How do you choose which camera brand to go with?
“Pros” will tell you to choose a particular brand because it has a huge variety of lenses. That is a valid answer but certainly not the absolute clincher. Here’s why:
If you are a casual shooter, you only need ONE lens. A kit lens. Nothing more. Seriously. I survived for more than two years with just a single kit lens glued to my cameras. My photos are not perfect but they are not crap either. Modesty aside, I probably have way better photos than a lot of lens collectors combined.
If you are serious about your hobby, ONE very good lens is more than enough. A 24-70/2.8 for full frame users or a 17-50/2.8 for APS-C users. And if you are a very serious photographer, you probably know what you are doing that even with a kit lens you will still capture fantastic photos, am I right?
If you are more than just serious and expect some ROI, the holy trinity is a good investment. Somewhere along the lines of 17-40/2.8, 24-70/2.8 and 70-200/2.8 on full frame. For APS-C you go 10-20, 17-50/2.8 and 70-200/2.8. Some people prefer primes: 14, 24, 35, 50, 85, 105/135, 200.
I won’t mention the specialists like those doing macros, sports, birding, etc… You belong to a different league. You people are nuts and you take fantastic photos I can only dream of. I salute you. Go and take more photos.
If you are a certified pro, why are you reading my blog? You probably have invested on lenses over a span of several decades or someone else is providing you with the lenses or they pay you to use their lenses. Lucky bastard.
So where are we…oh, the bullshit…
You really think that established camera makers are missing the lenses I listed above? Unless you are a collector or a poser, established brands have all the lenses you will ever need.
Modern cameras are so good that you can’t possibly buy a bad camera. Any brand will do. Others are cheaper because their names don’t start with C or N or L.
So go to a shop, test the cameras and see which one feels right. Shop owners have their own biases as well and they would probably even sell you the wrong camera because it has been sitting there for two years with no buyers. Bring a more experienced friend. If he uses a particular brand, he may sway you to get the same brand but that is to your advantage (in some ways) because it means you can borrow his lenses >:) But you still have to make a decision for yourself and lens selection is certainly not the clincher that others want you to believe.