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Whether you want to pick up a camera to document you kid’s lives, you have a fun trip coming up that will have epic views your cell phone just can’t do justice, or you’re interested in diving into photography as a profession, here’s some camera equipment we recommend for all beginner photographers!
Before we dive in, check out my recent post about how to choose which camera companies I’d recommend: Canon or Nikon. Some people are die hard fans of one of the other, but from my perspective, both are incredible. You just need to find your personal preference. Once you find your company of choice, here’s some great DSLR starter cameras:
Most starter cameras come in a kit that includes a bag, 1-2 zoom lenses, and a strap. For my first two cameras I got the kit and loved it! As my hobby grew into a business, I ended up selling those zoom lenses and bags as they didn’t perform at the level I needed them to as my skills and business grew.
My biggest recommendation for everyone (beginner or pro!) is to get a 50mm lens through either Canon or Nikon (this comes in 1.8, 1.4, and 1.2). I started out with the 1.8 (around $100) and upgraded to the 1.4 (around $300) when Drew joined my team so he could have one as well. At some point, we’d love to invest in the 1.2, but for now, we love the 1.4 and 1.8!
This little guy is a dream lens! It’s the prime lens (which means it masters one focal length and does not zoom) that captures images in a way that’s closest to the human eye. It takes really crisp images and is the perfect length to capture both distance and close up portraits. If I could only take one lens to any session or wedding, this would be my lens of choice!
Now that you know what we recommend, you may wonder where to purchase or rent said equipment? Here’s our suggestions: