• June 29, 2017

Best DSLR Cameras For Beginners 2017

If you are about to purchase your next digital reflex camera, then keep reading. In it I will present which, for me, are the best digital reflex cameras for beginners and hobbyists. This is a very important purchase decision, because it will determine if you’re going to have a satisfactory and loving relationship with photography or if you’re going to have one of hate, frustration and incomprehension.

While making this list, I took into account my own personal experience and opinions, after many years of being a photographer and after almost 7 years working at Blog del Fotógrafo, helping and giving recommendations about digital reflex cameras to readers of different levels, as well as several sources and comparison sites.

Before choosing a DSLR camera

Before choosing a reflex camera I need you to keep three very simple but important things in mind if you want to be successful:

  • First: There is no best camera. Each brand and each model offers different features. There are recommendable cameras and today I am going to mention the most recommended cameras from people who have used them, but it’s important for you to know that the best camera doesn’t exist.
  • Second: What do you want? What are you looking for? It’s important to know very well which features are important to you. Are you interested in a camera with a rotating screen? Must it have good video quality? Will you be taking many pictures at night? These questions will help you rule out certain models and keep the one that best suits your needs.
  • Third: Don’t be intimidated by the terminology and the technicalities. I recommend you keep this document open while you keep reading, since in it I explain, in a simplified way, all the terms and specifications about cameras that could possibly scare you.

The best digital reflex cameras for beginners

And I add the “for beginners” part because we could include more cameras, much more powerful ones, but a good reflex for beginners is a camera that must be simple and easy to use, easy to learn, without hassles. You need a simple camera which will make the task of taking amazing pictures easy, and not a complicated and cumbersome one which will you make you want to stop taking pictures. Also, it must be very affordable.

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  • June 20, 2017

Best Gaming Monitor 2018 Buying Guide (Everything You Should Know)

Gaming Monitor As Morpheus explained to Neo “The body cannot live without the mind”. He could just as easily have said that “The PC is nothing without the monitor”. And he would have been right to say it! Indeed, the monitor is the PC’s most essential component (for portable gaming computers or for any other type) and the one that allows you to experience different emotions whether by viewing family photos, watching a movie or playing a game. While, in general, LCD technology introduced improved visual comfort compared to CRT displays – the kind used in the 1990s – choosing a specific monitor is something which needs to be done wisely because the diversity of available displays is increasing all the time, something which can be a source of confusion for uninformed users.

In fact, over the last three years, there have been many innovations. First of all, QHD displays which have a resolution four times superior to the base HD resolution (1280 x 720 pixels) – some 2560 x 1440 pixels – are becoming increasingly popular – at a moment when 4K resolution displays (3840 x 2160 pixels) are making their way into the market. What’s more, 21:9 format displays are beginning to be built by manufacturers; this ratio is complementary to the traditional 16:10 and 16:9 ratios. Lastly, many new technologies have recently been introduced (144 Hz, G-Sync, ULMB, etc.), all of which aim to improve the fluidity and clarity of video animations.

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  • June 19, 2017

Full Frame vs. APS-C: sensor size and the consequences it has for you

You will probably have read here and there (or even in the comments made on this site) the obscure terms “Full Frame” or “APS-C”, which apparently refer to different sensor sizes. Let’s take a look together at what these terms mean exactly and why it is useful to understand them. You will discover that they are really simple to understand!

Before digital photography, light was captured by a photosensitive surface, which was commonly called photographic film. This could also be done with other types of surfaces, but let’s not get into all that, since what we are interested in is digital photography. On digital cameras, the film has been replace by an electronic sensor which is sensitive to light.

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  • June 19, 2017

How To Choose a Perfect Lens for Your DLSR Camera?

While buying the camera itself and especially afterwards, it is often difficult to know exactly what to do when considering buying a lens. What do all of those technical characteristics mean? What is the best lens to suit your budget? What type of lens do you actually need? What is a fixed focal length lens? Basically, you probably have thousands of questions and I will try my best in this article to answer some of them.

This is actually an ideal moment for me to do this since two of my friends asked me for advice last week regarding photographic equipment, and I myself bought a new lens (which I will undoubtedly speak about in detail once I have had enough time to play around with it ).

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  • June 14, 2017

35mm vs. 50mm Lens? Which fixed focal length lens should you choose for the APS-C sensor

This is a question that I get asked a lot, and one, as is often the case, which does not have an easy answer. This is a question which is deserving of some attention and the following article will try to resolve it.

50 mm lens

Indeed, I am often asked if it is better to buy a 35 mm or a 50 mm f/1.8 for use with an APS-C sensor, since 35 mm corresponds to “human vision”. As usual, the answer is not a simple yes or no, but an “it depends”.

