One of my most asked question here on my blog or on Instagram is on which camera equipment I use. The equipment developed over the last years and camera bodies and lenses changed. Many people think that a very expensive gear is needed to start blogging. Of course it is important to create high quality images, however you do not need the most expensive equipment to do so. In fact, a lot of bloggers just shoot with their phones. So if you are starting out this might be an option. Also editing makes a huge difference on the final product but you can read more about it here. I hope this little camera guide will give you more insights – so let’s dig right into it.
It does not matter which camera you use in the end but we recommend shooting RAW. Getting to know your camera as much as possible is crucial so you are able to shoot in manual mode. Also keep in mind, that a good lens can make a huge difference but more about that later.
When buying a DSLR, there are usually two sensors – cropped or full – frame. It is definitely not a must to have a full frame camera and I shot a long time on a cropped frame. If photography is not your job and you are basically just shooting for yourself or Instagram a cropped frame will do. You can always upgrade later!
Tip: Invest in (full – frame) quality lenses, they will last you a long time and will fit on your next camera bodies.
We are currently shooting with a Nikon D750, which is a great all-around full – frame camera. I have always been a Nikon Girl and started shooting with a Nikon D300s before upgrading to the D750 even though I know that many other bloggers shoot with Canon. However, I am very happy about my decision.
The D750 is easy to use and shoots beautiful pictures right out of automatic mode.
It has a great dynamic range and low light performance, which reflects in the amazing image quality. However we sometimes find that it has a poor buffering and slower continuous shooting speed. For our fashion and travel photography it is totally fine, for sport photography it could be maybe too slow. (Find more pictures shot with the Nikon here and here)
Shot with a Nikon D750 and a Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art Lens
Lower End Bodies
Nikon D500 – Not a full-frame camera and the successor to my old D300s.
Amazing camera for its value with incredible speed (perfect for moving
objects, sport photography) and based on Nikon’s professional D5.
Canon 6D – Also a very affordable model and a full – frame camera and good
for someone who is just starting out. The autofocus is not as updated however.
Sony A7 II – I personally never shot with a mirrorless camera, however heard
good things about it. The image quality is good for its price and the camera is
overall a good beginner model.
High End Bodies
Nikon D850 – Probably one of the best full – frame cameras you can get at the moment, and definitely on my Wishlist. The D850 is known for its amazing image quality due to a 46MP sensor, high dynamics range and high speed.
Nikon D810 – The D810 is the predecessor of the 850 and a cheaper but also great alternative! It has fewer MP and unfortunately no WIFI but all in all and excellent focusing system, dynamic range and speed.
Canon 5D MIV – A lot of bloggers love Canon, and if you already have some Canon Lenses I would recommend you sticking to it. This is a great all round full frame camera, with amazing picture quality.
Sony A7R III – This is definelty one of the best mirrorless full frame cameras on the market right now with unbeatable MP and sharpness.
Lens Kit Guide
Lenses should be your new best friend! As stated above, it is so important to invest in good quality lenses as it depends on the lens at the end if your image will be sharp or not and other factors. There are two types of lenses, zoom – lenses and prime lenses. We tend to shoot with prime – lenses ( meaning they have a fixed focal length) as they are sharper, adapt better to low light situations and focus better. I do understand that it can be quite annoying changing your primes all the time and we definitely also want to invest in a good zoom lens. However, they come with a hefty price tag.
So, here is a breakdown of what we use and also cheaper / other alternatives.
Sigma 35 mm 1.4 Art Lens
We bought this lens together with the Nikon D750 and it ha become one of our favourites. The Sigma 35 mm is perfect for environmental shots and due to its large aperture of 1.4 it performs incredible in low light situations. When others start getting their flash out, you will still be shooting relaxed on your Sigma. It is an expensive lens, however compared to the exact same lens from Nikon it is definitely a good deal and you save 50 percent. We totally fell in love with it – it is super sharp, high speed, great autofocusing and so versatile. The downside? The lens can tend to be a little heavier but you get used to it.
Nikon 60 mm f/2.8G ED
I know I know, rather an unusual choice as most bloggers tend to shoot with a 50 mm as it is a great all around focal length. We love to shoot with this lens as it is also great for closeup and macros and it is incredible sharp. The Nikon 60 mm produces a beautiful bokeh ( background blur) even in a wide range of focus distances. It is good for portraits, outfit shoots and also blurring out people in the background making you stand out when needed. The extra point of being able to shoot macro is why we prefer the 60mm over the 50mm.
Nikon 85 mm f/1.8G
The Nikon 85 mm is the standard prime lens for portrait photography as it blurs out the background beautifully and makes the model stand out. This version however is not the most light intensive lens Nikon has to offer as there is a model with f/1.4 – it is three times the price though. For our purpose this lens is enough for now and works perfectly, creating sharp and clear images.
A good zoom lens can cost as much as a camera body, so if you have the budget here are some lenses to splurge on.
This is of course totally optional and not needed at all for a blogger who is just starting out and not travelling around the world all the time. However, I just wanted to share with you which one we are currently using just in case you are interested!
DJI Mavic Pro
As most of the bloggers we are using a DJI drone also known as the Mavic – there has been an upgrade lately by DJI to the Mavic Air, we didn’t try it though and for our purpose the Mavic Pro works perfectly. It has the perfect compact size making it able to carry around it a backpack or handbag. It has a flying time of 30 mins and 4K ultra HD video quality. Overall we couldn’t be happier with the drone, and it is a great gadget to have.