The question I get asked most often is: If I want to buy a camera what should I buy?
I started with Canon years ago. For a DSLR you can either go Canon or Nikon. It is similar to Mac or PC. They are relatively the same but operate a little differently. I stick to Canon because I have loved my experience with them and I know how to use their cameras. I have never had a problem and will continue to use them in the future!
When I first started my business I had just lost my job and was on unemployment. I had very little money and I had to account for rent, insurance, and food on top of everything. I gave up taking taxis and going out drinks with friends. I saved up enough money for my first DSLR camera which was a Canon XSi. The camera came with two lenses an 18 – 55mm lens and a 55 – 250mm. Honestly, this got me through a lot of my first years shooting. Its so light weight and it works really well. If you are looking for an entry level camera and not sure how to use the basics I highly recommend a canon in this series.
I held onto this camera for a while but eventually switched over and upgraded my camera and lenses. I shoot in RAW since I sell my work this helps keep my files in the highest resolution and quality for printing large. I currently shoot with a Canon 70D and my favorite lenses are the 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm. These are all fixed lenses which means it's a bit of a learning curve knowing where to stand when you are shooting your subject. There is no zoom so you have to step forward or back to get what you want in the frame. My next camera is going to be a 5d mark iii hopefully later this year. Birthday present ideas ;)
As far as a camera bag I know there are some great ones on the market but I typically will throw everything my Longchamp or Madewell bag depending on the city. In Paris, it is so important to keep everything closed up for safety. My Cuyana Classic Leather Zip Bag is perfect for Paris. I prefer not wearing a camera bag because it just isn’t my style. Until someone makes a fashion camera bag I will stick to these bags!
If you have any questions about cameras ask away!