you don't know how to use could be a big waste. In fact, some low budget camera gears can still help you produce fantastic images.

3. Thinking Quality is Equal to Price

One wrong assumption most amateur photographers make is that they assume that they can get better quality when they spend too much. All expensive cameras do not necessary mean that they are top-quality. While it is given that quality cameras should cost more, however, you should be careful with the type of camera you are about to invest on.

If you plan to be a professional photographer, you should do research to understand the quality of any camera you want to buy. Don't put a lot of emphasis on the price tag; instead concentrate on the camera's specification. Ensure the camera matches your skill level and you are familiar with the functions and tools that come with it.

4. Falling for Cheap Bargains, Specials and Bonus Prices

It is hard to avoid those flashy ads about special bonus price or bargains you could get when you buy a certain type of camera from a particular store.

Watch out for these bargains... they don't reveal much most of the time; you could be setting yourself up for a bad experience. Focus on the camera you want to buy and the budget you have. In most cases, these bargains sound too good to be true because the salesman isn't telling you the whole truth.

Whether you are buying from a nearby shop or ordering online, stick to the camera you want to buy and the place you want to buy it from.

5. Not Researching for Lenses

Most amateurs make this mistake because they are yet to understand how lenses work. As a beginner, you should know that sharper lenses produce better images. In most cases, the lens that comes with your camera (especially low budget cameras) won't often illustrate the full capability of your new camera.

If your budget allows it, it is recommended that you buy better lenses for a camera with a large or full-frame sensor. Pay attention to lens's aperture and focal length when buying your new lens. If you want to do some street photography or landscape photography, check out lenses that are 30mm and above. If you are planning to go into sports photography, stick to a lens between 70mm and 300mm.

6. Not Reading Reviews

Thanks to the internet, you can now read other users opinions before you purchase your new camera gear. This is an honest way to know more about the camera you want to purchase. Forget the hype on the sales page; concentrate on what other users have to say. Reading reviews will help you a lot in making your final decision.

I also recommend Photo Nuts and Gear eBook, This eBook helps take the mystery out of ensuring you have the perfect photography gear for your needs: from cameras through to lenses, tripods, filters and bags. It’s perfect for a newer photographer looking to get a little more serious about the gear your carry with you or a great resource for those looking to purchase their very first camera.

​You can find out more about the book here.

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