In one of my recent camera classes a student, currently looking to purchase a new camera asked my opinion on features, brands, and prices. I have been photographing with Canon equipment for over 10 years, so I found it best to only share information about a product that I am knowledgeable about. Unfortunately, I do not know enough about Nikon to compare cameras, but I am happy to help with your research, just drop a comment below.
I did some research at many different sites and put together this camera comparison chart.
The prices are current as of 9/14/2016.
Many of my professional photographer friends actually use intermediate grade cameras. When purchasing a camera, know what you are looking for in your equipment. If some factors aren’t important to your work, you may be able to save money. As a general rule with technology, I never upgrade unless I know exactly what I am upgrading for, sometimes upgrades are a waste of money if there are new features that you never plan to use.
I highly suggest renting equipment for a while before making a huge purchase. Equipment rentals are easy at Adorama.
I currently own the professional grade Canon 5D Mark III. I previously owned the 5D Mark II and upgraded due to noise factors and focus points.
I also own the Canon T3i. The T3i, purchased in 2011 has acted as our backup, vacations, snapshots – basically our multi-use camera. It is a great piece of equipment that is affordable. I am not as cautious with this one as I am with my 5D. The rebel series is very popular and easy to use.