Hello everybody!!! This is my first post at clubsnap as I have just joined today hahaha
Super newbie here as I've always only had a compact camera or my iPhone. Decided to dive into photography a little as I am starting a blog soon and I'd like to show my pov through pictures!
After much research and comparison, decided to go for the x-t10 body for a balance of form and function. I'm getting my camera this Saturday!!!! *EXCITED*
I have a few questions here so do bear with me, need all the advise I can get and thank you in advice!!!
1. Where should I get my camera? I asked for prices from a few shops in Funan and got the cheapest price from Click by Max photo. In addition, I also got a quote about $200 cheaper than click through NU photo at concorde hotel. However, Click seems to be legit distributor under Fuji who can offer me all the warranty and freebies from fuji studio (sd card, cleaning kit, extra battery, print voucher, 50-230 lens for kit purchase) but nu only offers 'in-shop' warranty and limited freebies (sd card, cleaning kit, extra voucher). Is the trade off worth it? because I'm planning to purchase kit so will be entitled to the 50-230 lens which is 'worth about $500'.
2. which lens should I get with kit purchase? The 2 options I am currently considering is the 27mm pancake, as well as the typical 18-55mm lens. the price difference is about $200. After consulting with my photographer cousin, he advised me to not get the 18-55mm kit as zoom lens are typically rubbish in the photography world. But he did tell me that it is personal preference. And I found many reviews online who raved about it being a 'non-kit-lens' kit lens. So.... should I still get the 18-55mm as the kit lens? Or should I consider the next option:
3. Should I even buy a kit? Is the 50-230 free lens worth getting? Because my cousin recommended that I get 35mm f1.4 as my first lens, and then shoot a month with it, and then decide if I should get 18mm or 27mm (remember his hatred for zoom lens so no 18-55 under his consideration). So he recommend that I just get the body with a seperate 35mm f1.4 lens. Is that a good idea? another alternative is buying the 27mm as kit lens, and then shooting a month with it, and then deciding which lens I need next, because another dilemma is:
4. Should I get the 35mm f1.4 or wait for the 35mm f2? I have seen countless reviews vowing the magic and character in the f1.4. Cousin also said it should be superior to f2. But f2 should be cheaper, and as an amateur, do I really need the f1.4? Saw the estimated release to be end Oct to Nov this year, so it's not THAT far away..?
So the overall dilemma is.... 18-55mm kit, or 27mm kit, or 35mm f1.4 lens, or 18mm f2 lens or a combination? I am willing to part with about $2500 for the total combination of body + lens/lenses. So that's about 1 kit plus 1 lens or 1 body + 2 lens? I am planning for this investment to last me about 1-2 years before buying any additional lenses.
More about my style:
I loveeeeee candid pictures of people/scenes, that perfect moment where the person's emotions are captured completely is LOVE. Those are the pictures I'm aiming for. BUT, as I'm going into lifestyle blogging, I would imagine also taking pictures of lots of food, interiors, street and scenery(travels) and I might need other people to help me take pictures of myself! ;D
I'm also planning a photography series of random couples on the streets and interviewing them on their love stories and then uploading it to share my love of love.
Are these considered 'street photography'?
Any help is appreciated! Do let me know if you need me to elaborate more about my needs?
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ATTEMPTING TO ENLIGHTEN ME! IM SO SORRY IF IM CONFUSING BECAUSE I AM CONFUSED!!!