The topic of camera gear is always daunting because of the price. We know we didn’t have thousands of dollars to drop on new equipment when we first started out, and we still don’t! So how do you spend the money that you do have wisely?
Over five years, we have accumulated everything we need to shoot a wedding to the best of our abilities. We did so by buying a lot of things used, or on eBay. Yes, eBay. It made us nervous too. We checked out the user reviews, asked a lot of questions, and took the plunge. In doing that, we saved ourselves thousands of dollars.
Normally, we are not someone who is okay with spending money we don’t have. When it came to photography gear, we understood that we had to look at that as an investment in our business and ourselves. We financed things through PayPal Credit when they offered ‘6 months, no interest’ deal. If we had a dream of becoming restaurant owners, we would have to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars to “start up”. Comparatively, photography has an incredibly low start up cost, so we were okay with doing what we felt was going to give us the best images possible.
Case and point: Our 85mm 1.8. We love this little guy. We’re not kidding. When we’re shooting portraits, we’d reach for that lens before our Canon 50mm 1.2, or any other of my ‘L Series’ lenses. The colors, the bokeh; everything about it is to die for. It was a whole $400. To upgrade to the L Series Canon 85mm 1.2 would have cost us $2,200. That is crazy. The lens is gorgeous and at a fraction of the cost. Do a lot of research and buy what makes the most sense for your needs and your budget!
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