The Top 5 New Cameras & Lenses of 2018

166595-325x215-DSLR-Camera-with-Lens.jpgPhotography is a passion for those who pursue it; for others, it is a career. The need to keep the photographs of the highest quality drives one to buy the best cameras for photography. The use of the best lenses helps to give the best clarity to the pictures. Here are the best cameras and lenses one can get today for photography.

Pick your camera first

The DSLR cameras top the list of most preferred cameras. This is because they offer a wide variety of features and are easy to handle. The best DSLR cameras one can use for photography are these:

1.Canon EOS 1300D ($549): This is a great beginner camera and is not as expensive as the other options. It has only 9 AF points, uses the Digic 4+ image processor. Good for shooting fast-moving subjects.

2.Canon EOS 80D ($789): It has a 45 point AF system, 24.2 MP DSLR, superb autofocus; get good videos in difficult conditions. You can use it for sports, portraiture, and street photography. You also get good photos in dim light.

3.Nikon D7500 ($899): With a 20MP CMOS sensor, this mid-range DSLR shoots video up to 30 fps. It has a great sensor and combines good ISO performance. Focusing on the Live View is slow and the resolution of the rear screen is not good.

4. Pentax K-1 ($1799.95): This great full-frame Pentax camera has fast autofocus and great low light capabilities. It handles good and has an articulated LCD. But, the buffer clearing and startup is slow.

5. Nikon D500 ($1,479): This 21 MP APS-C DSLR camera shoots 10 fps videos and easily the best camera by Nikon.

Match the camera with a good lens

The use of different lenses for different shoots helps you get clear pictures. You must use different lenses for portrait and wedding photography. A good photographer will know the best lens to use for the situation. The best interchangeable lenses are as follows:

1. Sigma 24-105mm F4.0 DG OS HSM ($1,099): This gives you great image quality and has optical stabilization. It has a Hypersonic motor for fast, silent focus. It has a 9 blade diaphragm.

2. Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM ($950): This lens captures pictures with stunning resolution. You get good viewfinder brightness and a very quiet Hypersonic motor.

3. Tokina 11-16mm f.2.8 AT-X116 ($671): This is the best available ultrawide zoom for Nikon cameras. The ultra wide lens has the best sharpness. It also the fastest.

4. Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens ($125.99): You get fantastic optics in an inexpensive lens. This is the reason it is the best selling lens from Canon. It has a quiet autofocus due to the Stepper Motor.

5. Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens with Auto Focus ($219.95): You get fast and silent autofocus with the Silent Wave Motor Technology. You might have trouble with the autofocus with low-end cameras but if you like manual operation then this works well.

The best lens and camera combination is difficult to find. The cameras feel different in the hands of different people. For this reason, it is preferable if you just rent the camera and lens from QwikGear and practice shooting with it a bit before you make the final decision to buy the camera.

How to choose a camera for filmmaking



The advent of modern digital technology has ushered in the ease of use of photography both still and video. Most of the modern cameras can deliver high-quality video footage. If you need that extra something to make your film special, you must choose a special camera.

Use the cellphone

Let us start with the basic video shooting app; most of us have in our hands – the cellphone. The cellphone camera has wonderful video capturing ability. While it may not have as much clarity as the video shot with a professional camera, it does the work. Many top brands offer image stabilization for the 4k video shoot. The only drawback is that the audio coverage may not have a high quality. You can use a separate audio microphone to get the sound recording.

Among the high-end cameras, you have DSLR cameras, mirrorless cameras, and cinema cameras. The pick of the DSLR cameras for filmmaking is Canon EOS 70D ($899) from Canon and Sony Alpha a7S ($2,199) from Sony. The Canon is usable on-the-go and best with the 18-135mmSTM lens (bundle deal costs $1,199). The APS-C sensor gives it a crop factor of 1.6X. The touchscreen LCD is a flip-out type and you can get focus by touching the screen.

