Photography equipment buying guide
for Beginners

The most frequent question that we receive from our students is :
“I’m new to photography, what do I need to buy”?

LAST UPDATED: 6 JANUARY 2020

Buying photography equipment as a beginner is a difficult task – with so many offers and information, it can be really confusing. So we have dived into the market, analysed all latest offers and prepared the following buying guide for the beginners, with prices that you can find in  Switzerland.

We will suggest a complete kit for three different budgets for beginners, then provide detailed recommendations in each category: Cameras, lenses, accessories and software.

Of course buying a better camera / lens does NOT make you a better photographer:) Make sure to check our photography courses to learn how to use your camera and take better photos.

Cut to the chase, just tell me what to buy:

ECONOMY

Camera Body (our ranking):

  1. Canon 200D: CHF 300.-
  2. Nikon D3500: CHF 350.-
  3. Sony a6000: CHF 380.-

Lens: TAMRON AF 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC: CHF 200.-

Strap: Blackrapid Street Breathe: CHF 50.-

Software: Adobe Photography Plan Lightroom & Photoshop CHF 11/mth

AVERAGE

Camera Body (our ranking):

  1. Nikon D5600: CHF 400.-
  2. Canon 250D: CHF 485.-
  3. Sony a6000: CHF 380.-

Lens 1: TAMRON AF 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC: CHF 200.-
Lens 2: Nikon 35mm f/1.8 (CHF 150.- ) or a similar standard lens

Tripod: SIRUI T-025SK Traveler Ultralight: CHF 200.-
or
Portable flash for portraits: Godox TT685: CHF 130.-

Strap: Blackrapid Curve Breathe: CHF 80.-

Software: Adobe Photography Plan Lightroom & Photoshop CHF 11/mth