What camera to take to the Philippines is a big question many of you may think about. One of the important things being getting parts or add-ons to it could be difficult in the Philippines although I believe ordering online you maybe able to get via Amazon internationally. Anyway for me the choice was a Canon EOS400D I bought when it was the latest model. I wont bother you with the price as its reduced so much now I’m embarrassed lol. But for you this could be an advantage as you can buy it at the “right price” aswell as the fact because its a digital SLR you can then change your base unit at a later date to a newer model if you wanted but still able to take all your kit onto the new camera. So what makes this camera so special over others? I think now its price I choose Canon because my father and friends all have Canon cameras which meant we can borrow lenses for different things aswell as lighting kits. But one thing for sure is its a very capable camera and full of features so would strongly recommend getting either a short course (that Canon run) or getting yourself a couple of descent books that can explain everything it does. As its something I am just about to do as I’m starting to take photography a bit more serious. Initially it was for family photos etc. but when I’m away I take photos of things that are interesting on my travels for my wife to see but as time has developed I’m constantly thinking of things to take interesting shots of and the hobby is slowly becoming an obsession. Anyway the two books below you might find very useful and I’ve ordered one of them myself as I want to increase my quality of photos.
One thing that might be worth considering is your setup as I’m pretty novice in camera knowledge but decided to go for the 18 – 55mm lense that comes with the Canon EOS400D as its “bundle” which gives me wide angle aswell your standard shots and added a Tamron 55 – 200mm lense which gave me macro (for taking photos of things like bugs) aswell as range on the lense for long distance. Getting the lenses right give you balance and also makes life easier rather than wishing you could take a certain shot and being unable to complete it because you don’t have the lense. So buying lenses with a bit of knowledge I would strongly advise. Maybe even speak to a friend or go along to a reputable camera shop (even if not buying there!) to see what they recommend. The other thing is the Canon EOS400D has a built in flash although gets tired with lots of shots one after the other especially if trying to take a sequence shooting. So I bought another top flash a Sunpak which I managed to wangle into the package for free as I was paying cash problem with cameras is the list goes on. But one thing is worth getting is a set of filters even if they are just clear to protect your lenses from scratches. To say I am very happy with my camera is an understatement its me that’s letting the camera down with my capabilities and understanding of photography not the camera. But with the new books I have ordered soon this should be improving. I take my camera everywhere and one thing I am not happy about is camera bags as I am not 100% on which to use so far I have three and changed as I bought more equipment. But I am getting to the point I may get a bag custom made to get exactly what I want and to save me fumbling around trying to get things. But all in all I love my camera!