When I began blogging 10 years ago, I had no idea I would be where I am today. I also did not realize how important a good camera is to a blogger. When I started, back when I was fashion blogging, I would take photos with a point and shoot Kodak camera I owned and believe me, cameras have come a long way since then.
I remember when I received my first DLSR and was over the moon. It was so perfect! My blogging photography went up a notch, but I kept noticing that the photos didn’t have the blurred quality that I was looking for. I did a little research and discovered that the reason for the artistic blurriness was a lens with a lower aperture.
I immediately had to buy one. And again, it was so amazing getting to take photos that were so sharp and bright. I was hooked. Photography had always been something I loved, but now I was addicted. I took my camera with me on my first trip to the mountains and was so excited to shoot. There was just one problem; the lens I had was fixed and wasn’t the best for landscape shots. And since I had sold my stock lens that I started out with, I was stuck with taking the photos either very zoomed in or on my phone.
Needless to say, after that trip, I began to look around for other camera lenses and found some that I really like. My collection is still growing but I thought I would share my favorites here and some that I am hoping to buy soon.
My camera is actually an out of date model, a Nikon D7000. It was actually a camera used by wedding photographers back in the day, but due to the heavy battery, they redesigned it. However, it still takes stunning photos and you can find them on Ebay for very cheap. The battery life is also phenomenal as it will last for a good 12 hours of shooting.
My go-to portrait lens is by far my favorite, a Nikor 50mm f/1.4. Now this lens is actually the much more expensive version of the 50mm 1.8, and honestly, the f/1.8 is just as good, if not slightly better. Save yourself the money and buy the f/1.8.
The second lens I hope to the add to the collection is a 35mm f/1.8. These are great for still getting the nice blur, but not having the lens zoomed in as much.
My stock lens, a Nikor 18-55mm f/3.5 is a great lens for landscape shots and just all in focus shots in general.
I also have a Nikor 55-200mm lens for distance shots.
This year I finally decided to invest in a camera bag and it was the best idea ever! I went with the Endurax all in one backpack. It comes with a camera bag you can fit inside along with space for a laptop, accessories and hooks on the outside for your tripod. Best part, it’s waterproof. It really doesn’t get better than that.
These are just a few of my favorites and I hope this list was helpful to you if you’re looking to expand your camera collection.