The Best Photography Starter Kit for Beginners

cover image

I get a lot of queries from beginners who are new to this photography profession asking how to hit the running ground. Mostly my answer is, find a niche which fits you, get a good pair of the camera, and take great shots. As this question has become so common among photographers, I decided to put together the best photography starter kit for beginners to guide those who are thinking to start their photography journey. Below I have listed photography equipment to help newcomers, who realize that only a camera is the first necessary element to establish a full photography setup. 


Camera 

One needs to balance cost, potential, and ease of use while picking the best camera. The camera only with the body is not so expensive therefore it’s recommended to get the lens kit also at the same time. The beginner cameras are equipped with simple automatic modes so that you can control it easily. Get the interchangeable lens camera to take pictures without much processing and to do justice with your work. Beginners must look for the right camera within budget, with manual modes, simple controls, and should be able to capture video and photos in detail. 

Nikon D3500

Nikon D3500

The Nikon D3500 is a brilliant camera for shooting mode with interactive camera settings and delivers a great quality image. You can easily have a grip over the controls of the D3500 and it also has advanced features. To tailor the camera functions there are no Custom menu settings and you can autofocus capture modes and live view. 

  • Type: DSLR
  • Sensor: APS-C
  • Megapixels: 24.2MP
  • Lens mount: Nikon F (DX)
  • Screen: 3in, 921,000 dots
  • Max burst speed: 5fps
  • Max video resolution: 1080p (Full HD)
  • User level: Beginner

Nikon D3500

Canon EOS M50

Canon EOS M50

The Canon EOS is a compact power pack of technologies. It’s a versatile mirrorless camera having a built-in electronic viewfinder and every-angle touchscreen. It can record 4K video with selectable frames and manual control. This enables us to take a high-resolution image with 143 autofocus points. The accurate autofocus helps to capture the moments at the right time. Digic 8 image processor delivers incredible detail, clarity, colour, and stunning range. 

  • Type: Mirrorless
  • Sensor: APS-C
  • Lens mount: Canon EF-M
  • Screen: 3-inch vari-angle touchscreen, 1,040k dots
  • Max burst speed: 10fps
  • Max video resolution: 4K UHD

Canon EOS M50


Tripod

The next essential you need to consider in your starter kit is a tripod. This item may not seem important in the list but once you use it, I assure you that you will develop a habit to use it more often. Tripods are essential for taking sharp photos in low-light situations with slow shutter speed and for capturing HDRs panoramas. The ball head over the tripod helps to adjust the camera position and can tightly lock long lenses and heavy cameras. 

Manfrotto Element Tripod

Manfrotto Element Tripod

Manfrotto Element tripod is packed with great features at a very affordable price. It has a foldable height of 42cm and can hold a strong load of 8 kg. Despite being inexpensive, it doesn’t lack any major features. The ball head has two bubble levels and an independent panning lock but doesn’t have a friction adjuster. This Italian designed travel tripod is vibration-resistant and rigid, it delivers good performance within an affordable price bracket. 

  • Material: Aluminium
  • Extended height: 165cm
  • Folded height: 42cm
  • Weight: 1.62kg
  • Feet: Pads + spikes
  • Leg sections: 5
  • Max load (legs, head): 8kg, 8kgManfrotto Element Tripod
Peak Design Travel Tripod

Peak Design Travel Tripod

The Peak Design tripod is constructed with carbon fibre and it can be packed down to 39cm in length. It is specially designed to cut off the dead volume and you not only can shorten it but also can fold it to a slim structure. It can cut off the dead volume and you not only can shorten it but also can fold it to a slim structure. It can be wrapped inside your camera bag, the ball head is simple but vivid and there is a smartphone holder inside the centre column. 

  • Material: Carbon fibre or aluminium alloy
  • Extended height: 153cm
  • Folded height: 39cm
  • Weight: 1.27kg/1.56kg
  • Feet: Pads (spikes optional extra)
  • Leg sections: 5
  • Max load: 9kgPeak Design Travel Tripod

Lens

Have you found the perfect lens for your photographic adventure? I would like to recommend you try out each particular lens according to frame – superzoom lens to shoot wide-angle scenes, faraway subjects, and distant objects. There are different lenses designed to serve different purposes so according to the variation mount the lenses which fit your camera. To capture tall buildings or interior detail use an ultra-wide-angle zoom lens. There are various lenses available for different purposes and there are also different lens mounts for different cameras. 

Canon EF 85mm

Canon EF 85mm

The Canon EF 85mm is a quality lens and has a fast maximum aperture for low depth portrait or still life photography. It has a Super Spectra layer to suppress flares and weather seals to shoot safely outside. It can be paired to both a crop frame and full-frame camera sensor. It supports AF power to shoot good video and the super multi-coating provides high colour fidelity and contrast. 

  • Mount: Canon EF
  • Elements/groups: 14/10
  • Diaphragm blades: 9
  • Autofocus: Ultrasonic (ring-type)
  • Stabilizer: Yes
  • Min focus distance: 0.85m
  • Max magnification: 0.12x
  • Filter thread: 77mm
  • Dimensions (WxL): 89x105mm
  • Weight: 950gCanon EF 85mm
Nikkor Z 85mm Nikon Z 85mm

Nikkor Z 85mm is a fabulous lens with an f/1.8 aperture rating. This lens is great quality despite being lightweight and compact. Its quality optics consist of a nanocrystal coat and two extra-low dispersion elements. It includes autofocus courtesy, weather-seals, and a silent stepping motor. It is electronically paired with a control ring to allow high-precision focusing and also adjust exposure compensation. 

  • Mount: Nikkor Z
  • Elements/groups: 12/8
  • Diaphragm blades: 9
  • Autofocus: Stepping motor
  • Stabilizer: No
  • Min focus distance: 0.8m
  • Max magnification: 0.14x
  • Filter thread: 67mm
  • Dimensions (WxL): 75x99mm
  • Weight: 470g

Nikon Z 85mm

 

Conclusion

The best photography starter kit for beginners consists of a camera, lens, and tripod which is listed after in-depth research, to help you with a smart start. To create a desirable photo, understand the camera settings and modes to bring out the real effect, choose the right lens, select the right focus mode, and balance white well. Hopefully, this list would help you and open up wonderful opportunities in the photography world. Stabilize your camera with the best tripod and swap lenses to develop your photography skills. Capture the moment!

Subscribe to Go PhotogLife

Receive our latest post directed to your email.

We respect your privacy.

Thank you for subscribing!

Please check your inbox to confirm your subscription.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe to Go PhotogLife

Receive our latest post directed to your email.

We respect your privacy.

Thank you for subscribing!