These days, most beginner photographers will go for either a traditional DSLR, or a CSC (compact system camera). Generally speaking, entry-level DSLRs can be picked up more cheaply than many CSCs. For example the Canon EOS 1300D, which was announced in early 2016, is available for around £300. That said, some will prefer the smaller and lighter body shape of a compact system camera.
Take a look at our list of best DSLRs for beginners to get a better idea of what’s out there.
Beginner’s photography kit list: lenses
While a kit lens is great to get you started with – it may not be long before you start to notice the limitations that such lenses come with.
A prime lens will help you learn more about composition, get you thinking with your feet, help you create shallow depth of field effects and more. You can pick up a classic 50mm f/1.8 lens, either for DSLRs or CSCs, usually pretty cheaply. You may even want to consider going second hand if you don’t want to outlay too much money while you are setting up.
As you progress, you may want to start adding wide angle primes, zoom lenses, macro lenses and portrait lenses. Think about the type of photography you want to do before investing in any new lenses though.