Are you an amateur photographer with a passion for automotive photography? Or perhaps you’re an experienced automotive photographer looking to take the next step in upgrading gear. Either way, now is a great time to advantage of some sales. There are plenty of deals currently available and in this guide, we’ll take a look at some of the deals you can take advantage of if you’re an aspiring automotive photographer or videographer.
Canon is currently running a Winter Sale on refurbished cameras and lenses, so if you’re looking to save some money, now is a great time!
Automotive photography starts with a digital camera, but it’s up to you on whether you want to invest into a DSLR or a mirrorless unit. Most professionals will stand by DSLRs for the best quality and versatility, but you may want to sacrifice some of that for portability, which is where mirrorless cameras fit. B&H currently has numerous camera bodies and kits for sale, and we’ve highlighted some of the great deals below. If you’re just starting off, the EOS Rebel T6 Kit and the Nikon D7200 Kit are great places to start. If you’re looking to upgrade, the Canon 5D Mark IV is currently on sale.
- Refurbished Canon Rebel T6i with Two Lenses
- Refurbished Canon EOS 77D with 18-135mm Lens
- Refurbished Canon EOS M6 with Two Lenses
- Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR Camera Body
- Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR Camera with Two Lenses
- Nikon D750 DSLR Camera Body
- Nikon D7200 DSLR Camera with Lens
- Sony Alpha a7R III Mirrorless Digital Camera
If you’re looking to become a versatile automotive photographer, that means you’ll have to invest into a collection of high quality lenses. We believe every automotive photographer should have a 50mm in their collection, as well as a 24-70mm lens, which serves as a great all-purpose daily lens. If you’re planning to shoot motorsport events, you may want to invest into a telephoto lens (70-200mm), but those are typically much more expensive and have limited usage compared to other lenses. Take a look below for quick access to both Canon’s and Nikon’s offerings.
- Refurbished Canon 17-40mm f/4L Lens
- Refurbished Canon 17-40mm f/4L Lens
- Refurbished Canon 75-300mm f/4-5.6 Lens
- Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens
- Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens
- Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Lens
- Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.6G Lens
Some automotive photographers believe tripods are just too cumbersome to carry around, especially if you’re shooting auto shows or motorsports. But it never hurts to have one handy, especially if you’re looking to take beauty shots of a particular vehicle. Here are a couple affordable, portable, and lightweight options that can be carried around or even taken with you when you travel.
Flashes may not be as important to automotive photographers as other photographers, but they do serve a purpose for interior and engine bay photos. There may even be occasions where you’re in low-light situations and a flash helps capture what you need. Below are links to two popular flashes, one from Canon and another from Nikon.
A memory card is an absolute necessity for any photographer and they have significantly dropped in prices in recent years. You can take advantage of even cheaper memory cards right now, just make sure you’re getting the correct type for your camera.
- SanDisk 128GB microSDXC Memory Card Ultra Class 10 UHS-I with SD Adapter
- SanDisk 128GB Ultra UHS-I SDXC Class 10 Memory Card
While some of the fancier and more expensive DSLRs do a great job at capturing video, sometimes you need something more versatile or compact. GoPro has built a reputation for manufacturing devices that make it quick and easy to capture HD video, especially action shots. If you’re looking to do something truly unique, take a look at the DJI Mavic Pro, a drone with up to 27 minutes of flight time, 4.3-mile control range, and a 12-megapixel, 4K camera.
Being a photographer is more than just being able to take good photos. A well-rounded photographer also needs to equip themselves with the right tools for post processing and editing photos, as well as carrying their equipment around. Equally as important, you’ll need a place to store your photos and always have a backup just in case of hard drive failure. Nowadays, you can also use an iPad Pro to edit photos, as they’re becoming more powerful and more convenient to use.
- Lowepro Fastpack BP 250 AW II
- Seagate 8TB External Hard Drive
- Apple 15.4″ MacBook Pro
- Apple 10.5″ iPad Pro
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