For Photographers // Choosing Your First Serious Camera & Lens: Part 2

So last week, we covered a great starter camera in the Nikon D3300*. This week, we’ll cover a less-expensive but just as capable alternative in the Canon EOS Rebel SL1.

Not only does this camera have the same features as many more expensive cameras, but it puts them all in a tiny little body. With an 18 Megapixel sensor that works well even in low light and the ability to record movies in full high definition (1080p), this neat little camera even has a touchscreen display. The included 18-55mm kit lens will do a decent job if you’re traveling, but to really show off the true strength of a DSLR, you need to get a decent portrait lens. Go for the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens. This prime is fast and very inexpensive (typically under $100).

They say the best camera is the one you have with you, so if you’re wanting something even smaller to tote around then tune in next week for our suggestion on a compact mirrorless camera!

*Just a note: We link to Amazon because it typically has great prices and we get a small advertising credit when you purchase through the links above. But shop around! The gear we recommend is great… so whether you get it used, refurbished or new, you’re going to love it!

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