Introducing Ron's Recommendations

Introduction of Ron’s Recommendations

I have said many times throughout this website that I will not be pushing products or trying to sell you anything. This is still true. However I do have some ads posted around in a hope that they will help defray the cost of hosting this site. They are for relevant (I hope) products and services which are randomly selected through Google. I selected irrelevant categories to block them and they select what they consider relevant ads from their service. I really have no other control of what they post. The jury is still out as to the effectiveness and viability of them.

The Amazon ads, on the other hand are for specific items I think are products my readers would actually want or like to research. I’ve chosen each one as a product I would recommend. I’ve chosen Amazon because I’ve used them for many years and have found them to be trustworthy and reliable. Their pricing is usually the best too.

Do your Homework!

If you click on an Amazon ad it won’t cost you a thing and it will bring you to their product page for that item. It’s a good starting place to begin your research. You can buy from there or not; or go to a retail outlet and buy from them –the choice is yours.

I’m often not comfortable buying big ticket items through the Internet and want to touch and feel a camera before I purchase. Sometimes I do my research on line to figure out what I want, go to a retail outlet to touch and feel it, then go back to an online source and actually purchase it (sorry Camera Stores, but you just can’t compete with online pricing).

This brings me to my new page:  “Ron’s Recommendations. Access it through the link above, or the navigation links  at the top of the Page.

I’ve Selected Three Levels of Digital SLR Recommendations

Entry, Intermediate and Advanced Consumer (some folks call it “Prosumer”). These are products I’ve personally researched and held in my hands and would buy for myself if I were in the market. Just buying the camera is only the starting point, though. If you don’t already have them you will need a UV Filter to protect the Lens and a memory card. So, I’ve added them to the “kit” I put together for each level. The UV filter I’ve chosen is the correct size for the camera I selected and is a good quality, affordable choice. Likewise for the memory card.

I recommend only Canon and Nikon because those are the two brands I’m most familiar with. There are many other great cameras out there, but these are the two I can personally recommend. You can look at my recommendations and use them as a starting point if you want to look at others as a basis of comparison.

My rule of thumb is buy a camera from a company that is actually in the photography business. While many companies produce great products, few concentrate on photography like Canon and Nikon. They began in photography and expanded from there. They understand the importance of the expression “A lens is only as good as its glass”.

While Canon has gone on to produce many products to support their photography roots, like printers, copiers and industrial equipment, Nikon has primarily stayed with photography. Some might say that means Canon has diluted their focus and maybe they aren’t as photo-centric as they once were. I’m still a Canon guy because I have so much invested in lenses and peripherals it would make no sense to switch to another brand.

When I first started out Canon was the more affordable alternative, catering to the consumer that wanted great products for a reasonable price. Nikon was for the pros, or pro want-a-bees that wanted everyone to know they had the best available product. You paid for the “designer name”. I never cared for designer names. I never bought products for their name alone; I was only interested in quality at an affordable price. That’s how I became a Canon guy. I never wore Jordache jeans either.

Canon, or Nikon?

Today Canon and Nikon’s pricing is comparable and you can see pros wearing both Canon and Nikon straps around their necks. In my research, I still think you may pay slightly more for a Nikon, though. That may be because they never expanded into other products like Canon and don’t have that large base to defray the costs. The gear itself? I think it’s comparable between the two. It’s a matter of personal preference. Just like there are Ford people and Chevy people; Toyota people and Honda people; there are Canon people and Nikon people. By the way, I’m a Toyota person, and I think Toyota is the Nikon of the car industry and Honda is the Canon equivalent.

A company like Sony began in electronics and expanded into photography. I’m sure they are great at the electronics of the modern digital camera. And let’s face it, today the electronics is the major part of the camera. The lenses? Maybe, maybe not. I really haven’t researched that –hence I cannot recommend them. But, I’m sure a major reputable manufacturer of electronics will also pay attention to the non-electronics portions of their gear.

So, if you are “in the market” check out my Ron’s Recommendations. If you aren’t in the market –skip it. And let me know if you are a Canon person or Nikon person (or a Sony, Pentax, Ricoh, or any other kind of person –all are welcome here)

~Ron G.


2 thoughts on “Introduction of Ron’s Recommendations”

  1. Do you ever miss the feel of a film camera? Don’t get me wrong, I love the convenience, precision and speed of today’s photography world. However, there was something mysterious and hopeful about a film camera and the look of the prints had such a unique quality.

    1. Actually, I do miss it. Especially the darkroom. There was nothing like working under the red glow of the safe light with the radio cranked up playing Slow Ride, or anything from Credence. To this day there are certain songs that will bring me right back to the dark room. The smell of the chemicals and the magic of seeing that picture materialize in front of your eyes –there was nothing like it. The camera was mostly manual and you had to know your stuff.

      On the other hand every time you pressed the shutter release it cost a dollar to get the film developed. A roll of 36 exposures was a significant investment! Sometimes it was months before I could afford to get the film developed. And then there was the heartbreak of seeing that picture you’ve been dreaming about (and that became more perfect in your mind), only to find that it was out of focus or under exposed.

      It took me longer than most to convert to digital. I didn’t think it was ready for prime time until long after most people had already converted.

      I have to say, examining the pros and cons, and my nostalgia of the darkroom aside, digital superior. The low cost and great camera
      technology makes it easier than ever for people to have access to photography today. And, while I do miss it, I think the future will be even more exciting with the coming advances in photographic technology.

      So, let’s look forward and not back!

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