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Camera Recommendations for Photography Majors and Photography Minors

Fall Semester 2018

Students in the photography major or students pursuing the photography minor must have a Digital SLR camera with video capabilities.

The cameras below are readily available at a variety of retailers and the prices may vary greatly.  B&H Photo and Video is a recommended retailer: www.bhphotovideo.com.  Canon USA offers refurbished cameras at a very good savings as well. Check their website for available models. When ordering your camera be sure that it is in stock and ready to be shipped.

Please note that our Photo Studio is Canon based.  While you do not have to have to have a Canon camera, there is and advantage in terms of compatibility with our inventory of lenses in the Photo Studio.  

Recommended Canon Cameras: (professional models are also acceptable, but not required)

  • Canon EOS Rebel T7i DSLR camera with a 18-55 mm IS Lens

Recommended Nikon Cameras: (professional models are also acceptable, but not required)

  • Nikon D5600 with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR

Lenses

We recommend the standard kit zoom lenses.  Avoid extreme telephoto zoom lenses.  An 18-55mm or a 24-105mm will provide better for image quality.

Memory Cards (Required)

SanDisk 32GB Extreme Pro UHS-I SDHC U3 Memory Card (Class 10)

Tripod (Required)

A tripod is requirement for photography majors. We recommend a sturdy metal, not plastic, tripod.   Here are two suggestions: Benro FIT19AIH0 iTrip Series 0 Aluminum Tripod with IH0 Ball Head Benro TIS28AIH2 Series 1 iStudio Aluminum Tripod with IH2 Ball Head.

Flash (Required)

We recommend the Yongnuo Speedlite YN600EX-RT for Canons.  B&H Photo and Video is a recommended retailer: www.bhphotovideo.com.  Nikon and Canon branded flash units are also acceptable (with a guide number of 100 or more).

Camera requirements for Non-Majors taking PHT 116 Introduction to Photographic Methods

Cameras

Any camera used for the PHT116 Introduction to Photographic Methods class must have aperture priority, shutter priority and manual exposure controls. Cameras without these exposure controls will not be suitable for the class.

This is a digital based course where students will use their own digital cameras and edit images using Adobe software. Prints will be made using the department’s Epson printers.

NOTE:  Digital SLRS have a much better sensor than point and shoot digital cameras.

Lenses

We recommend the standard kit zoom lenses.  Avoid extreme telephoto zoom lenses.  A18-55mm or a 24-105mm will be better for image quality.

Memory Cards

Should range form 8GB to 32GB depending on the camera.

Tripod

We recommend a sturdy metal or aluminum, not plastic, tripod.  

Hard Drives and Storage

Hard drive for use in the Mac Labs and for working files: We recommend a portable hard drive of at least 1 Terabyte. The interface should be USB-C/ Thunderbolt 3. Recommended Brand: LaCie 1TB Rugged USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C External Hard Drive

Backup: A cloud-based backup service such as Backblaze.com or a standalone USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 hard drive of at least 1 TB for an Apple Time Machine backup of your laptop are recommended and will serve to protect and preserve data.  


For further information please contact: Michael Miller at 978-232-2611 or email: mmiller@endicott.edu