This post will give you photography resources to use as a Canon shooter. In the world of finding gear advice and seeking helpful information, there are both the useful and worthless sources of information, and there are both the good and bad places to buy your Canon photo gear.
The recommend camera and photography resources listed here are drawn from my own experiences. Here are some assets to draw upon for your Canon equipment and techniques.
There are so many retailers and resellers of Canon equipment that it would be impossible to give you advice on all of them. I can only give you the resources that I've used for my own Canon photography knowledge and gear.
When I first opened my doors in the portrait photography business, I used ebay as my photography resource for getting pre-owned gear to save money. Because it's the world's largest auction site, prices are driven downward with all of the competition to sell.
Occasionally you can get a underperforming item, but you're only out for return shipping costs if you return it after you've tested it. Since I started buying camera gear on ebay, I've only had to return one thing. My most recent purchase was the 18-135mm IS USM Lens. It sells for about $600 new. I got a mint condition used one for a little over $200.
The key to success at using ebay as a good resource for buying photography equipment is to only buy from sellers with good reputations and to ask questions directly to them. you'll get a good idea if it'll be a good fit for you. Browse ebay now.
When I first started buying new Canon Equipment, I'd buy it out of the BHPhotoVideo Catalogue. It was a massive, 2 inch thick, camera geek's delight, chocked full of everything photography, video, and computer related.
That was before the internet and online shopping became so prominent and streamlined. If you're ever in New York City, it's a photographer's resource you should visit.
Adorama is one of those retailers that specializes in camera gear, so the sales people are generally good resources to ask about Canon gear.
For the technical reviews of specific Canon cameras and Canon lenses dpreview is the king. They don't review that many Canon accessories, but they do review a ton of lenses and cameras.
For opinions of the photographers who have purchased and tried almost ANY Canon photography gear, Amazon is the king by a landslide. You won't see the high end, specialty equipment sold much on Amazon, but the large majority of Canon photographer gear has been reviewed by a significant number of photographers.
If you see this resource on anywhere but CanonCameraGeek.com it's been stolen.
You can become a member of the Canon Forums. Advice on this resource: when you get an answer to a question, separate the opinions from the facts and remember you're getting the answer from just one photographer at a time.
CANON EOS CAMERAS. This is the sister site to the USA.Canon website. Looking for a manual, need service or repair? You'll also find CPS, Canon Professional Services-I'm a member-the division to assist pro Canon shooters. Or If you're looking for support for your Canon EOS camera, this is the site to visit: EOS Canon.
When I can't find a trustworthy resource online to answer a technical question about Canon gear. I sometimes go directly to a trained Canon USA expert, the old fashioned way, by phone. 800-652-2666.
Of course the first place people think of for unloading their used Canon cameras and lenses is eBay. The challenge is that you and I don't want to have to go through the hassle of listing, selling, and answering questions for a bunch of tire kickers.
I've sold quite a bit of used gear to KEH.
Their website has an automatic gear evaluator so it's a simple 3-step process and you avoid the hassle of selling individual pieces to individual buyers.
DPS - Digital Photography School has been providing educational resources for photographers for many years.
This includes online courses, printed books, and ebooks. I've learned a lot from a couple of their courses.
No matter what learning mode you choose, you can improve your photography with a little professional education.
CREATIVE LIVE - a source of online photography education since 2010. You can watch free "teaser" videos with the option to buy lifetime access to any program you wish.
I've learned some good techniques strictly from the teaser videos.
You can set up a free account and optionally get notified when a specific photography topic you're interested in gets featured.
You can create your own "Library" and save "Interests" on your dashboard. You'll also see "Recently Watched" and have access to free articles on developing yourself.
Have a blast. Shoot your Canon!
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