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What about if money was no object at all or what if you were on a budget? What photography gear would you purchase?
The following lists are of interchangeable lens cameras with branded lenses and flash units (not third party lenses and flashes).
All prices have been taken from the suppliers RRP price however I have linked to the cheapest Amazon prices which should be significantly cheaper.
I’ve basically listed the most expensive body, lens and flash as well as list the least expensive so you can see what the difference is.
FOR THE CANON PHOTOGRAPHERS
MOST EXPENSIVE CANON KIT
Body: Canon EOS 1DX
Featuring an ‘unstoppable’ frame rate of 14fps, this professional DSLR will leave you breathless when you see the results of the 18MP full frame sensor. The 7 different auto focus modes will track any subject large or small and when you think about how it uses it’s 61 auto focus points it will leave you scratching your head in disbelief. This is a serious piece of kit that you should definitely mess with.
Lens: Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6 L USM Lens
These custom made rare Canon EF 1200mm lenses will certainly put a dent in your bank account but the image results should be worth it. With an effective focal length of 1200mm anything at a distance will look great.
Flash: Canon Speedlight 600EX-RT
Picture this, you’re outside on a job photographing a large subject and it’s dark. What will you need to get the shot? The Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite of course! With a range of around 30m this flashgun can be individually remotely fired or you can bring 14 of it’s identical mates along which will see all of the flash units firing together, now that’s what I call a flash mob!
Total Kit RRP Cost: $127,348.99 USD
Here’s a sample photo captured using the Canon EOS 1Dx and Canon 1200mm. Sample photo by MPB Photographic.
CHEAPEST CANON KIT
Body: Canon EOS 1100D (Rebel T3)
This camera sees a step down from the Digic5+ processor found on the flagship model, however even with a Digic 4 specification the Canon EOS 1100D will still take a great photo. Even if it only has a limited 9 point autofocus system and a lower resolution screen, I would definitely take this camera out on a shoot because after all it’s not the camera that takes the photo it’s the person behind the camera.
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f1.8 II
Two words to sum up what I think about this great lens – ‘nifty fifty’.
Flash: Canon Speedlight 90EX
With a slim and pocketable design, there’s no need to take a massive flash around with you. The Canon 90EX is everything a compact flash should be, hardworking, quiet and reliable.
Total Kit RRP Cost: $725.97 USD
Here’s a sample photo captured using the Canon EOS 1100D and Canon EF 50mm f1.8 II. Sample photo by Dmitri Popov.
FOR THE NIKON PHOTOGRAPHERS
MOST EXPENSIVE NIKON KIT
Body: Nikon D4s
Now here’s a full frame camera that scares the dark! 16 Megapixels makes this camera seem tame but when you combine the pixel count with 51 focus points, weather sealing, 11 frames per second and 100% coverage in the viewfinder, this camera is fit for any task. I personally think this camera excels in low light so if you are after a noise muncher and you’re not worried about a budget then this is the camera for you.
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR
Mmmmm, now we’re talking! 800mm for sports or wildlife is a superb focal length and the Nikon is the cream on top. Beautiful bokeh and a price to match, this is a lens you will be falling in love with even before you own it.
Flash: Nikon SB-910 AF Speedlight
Total Kit RRP Cost: $24,949.85 USD
Here’s a sample photo captured using the Nikon D4s and Nikon AF-S Nikkor 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR. Sample photo by John Sherman.
CHEAPEST NIKON KIT
Body: Nikon D3200
The more affordable Nikon D3200 is a camera which tends to get overlooked by many entering into the photography world. This cameras features should be more than enough to get you started. The huge 24 Megapixel sensor was ahead of it’s time upon release and still carries weight against today’s line up. I would choose this camera over the entry level Canon due to it’s great ability to handle low light and it’s more extensive auto focus system.
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f3.5-5.6G ED II
Kit lens are what they are when it comes to this brand. There’s no suprises here when you see the Nikon 18-55mm is the cheapest in Nikon’s current line up. Don’t expect to be blown away by this lens anytime soon, there’s nothing that exciting about plastic and some glass elements.
Flash: Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight
Total Kit RRP Cost: $749.85 USD
Here’s a sample photo captured using the Nikon D3200 and Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f3.5-5.6G ED II. Sample photo by Luciano Cruz.
