Doing photography as a hobby or a profession means you need some equipment to get started. You do not need everything, especially if you are just starting out, but there are essential pieces you really can’t do without. In this photography equipment guide I will share with you equipment you may need, depending on your photography goals.

I use Nikon equipment and always have, however I have many photography friends who swear by their Canon and Sony equipment. The equipment I recommend below I have either used personally or have a trusted colleague who does. There are affiliate links below. If you choose to purchase something through one of my links, I may earn a commission. I hope you find what is perfect for you.

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Crop Sensor/Starter DSLR’s

Nikon D5300

Canon EOS Rebel T6


Full Frame DSLR’s

Nikon d850

Canon 5D Mark IV


Mirrorless Cameras

Sony A7 III


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Great starter lenses

35mm f1.8

50mm f1.8


Portrait lenses

35/50mm f1.8 (links above)

85mm f1.8

135mm f2

You can purchase these with an f1.2 or 1.4 as well, they are just much more expensive.


Multipurpose lenses

24-70mm f2.8

What I always have in my camera bag

24-70mm f2.8

35mm f1.4

85mm f1.4


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Extras you may need

Before purchasing each item, make sure it is the one that fits your camera. These items are a good starting place.

Extra Battery

Memory Cards

Lens Caps

UV Filter

External Flash


Camera Bag


As you decide on the purchases you want to make, keep in mind your photography goals as well as your budget. Start small and build your collection as your skills improve. If you learn how to use your camera and continue to grow as a photographer you will take stunning photos no matter what equipment you have. Most importantly, enjoy the process and keep learning!

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