The most popular question I get asked is, “what camera & gear should I buy”
Although that is a broad question as I don’t know specifically what you’re going to use it for the answer is pretty universal. Below I’v compiled a list of the cameras, lenses, and other gear to get when you’re first starting out.
Let’s start with cameras. Personally I shoot and LOVE nikon. Nikon is a top brand in the camera world. You will be able to easily service the camera if you have any problems, find accessories for it & easily find tutorials/manuals online. The cameras I’v listed below are GREAT for starting out. I shot professionally with both of these. TIP: Buy them used, it will save you a lot of money!!
If you’d like something more top of the line & professional…
then I would recommend these (keep in mind they will cost a lot more):
TIP: Buy your camera body and lenses separate!
You’ll notice that camera manufacturers like to sell their cameras bodies along with a “kit lens.” In short, kit lenses suck LOL. They make it seem like you’re getting a good deal by including the kit lens when in reality they’re just “adding fluff value” so they can drive up the price. If you buy the camera body separate it will save you money and then you can buy a GREAT lens separate.
Below are the two lenses I would recommend getting first.
Lens #1 – 50mm prime lens. This lens is the closest focal length to what your eye sees. This is still to date my favorite lens. You can use this for just about everything but will have to physically move to get closer or further from your subject. In my opinion this lens is perfect for portraits.
Lens #2 – 24-70mm lens. This is a ZOOM lens. This lens is not cheap. If you’re serious about photography though you will be able to use this lens for just about everything. In my opinion this lens is perfect for events but can also be used for portraits.
Other accessories you may need:
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