FOR THE OLYMPUS PHOTOGRAPHERS
MOST EXPENSIVE OLYMPUS KIT
Body: Olympus E-5
This camera is a little bit old in the sensor but still manages to take away the prize for the most expensive Olympus camera. The E-5 is only 12 Megapixels but has some advanced features like a fast shutter speed of 1/8000 second and an optical viewfinder. If you were looking at getting a high end Olympus camera I would probably recommend on waiting to see what is the replacement.
Lens: Olympus Zuiko Lens ED 300mm f2.8
Now 300mm f2.8, that’s serious piece of glass. No matter who you are or what you would like to shoot this is a lens I think any photographer wouldn’t mind in their kit. The bonus is being an Olympus photographer you will be receiving 600mm as the new focal length thanks to Olympus’s smaller sensor size.
Flash: Olympus FL-50R
Total Kit RRP Cost: $9199.97 USD
Here’s a sample photo captured using the Olympus E-5 and the Olympus Zuiko Lens ED 300mm f2.8 lens. Sample photo by Alex Kauffmann.
CHEAPEST OLYMPUS KIT
Body: Olympus PEN E-PL5
Do you have a small budget? The Olympus Pen E-PL5 just might be the best camera for you. The stylish camera should perform perfectly in your hands. Don’t be fooled by it’s small looks though this camera will be able to photograph at 8 frames per second and with the included battery and charger you’ll be able to photograph 360 shots before retiring.
Lens: Olympus Body Cap Lens 15mm
Thinks small and sleek, the Olympus Body Cap Lens was designed to be these two things while still offering a decent image quality. This lens would be ideal if you travel often and take lots of street shots.
Flash: Olympus FL-LM2 Flash
Total Kit RRP Cost: $609.89 USD
Here’s a sample photo captured using the Olympus PEN E-PL5 and Olympus Body Cap Lens 15mm. Sample photo by Ming Thein.
FOR THE SONY PHOTOGRAPHERS
MOST EXPENSIVE SONY KIT
Body: Sony A99
Now I mentioned before the Nikon D4s was a noise muncher, well the Sony A99 is no different. The brilliant 24 megapixel full frame sensor is perfect for low light situations as well as capturing the smaller details within a scene in brilliant quality. It’s still going to be quite quick at 6 frames per second and when combined with any of the Sony range of lenses this is a camera which will leave the others behind.
Lens: Sony 500mm f4 G SSM Super Telephoto Prime Lens
Big, beautiful and white….no it’s not a Canon, ‘It’s a Sony.’ At 500mm anything far away will seem close. I suspect many of you would love this lens, especially on a A99 or A7s. It’s lightning fast autofocus is fast so you will be able to capture any action with ease and the addition of a focus lock button makes focussing a breeze.
Flash: Sony HVL-F60M
Total Kit RRP Cost: $15,849.97 USD
Here’s a sample photo captured using the Sony A99 and the Sony 500mm f4 G SSM Super Telephoto Prime Lens. Sample photo by Andreas Krappweis.
CHEAPEST SONY KIT
Body: Sony NEX-5T
The Sony NEX-5T will save you some serious cash. It’s a slimmed down version of other NEX cameras, Sony have removed the viewfinder (there’s an optional electronic one) and there’s no remote control connectivity. It’s not all bad news thought, the good news is that without these two features the 5T still has a lot going for it. With standout features like 16 Megapixels, a fast shooting speed of 10 frames per second and huge 3″ LCD screen I think this will be a great camera if you’re starting out in photography.
Lens: Sony E 16mm f2.8 E-mount Prime Lens
You’ll need lens to go with your new Sony NEX-5T and there’s no better cheaper lens than the Sony 16mm f2.8. This lens is ideal for capturing the every day subjects like portraits, your surrounds, travel and close ups.
Flash: Sony HVL-F20S
Total Kit RRP Cost: $749.97 USD
Here’s a sample photo captured using the Sony NEX-5T and the Sony E 16mm f2.8 E-mount Prime Lens. Sample photo by Lucille.
FOR THE PANASONIC PHOTOGRAPHERS
MOST EXPENSIVE PANASONIC KIT
Body: Panasonic Lumix GH4
Now this is the camera which defines the meaning of quality video. The Lumix GH4 is superb at capturing images, but it’s the video that’s the stand out. Up to 4k resolution will leave you breathless and asking the question is the footage real? To incredible to go into too much detail, you must try this camera for yourself!
Lens: Panasonic Lumix G Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f1.2
Need an expensive piece of glass to go with your new Lumix GH4? Look no further than the Panasonic Lumix G Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f1.2. Featuring a powered optical image stabiliser you’ll be able to photograph in low light situation with ease. I would highly recommend this lens if you’re planning on capturing a lot of portraits.
