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Choosing a Camera

For professionals, I recommend sticking with Nikon or Canon in the DSLR area, unless you have a compelling reason to go elsewhere. That’s based on a host of factors: depth and breadth of the system, resale value, rental availability, support and service, etc. For anyone else, choose the system you like, for whatever reasons you like it.

Choose lenses first, because availability of certain lenses might decide the issue.

A camera is an accessory

A digital camera is an accessory whose value plummets over time. A year or two or three later, you might be shooting a different model camera with more megapixels, better dynamic range, faster focus, etc. But the lenses need not change. Lenses not only hold their value, but some actually increase in price over time.

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  • Eases into photographic challenges with an introductory section.
  • Covers aspects of digital sensor technology that relate to getting the best image quality.
  • Technique section discusses every aspect of making a sharp image handheld or on a tripod.
  • Depth of field and how to bypass depth of field limitations via focus stacking.
  • Optical aberrations: what they are, what they look like, and what to do about them.
  • MTF, field curvature, focus shift: insight into the limitations of lab tests and why imaging performance is far more complex than it appears.
  • Optical aberrations: what they are, what they look like, and what to do about them.
  • How to test a lens for a “bad sample”.

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