Photography Equipment Buying Guide
Last Update: October 2018
The most frequently asked questions during my Beginners Photography Courses and received in my email inbox are related to Photography Equipment.
I have put together this equipment guide to help you find the right gear for you.
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Entry Level DSLR Cameras
If you are looking to upgrade from a Smartphone and invest in a “proper” camera without breaking the bank, these entry-level DSLR’s could be what you are looking for…
Nikon D3500 with 18-55mm lens
The number 1 camera I recommend as an entry level camera for getting started with DSLR's. This camera is small, lightweight and really simple to use with easy to navigate menus with a handy “guide” menu that can help you when you get stuck! Fantastic performance for a camera at this price point. Comes complete with 18-55mm kit lens.
Compact System (Mirrorless) Cameras
The Compact System Camera (CSC) or Mirrorless Cameras are the fastest growing of the current digital camera markets. Lightweight, easy to carry and packed full of features, these cameras tend to be the first to see the most exciting innovations in camera technology. Also great for capturing video.
I am a recent convert to the Fujifilm X-Series of cameras and currently shoot with the Fujifilm XT-2
Fujifilm X-A20 Camera with 15-45mm lens
A Compact and lightweight entry-level CSC from Fujifilm, perfect for beginners. The camera sports a stylish retro design and comes with a 15-45mm XC lens. It has a 3.0-inch, 180-degree flip-up screen (perfect for selfies!) with touch control and a host of features. My only issue with this camera is the lack of a viewfinder which can make using the camera outdoors (especially in bright sunlight) a little tricky.
Fujifilm X-T100 Camera with 15-45mm lens
The Fujifilm X-T100 with 15-45mm XC lens is the first entry-level mirrorless camera in the X-series from Fujifilm to feature an electronic viewfinder.
Stunning image quality from the 24.2MP sensor (compared to 16.2MP in the X-A20 above)
Additional features include a 3-way tilting touchscreen and built-in Bluetooth technology for fast image transfer.
The "Nifty Fifty!"
A great “next lens” upgrade from your kit lens – a fantastic lens for portraits and low light situations with a large maximum aperture
Nikon 50mm f1.8 G
Canon EF 50mm f1.8 STM
Fujifilm 50mm f2 R WR XF
I get asked many questions about flashes for photography. The "pop-up" flash that is usually built into your camera is very limited. You need to buy an additional flashgun for your camera.
Canon 430 EX
Manfrotto Travel Tripod
A fantastic compact travel tripod from Manfrotto. The Manfrotto Element Carbon Fibre Big Traveller has a maximum height of 164cm yet folds down to just 41cm and weighs in at just 1.4kg, so it won’t break your baggage allowance! Really easy to set-up and very stable – perfect for those long exposures on your travels…
A great accessory for the camera bag. This heavy-duty version of the Gorillapod will hold up to 3kg – great as a travel tripod yet compact enough to fit in most camera bags.
SanDisk 32GB SD Card
An extremely fast and very reliable card for photographers.
Zeiss Lens Cleaning Kit
It is very important to keep your lenses sparkling clean. This handy kit contains everything you need.