Flash: Panasonic DMW-FL500
Total Kit RRP Cost: $5439.94 USD
Here’s a sample photo captured using the Panasonic Lumix GH4 and the Panasonic Lumix G Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f1.2. Sample photo by Mathieu Gasquet.
CHEAPEST PANASONIC KIT
Body: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6
The range finder styled Lumix GF6 is a summary of modern day photography. With high speed electronics and a pleasing photography form, it’s a good thing this camera comes dressed with specifications that stand out for an entry level camera. Featuring a high resolution 3″ screen and a 16 megapixel sensor this camera should appeal to the beginner photographer who wants it all with the exception of a high price.
Lens: Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm Lens
Did someone say kit lens? Because that’s exactly what this is. The 14-42mm focal length is great for capturing most subjects, but you will find this lens will let you down a little in low light.
Flash: Panasonic DMW-FL220
Total Kit RRP Cost: $773.91 USD
Here’s a sample photo captured using the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 and the Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm Lens. Sample photo by Joshua Waller.
FOR THE FUJIFILM PHOTOGRAPHERS
MOST EXPENSIVE FUJIFILM KIT
Body: Fujifilm X-T1
Here’s a camera that will not only turn heads, but possibly make them nod up and down in agreeance that Fujifilm may have got something right. The X-T1 Silver Graphite is everything an enthusiast and professional photographer desirers, dials, modes and buttons – a truly manual camera. The 16MP APS-C sensor performs really well in low light and can be drastically pushed to extreme ISO’s without fear of degradation. This camera will provide great quality without breaking the bank.
Lens: Fujinon XF 56mm f1.2
Portrait and wedding photographers should have something to scream about. The XF56mm f1.2 is a lens that provides superb bokeh with a minimal depth of field, making portraits ‘pop’. Owning this lens will make any photo you take look stunning. From my experience I would highly recommend this lens.
Flash: Fujifilm EF-X20
Total Kit RRP Cost: $2977 USD
Here’s a sample photo captured using the Fujifilm X-T1 and the Fujinon XF 56mm f1.2 lens. Sample photo by Mathieu Gasquet.
CHEAPEST FUJIFILM KIT
Body: Fujifilm X-A1 (includes kit lens)
Enter the Fujifilm X-A1, an entry level interchangeable lens camera which seems to be a stripped down version of the higher end models. This camera uses a different APS-C sensor to the rest of the line up but still manages to take some great shots in low light and bright conditions. The modes are designed to be easy to find and use, ensuring you get a great shot every time.
Lens: Fujinon XF 27mm f2.8 Pancake Lens
Be warned, this is a lens that doesn’t come with maple syrup! With a name like pancake you expect this to be edible…however the only edible thing about this 27mm lens is the images it produces. It’s image reproduction is perfect in almost any available light setting, however you will notice it does tend to hunt on focus in most low light situations. That aside it’s a perfect all rounder.
Flash: Fujifilm EF-20
Total Kit RRP Cost: $847.95 USD
Here’s a sample photo captured using the Fujifilm X-A1 and the Fujinon XF 27mm f2.8 Pancake Lens. Sample photo by scharfsj.
FOR THE SAMSUNG PHOTOGRAPHERS
MOST EXPENSIVE SAMSUNG KIT
Body: Samsung NX30 (includes kit lens)
The Samsung NX30 has all the bells and whistles you would expect a digital SLR styled camera should have. A fast frame rate of 9 frames per second, high resolution LCD screen and lightning fast autofocus. However I suppose where this camera really earns its keep is on the beautifully big 20 megapixel sensor. Images are beautifully sharp and colourfully correct, just make sure you have the best Samsung lens mounted otherwise these statements won’t be true.
Lens: Samsung NX 18-200mm ED Lens
A focal length of 18-200mm is said to be the ideal travel range. No more do you need to have to change to a wide angle or telephoto lens to capture that amazing travel experience. I would highly recommend this lens if you are buying a Samsung interchangeable lens camera.
Flash: Samsung SEF42A
Total Kit RRP Cost: $2347.00 USD
Here’s a sample photo captured using the Samsung NX30 and Samsung NX 18-200mm ED Lens. Sample photo by Gary Wolstenholme.
