The Ultimate Guide to Photography Equipment for Beginners

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Everyone wanting to start photography ask this question. What camera should I buy? Do I need a tripod? What lens do I need? Do I need to get myself a camera bag?

In this Ultimate Guide to Photography Equipment for Beginners I’m going to give you the complete list of gear and accessories you will need if you are starting right now. Therefore there are quite a lot of items, but please do not think you need all of them immediately, in fact I grouped the various products in priorities of must have gear. This will help you in time spending your money when you really want to advance to the next step in your photography adventure.

  1. Essential Photography Gear
    1. Camera Bodies
    2. Lenses
    3. Memory Cards
  2. Only Buy After a Few Months
    1. Tripods
    2. Camera Bag
  3. Accessories
    1. Memory Cards Storage
    2. Cleaning Kit
    3. External Hard Drive
    4. Camera Strap

1. Essential Photography Gear

You need these because simply they are the “abc” to get into photography.

1.1 Camera Bodies

1.1.1 Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III | The Ultimate Guide to Photography Equipment for Beginners
  • Amazing In-Body 5-Axis image stabilization same as Olympus pro models
  • Micro Four Thirds 16 Megapixel sensor and TruePic VIII Image Processor
  • 4K Video 30P
  • 3″ tilting LCD monitor

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1.1.2 Olympus EPL9

Olympus-Pen-EPL9
  • Micro Four Thirds 16 Megapixel sensor and TruePic VIII Image Processor
  • Amazing In-Body 3-Axis image stabilization
  • 4K Video
  • 180 Degree flip down LCD

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1.1.3 Panasonic Lumix GX85

  • 5-axis In-Body image stabilization
  • 16 Megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor
  • 4K Video

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1.1.4 Fujifilm X-T100

  • 24.2 Megapixel APS-C sensor
  • Three way tilting LCD
  • 4K Video

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1.1.5 Sony Alpha A5100

  • 179 points ultra fast autofocus
  • Full HD Video
  • 24 Megapixel APS-C sensor
  • Compatible with Sony E mount lenses

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1.1.6 Fujifilm X-A5

  • 24.2 Megapixel APS-C sensor
  • 180 Degree flip-up LCD
  • 4K Video

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1.2 Lenses

1.2.1 Olympus M. Zuiko 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ

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1.2.2 Olympus M.Zuiko 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 R Telephoto Lens

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1.2.3 Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens

  • Compatible with Panasonic Lumix GX85, Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III and Olympus Pen EPL9
  • Focal length 12-32mm adapt to landscape and portraits

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1.2.4 Fujinon XC15-45mmF3.5-5.6 OIS PZ Lens

  • Compatible with Fuji X-A5 and Fuji XT-100
  • Wide angle zoom lens focal from 15mm to 45mm
  • Variable aperture F/3.5-5.6

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1.2.5 Fujinon XF55-200mmF3.5-4.8 R LM OIS

  • Compatible with Fuji X-A5 and Fuji XT-100
  • Focal length 55-200mm (83-300mm full frame equivalent)
  • Image stabilization

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1.2.6 Sony lens 16–50mm

  • Compatible with Sony Alpha A5100
  • Compatible with Sony E mount cameras (not compatible with A mount)
  • Focal length 16-50mm
  • Image stabilization

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1.2.7 Sony SEL 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 E Mount Lens 

  • Zoom lens ideal for sports, wildlife and portraits
  • Focal length 55-210mm (82-315mm full frame equivalent)
  • Compatible with Sony Alpha A5100

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1.3 Memory Cards

  • Fast video and photo read and write speed 95 MB/s

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2. Only Buy After a Few Months

2.1 Tripods

2.1.1 AmazonBasics 50-Inch Lightweight Tripod

  • Probably the less expensive solution for first time buyers
  • Lightweight and compact
  • Max load weight 6.6lbs (3kg)

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2.1.2 Manfrotto BeFree Travel Tripod

  • Light and compact
  • Easy to fold and carry in the included bag

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2.1.3 Neewer Carbon Fiber

  • 2 in 1 tripod + monopod
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Carbon fiber
  • Max load 26.5 pounds (12 Kg)

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2.2 Camera Bag

Think Tank Turnstyle
  • Think Tank Turnstyle camera bag Blue Indigo
  • Available in different sizes and colors
  • Very comfortable with internal dividers and pocket

Read my article How to Find Best Camera Backpack for more options.

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3. Accessories

3.1 Memory Card Storage

  • Ideal for when you’ll have quite a good number of memory cards
  • 22 Slots in total
  • Comes in different colors

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3.2 Cleaning Kit

  • CamKix Professional Cleaning kit
  • With blower, cloths and brushes

Read my article How to Clean Your Camera Lenses and Filters for more options and useful tips on how to clean your camera equipment.

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3.3 External Hard Drive

  • Seagate Portable 2TB external hard drive
  • USB 3.0
  • It requires formatting for Mac compatibility

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3.4 Camera Strap

  • Peak Design Lite camera strap
  • Seatbelt-style nylon webbing

Read my article How to Find the Best Camera Strap for more options

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