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There are so many tools and accessories you can buy for photography, but it’s essential to start with the ones that will allow you to get started. We’ll cover the necessary equipment that a beginner should have. Besides the camera body, you should also have a couple of other accessories, such as memory cards and tripods.

However, getting swept up in the idea that you must start with the most expensive equipment can be far too easy. This mentality can stop people in their tracks, given the price scale of photography gear. With that in mind, here are the basics you need to start.

Camera Body

Getting the right camera is not as easy as it sounds. There are thousands of different camera body options, some much more expensive than others. You’ll get more features with more expensive models, and they may last longer. But, it can be challenging to get started with an advanced camera with controls designed for pros.

To find the best digital cameras for your photography needs, start by narrowing down the options to the ones that suit you. There are many types of cameras available, but the most popular among serious amateurs are the cameras that are known as mirrorless, advanced compacts, and DSLRs.

If you’re serious about getting into photography, then a digital SLR is the best choice. They’re more expensive than mirrorless cameras but have plenty of advanced features.

Lenses

The camera lens is also the other half of the photography equipment equation. Various factors can affect the quality of your images. For instance, the lens’s focal length determines how sharp the image is and how blurry the background can be.

As with camera body options, there are dozens of lenses to choose from. It’s important to remember that not all camera lenses will fit all camera bodies. Ensure that you are buying compatible gear. 

A zoom lens has more than one focal length, like the 18-55mm lens typically included with most cameras. On the other hand, a prime lens has only one focal length. These are often cheaper and brighter than their zoom counterparts.

Memory Card

A memory card is a small but essential component for any digital camera. Before buying one, make sure it’s compatible with your device. Speed, space, and compatibility are the most important factors to keep in mind. Some cameras only accept certain types of memory cards, such as XQD, SDXC, and CF. If you’re unsure, try checking the specs of the camera body.