A question of sensor size

I will not be reiterating everything that I already mentioned in the article dealing with sensor size, but just to summarize, on a camera with an APS-C sensor (a reflex or hybrid by the way), a 35 mm lens is the equivalent of a 50 mm on a 24×36 film camera (real focal length), and a 50 mm is equivalent to an 85 mm on a 24×36 film camera.

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  • June 14, 2017

Best Camera Tripod 2017 Buying Guide (High-end, Mid-end and Budget tripod for DSLR)

Best camera tripod for DSLR, Travel: budget, mid-end and High end Choice

The choice of hardware is one of the major concerns for amateur photographers, especially given the vast multitude of available cameras and lenses. But some accessories can be equally hard to make up your mind about, this is all the more true when they cost several hundred dollars and are supposed to last for many years. This is the case of tripods, one of the first accessories that an amateur photographer will probably be interested in acquiring. That is why I wanted to write this detailed guide on the specific subject of tripods.

Why use a tripod?

I have already written an article on the reasons for using a tripod, but I think that a short reminder might be helpful. The tripod proves to be an indispensable accessory in several different situations:

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  • June 7, 2017

G-Sync vs. VSync vs. Freesync? What’s the Difference?

G-Sync vs. VSync vs. Freesync

When thinking about what graphics card and monitor to buy, there are more factors to consider than pure performance. That’s because no matter how many FPS your graphics card can spit out, if it doesn’t sync up with your monitor you might notice some tearing or lagging even at stable framerates. In this article we summarized how G-Sync and Freesync combat this problem.

What Is Tearing and How Does It Happen?

You’ve probably all seen it before if you’ve played PC games. Some notice it more than others but fact is, it happens almost all the time. Tearing describes what occurs when the GPU and monitor aren’t properly synchronized. This manifests itself with the monitor not always receiving one frame at a time, but sometimes even two or more, causing a noticeable “tear” in the image whenever it happens.

Freesync

To a certain degree, Vertical Sync (or VSync) can reduce this artifact. With VSync activated, the monitor puts a cap on the refresh rate. If, for example, your monitor supports a maximum of 60Hz (60 FPS) while your GPU could happily crank out 160 FPS, VSync puts a cap on the framerate and limits it to 60 FPS. In the real world however, this doesn’t always work as desired. Another drawback is that if your graphics card can’t achieve 60 FPS in a certain game your display will have to “wait” for new frames o display. This causes lag and stuttering even though it should theoretically run t 50 FPS. VSync also increases input-lag which can become especially annoying in fast-paces shooters or E-Sports in general.

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  • June 2, 2017

Canon EOS M10 vs. M3 vs. M5 vs. M6 – Comparing the Mirrorless Cameras with EF-M Lens Mount

When it comes to mirrorless cameras, Canon has long been in the race with one foot constantly on the brake. There was no flagship model, a very limited selection of lenses, and probably a lack of motivation on Canon’s side to really make an impression on the mirrorless-market.

Since the introduction of the EOS M5 however, these notions seemed to have been overcome. The camera is a worthy opponent to the it’s rivals by Sony, Fuji, and co.

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  • June 1, 2017

Best Compact cameras for Travel 2017 Recommendation

Compacts, are cameras with a non-interchangeable objective. Usually it’s a zoom objective, but there are some exceptions represented by compact cameras with fixed focal length. As their own name says, they have some pretty small dimensions and weight (even if there’s some exception), are easy to transport, even if, actually, the size can be pretty variable and there are very small ones and, at the same time, ones that are not really pocket-sized at all.

Until recently, it was easy to define compacts as cheap cameras, with small sensors and, consequently, with a low image quality, especially with poor light, but today it’s not like that anymore. Market has deeply changed and most of the people take pictures through smartphones they have in their pocket or bag, even those who never thought about taking pictures before. Nobody wants to buy a compact camera to take pictures anymore. This, made these cameras, that some brands don’t even have available anymore, actually disappear from the market.

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  • May 30, 2017

Reasons to Buy a SLR Camera

What advantages do SLR cameras have compared to other types of cameras? Is it worth buying a SLR camera?  Is a SLR the right choice for me?

NOTE 1: To give some context, this article is aimed at amateur photographers looking to make an improvement in the quality of their photos, which can be achieved in the technical part or in the artistic area. Many users start with a compact or bridge camera and they consider at some point to switch to a SLR, so we will focus more on the advantages of SLRs with respect to these types of cameras. But we must keep in mind that in the market are high-end compact cameras with incredible performance, at the level of a SLR.

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