What's the best camera for start work with Microstock? (With answer)

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Hi Girls and Guys, here I go direct to the point, but first I want to mention that most of you had heard that you should buy an entry camera and then buying new stuffs according to need you feel necessary. FORGET IT!

I had spend some years with entry cameras and I had lose a lot of photos because of many issues, but mostly because of 2 things:



Those both things could be solved if I had propper gear.

I had buy prime lenses 70-200mm f2.8 and 24-70 f2.8, but I still have problems with focus BECAUSE ENTRY CAMERAS DON'T HAVE FINE TUNE FOR FOCUS and it normally have backfocus or frontfocus, that means it are focusing on wrong place.

So, if you want, in my opinion, enter on the Microstock world and be able to upload thousand photos and decrease your refused photos without spend too much for it, here go my advices for gear.

Of course I evaluate the cheapest but without waste your money with gear that would not reach the hi-quality level that Microstock requires.

So cheapest best gear would be:

1 - Nikon D7100 camera

2 - Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 lens

3 - Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 lens

4 - Nikon 50mm f1.8 lens

With that, you will be able to make hi-quality images. Of course anyone can do a good job with lower gear, as I had done for long while, but am not talking about creativity here, but about technical quality.

I had try the D7100 already and I can't wait to buy it. I confess I came here to write it to get some good energy since I don't have the money to buy it yet and I can't lie for sleep without think about this new camera for hours.

I had waste A LOT of photos because of backfocus and it will be my next buy as soon as my Dreamstime account have the enough money for it. I could have a 10x larger portfolio if I had this camera and it would mean more sells.

With that gear you will save money (without have to upgrade it in a short time) and will be able to make a hi jump on the photography world.

Photo credits: Maxwell De Araujo Rodrigues.

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May 01, 2015


Haotian, for sure it's a gap of price that changes from land to sky.
The three pillars of photography is:


With a D7100 compared to D5200 one could take photos with 2.8 apperture and have good focus since you can calibrate it. You can take photos with higher speed since the sensor allow it and then use lower ISO, what means it's a BIG jump of difference.

Well.. Nikon are very honnest since they say on they website that D5200 are for those who want to take photos of they families and pets... So i can't complain with Nikon. They describe VERY WELL what they cameras are for, but you know, when we want to belive we can fly we jump from a mountain with some feathers on our arms and that's what I did buying a D5200.

May 01, 2015


Thank you so much Bennymaty... I will look now for this sigma ring.. I found that quite interesting.

I am trying to do my best, really.. and I really think the gear can't stop a photographer. Actually I have a post talking about mobile photography and I show a photo I had sell on Dreamstime that I took with a very old Sony mobile phone. But I think it is a good advise for people who want to invest in prime lenses (like I did) to buy a camera that a way to tune the focus.

I had hear many times that lens are more important that body, and it's quite true, since the body fills the minimum requirements and now I think I realize what are those minimum requirements.

Entry cameras like Nikon D3200, D5200 or Canon T3i are awesome cameras, but foor shooting with the kit lenses for those who want to photograph arquitecture, landscapes and far way subjects. But when you need precision on foccus they become complicated.

I live among horses and I have a great possibility to make great photos of them, but they move fast you know... and about 10% of photos I take of them are really on focus.

I think about photography 24h per day and I try everything you can imagine to get better (and I am not rich to buy all I want)... I had taken 96.000 photos with my D5200, most of it with a prime lens 70-200mm f2.8 and most of them are with backfocus.


But...... at the end of the tunel there is always a light (that could be a train coming in my direction but it's not).. Now I found the way to improve it, unfortunately it costs 1.000 dollars!!! But it's possible.

I will try to fix that problem on my camera as you told, but the D7100 it's my target now.

May 01, 2015


Don't feel discouraged, you got a beautiful portfolio online and very good potential :)
You may get the maximum from your camera and increase the approval just spending more time for post production.

Also I suggest you, if you find focus problems on you camera, to compensate it to get better pictures,
(calibrating fix from tech assistance or by camera software or by dock Sigma ring)

there are many tutorials in the web to fix it, like this (in italian):

I suggest you to add some of your pictures to this your article to increase your DT visibility and sell potential too ;)

May 01, 2015


Good advice. The price is just slightly higher (say, D5000++ vs D7000++), so it's probably worth the investment.

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