Pick the full-frame DSLR camera

The Sony a7S is fantastic in low-light and great for cinematic photography. You can crank the ISO up without adding noise to the picture. You can see in the dark with this terrific full-frame camera. So, if you do a lot of shooting in low light, in dark alleys or cinema theaters then this is the right choice for you. It has a lightweight form factor and you can use a high-quality Zeiss lens and use the focus peaking to get extra clear photographs. You also have the X-AVC codec outputting at 50 Mbps.

Most people have forgotten the use of a Camcorder for capturing their videos. Camcorders are a simple point and shoot devices without any extra frills and camera settings to bother about. They are available in a wide price range so it forms a viable option for those who seek a cheap but effective way to take video footage. You have the Digital Camera Vlog Camera Full HD 1080p at $99.99 and the WELIKERA Camera Camcorder for $69.99. The high-end camcorders include Panasonic HC-V180K Full HD Camcorder for $197.99 and the Sony FDRAX53/B 4K HD Video Recording for $848.

Good cheap cameras

If you want a camera that takes good videos under $1,000 then check out Canon EOS T6i with an EF lens mount. You can use many lenses with this. It costs $750 and comes with a pivoting touchscreen. It gives you Wi-Fi connectivity so you may transfer all the photos to your phone in an instant without any external cord. But, this camera has a bulky body and the battery does not last that long on a single charge.

The best cinema camera is the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera costing $997. It is very light in weight and has live HDMI feed with audio. The shortcoming is the short battery life and the low image stabilization.

Difference between Digital camera and Film camera

d1fde9bb89352ca64481042b0de3d193.jpgIn the world of photography, the aim of the photographer is to capture the moment and it does not matter whether he uses the old-fashioned analog camera or the modern-day digital one. Both of them work the same way when you consider the lighting and background. But, there are advantages in each that appeal to different photographers.

Use of film and sensors

The main difference between the two is the way it captures the images. When the light from the subject of the photograph enters the camera, the digital camera uses a digital sensor to capture the image. In the film camera (analog camera), the light falls on a film. This is photosensitive meaning it undergoes a chemical change once it receives the light. The light image is then processed and sent for printing. Each process will take 2-3 days meaning it will take about a week to process the film.

In case of the digital camera, the digital sensor sends the image to the digital storage card in the camera. This takes about a fraction of a second. Next, using Wi-Fi, the camera sends the same image to the internet where it gets uploaded to your photo storage album. You can then see the photograph from anywhere by accessing the internet. You can see how convenient it is to use the digital camera and how easy it is to process and store the digital pictures.

Ease of using the digital camera

For the same reason, when you take a photograph with a digital camera, it costs next to nothing. For the analog film, you have to spend some money. You store the photographs in the digital storage memory where you can make copies or erase with a click of a button. The physical space needed to store each analog photograph is 4 cm x 4 cm and they are about 0.15 cm thick. So, you will need 2400 cubic centimeters of space that is a 10 cm deep box of the dimensions 15 cm x 16 cm for storing 1000 photographs.

You can store an endless amount of photographs in digital format. They do not need any space and you can transfer the photos to your mobile phone from the internet at any time. This way, you can access and use these photographs at any place and at any time. This is the reason for the popularity of the digital photographs. Today, you can even make huge posters and banners using the digital technology. The old-fashioned printing has gone out of practice because no one uses them anymore.

Skill needed is the same

The skill needed to take a good photograph is a steady hand, knowledge of the lighting aspect, and the film or the shutter speed you use. In the old film cameras, you must use the film with the correct speed and use the proper exposure to get the picture that has the right amount of clarity.

In the digital photos also, you need to have the right amount of exposure and use the right ISO setting just as in the other case. The only difference is in the viewfinder which is in digital format in the new modern cameras.


Lens Rental Bangalore

Here is a review of Qwik Gear camera and lenses rental shop in Bangalore. Photography is sometimes an obsession but it is a pleasurable one. The effort that goes into the creation of well-balanced photographs with bright subjects and clear backgrounds pays dividends when you see the smile of happiness on the face of the subject when they see the pictures. Indeed, photography remains dedicated to bringing back moments in life when you were the happiest.

