What Camera Should I Buy? | Wokshots recommends

What Camera Should I Buy? | Wokshots recommends

Wok, what camera would you recommend?

Firstly, I’m a Canon man. So, if you are wanting Nikon, steer away, steer away now.

I have had this conversation with many people who are seriously enthusiastic about getting into photography. It’s really simple – Canon EOS 1200D or 750D. You’re going to get a bit more out of the 750D so if you are BEAMING for photography and have the extra pennies then go for the 750D. You will notice that they’re slightly different on paper but the 750D is made for the intermediate photographer and the 1200D for the beginner. The price tag is a rather big difference though so, again, if you have the cash do it, if not the 1200D is a brilliant start.

For a super detailed comparison that you probably won’t understand click here. It’s still cool to check out.


Camera Body vs Camera Lens?

What most amateurs don’t know is that the body of the camera isn’t as vital as the lens. So, invest in a good lens and soon as you can. The standard 18-55mm lens is boring although great to have in the bag when starting out. The first lens I purchased was the Canon 50mm f1.8, you can’t zoom with this lens so it forces you to get more creative. I would recommend buying this with your purchase of the camera. It is also known at the nifty fifty.


But, are you sure that’s a good buy?

Yes! Think about the joy you will be getting out of this camera. It’s hardly much to pay for what you’re getting. Tech is changing all the time and yes there will be a better camera tomorrow but if you want for that, you might as well be waiting for the iPhone 7 release only to realise it’s going to cost more.

My setup

I shoot with the Canon EOS 5D mkii and an array of lenses namely: Canon 70-200mm f2.8, Tamron 24-70mm f2.8, 50mm f1.8 STM. I’ve ditched the rest of my gear in South Africa whilst I travel and I will probably end up selling it.

I’m throwing a spanner

I travel with my setup and it is HEAVY. If you want something more travel-friendly at an entry level, go with the Canon EOS 100D – said to be the smallest most compact SLR on the market. I recommended this to Travel With Lamb – check out the pics on her blog. It is a brilliant little piece of work and weighs NOTHING. I was tempted to buy this and ditch my gear for one.


photo cred – http://www.lydogbillede.dk/nyheter/verdens-mindste-spejlrefleks/

Memory Cards

Last but not least, get yourself a memory card because the camera doesn’t come with one. Here is the perfect one for photo and HD video.

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Soul to Sole with Blue Sky Society

Soul to Sole with Blue Sky Society

Soul to Sole

January this year I was lucky enough, yet again, to get on board with a non-profit organisation, Blue Sky Society. The idea of the Soul to Sole initiative is to go out to schools in the rural areas of South Africa and distribute school shoes to the children in need. School shoes were donated by Toughees and Lion Match provided numerous volunteers.

Happy child having just received his gift soul to sole

boy without school shoes soul to sole

Child carrying his chair to the assembly soul to soleYoung girl prepping for new school shoes soul to sole

Photographing The Event

I have photographed a couple of these non-profit events and one thing is certain, it is never ever the same. Expect the unexpected for example, I was not only shooting the event but I was unpacking boxes, handing out shoes, putting up posters, drilling up school signs, setting up branding and more.

When it comes to the photography, the subject matter is there but it is moving quickly so you should identify your “money shots” and hunt them down or you’ll be spinning like a yo-yo.

Something about working on these projects makes one really want to help more and more. The phrase “many hands make light work” certainly comes into play here. Everyone on the team is so willing to get shit done. This is one of the reasons I love working with Blue Sky Society and Co. Not for a second will you be waiting at a desk being asked to do something that you’re unsure of.

That Satisfaction Feeling of Helping Others

The feeling I got when I rounded up this project, packed the cars and moved on was somewhat indescribable but I will have a go. Imagine you have just finished unpacking your bags at your holiday accommodation and you lay on the bed, that feeling of joy bro! That feeling!

I would encourage any photographer or anyone to get out there and do these pro bono projects. The “exposure” speech is real – you will get coverage if you want. You will also have that feeling!

team blue sky society and lion match soul to sole


Thanks to Jimmy Reynolds for the amazing video


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