Photography Gear

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You can spend a lot of money for a good photography gear. For beginners it could be very difficult to choose the right camera, lenses, filter, tripod and bag. Therefore, it could be helpful to read some recommendations.


The most important piece in photography is the camera. In the photography world cameras fall in four groups: compacts, advanced compact zoom, prosumer and digital SLR cameras. The price of a camera depends on the type as the price of the camera goes up so does its technology, which in turn makes them a more technological to use. Basic Compact Cameras are an excellent entry-level, lower priced camera. Its most prominent feature is it’s small enough to fit into your pocket. Second is the Advanced Compact Zoom camera. It has compact size but its prominent feature is the higher pixel count and lens zoom abilities. Third is the Prosumer, their most prominent feature is the professional-level features. Last is the DSLR, this is a camera suited for the more serious and bigger budget photographer. They’ve many prominent features being more technological but the main feature is they have removable lenses.

Lenses and Filters

Camera lenses are made in a wide assortment of viewing angles. Normal lenses, come standard, usually being a 50 mm lens. Wide-angle lens, which is able to record views wider our peripheral vision. Usually used by landscape photographers to capture the entire scene in one shot. Telephoto lens, make far-off subjects seem closer and larger. These are mainly used by Wildlife and sports photographers, being able to keep a safe distance yet seeming as though they are standing next to their subject. Along with your lens you will need a filter. First to protect your lens you’ll want a UV filter, which is attached directly to your lens. There are many types of filters for your camera or to Photoshop a filter in later. Filters will change your photograph all together.

Tripod and Camera Bags

A good Tripod is essential to your photography gear. When a camera is attached to a tripod you will get less shaking and therefore less noise in your photograph. A good tripod should be light so it’s easy to haul but solid enough to support your camera for long periods of time. Metal is always sturdier than plastic. so be selective. Camera bags are just as important. The size and style depend on the amount of photography gear you own. If you have a DSLR than you’d want one with more individual compartments to secure your lenses. But even if all you have is a Compact Zoom camera, you’ll want a good camera bag to protect from the elements.

Memory Cards

There are many types of digital memory cards available. SD, SDHC, SDXC, Compact Flash, Micro SD, MMC and so on. The most common used is the Secure Digital High Capacity or “SDHC”. It’s about the size of a postage stamp, but has 32 GB of storage available. Pricing is reasonable for this type of card. You will want to purchase more than one memory card, so you have a backup. Or if you are willing to pay the price and do a lot of photography work a memory card reader would be an option.

Flash Units

Most cameras the flash unit is built in. It is available with the push of a button. However, it is good to take several test photos as indoor flash light can be harsh. On DSLR cameras the flash unit must be purchased separately. The flash unit slides into a feature called a hot shoe. There are many benefits to owning a flash unit. Flash units come in a variety of price and power ranges. It depends on what you would be needing the flash unit for.