Jay's daughter wants to get into photography. What's a good, entry level DSLR? Their budget is $300 to $500. Leo says that it's a great idea to get her a kit zoom lens, but there is a debate that people should learn with a 50mm first before going with additional lenses.
Lou is a comedian and he's having issues with recording video using his DSLR. It stops after about a half hour. Leo says that is a restriction of the European Union, but here in the US, there's several firmware updates and hacks to disable it. The best is the Magic Lantern for Canon. If he does a Google search for Panasonic GH4 hacks, he should be able to figure it out.
Robert is an aspiring filmmaker and he uses a DSLR to make his films. He's planning to upgrade to a better platform, but wants to know how he can improve his audio. Leo suggests Beachtek. They make devices that will allow him to run real XLR microphones into his camera's minijack and take advantage of better preamps as well. That's the best place to start.
Mike has a Canon 20D with three lenses, and was either looking at a Canon 7D to keep the same lenses or get the Canon 5D and get new lenses. Leo says he could keep his lenses with the 5D, but there would just be a crop factor to it. If he's considering getting all new lenses, it may be time to go mirrorless with the Sony A7S.
Jay is looking for an entry level DSLR. Should he get the Canon T5i, the Canon SL1 or the Nikon D3300? Leo says that they are comparable as good entry level DSLRs. The key here is the glass, not so much the body. He's really buying a system, more than just a camera. He will always upgrade the body and keep the lenses.
Cody wants to get into digital photography and video, and wants a camera for around $500. Leo says that his mobile phone can shoot 1080p video now. A DSLR with a kit lens is going to be pricey, although Leo says that for that price, the Nikon D3300 may be his best bet. With a Nikon kit lens, he'd at least have a nice basic 18-55mm lens. A good starter lens. If he buys it at B&H, he can also get a memory card included. Leo also recommends spending time at DPReview.com and read the reviews.
Bob wants to use his Canon Rebel T3i as a webcam. Leo says he would need HDMI passthru. He'll need a miniHDMI to HDMI cable, then he can connect it to his TV. But if his computer doesn't have HDMI, then he'll also need a video adapter. But for all of the effort required, he should probably just get a good HD Webcam. Leo likes the Logitech C920. It'll connect via USB and will work great.
Arnie saw that Leo likes the Sony A7 camera. He's got an NEX 7 and wants to upgrade to full frame. Leo says that the NEX is a great camera, but once he goes full frame, he'll never go back.
Arnie was just about to buy the a7s, but is wondering if he should get the A7 Mark II instead. It's got 5 axis image stabilization and that's a sweet feature. Sony just announced this new camera, and Leo doesn't know when it will be available. At the moment, it's just ad copy, there's no actual product to review.
Brian's wife wants a DSLR for Christmas. Leo says that sensor size drives what camera he'll really want to get. The bigger the sensor, the more expensive it will be. And it will tend to be bigger and heavier. Leo has a Canon 5D Mk. II that he rarely uses because it's so heavy. That's why he likes mirrorless and micro four thirds cameras. They are every bit as good, but they don't have a prism or mirror. They are lighter and simpler.