Photography Gear | Castle Rock Photographer

Photography Gear | Castle Rock Photographer

So many times when I am offering a workshop for a beginner photographer or I am out on a shoot with a senior I get asked for recommendations on photography gear. I have decided to put together a blog post of photography gear that I would recommend for a beginner photographer. There are a lot of great camera brands. I shoot Canon so I will be mostly recommending Canon gear in this post.

Camera Bodies:

When looking for a camera body my recommendation is to find a camera body that has manual settings for ISO, shutter speed and aperture. Learning how to change these along with your white balance will give you more creative control of your pictures and will lead to better images in the end.

  1. Canon T7i – A 24.2-megapixel camera that records video in full 1080p at 60 fps. A new camera in the Rebel line. This would be a great camera for the beginner or hobbyist for years to come.
  2. Canon T6 – 18-megapixel camera that records video in full 1080p at 30 fps. A camera that has been out for a few years that would make a great choice for a student or family on a budget.
  3. Canon 6D Mark II – 26.2-megapixel full frame camera that records full HD video at 60 fps. An entry level full-frame camera. This camera is great for the individual who has become more passionate about his or her photography.
  4. Canon EOS RP – 26.2-megapixel full frame mirrorless camera that records 4K and full HD video. Canon has recently introduced this camera. It is Canon’s entry model into the full-frame mirrorless camera market.


When purchasing your first camera many cameras come bundled with a kits lens. More than likely it is the 18 – 55 mm. Some also come with the 70 – 300 mm telephoto. When you are ready to expand your lens kit here are some recommendations.

  1. Canon 50 mm f/1.8 STM – This is a nice compact lens. Often referred to as the nifty fifty. It is a very versatile lens. It is a great lens for the photographer that wants their first prime lens. It is great for creating a blurry background and is also great in low light situations.
  2. Canon 40 mm f/2.8 STM – A prime lens that shoots a little wider than the 50 mm. What makes this lens awesome is its slim profile. It is so small that it can easily fit in any bag. I bring this lens with me when I travel because of how small it is.
  3. Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM – This is a nice macro lens that offers 1:1 magnification without breaking the bank.

I hope this has helped you in making your purchase. If at any time you have questions please shoot me an email.

Do you have a camera and wish you knew how to use it better? Do you wish you could capture better images of your kids and family? I can help with that too. I offer personalized photography workshops where I can help you learn more about your camera. For more information click here or send me an email.

~ Adam

In full disclosure I am not endorsed by Canon in any way but do make a small profit from my Amazon Affiliate account.

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