Photography Gear Research

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If you’re anything like me, you research the purchase of a new item of photography gear for a long time before making a decision. I researched for a month before deciding on the Canon 7D over the 5D Mark II. I rented both the EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS and the 24-70mm f/2.8L before deciding to purchase the 17-55 as my walking-around lens. I’m currently trying to decide on the best scanner to purchase for the preservation of old family photographs (any suggestions?).

You could say that getting the exact gear for my needs, and the best value for my limited funds, is extremely important to me.

There are a handful of resources that I turn to time and again to make informed decisions when purchasing gear. I thought I would share them with you all, and as always, if you have great resources that you utilize, please let us know about them in the comments!

  • Whenever I need in-depth reviews of camera bodies and lenses, I rely on The Digital Picture. I really haven’t found any other resource that’s as detailed, informative, and technical (yet understandable) as this one. They must dedicate an incredible amount of time and effort into each review.
  • I like to try things out before I buy them. Pro Photo Rental rents lenses, camera bodies, lights, and accessories for Nikon, Canon, and Olympus models. Their customer service is excellent and they’re always happy to answer any questions you may have before deciding on a rental. Shipping is FAST and rates are reasonable.
  • DigitalRev puts together informative and entertaining video reviews of cameras, lenses, and accessories. I particularly appreciate the real-time demonstrations and product comparisons. Plus, Kai cracks me up.
  • SnapSort and LensHero help you sort through the vast array of cameras and lenses. By inputting your requirements into the site’s prompts (such as desired budget and type of gear), you are provided with a sorted list of recommendations, reviews and links. The detailed specifications of each product are very informative and easy to understand, which really helps make all of the technical details much easier to digest.
  • Finally, I look up the items on Amazon, B&H, and Adorama, and read all of the reviews written by folks who have actually purchased the gear. To me there is nothing more valuable than the feedback from an end user.

Who did I forget? What is the go-to resource that you use to research your gear purchases? Comment away!

Photo credit: Tiffany Joyce.

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  • Tiffany

    That’s a good topic for a future post! Briefly I’ll say, cost (7D is less expensive), crop sensor (I have more need of it than a full frame sensor… for now), video capabilities (which I have yet to try, but soon!), and automated sync with speedlites. Good luck with your decision!

  • Tiffany

    That’s a good topic for a future post! Briefly I’ll say, cost (7D is less expensive), crop sensor (I have more need of it than a full frame sensor… for now), video capabilities (which I have yet to try, but soon!), and automated sync with speedlites. Good luck with your decision!

  • Tiffany

    That’s a good topic for a future post! Briefly I’ll say, cost (7D is less expensive), crop sensor (I have more need of it than a full frame sensor… for now), video capabilities (which I have yet to try, but soon!), and automated sync with speedlites. Good luck with your decision!

  • Tiffany

    That’s a good topic for a future post! Briefly I’ll say, cost (7D is less expensive), crop sensor (I have more need of it than a full frame sensor… for now), video capabilities (which I have yet to try, but soon!), and automated sync with speedlites. Good luck with your decision!

  • Tiffany

    That’s a good topic for a future post! Briefly I’ll say, cost (7D is less expensive), crop sensor (I have more need of it than a full frame sensor… for now), video capabilities (which I have yet to try, but soon!), and automated sync with speedlites. Good luck with your decision!

  • Tiffany

    That’s a good topic for a future post! Briefly I’ll say, cost (7D is less expensive), crop sensor (I have more need of it than a full frame sensor… for now), video capabilities (which I have yet to try, but soon!), and automated sync with speedlites. Good luck with your decision!

  • Tiffany

    That’s a good topic for a future post! Briefly I’ll say, cost (7D is less expensive), crop sensor (I have more need of it than a full frame sensor… for now), video capabilities (which I have yet to try, but soon!), and automated sync with speedlites. Good luck with your decision!

  • Tiffany

    That’s a good topic for a future post! Briefly I’ll say, cost (7D is less expensive), crop sensor (I have more need of it than a full frame sensor… for now), video capabilities (which I have yet to try, but soon!), and automated sync with speedlites. Good luck with your decision!

  • Tiffany

    That’s a good topic for a future post! Briefly I’ll say, cost (7D is less expensive), crop sensor (I have more need of it than a full frame sensor… for now), video capabilities (which I have yet to try, but soon!), and automated sync with speedlites. Good luck with your decision!

  • Tiffany

    That’s a good topic for a future post! Briefly I’ll say, cost (7D is less expensive), crop sensor (I have more need of it than a full frame sensor… for now), video capabilities (which I have yet to try, but soon!), and automated sync with speedlites. Good luck with your decision!

  • Tiffany

    That’s a good topic for a future post! Briefly I’ll say, cost (7D is less expensive), crop sensor (I have more need of it than a full frame sensor… for now), video capabilities (which I have yet to try, but soon!), and automated sync with speedlites. Good luck with your decision!

  • Tiffany

    That’s a good topic for a future post! Briefly I’ll say, cost (7D is less expensive), crop sensor (I have more need of it than a full frame sensor… for now), video capabilities (which I have yet to try, but soon!), and automated sync with speedlites. Good luck with your decision!

  • Tiffany

    That’s a good topic for a future post! Briefly I’ll say, cost (7D is less expensive), crop sensor (I have more need of it than a full frame sensor… for now), video capabilities (which I have yet to try, but soon!), and automated sync with speedlites. Good luck with your decision!