CHEAPEST SAMSUNG KIT
Body: Samsung NX3000 (includes kit lens)
At 20 Megapixels the Samsung NX3000 is a bit of a steal. The camera features a slightly less high quality screen but will deliver some sharp images. Just make sure you have a good lens on the front. Focus is quite quick due to the 35 focus points which can even detect faces. The camera is small enough to take around with meaning you won’t miss a shot because it’s too bulky to lug around at everyday events.
Lens: Samsung NX 16mm
The Samsung 16mm is the cheapest lens in their line up. It’s glass isn’t the best quality so you shouldn’t expect the best pictures in low light situations. In my opinion I think you’re probably better off saving your money and buying a higher prices Samsung lens which will perform better in challenging light situations.
Flash: Samsung SEF20A
Total Kit RRP Cost: $897 USD
Here’s a sample photo captured using the Samsung NX3000 and the Samsung NX 16mm. Sample photo by David Bram.
FOR THE PENTAX RICOH PHOTOGRAPHERS
MOST EXPENSIVE PENTAX RICOH KIT
Body: Pentax 645Z
Are you a lover of high quality? The Pentax 645Z is the camera you should be focused on. With a huge 51 megapixel medium format sensor the 645Z is a camera worth it’s weight. If you’ve got the budget then get this camera, you won’t be disappointed.
Lens: HD Pentax-DA 560mm f5.6ED AW
Now that’s what I call a focal length! 560mm is a massive focal range. Imagine the possibilities as a wildlife photographer. The HD and SP coatings on the lens mean you will get a higher clarity image. If I were you I would certainly have this lens in my kit!
Flash: Pentax AF540FGZ II
Total Kit RRP Cost: $16,129.85 USD
Here’s a sample photo captured using the Pentax 645Z and the HD Pentax-DA 560mm f5.6ED AW lens. Sample photo by
CHEAPEST PENTAX RICOH KIT
Body: Pentax Q10 (includes kit lens)
The Pentax Q10 is a small toy camera. Let’s not beat around the bush as we say here in Australia, its a camera that doesn’t quite make the cut when compared against other interchangeable lens cameras out there. I would highly recommended this camera for children not serious photographers interested in image quality.
Lens: Pentax 05 Toy Lens Telephoto
Okay now we’re talking cheap. This Pentax 05 Toy Lens is what it is, a toy. Don’t think your going to get the same quality as a more expensive lens, you’ll just be kidding yourself. I would only recommend this lens to a child who is keen to learn photography.
Flash: Pentax AF 200FG
Total Kit RRP Cost: $408.90 USD
Here’s a sample photo captured using the Pentax Q10 and the Pentax 05 Toy Lens. Sample photo by Daniel Bell.
FOR THE LEICA PHOTOGRAPHERS
MOST EXPENSIVE LEICA KIT
Body: Leica S
Leica cameras are the best you can get when it comes to German precision. The Leica S features a 37.5 megapixel medium format sensor that will pack a punch when it comes to reproducing fine image quality. You can expect low noise at high ISO’s, an extremely quick auto focus system and a dual memory card slot that will keep you shooting no matter what situation you find yourself in. If you are after perfection, nothing comes close. Period.
Lens: Leica Vario-Elmar-S 30-90mm f3.5-5.6 ASPH
This is the most expensive lenses you can buy from Leica. The Leica Vario-Elmar-S 30-90mm f3.5-5.6 ASPH may seem like a mouthful but what you should expect from this lens is optical perfection.
Flash: Leica SF 58 Flash
Total Kit RRP Cost: $34,345 USD
Here’s a sample photo captured using the Leica S and the Leica Vario-Elmar-S 30-90mm f3.5-5.6 ASPH. Sample photo by David Farkas.
CHEAPEST LEICA KIT
Body: Leica T
The Leica T is Leica’s first mirrorless interchangeable lens system camera. The design is typical of Leica, simple clean lines that deliver only what you need to take a photo. The body is hand moulded and features a 16 Megapixel APS-C sized sensor. The images from this camera should be outstanding, and you shouldn’t expect anything less.
Lens: Leica Vario-Elmar-T 18-56 f3.5-5.6 ASPH
This is the so called kit lens for the Leica T. Unlike most kit lenses on the market the Leica Vario-Elmar-T 18-56 f3.5-5.6 ASPH will deliver sharp, colourful images with ease. I would certainly want this lens if I owned the Leica T.
Flash: None Available
Total Kit RRP Cost: $3600.00 USD
Here’s a sample photo captured using the Leica T and the Leica Vario-Elmar-T 18-56 f3.5-5.6 ASPH lens. Sample photo by Dan Havlik.