Last Updated on September 29, 2016 by PixelPluck
Pro Photographer Gear at Budget Hack.
How often we see the work of professionals and wish to have the same gear and make amazing Photos. But ever thought that it takes more than a professional gear to get those amazing photographs. The experience and expertise being the most important qualities of professionals. Probably the gear would come at last position for them when it comes to creativity. The creativity and thought process is what makes those beautiful photographs. But still what if we just can not afford those professional and ultra expensive gear?
Is there an alternate way to be a professional on a budget? Most of being a great photographer comes from being good with light and having a good “eye”. Lets check out the best cheap alternatives of expensive gears.
You don’t have to buy a Canon 1Dx or a Nikon D4s or even a Canon 5D Mark III or a Nikon D810.
You can buy either a good entry level DSLR like Nikon 5200 or a Canon 650D.
If your budget is slightly stretchable then better buy a Nikon D7200 or Canon EOS 7D Mark II.
Remember not to go very cheap or you will be compromising with image quality to a great extent.
Ask yourself what kind of photography are you gonna do! Your lens requirement will depend totally upon this.
If you are looking forward to do only portraits then you don’t have to go for a professional lens like 85mm f1.2 , rather you can buy a 50mm f1.8 or 35mm f1.8 and if budget permits then surely a 85mm f1.8 lens. You can always start with the kit lens but that’s surely is not the way forward.
If you are looking for a all-rounder lens for low light as well as portraits under budget then you can get yourself a Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 Lens. On a crop sensor body the focal length is similar to that of the pro 24-70 f2.8 lens.
Flash / Speedlite :
Inbuilt flash are not useful for most occasions. They wont give you the results you would like to have. So having an external flash not only compensates for the low light but also gives you great creative control. Professionals use branded Speedlites from Nikon and Canon which may cost you as much as an entry level DSLR itself.
You can always buy third party brands which come with warranty and will be as good as any pro gear.
I would highly recommend a Yongnuo 560 III or IV when it comes to flash.
It would be wise if you couple it with a radio trigger and they too come from third party and don’t break your bank.
Tripod is an essential tool, especially if you are into landscapes and long exposure photography.
One of the most popular and highly recommended Tripod which could be the best Value for money Tripod is
Dolica Proline AX620B100 Ball-head tripod.
It has got fantastic Reviews and is very reliable and all in one kind of Tripod. If you are on tight budget then look at none other than this Tripod.
Thanks a lot for such detailed guidance, following your suggestions I have bought a Nikon D7200 along with 18-140 lens for now as i cant afford other things, can you please guide me further so that i can improve my photography skills. I will be highly in debt to you if you do so.
Anyways just wanted to say a bundle of thanks this article helped me a lot.
Lots of love & best wishes