Recommended gear

DSLRs for photography enthusiasts

These all-around cameras are ideal for enthusiast and semi-pro photographers. Even if you are a beginner but  are serious about your photography, you might very well skip the entry-level DSLRs and get one of these:

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 70D

 

Beyond kit lenses

A lot can be done with kit lenses (lenses usually sold with DSLRs as a kit package) and they may be better than you think (read this article to get the most of of them). However, stepping up to a good quality lens can improve you photography considerably.

Without a doubt, you cannot go wrong with a 50 mm f/1.8. It is probably the most affordable fast lens available on the market. Set you aperture between f/2.2 and f/1.8 to obtain incredible bokeh:

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

For an affordable all-around good quality lens, forget about Canon and Nikon brands and go for a nearly equivalent but cheaper Tamron lens :

Tamron SP 24-70mm Di VC USD

 

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