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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Starters' camera kit

Want to get a little more involved in photography without spending thousands? The best starters' kit is an entry-level DSLR camera with one or two lenses.

Want to get a little more involved in photography without spending thousands? The best starters' kit is an entry-level DSLR camera with one or two lenses.

Canon (Eos 1100D) and Nikon (D3100) both have good models for under €400, which have almost everything you need to make great, high-end photos. The key is the lens: a basic DSLR camera with a good lens will take a better photo than an expensive, gadget-rich camera with a modest lens.

Most people opt for a zoom lens, like the basic 18-55mm model (which comes with the camera) or an extended 18mm-135mm model (around €200).

But for best quality, a very good option is the 50mm lens, which only costs €120 for both Canon and Nikon cameras.

Although it has no zoom, it takes superb photos, especially portrait shots of family and friends.

For Canon users, a fun, budget-friendly additional lens is the 75mm-300mm model (€200). This has a huge zoom that lets you capture far-away things, such as wildlife or players on a sports field.

The point to remember with lenses is that the more light they let in (usually indicated by the 'F' range), the more expensive they cost. (Lenses can differ in cost by thousands of euro.)

Irish Independent

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