FAQ: What Camera Should I Buy?

“Hi! I’m really interested in photography and want to buy my first nice camera. What would you recommend getting? Thanks!”

The answer? For starters, I recommend the Canon Rebel + Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens. (affiliate links)

When I decided I wanted to pursue photography, I had been following a couple photographers (Michelle Moore and Jasmine Star) for a few months. They both shot Canon, so that’s what I bought. I saved my pennies from my part-time college job, and purchased a Canon Rebel XSi with the kit lens. I was beyond excited when the UPS man dropped it off, and started photographing my roommates right away.

What I quickly realized, however, was that the kit lens wasn’t producing the results that I wanted. So after less than a month of owning my camera, I purchased the 50mm f/1.8 lens (affiliate link). The kit lens, with its f/3.5-5.6 aperture, didn’t allow me to really explore and experiment with wide apertures, which create the creamy, out-of-focus backgrounds that everyone loves. The 50mm let me practice all of the things I was learning, especially shooting with wide apertures. I learned how to get the clean, classic look that I so admired in Michelle and Jasmine’s images. I couldn’t have achieved that look using the kit lens.

My Rebel treated me very, very well. I’d actually recommend the Canon 50mm f/1.4 (affiliate link) over the f/1.8, because the quality is leagues better, but if you’re on a budget, the f/1.8 is still a good starter lens.

Here are a few of my favorite pictures taken with the 50mm f/1.8:

As always, questions and comments are appreciated and encouraged! What is your favorite camera and lens combo?

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