Top Way to Save on Equipment as a Novice Photographer | Compact Flash Cards | | Discount Sandisk

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         Regardless of if you have chosen photography as a hobby or as your career you probably have become familiar with the expensive costs associated with it. Here is a comprehensive list of my top ways to save on equipment without sacrificing quality.

1. Buy older model cameras
Photography is always progressing and the quality of cameras are always setting new standards that requiring photographers to upgrade. However, you’d be hard pressed to find any hugely discernable differences between last-years top of the line camera and this year’s brand new toy. If you are just starting out in photography, you can buy a camera that is slightly older for considerably less and still take high quality photographs that set you apart from the amateurs.

2. Shop around for older compatible lenses
Though camera models change from year to year many manufacturers retain the same lense mount compatibility. Even if there is a slight difference in lense mount compatibility you may be able to purchase a lense mount adapter for much less than the cost of a brand new lense. This tip alone can save you hundreds of dollars over the life of your camera.

3. Know when to splurge and when to save
Many photographers fall into the trap of thinking that price is indicative of quality. That may be true when it comes to certain things - you wouldn’t want to buy an off-brand, knock-off camera! It doesn’t hold true with everything though. I love to buy cheap compact flash cards. There is no reason a cheap CF card cannot do the same job as a more expensive one. Any photographer worth their salt will have multiple CF cards packed in their camera bag at any given moment and the cost can add up fast! Opt for cheaper compact flash cards and I promise you your clients won’t know the difference.

4. Use rechargeable batteries or cameras
In this day and age I don’t know why any photographer would still be lugging around an old camera that requires new batteries every time you have a long day of shooting. I bring my Nikon MH-24 quick charger with me everywhere I go. I refuse to waste my hard earned money on batteries when I have something that will work just as well for a fraction of the cost.

In conclusion, if you are truly interested in taking up photography as a hobby or career but have allowed yourself to be intimidated by the high price tags associated with many of these items. Take a deep breath and dive in anyways. There are countless ways to save money without sacrificing quality.

Written by Katie Thorpe — October 24, 2014



I’ve had a Canon Powershot A75 forever now and am watinng to really get my foot in the door and become much more profficient in the art of photo capturing. Another main reason for this is I’m going on my first big trip to California and will be going all over, so I want to take a ton of awesome pictures to show everyone back home.I’ve been recommended the Nikon D40X and it has positive reviews from what I can take, but the main concern is the lack of autofocus on some lens options using the F mount. Is this even a big deal? I’m assuming the loss of it just means more manual adjusting which I should be using anyways?The camera will be used pretty much 90% for landscape shots, I may want to use it for outdoor sports (in clear daylight), but that’s not my primary intention. I want to take some great pictures of the West and it’s beautiful landscapes. Mostly daytime shooting, but I’d love to not be limited when it comes to amazing sunset shots.Not too picky yet, I’d just like to keep it under $ 1000.

March 22 2015

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