Question by chightower06: What is a good start for photography gear?
I want to buy gear for taking portraits of familys, children.. etc. I don’t want to be a pro just taking them for my friends and family, and such. What would be a must have? I am drooling over the canon rebel xsi.. I am not sure about lenses, lighting, background drops.. any advice?
Answer by fhotoace
Any entry level DSLR and the two entry level lenses, 18-55 mm and 55-200 mm lens.
When you start talking about lighting and backgrounds, while your intention may not be professional, you will be buying the same equipment as pros use and needing all the skills that the pros use.
Do some more research and find the camera body that costs the least amount and invest the rest of your budget on a second lens.
Look at Nikon, Pentax, Canon, Olympus and Sony systems. See what they offer in the way of lenses and other more advanced bodies which you may want to buy in later years.
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