If you are planning to buy your first ever DSLR camera, you must have browsed almost all e-commerce websites and gone through multiple reviews by now. Planning your first DSLR camera purchase is very important as it a long-term investment for you.
Usually what many people do is that they spend their entire budget in buying the DSLR camera, and then they are hardly left with any amount to buy other important gears and accessories. It is not an intelligent move, as later you would regret buying an average lens which is not capable of producing a good quality image.
In this post, I am going to share my views about how one should plan his/her budget while buying a DSLR camera.
I would suggest you to divide your budget in such a way that you spend 70% of the amount on the camera body, 20% on the lens and 10% on accessories such as the memory card, tripod and camera bag.
Trust me, if you go by this segregation of funds, you would be able to get a decent camera body, a good lens and basic accessories as well. I have seen many people who end up buying a kit lens such as the 18-55mm lens and later feel frustrated as they are not able to get that blur effect in their photos. The reason is that they end up spending all their money on the camera body and have to compromise on the lens.
You need to understand that the camera body is important, but the lens is the gear which helps you control the depth of field. The colors and the sharpness of the photo that you capture also depends on the quality of the lens. So try and reserve some funds for a quality lens as well when you are planning to buy your first DSLR camera.
Talking about the accessories, a memory card is a basic necessity without which you can not capture digital images. In the beginning, I would suggest that you must not go for a high-end memory card such as a CF card. Get a basic class 10 memory card and if you feel at a later stage that you need to upgrade, you can always buy a new one.
If you plan to click landscapes or are interested in experimenting with slow shutter photography, then you must invest in a tripod. If your budget is not too high you can go for a basic Amazon Basics tripod which costs you less than Rs.1000. But if you can afford, go for a Vanguard tripod or a Manfrotto tripod.
If you are buying your first DSLR camera with the sole purpose of clicking photos in weddings or events, then you can invest in a Godox TT685 flash as well.
Last but one of the most important camera accessories is the camera bag, which helps you carry and protect your gears. Try and avoid carrying your camera and lens in a normal backpack, instead buy a camera bag. For once you can avoid buying a tripod and a flash, but do not skip investing is a good camera bag as it protects your gears worth thousands.
If your budget to buy a new DSLR camera is Rs.50,000, spend only Rs.35,000 (70%) on the camera body, Rs.10,000 (20%) on the lens, and Rs.5000 (10%) on important accessories.
Similarly if your budget is Rs.1,00,000, then plan Rs.70,000 for the body, Rs.20,000 for the lens and Rs.10,000 for accessories.