Equipment can be expensive, and photography equipment outrageously so. One of the ways we’ve been able to upgrade through the years is by purchasing equipment used, mostly from our local camera shop, Rockbrook Camera and BH Photo Video.

Photograph of the Canon 1DX.
This is a legendary camera that will elevate your student’s photography.

This camera is the venerable Canon 1DX. When it first came out, it cost $6,800 for the body only.

Let me repeat that: $6,800 for the body, sans lens!

Although there are some high school journalism programs that can afford this, there aren’t many.

But by buying used in 2019, journalism advisers can get some killer deals on older cameras that outperform anything reasonably priced that’s new out there right now.

The 1DX that I bought from our friendly camera shop cost us $1,800. Yes, that’s still a lot. BUT – the upgrade is a significant one for most programs and our photographers were instantly taking better photographs in low-light.

Here are a couple shots by our lead photographer, Yamilett. Note: this was with the first week with the camera, and she hadn’t yet learned that it takes clear photos at ISO 20,000 and beyond. That, by itself, is a game changer she’s going to apply next year!

Westside High School Journalism. Photo taken by Yamilett Ramirez.
Westside High School Journalism. Photo taken by Yamilett Ramirez.
Westside High School Journalism. Photo taken by Yamilett Ramirez.
Westside High School Journalism. Photo taken by Yamilett Ramirez.
Westside High School Journalism. Photo taken by Yamilett Ramirez.

As always, let us know if you have any questions and reach out!

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