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  • April 23, 2014

    adel

    hi matthew,
    did you recommend to use d5300 for excellent shoot of food like restaurant dishes
    regards

    • Avatar of Matthew Gore
      April 23, 2014

      Matthew Gore

      Hi Adel,

      The D5300 is certainly capable of producing professional quality food photos, but it will take more than just using the camera… You’ll really need to get the light all set up… But that’s another story.

      Matthew

  • April 22, 2014

    Lisa

    Hi Mat I have ready some articles about the canon 70d, t5i,60d, Nikon D5300, D7100, d7000 i am still a little bit confused about which one i should buy, of course the Canon 70d and the Nikon d7100 are the two best chooses, but they are quite expensive when you also consider buying the lens for photograph beginners. Most of the time that I use the camera is for Landscap, portraits, some outdoor photography and low light pictures.. image quality is my main concernt. the 60d and the d7000 are the mid-range camera when they were released, but when they compare to the t5i and the D5300 which are entry level camera, they seem not have that much advantage in term of the image quality, they only have better body frame, am I right? I saw some of yours comments about the choose a camera, get the least affordable body and buy a most affordable lens, also you said that use a kit lens with the d7100 is a waste of the body. so would you mind to give me suggestion about choosing a right camera among these cameras? Maybe also the lens.thx

  • April 22, 2014

    Milos

    Hi Matthew,

    I’m planing to buy vc300 kit and I’m wondering if there is possibility to fire 6fps with this head during interval of 2s?

    • Avatar of Matthew Gore
      April 22, 2014

      Matthew Gore

      I have never tried it, but it might be possible at their lowe power setting. I figure that at half power, you might get 2 pops in a second, 4 at 1/4 power, 8 at 1/8th power… with a fully charged capacitor. That said, I don’t know how this would translate into real world use; the electronics may just not be fast enough to cycle 6 times in a second… and I don’t have the time today to actually test it out. Maybe the next time I get them out I’ll give it a try!
      - Matt

  • April 21, 2014

    wco

    Thanks for the great breakdown.

    I have the D7000 and I’m leaning against upgrading to the D610 (want a better focus system than what I already have) and the D7100 (high price and rumors of D7200 due later in the year).

    So thinking about going with the D5300 for a relatively inexpensive sensor upgrade. Also think I’d use the in-camera HDR because I rarely set up tripods and have heard you can get decent results handheld.

    • Avatar of Matthew Gore
      April 21, 2014

      Matthew Gore

      That makes a lot of sense, as long as you don’t think you’ll need the flash features that the D5300 is missing; many people don’t use a lot of flash anyway.

      Incidentally, you don’t need to use a tripod for HDR whether you process in camera or not; if you process with Photoshop (as I do), the non-tripod mounted shots are simply aligned first (and the edges can be cropped if they don’t line up exactly). I haven’t used Photomatix in years, but I believe the same thing is possible there… and either way, you’ll get a lot more flexibility out of your HDR processing if you don’t do it in camera. But if you’re satisfied with the results you’ve seen, perhaps that’s not an issue.

      Good luck! The D5300 is certainly a remarkable camera for the price!
      - Matthew

  • April 18, 2014

    Rodney Murton

    Hi Mathew

    I really enjoy your articles and comments and would like to ask a question of my own.
    I have just upgraded from. Canon 400D to the 70D and I have the Canon 17-85 USM lens. Will I get better image quality if I purchase the Canon 18-135 STM?
    I am going to Vietnam and Cambodia soon but the image quality is more important than the range.

    Thank you in anticipation of your reply

  • April 14, 2014

    Art

    Hi Matthew,
    Thank you for a great post which convinced me to go for the d5300. Now I really want to get the lens right. I already have a 50mm 1.8 and I would like one extra lens no more. I initially thought of the 18-200 but you seem to say the 18-140 is a better lens. Can you explain why? Any other lens recommendation?
    cheers,
    Art

    • Avatar of Matthew Gore
      April 17, 2014

      Matthew Gore

      Hi Art,

      Like most things in photography, compromises are necessary when choosing lenses. The more zoom range that is included into a lens (particularly if it’s a wide angle to telephoto zoom, rather than a short telephoto to long telephoto, for example), the harder it is for the engineers of the lens to deliver excellent optical performance at any given point along that zoom range. Most zoom lenses are, therefore, sharper at one end of the range (a 24-70mm lens might be sharper at 24mm than 70mm, for example), and the best you can hope for is that the performance doesn’t drop off very much at the other end.

      And sometimes it does. With Nikon’s 18-200mm lenses (and, indeed, all of the 18-200+ lenses that I’ve tested), the image quality at the telephoto end of the lens is just plain bad, for an SLR. If you’re used to the quality of cheaper cameras, you might not notice it… and there’s no doubt that these lenses are very convenient, offering so much coverage with a single lens. All of these lenses, though, create much more barrel distortion at the wide angle end of the lens, and the Nikon in particular has very poor resolution and sharpness at the telephoto end. I have one of these myself, and it’s certainly convenient, but I can’t count the number of potentially great photos I’ve ruined by using it.

      Engineering is always improving, and I hope that one day there’s an 18-200 that has great image quality throughout the range, but we’re not there yet.

      With the Nikon 18-140mm , however, we’re there. The image quality is really at a very high level throughout the zoom range. The trade off is, of course, that you have to settle for less range.

      - Matthew

      • April 18, 2014

        Art

        Thank you Matt – very helpful and good to know. Can I lastly ask you about the Nikon 55-200mm then? Cheers, Art

  • April 8, 2014

    Jon Tewnes

    I am a fashion designer and a band manager. I’ve noticed I need I resolution pictures to really make my website pop. So I am off to buy a camera. My friend recommended the t3i stating its a great camera for the price now I see the t4i and I am not sure which will be best for my needs. Hes a video guy but ill be primarily doing still pictures. With some blog video and live performance shots of my band. Which camera would you recommend?

    • Avatar of Matthew Gore
      April 8, 2014

      Matthew Gore

      Hi Jon,

      For doing blog video, a face-detecting autofocus video camera is ideal… and the T4i will do that (the T3i won’t). For still photography, the capabilities are very similar, but the T4i has a superior autofocus system (all 9 points are cross-type, instead of just the center one). This is especially important when you’re shooting in dark venues and AF is tricky.

      So, I’d lean towards the T4i, if I were you, coupled with a large aperture prime lens like the Canon 50mm f/1.8 (only about $100) or the 85mm f/1.8, both of which will give you much better quality images in low light…. but the 85mm is a better portrait lens, the 50mm is more of a general-shooting lens.

      My general advice is always this: buy the least expensive camera that will meet your needs and the best lenses you can afford… so if buying the T3i will help you get one of the lenses mentioned above, then do so, if you can live without  autofocus video.

      (Wow… just looking at current prices on Amazon. The T4i body is over $700 for some reason, while the T5i is only $599. So, skip the T4i body in favor of the T5i. The T3i body with a kit lens is also $599.)

      Good luck!

      - Matthew