Buying your first DSLR camera (a camera where you can change the lenses) can be a bit overwhelming. With so many different options and it being such a large financial investment you want to be sure that you make the right choice.
When I first started out over 6 years ago I wasn’t a mom yet. I had intentions of starting a business, but I wasn’t sure it would be successful so I didn’t want to invest a ton of money into a camera. I wanted a camera to learn on. I bought the Canon Rebel (there was only one at the time) and it was a great camera to learn the basics. I used it in a professional capacity for over 6 months before saving enough to upgrade to the 30D.
If you’re a Mom*tog I suggest purchasing a Canon Rebel. It’s a great little camera and as cheap as you are going to get for a DSLR. As moms, we are hard on our cameras. They get thrown into diaper bags and sticky little hands may find their way to them. You don’t want a camera that’s so expensive you are afraid to use it, right? If you lose it or break it, that will stink. But not as much as losing or breaking a $5000 camera would, right?
I specifically recommend the Canon Rebel T2i. It has:
- An 18 mp sensor (great image quality and you can print LARGE prints)
- Shoots at 3.7 frames per second (great for taking lots of pictures at your kids soccer games)
- Video capabilities
- High ISO capabilities (you can shoot in lower light situations without flash)
- Built in flash
- Can shoot in both Auto and Manual modes
The Canon Rebel T2i retails for around $700 with a kit lens. However, you can purchase just the camera body for around $500, which is what I would suggest. The kit lens that comes with the camera (18-55mm, 3.5) is not a great lens. It’s okay, but not great. You will have to use a flash when shooting indoors because the aperture (3.5) will not allow enough light indoors (in most circumstances).
Instead of the kit lens I would suggest purchasing the Canon 50 1.4 lens for around $399. This lens is a prime lens, which means you can’t zoom in or out. And that can take some getting used to! It’s not a great lens for sports photography, but it’s great for shooting lifestyle images of your kids at home. The aperture (1.4) is low enough to where you won’t need to use a flash indoors when there is natural light available.
If buying your camera online, make sure you buy from a reputable retailer. If the price sounds too good to be true, it probably is. I buy all of my camera equipment from B&H Photo and Video. Their prices are always very competitive and they ship your product fast! Don’t forget to also pick up an extra battery, memory cards, and a UV filter to protect your lens. Also, check with your homeowners insurance to see if you can add your camera to your insurance policy.