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How Much Should You Spend On Photography Gear When You’re Just Starting Out | The Friday Five

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How Much Should You Spend On Photography Gear When YouÂ’re Just Starting Out : $5 or $5000 | A Twist on The Friday Five


Pressing that checkout button can be tough . Especially when you’ve got hundreds of dollars in camera gear and lenses in the cart.  (exciting, I know, but also a little scary to be dropping that kinda cash)

You might wonder if you really even need it all, I mean how many lenses is enough?

IÂ’ve definitely wasted more than a few dollars here and there and saved some when I probably should have splurged more. So, letÂ’s talk for a sec about how much YOU should really spend on your photography gear.


Before you go on….let me preface this article by stating that I am a super frugal person.  I like to save money, look for a great bargain and cut coupons if I can.  That probably comes from my childhood, in that we didn’t have a ton of money.  I literally lived on “the other side of the tracks”.  Yup,  the train tracks went right through our backyard. I wore lots of hand me downs, shopped the yard sales for toys and heard the phrase “we can’t afford that” more times than I can count.

So when we chat about what you should be buying, I’m trying to help ya out so you can save too!


If you’ve got lots of money to spend and aren’t too concerned about a budget,  this article probably isn’t for you.  Have fun filling up your cart  with all your new goodies ( I always wished I could;) )


BUT, if you do like to save a buck and want to make sure youÂ’re spending it wisely, this is for you. Keep reading.



Let’s talk cameras first.  If you’re just starting out, don’t feel like you have to run out and get the newest, fanciest most expensive model out there.  (You’ve  probably have already heard, when I started out, I used a borrowed old Canon model camera from my dad. Cost on that =$0)

When you’re just starting out, if you get a camera that is too fancy, you probably won’t know how to use all that it’s got to offer and it may just confuse and overwhelm you.  Go for a starter model like the Canon rebel series. And like I said, doesn’t have to be the newest model. You can save a buck or two (or hundred) by opting for an earlier version.   (or borrow one or buy used)

When it was time for me to upgrade from my borrowed camera, I still didn’t go for the newest most expensive model  either. So don’t feel like you have to.


Next are lenses.  Kit lenses are fine, but if you’re wanting better quality and trying to figure out what to spend that hard earned money on, upgrade the lens.

And no, it does not have to be one of those $5000 lens (though that would be pretty awesome, huh?) Start by upgrading your lens to the 50mm 1.8, they’re around $100 bucks and well worth every penny.  Once you save up a bit more, here are some of my other fave lenses to think about:

Related Article:  5 Fantastic Canon Lenses For Beginners

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Now What?

OK, so you’ve got the camera, and the lens, what else do you need?  Really if you are just starting out. That’s it. The camera and lens.  After awhile you may want to invest in things like, lights, reflectors, additional lenses or expo discs, editing programs- but just hold off at first.  If you buy all those things too early, you’ll be overwhelmed. Take it little bits at a time and you’ll start to understand what would be most beneficial to YOU! 


So get out there, get creative and have fun shooting!


And since this is my Friday Five this week, the answer to the question “Should you spend $5 or $5000?”  I’d probably try to stick closer to the $5 side of that if you can?

But if money didn’t matter….what photography gear would you  buy right now????







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