Renting camera lenses in Bangalore

To be sure, not all of us can afford to buy those top-end Canons and Nikons. But that need not stop us from using the best cameras and lenses for our art and passion. You see that for a couple of hundred rupees, you can get all the top cameras, lenses, lighting, and equipment. You can finish your two to three days’ photo shoot for a couple of thousand rupees; considering what a Canon or Nikon costs, this dirt cheap.

Qwik Gear is a leading camera and lenses rental shop in Bangalore. They came into existence in July 2014, and have ruled provided the photography lovers of Bangalore one more reason to smile. Now, producing photographs and videos becomes easy. You can use the top cameras and lighting systems for your photo shoot.
A look at the available lenses
Other than top end DSLR cameras and equipment in the GoPro Range such as the Chest Harness, Suction Cup Mount, and more, one can get premier lenses for use with the cameras. Let us look at the plus points of each.

1) Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM per day rental starting at 1000 INR per day

2016-11-2716_17_59.251147Canon70-200f2.8ISII.pngOne of the sharpest zooms with a fast focus, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM has image stabilization. The L lens has optimization for full frame digital and 35mm film. The lens has 23 elements in 19 groups with internal focus and internal zoom. Close focus is 4 feet. Image stabilization is 4 stops reductions in camera shake. The lens turns from infinity to closest focus in 120°.

2) Canon EF 50mm F/1.4 USM per day rental starting at 400 INR per day

2016-11-2715_10_12.059104Canon50mm_f1.4USM.pngThe Canon EF 50mm F/1.4 USM has got an incredibly fast aperture that allows you to create a great depth of field and allows you to focus as close as 1.5 feet. It does not come with a hood so you cannot reduce the flaring. You can add one by buying it separately. There is no vibration reduction but you will not need it when shooting at high speed. When tested for sharpness, it came through with flying colors.

3) Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM per day rental starting at 400 INR per day

2016-11-2714_42_29.858192EF-85mm-f-1.8-USM-Lens.pngSmall, light, with A wide aperture, the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM provides great bokeh due to its 8 blade aperture. The lens focuses fast and silently but shows vignetting from f/2 onwards. It has 9 optic elements in 7 groups. You get instant, accurate focus and in all, a great camera. This is a short telephoto lens for isolating the subject from the background.

4) Sigma 18 – 250mm F3.5-6.3 DC (Canon) per day rental starting at 350 INR per day

2016-11-2716_25_26.936977Sigma18-250Canon.pngThis telephoto macro zoom lens is a great lens for beginners and enthusiasts. The Sigma 18 – 250mm F3.5-6.3 DC is the latest super-zoom         SLR cameras with APS-C sensors. It has fast autofocus, decent image stabilization, and good optics. It gives you a good close-up option that allows you to get great pictures. It is compact, lightweight, and useful travel lens.

5) Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II per day rental starting at 300 INR per day

2016-11-2714_51_30.350360canon-telephoto-zoom-ef-s-55-250-mm.pngThis compact and powerful telephoto zoom lens is ideal for taking pictures of soccer games or wildlife. The Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II comes equipped with 4-stop image stabilization. You cannot use this on full frame camera bodies. You have a pair of sliders to activate the image stabilizers. It also helps to change the focusing mode. It has good focusing speed but the sound can be distracting. You might observe some color fringing across the zoom range.

6) Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM per day rental starting at 650 INR per day

2016-11-2715_00_41.613707canon24-105f_4USM.pngThis is one of the general purpose standard zoom lenses from Canon. You can use this lens to capture groups of people and landscape pictures. It has image stabilization but the zoom is moderate so you cannot take far away pictures. Use high ISO settings to shoot in low light. You can use this for indoor sports events.

