A few months ago I decided to get into digital photography. I had tried my hand at SLR photography a little in University but not much beyond that. I started off with a medium budget with my aim being to able to handle most photography situations. As many of you may realize once you get into DSLR photography there just isn’t a way to do that with a small budget. Here is my guide to getting a decent basic kit that can handle most situations without breaking the bank since most lenses on their own can be in the hundreds to thousands of dollars.
I picked up the Canon T2i which is actually a model or two behind the current newest, with the main difference between the t2i and t3i being the video modes and a rotating viewing screen which wasn’t something I was interested in. If you have a bigger budget I would go for a Canon 50D or Canon 60D. Another reason i would pick a Canon is that the lenses work with all their Digital and EOS ranges so you have a great selection of possible lenses to pick from.
I got my camera with the Kit Lens which is a decent enough starting point but if you know a bit about lenses it could be worth buying just the camera body and picking a specific lens that you want with the money you save.
My second lens was the Canon 50mm f/1.8, this is great in low light. The picture quality is amazing and its all around £80. It is a prime lens which means you can’t zoom but I’ve still got some amazing shots on this lens. Its also great if you want the foreground focused and the background out of focus (bokeh) which personally I love the look of. It can also be good if you are an Events Agency and need to let in lots of light to take good photos at events.
I also picked up a polarizing filter and a UV Filter which can bring out some nice effects and colors in certain situations. These were about £30 each. I wouldn’t say they are necessary but they are a nice option to have.
While on Holiday I knew I would be shooting all day so I picked up an extra Battery. I actually haven’t run into a situation where I needed both since I could charge my camera at night. If you are shooting video or taking lots of pictures or using the flash a second battery is a must.
Get yourself a nice bag. Something to protect your lenses and keep your camera safe. There are plenty of bags out there that will fit your camera perfectly and hold any extras you might want to carry.
Grab yourself a universal Charger. I had to get one because my charger came with the wrong country adapter but its actually proven to be really useful when travelling abroad, I can easily charge my camera wherever I am.
Get yourself at least a 16GB SD Card especially if you are on holiday. The higher the speed of the SD Card the better, mine is a class 6, anything 6 and above should do the job and capture images and video fast enough.
Guest post written by Gareth who is a professional search marketer but also has a keen interest in DSLR photography as working for Corporate event Planners.
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