As a blogger specialized in digital photography, I always see questions in terms of what cameras I (or my team members) recommend, or what accessories I use myself.
Though I believe there’s a camera for each photographer, it is true that there are specific models of cameras and accessories that are always repeated in my articles/buying guides.
This being said, in this post, I will leave my #1 recommendations in terms of:
- which camera I recommend,
- which lenses to get, and,
- other photography accessories that we recommend.
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Anyway, here’s a quick overview of what to expect in this post:
Photography Gear Recommendations for 2018:
A few more words before we get to the interesting part.
A Few Things to Say Before We Move On…
Three things to mention before I start with my recommendations:
1). All the purchases (photography-related too) I make online, in this case, through Amazon.
Reasons for it:
- I tend to find the best prices on Amazon,
- fast delivery (try Amazon Prime FREE, if you still haven’t!), and,
- great customer service.
2). The recommendations listed here are the ones that I personally own, or at least have had first-hand experience with it.
If you check the ratings that buyers leave on Amazon, you will see that each item mentioned has extremely high ratings.
This validates each of the recommendations I leave below.
3). This post includes affiliate links.
When you click on any link from Digital World Beauty to Amazon or other affiliate sites, DWB may receive a small commission on the sale.
It doesn’t cost you anything and helps support the site.
A Piece of Advice When Buying Photography Gear
If you have a passion for photography, please don’t obsess over the gear.
Too often I see people browsing around, asking “what brand and model should I buy?”…
… and getting stuck in this vicious cycle.
Your mission of choosing the right photography equipment shouldn’t turn into an endless research and comparison process.
Believe me, it can turn into a vice.
Find a camera/photography accessory that you feel suits you best, get it and enjoy it!
The sooner you receive your package, the sooner you can start to enjoy your passion for photography.
Alright, let’s get started!
My Favourite SLR Camera for Beginners (2018)
In my opinion, as a beginner, D3400 is one of the best DSLRs that you can buy right now.
Because this baby is cheap, easy to use and sure does produce quality images.
Its features such as:
- 24 MP sensor,
- Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for automatic transfer of photos to your smartphone,
- Guide Mode that’ll literally teach you how to take photos,
… are the reasons why it’s a favorite camera choice by many photographers.
High Amazon ratings speak for themselves.
If You’re a Canoner, Here’s What I Recommend
Canon EOS Rebel T6i
Are you a Canoner?
Want to take advantage of the Canon lenses and accessories that you already have?
Then Rebel T6i (750D) is an indisputable choice.
T6i has a lot of improvements compared to the previous models, which makes it a great camera choice for beginners.
This SLR’s features, such as:
- 24 MP sensor,
- fast autofocus,
- articulated touch screen,
- NFC and Wi-Fi connection,
- and, of course, its attractive price tag,
… all make the Rebel T6i a very good investment in your future as a photographer.
Looking for A Compact Camera Instead of DSLR?
Sony RX100 V
I always say that Sony RX100 V is a pocket-size baby with Ah!-mazing capabilities.
This camera has:
- a high-quality (large) sensor,
- the most modern focusing system,
- the highest burst, and,
- outstanding video capabilities.
It also features a 3-inch tilting LCD, which will help with high-angle and low-angle shots.
Given its flip screen and powerful photo and video capabilities, it is an excellent choice not only for selfie lovers, but also for vloggers.
I mean this one will NOT disappoint.
The only downside is its pretty steep price tag for some; so if you’re on a tighter budget, consider Sony RX 100 IV as an alternative.
My Favourite Lens: Meet The “King of All Lenses”
There is a reason why I call it the “King of All Lenses”:
When you’ll have this lens, your photography will take a new turn.
(It’s available for Nikon, Canon, Sony and Pentax cameras).
Of course, its main advantage is a very large aperture (f/1.4) and very thin depth-of-field (DOF).
In other words, this lens lets in a huge amount of light and results in a large amount of background blur (bokeh).
This lens will provide you with ultra sharp and full of light photographs.
A Cheaper Alternative: The “Prince of All Lenses”
If 50mm f/1.4 lens is too pricey for you, consider 50mm f/1.8 as a more budget option.
These lenses are pretty similar with the difference that the aperture of the latter is smaller.
If you ask me about f/1.4 vs. f/1.8, I’d recommend f/1.4 (assuming you have the budget).
Because it lets in an incredible amount of light and gives out an amazing level of image sharpness.
However, if you’re on a tighter budget, then absolutely go for f/1.8! These lenses are definitely better than the regular kit lenses.
Camera Backpack for Your Photography Gear
Lowepro Hatchback 22L
After having tried many alternatives, the Lowepro Hatchback has become my reference backpack every time I go out there with my camera.
It is full of advantages:
- made of a material that makes it sturdy but at the same time very light to wear,
- has a “normal backpack” appearance that doesn’t attract much attention,
- very easy to use.
Definitely the best camera backpack, at least from my point of view.
An awesome alternative: “The Great Explorer” Backpack.
Here Is Your Tripod for Image Stabilization
Manfrotto MKBFRA4-BH BeFree
In the photography world, Manfrotto is a name that needs no introduction.
Even though this compact travel tripod was released in 2013, it still worth buying in 2018.
If you are looking for something that combines…
- ease of use,
- versatility, and,
- a compact size of no more than 40 cm when folded,
… then Manfrotto Befree is your go-to tripod.
Need a Camera Flash?
Yongnuo YN560 III Flash
There are external flashes for all tastes out there but here’s why I recommend Yongnuo flash:
- works with Canon, Nikon and most modern SLR cameras,
- its “head” rotates (vertically and horizontally),
- offers zoom function.
This flash is the best bang for your buck.
I hope you found our photography gear recommendations for 2018 useful!
If you have any questions, as always, feel free to leave a comment below (click to jump to comment form).