7) Canon EF 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM per day rental starting at 600 INR per day

2016-11-2716_17_01.796285Canon-EF-S-15-85mm-f-3.5-5.6-IS-USM-Lens.pngYou can use the Canon EF 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM to shoot landscape and commercial properties. It is a wide-angle lens that tends to distort images with a fish-eye effect at close range photography. Otherwise, the image quality is excellent. It has a wonderful, fast autofocus and image stabilization. You can only use this with EF-S compatible cameras. It has three aspherical elements along with one glass element. So, it shows improved sharpness in the pictures.

8) Canon EF 70-200mm F2.8L USM per day rental starting at 850 INR per day

2016-11-2716_19_02.238023Canon-EF-70-200mm-f-2.8-L-USM-Lens.pngThis constant aperture lens is popular among professionals. You can use it for many purposes including portrait photography, wedding photography, and sports photography. People also use it for action photography. It covers the full range of focal lengths. You can zoom in for your telephoto, dramatic background picture. At its widest setting, you can get full body portraits.

9) Canon EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM per day rental starting at 1000 INR per day

2017-02-2416_43_58.674124Canon-EF-16-35mm-f-2.8L-III-USM-Lens.pngYou can use this ultra-wide zoom lens on full frame cameras. The Canon EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM is highly prized by landscape photographers. It has three aspherical and two UD elements. But, the corner sharpness is lacking and you see chromatic aberration along the edges. There is no image stabilization but it comes with a hood.

10) Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM per day rental starting at 1000 INR per day

2016-11-2714_31_55.576138Canon100-400mm (1).pngThis is the camera for photographing wildlife and the birds. The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM is a zoom lens with super telephoto capabilities. It is a favorite for professional photographers in the sports field mainly because the zoom has a separate friction control. The lens is weather-sealed but the push-pull design of the control sucks in dust.

11) Nikon AF-S DX 18 – 55 mm f/3.5-5.6G VR per day rental starting at 300 INR per day


The Nikon AF-S DX 18 – 55 mm f/3.5-5.6G VR is a moderate wide-angle lens that is good for landscape, environmental, and architecture photography. The 50mm lens closely resembles what we normally see with our naked eyes. So, it is useful for capturing real-life images just as one would see them. This lens has a vibration reducing stabilizing system and the lens has the super integrated coating from Nikon that makes the images very clear. It helps improve the color and contrast while reducing the glare.

12) Canon EF 24-70mm F/2.8L II USM per day rental starting at 1000 INR per day

2016-11-2714_56_32.083645Canon24-70f2.8USMII.pngThis lens has an incredibly versatile focal length so it finds use even in commercial schools. The Canon EF 24-70mm F/2.8L II USM is a workhorse lens. It has 18 optical elements in 13 groups. This includes 2 ultra-low dispersion glasses along with one UD aspheric element. The ultrasound motor is fast and silent with manual override. But, image stabilization is absent. The closest focus is 0.38 meters.
You can also rent out the other camera accessories such as the flashlight to use with the camera, the tripod to mount your camera on, battery pack, video head, backpack, and more. The camera rentals begin at 350 INR per day for the Canon EOS 1200D. For 5-8 days the rental is only 250 INR and if you want it for more than nine days, the rental comes down to 200 INR. This has an 18 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and 3-inch LCD monitor. The ISO range is 100-6400 expandable to 12,800. A variety of other cameras are also available including Nikon D5100, Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (body alone), and more.

Great shop to rent cameras and lenses

It is easy to see why the Qwik Gear camera and equipment rental shop is popular with the people in Bangalore. It offers good service, the deal is fair and square, and terms are good for both the customer and the shop owner. When you have quality, one must pay for it. And that is what the photography lovers have in the final say – good photo rental equipment at good prices.

To pursue your passion, you need to keep up with all the great photography equipment there is. Qwik Gear provides the option you need. You can find out all you want to know here and pick the right equipment for the job. You have to find that camera with the right touch and balance and until you do, it is better to rent the camera and lenses.