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Fall 2020 Camera Recommendations for Photography Courses

Camera Requirements for Photography Majors and Photography Minors: 

Required: Students in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography or the Bachelor of Science in Photography program, or are pursuing a Minor in Photography, 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. Canon USA offers refurbished cameras at a very good savings as well. When ordering your camera be sure that it is in stock and ready to be shipped.

Please note that our photography studio is Canon-based. While you do not have to have a Canon camera, there is an advantage in terms of compatibility with our inventory of lenses in the photography studio.

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

  • Canon EOS Rebel T8i DSLR with a 18-55 mm Lens

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

  • Nikon Z50 Mirrorless with 16-50 f3.5-6.3 Lens

Additional camera options:

  • Mirrorless cameras from Fuji, Sony, and Olympus are also options. If you decide to purchase one of these it is highly recommended to have two batteries.
  • Full-frame digital cameras, whether DSLR or mirrorless, have the best sensors but are very expensive. While some students purchase these, most choose to purchase the APS-C sensors, i.e. not full-frame sensors. 

We recommend the standard kit zoom lenses as a starting point. An 18-55mm (for APS-C sensors) or a 24-105mm (for full sized sensors) will provide better for image quality. Avoid extreme telephoto zoom lenses. Prime or fixed focal length lenses are also fine options, depending on the focal length. We are happy to provide recommendations if this is an interest.

Required: Memory Cards

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

Required: Tripod

A tripod is a requirement for photography majors. We recommend a sturdy metal, not plastic, tripod like the: Benro FTA18AB0 Travel Angel Series 1 Aluminum Tripod with B0 Ball Head.

Required: Flash

We recommend the Yongnuo Speedlite YN600EX-RT II for Canons, and the Yongnuo YN685 Speedlite for Nikon cameras. B&H Photo and Video is a recommended retailer. Nikon and Canon branded flash units are also acceptable (with a guide number of 100 or more).

Camera requirements for non-majors taking Introduction to Photographic Methods (PHT 116):

Required Camera

Any camera used for the Introduction to Photographic Methods (PHT 116) 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 SLR cameras have a much better sensor than “point and shoot” digital cameras. Cell phone and iPad “cameras” are not sufficient for this course.


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.

A tripod

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

Required Hard Drive

A Mac-compatible hard drive will be required for this class. We recommend a portable hard drive of at least 1 terabyte. 

For further information please contact:

Michael Miller at 978-232-2611 or

Updated: June 2020