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One of the most often asked questions I receive is gear recommendations, especially for beginner photographers/filmmakers or those that are upgrading from gear that they have been using for a while and are not in the know of current equipment.
Below you will find my current recommendations for varies tools. This list is updated if my recommendations change as new equipment is released. Each recommendation will have a link for B&H, Amazon, and Adorama next to it. I would recommend checking each retailer to get the best price available. B&H offers free fast shipping as well as no sales tax in most of USA with great customer service. If you have other requests check the “consultation” page.
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The Sony A6000 is an all around fantastic camera for beginner photographers. It won camera of the year from multiple camera shops and online camera blogs the year it was released (2014). The A6000 is a mirrorless camera which allows it to be smaller and lighter than other cameras but with the same large sensor. It has one of the fastest autofocusing systems in a mirrorless camera as well as good low light and dynamic range performance. It also produces great quality 1080P video. Priced at $699 you get a lot for your money and its my recommendation for both beginner photography and filmmaking camera.
The Nikon D7100 is my recommendation for a beginner wedding photography camera. It has an excellent aps-c sensor with great dynamic range and low light performance. The camera has great ergonomics and autofocusing speed/accuracy. The main feature where it stands out is its dual card slot which no other DSLR style camera in its price range has. This is a really important feature for wedding photography as you can’t afford to loose images by having a card corrupt or get damaged. I would purchase the body only and getting recommended lenses separately as the kit lens is not good for wedding photography. Here is a wedding I recently shot using the D7100. D7100 Wedding Photos
The Sony A6000 is an all around fantastic camera. Its not ony my recommended pic for beginner photographers but also filmmakers. It produces great quality 1080P video at 24, 30, and 6o FPS to allow full HD slow motion footage. It offers both focus peaking and zebra striped to help you get properly focused and keep your exposure in check which is rare for a camera at this price. Priced at $699 you get a lot for your money.
The Sony a7S is the best low light camera period. Not even $50K cinema cameras can come close. Hollywood productions are now using this camera for they’re extreme low light shots. The a7S has log modes that produce impressive dynamic range recordings. It produces great quality 1080P video at 24, 30, and 6o FPS to allow full HD slow motion footage. It offers both focus peaking and zebra striped to help you get properly focused and keep your exposure in check as well as external 4k recording. One issue is quite a bit of rolling shutter which is not an issue unless you will be doing a lot of fast camera movements.
The NX1 is Samsung’s first real entry into the pro/semi-pro camera market and they did surprisingly well. The NX1 has a brand new 28MP Aps-c size sensor which has great dynamic range and low light performance. It’s a seriously good photography camera with fast autofocus and 15FPS shooting but it also is a very impressive video camera. It included both focus peaking, zebra stripes, manual audio controls, and other filmmaking tools. The autofocus competes with the canon 7D mark2 for best autofocus in a dslr style camera but this video quality is much better on the NX1. Two standout features are the 4k recording and 120FPS 1080P. This is the best slow motion camera under $8000. The NX1 uses h.265 as a video codec. If your editing program doesn’t support h.265 you can follow my guide to convert your footage http://youtu.be/2Xz7GY0nNtw .