In your opinion what helps make a better picture? Besides the photographer* Camera body or lenses? I was saving up for a better camera body because I have a canon t2i, but I've been told to save for better lenses instead. Opinion? Thanks!
Reasons you might want a better camera…
- If you shoot at very high ISOs and are unhappy with how noisy your images are.
- If you take action pictures where you need an extremely speedy burst shooting feature.
- If you take your camera into harsh weather.
- If you do wildlife photography and having more megapixels when cropping would be of value.
- If you do product or commercial photography that requires extreme resolutions, detail, and sharpness.
- If you take images with a great deal of dynamic range.
- If you shoot a lot of video and need better features to make that process less of a headache.
Most of the time, better cameras add more convenience in tricky situations than they add picture quality. And the quality I speak of would be as observed by the layman and not extreme pixel peepers. I’m not saying there isn’t a difference in quality. You just may not always see it. On a pixel level, you will definitely see a huge difference, but photos are rarely viewed at full resolution.
However, with the proper knowledge, you could use your t2i to take comparable pictures to a Canon 1DX in many situations. Unless you are the type to push your camera to the limits and take extremely challenging photos, you might not always see the dramatic quality difference you are hoping for. I will say that better cameras seem to make getting amazing photographs a little easier though.
If you don’t find many of the above situations familiar with your shooting style, then a better lens might give you quite a bit more benefit.
Investing in better lenses will always improve quality. Sometimes dramatically so. Lenses are also long term investments. Lenses you buy now will work on future camera bodies if you do decide to upgrade.
Better lenses can improve sharpness, bokeh quality, color contrast, and give you more options with depth of field. They can help you take pictures in lower light, they can zoom, they can macro, they can capture wide vistas. They can drive your creativity much more so than any camera body.
Better lenses can also resolve detail better. If you do tight crops, your image will not degrade. Imagine you buy a 25 megapixel camera and you still have a kit lens that can only effectively resolve 12 megapixels. It doesn’t matter what camera you get, you will never yank more detail out of that not-so-great lens. But if you get an awesome lens that can resolve ~20 megapixels, you may bring out detail you didn’t know existed.
So I guess it all comes down to, “Your camera is only as good as the glass you put in front of it.” And a good lens will follow you to every new camera you get.
Thank you !!!