Photography: Best Starter Gear

June 8, 2022

Jessica Goldfarb

Social Media Account Manager

Often times people ask us: “Which camera should I get?” 

Sure, your iPhone can take a pretty decent headshot, but you’re hungry for more. You’re ready to take things to the next level! It’s time for an upgrade, and we’re here to help. 📷 🆙

With so many cameras on the market, you may not know where to begin. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite cameras and lenses at different price points to get you started. 

Tier 1: Nikon D5600

Name: Nikon D5600 with 18-55mm VR Lens Kit

Price: $799.95 ($699.95 without the lens)

Why we love it: The D5600 is everything you could want in a DSLR. The automatic mode on this camera is first-rate, making it the perfect option for someone still learning the ropes. 

This is a camera you can learn and grow with; as you become more advanced, you can unlock more advanced features to get even higher-quality images!


Tier 2: Nikon Z507

Name: Nikon Z50 with 16-50mm VR Lens Kit

Price: $999.95 ($859.95 without the lens)

Why we love it: Tiny but mighty, simple but sophisticated. This camera has the next-level quality you’re looking for, compacted into a small body that will save you some serious wrist pain on those longer shoot days. 

The wide lens mount on this bad boy allows it to take in lots of light, making shooting in darker conditions a breeze. Very helpful for situations where you don’t have extra lighting handy! 


Tier 3: Nikon Z9

Name: Nikon Z9 

Price: $5,499.95

Why we love it: This is the all-in-one, the photographer’s favorite. Advanced subject detection, high-speed shooting at 120fps, vertical and horizontal tilting monitor (for those tricky angles), and more. 

While it’s a hefty price tag to swallow, this camera is worth it for the seasoned photographer. 

The Pièce de Résistance👌

Cameras have interchangeable lenses, adding a whole other level of consideration when choosing what to purchase. For both the D5600 and the Z50, there are 2 lenses Nikon recommends to go with them. 

A good lens can be just as important as the camera body itself, but they’re not a one-size-fits-all deal. Depending on what you’re shooting, you may need different lenses. This can make (or break) the shot! 

Try experimenting a bit with different lenses on your new camera. Don’t forget other accessories like a tripod and lighting, and you’re good to go!

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