Canon EOS 6D - The 6D is a fantastic 20 megapixel full frame camera for almost any type of photography where you want a ton of detail, great color and good low light performance. It's not the fastest camera out there, so I wouldn't recommend it for shooting sports, but it's perfect for people, landscapes, events, street, and just everyday shooting. (Full Review)
Canon EOS 70D - The 70D is the APS-C brother of the 6D. While it does not have that massive full frame sensor of the 6D, the 70D has other features up its sleeve that some of you might find valuable. The Canon 70D is the first camera with dual-pixel AF technology for video, giving it camcorder-like autofocus, a 1/8000 maximum shutter speed, useful for shooting wide open outdoors - and it's cheaper, while still offering a massive 20 megapixels.
Nikon D610 - The D610 is Nikon's entry level full frame camera, however, it's jam packed with features. On paper, it even out matches the Canon 6D! Like the 6D, the Nikon D610 is great for people, landscapes, street, events and everyday shooting.
Nikon D7100 - The D7100 is the APS-C brother of the D610. It's almost identical in features, and comes in at a much cheaper price tag.
The Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Nikon D800 are also lovely cameras, but you probably don't need it. If you did, you'd probably already have one! If you want the latest and greatest, go for it. You'll definitely not be disappointed.
When you finally reach the point of upgrading your equipment, one of the largest improvements you will find is when you are upgrading your lenses. No matter hot good your sensor is, you will not get a great image unless your have a lens that can efficiently direct that light onto the sensor.
Lenses are an investment, so find what you need and save up for it!
Zoom lenses are for those that need the versatility of having multiple focal lengths while shooting. I'm not a huge zoom shooter myself, but a lot of working photographers rely on zooms to get the job done. If you've just upgraded from the kit lens, you probably have an idea of what focal length you like to shoot. Use that experience to drive your purchasing decision.
Nikon Zoom Lenses
Canon Zoom Lenses
- Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L - This was my bread and butter lens for a few years. I'm primarily a wide-angle shooter, and the 17-40mm range was all I ever needed.
- Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 II L
- Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 IS L - A gear general purpose lens. The focal range is good for pretty much anything, and the image stabilization is great for video.
- Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 IS L
- Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II L
Third Party Zoom Lenses
Third party lenses used to have the reputation of being second best. That is not the case today as some third party lenses are rated even better than their more expensive counterparts!
- Sigma 24-105mm f/4 Art
- Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Art
- Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8
- Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 VC
- Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 VC
I love prime lenses. They are my preferred type of lens. When it comes to DSLRs, you can get crazy fast prime lenses (f/1.4 and faster) that can give you extreme shallow depth of field. These lenses, however, are sometimes just as heave as some zoom lenses. There are also prime lenses that have slightly smaller apertures (f/2 - f/2.8) that are a lot lighter and more compact.
- Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS
- Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 L
- Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS
- Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 Pancake
- Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L
- Canon EF 85mm f/1.8
- Canon EF 82mm f/1.2 L
- Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L Macro
- Canon EF 135mm f/2 L
- Nikkor 28mm f/1.8 g
- Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 g
- Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 g
- Nikkor 35mm f/1.4 g
- Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 g
- Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 g
- Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 Micro