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Looking to buy a new camera?

The question, “What camera should I buy” is probably the most frequently asked question I receive. In an effort to simplify life for everyone, I thought I’d compile a list of set-ups that I recommend for people wanting to dip their feet into the DSLR waters! I shoot Canon professionally, so naturally that is my first recommendation. However, in high school, my school had Nikons, so I’ve also shot with them as well. It’s pretty much a wash between the two, and it really just boils down to whichever brand you’re more comfortable with.

Canon Set-Up

Canon Rebel T3i or Canon Rebel T5i (body only – read about why I’m not a fan of the kit lenses here)
Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens
Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 lens (Canon mount)

Confused about which lens to get? Check out my comparison of the kit lens, 50mm, and 28-75mm zoom here.

Note: the main difference between the T3i and the T5i is the autofocus system. In Canon cameras, the center focus point is a cross-type focus point, which means that it can see horizontal and vertical contrast alike (focus points are able to focus by seeing contrast). The outer points often can only see horizontal OR vertical contrast, not both. The T4i and T5i have 9 focus points that are all cross-type, which means the outer focus points are just as strong as the center focus point. Is it necessary? No. But if you like to use outer focus points it’s definitely a good thing to have. Personally, I pretty much always use the center focus point, since on my camera (5D mark ii) it’s the only cross-type.

When I first got into photography, I rocked a Canon Rebel XSi which is basically archaic compared to the new Rebels so I’m confident that whichever you get will suit you well!

Nikon Set-Up

Nikon D5100 (body only – read about why I’m not a fan of the kit lenses here)
Nikon 50mm f/1.8
Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 (Nikon mount)

Confused about which lens to get? Check out my comparison of the kit lens, 50mm, and 28-75mm zoom here.


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