You got an expensive DSLR camera and you’re thinking … “Now what?” What comes next? What camera equipment do I need, to complement this awesome camera?
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When I first started to become more serious with my photography, I was told and read everywhere that you don’t have to start off with the top of the line camera. But did I listen? At first . . . I did. But I became more and more enticed. From all my research, I knew what camera I wanted. And I have to tell you that it has been the best investment I ever made. It was everything and more that I read it was to be.
I have been a Canon lover in like forever. But I heard wonders about Nikon. They are both amazing cameras that produce exactly the same outcome. And there are other equally amazing cameras out there as well that I never would have realized. Sony is a very close competitor as well as the Pentax camera.
So, it really is up to you and your preference. You need to research, research, research, as I did. I knew I wanted a Canon because I have had canon’s all my life. I guess it’s really all I knew, unfortunately. I would have loved to try the Nikon at some point. Maybe in the near future. Don’t get me started. I have enough in my camera bag. Lol !!
WHAT IS THE RIGHT CAMERA BODY FOR YOU
When I started my photography journey, I bought the Canon 60D, which was a couple years old back then. The more information I read, I had my heart set on one camera. The Canon 5D MKIII. I never thought I would ever own a camera like this. But I bit the bullet. I love it.
Now, I don’t want to entice you to get an expensive camera. I just can’t help myself but to share my experiences. That’s why I started this blog is to share and help wherever I can. Cameras are not cheap. But I saved all my pennies. I want you to do the research as I did and see what camera best suits your needs at this time.
Check Facebook pages or groups to find some special deals on cameras. I got a few of my lenses and flashes that way.
I think I can safely say that I am done with buying more lenses. For now! I have pretty much all the lenses I need. When I first started, I rented a lot of different lenses to see if it is something I would use in the future.
If you are just starting out, I suggest you stick with the lens that you get with the camera. Once you have learned your basic photography skills, you can then invest in the next level of lenses.
Read more about learning manual mode here: How To Create Amazing Portrait-Like Photos
Just a word of warning . . . there are sooooo many amazing lenses out there for you. Good luck! I’ll give you a rundown of what you can start off with. I will try to be brief. Lol.
5 OF MY FAVOURITE LENS
Canon 50mm f/1.8
- The first lens I started with was the standard 50mm f/1.8. It’s a very reasonably priced lens at $150. It’s a great lens to start off with. It’s a prime lens meaning that it stays at 50mm. It does not zoom like other lenses. But with this lens, you can go as low as 1.8m f-stop/aperture, which lets in more light to the sensor. It’s great for shooting indoors in low light situations.
- And this lens is significantly lighter in weight.
- The reason why I say it’s a standard lens is that it matches the field-of-view of the human eye. It is neither wide-angle nor telephoto.
- If you like the 50mm, you might want to invest a little more money and get the 50mm f/1.4. The aperture being at f/1.4 is amazing for low light situations. And by the weight, you will see that it is a much better quality lens. That’s why you will see a significant increase in price.
- I found mine in a facebook group where someone was selling it because they were going in a different direction with lens.
Canon 85mm f/1.8
- Another lens I purchased after that was the prime lens 85mm f/1.8. Again, it’s pretty reasonably priced at $440. And that’s where the weight of these lenses increases. It’s the amount of glass that these quality lenses are made of.
- You will hear that term used a lot by pro photographers for lens . . . “look at the awesome glass I just got for my canon body”
- I never use that terminology but oh well. Lol!!
- Some say (in my research) that the 85mm f/1.4 is an amazing lens.
- They say that the images come out milkier and softer. Again, it is more expensive @ $1,600 and there is even a f/1.2 @ $1,950. But I have to tell you, stick with the f/1.8. If you really like the 85mm focal distance. It’s a great lens.
- The next lens you could purchase could be the Macro lens 100mm. If you love to shoot different things really close up, you will notice you will have a difficult time trying to get your subject to focus. Believe me, I tried. You might get the shot but it doesn’t compare to this lens.
- That’s where the macro lens comes into play. It produces amazingly sharp images. The image is so incredibly vibrant and crisp. I couldn’t wait to try it out.
- I took images of a special ring I have.
- If you love flowers, you can get the detail that you wouldn’t be able to really focus on with the naked eye. In other words . . . this lens is really cool.
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8
- Another lens to invest in is the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8. This is quite an investment. I waited and waited and rented and rented and waited some more. It is pretty expensive. I waited until it went on sale. It was better than no sale at all if you really wanted it, right? Huh. Take a breath. You will love it if you love shooting sports, wildlife, travel photography.
- Be prepared for it to be SUPER heavy. OMG. That is the ONLY con. But everything else PRO. There are less expensive brands such as Tamron and Sigma (that I know of).
Canon 24-70mm f/2.8
- So, my next and most favourite lens is the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8. Again, it’s another expensive piece of glass (heh heh) but . . . oh my . . . what photos I get from this lens. I sure am getting my money’s worth. It’s heavy but not as heavy as the 70-20mm, due to the quality and amount of glass it is made with.
- This lens is what photographers call “their walk-around lens”. I take it everywhere with me. It’s my go-to lens. When in doubt, I use my 24-70mm.
- This lens is a favorite among wedding photographers as well as newborn photographers.
There are plenty of different kinds of lenses out there as I said, but these are pretty much the basis of the really high-quality and really awesome lens. That’s my opinion anyway.
Another thing I want to share with you is the type of bags you might need to store your equipment. Make sure you don’t make the same mistake I made. I bought a bag in a rush without thinking it through first. View the pros and the cons; think what you need the camera for; how big do you need it to be; do you think you will be buying more lenses in the future?
In my case, I have a few of these sling bags. It usually comes with some cameras. Then I thought it would be cool to have a backpack when I go out practicing. Then I bought the shoulder bag thinking it would be more practical when I went out on a photoshoot. THEN, I went for the big guns . . . the think tank bag.
The Think Tank Bag is a carry-on-roller bag. This one is the creme of the crop of camera bags. It holds so much. What I am saying and what my husband relayed to me as well is that I should have waited and really thought and researched the kind of bag that was the most practical in my situation.
I couldn’t be happier I finally settled with this Think Tank bag. It wasn’t cheap and in about three camera bags later I landed with the think tank.
So remember, to research, research, research. And get the bag that is more reliable and practical for your life and situation and how much you can afford.
in my opinion . . .
There is a lot more equipment to start on your photography journey but I will cap it here. There is plenty more to explore in future posts. But these are the main items to get you started: Good lenses and a good camera bag to hold everything.
So what awesome Glass are you going to purchase? Lol !