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Building a Canon DSLR Kit for $300 and Hustling Your Way Up to Full-Frame

Video Review


Video Transcript


should you get a Sony mirrorless camera
especially if you’re on a really tight
budget
what does good youtube it’s that one
camera guy back and again with another
video for you and in this episode I’m
gonna focus on helping those of you who
are kind of like weekend warriors you’re
kind of interested in one against
photography you have that photography
itch and you want to go ahead and start
maybe you know building funds doing a
few gigs here and there and upgrading
your equipment as you go the reality is
is it doesn’t make a lot of sense to go
with the mirrorless or should you go
ahead and jump into a DSLR type system
that’s really gonna be the question you
got to ask yourself so I’m gonna create
a scenario that I’m gonna go through and
by the way I’ve done this before in a
separate video so if you’ve seen it if
you’ve seen that video where I kind of
just start picking out items and
building out a gear set it’s gonna be
similar to what you’re gonna see in this
video we can also talk about mirrorless
as well if I was gonna go ahead and
build a mirrorless system that might be
in a different video
but we’re also going to look at that in
the future too so if I was starting from
the ground up and building myself up
let’s go ahead let’s just get started
okay I’m went up to my tutorial mode
here and if I was going to go and get
started some types of lenses that you’re
gonna need are a staple F 2.8 zoom lens
that’s usually a typical one especially
if you want to start getting into like
doing weddings or events so those are
really important lenses that problem is
for aps-c there is none of those okay
there is no offerings it’s pretty much
either the 18 and 105 f/4 which is $600
and then there is the 16 a 70 f4 which
is $1,000 retail these are retail prices
by the way that I’m giving you they’re
very very expensive but let’s say you
only have a couple of few hundred bucks
how do I get started so let’s go ahead
and jump into the situation or by the
way maybe you’re a high school student
this is gonna be pretty interesting for
you to so and start looking at some
stuff first off what I’m gonna do is I’m
gonna go ahead and jump it to ebay and
you need to do some research you can
either go Canon or Nikon because again
the goal is to kind of entice you to
want to take a look at DSLRs first I’m
more familiar with Canon and Sony so
that’s the reason why I’m looking these
cameras up and not other brands the
camera I would start off with
ttyl that was the first camera that I
had started with and I think that’s the
way I’m gonna go you can go VIN you can
go via Nikon or something like that now
the price is for a body only t2i
I’m seeing go for about 200 bucks now
prices have been kind of going up a
little bit but 200 is kind of roughly
where the price of the Canon t2i is so
let’s go to my chart over here and let’s
say that we’re just starting I’m gonna
go ahead and add a Canon t2i and that’s
going for $200
boom so that’s where we’re at so far and
then now we don’t have a lens you’re
like okay well that’s great that one
camera guy but I don’t have a lens okay
so what we’re gonna do now is we’re
gonna go and add a young nuo 50
millimeter F Young no lens now I think
Amazon is a better place to pick this up
so but I’m just gonna type in young Neil
50 millimeter F one point eight let’s go
to Amazon as well and I’m gonna go ahead
and type in you know new Oh fifty
millimeter f-18 let’s take a look here
fifty bucks okay cool so that’s going
for fifty dollars let’s go ahead a job
to our chart here young neo 50
millimeter F one point eight and I’m
gonna try and put links to the stuff
down below if you’re interested in
checking this stuff out so we’re at two
hundred fifty bucks so far okay and then
let’s go ahead and tack on a 32 gigabyte
SD card again we’re on amazon.com let’s
see here let’s just go ahead and get one
of these so let’s say 13 bucks let’s get
two of those so SD card I didn’t do this
last time but SD card let’s just say 26
but or $25 let’s say 25 bucks for that
and then some spare batteries too we’re
getting way too detailed here but I
don’t know let me know if this is
interesting to you or not if not well
okay I’m so sorry alright so can’t
t2i wasabi batteries okay so because we
need some spare batteries here alright
looks like we get a kit here 20 bucks
okay let’s just see spare batteries mmm
twenty dollars
alright last we’re just gonna round up
to 25 okay cool we’re at 300 bucks and
$300 we are all we are ready to rock and
roll especially if you’re in high school
threw in there bucks you can save that
stuff up right few birthdays here and
there so $300 what do you do next what
in the world can we store
doing okay so what I would recommend or
what I would try to do is I would try
and hustle as much as I can to see if I
can do some portraits or some senior
portraits of people at the school that
the high schools and such and and then
start saving some money so let’s say for
example let me jump to my little chart
here okay so I’m gonna go ahead and set
this up as like savings or whatever and
I’m gonna go ahead and just put some
here apologize for this right and let’s
say for example we do portraits and I
don’t know we I don’t know let’s just
let’s just start here right I would just
seem like 75 bucks portraits or
something like that you know we’re
starting low we’re starting low we’re
starting low okay then we do enough of
these gigs and then finally we saved up
enough to get a standard we did enough
to save up for a standard 1750 lens so
now we got $300 all right so we get four
portraits let’s jump to my mode here
we’re gonna go ahead and jump to I think
even Amazon has this if I type in Sigma
1750 if you take a look here there is
there we go
international no warranty this is gray
market 300 bucks for that lens I’m gonna
tack it on to my total here so let’s
jump over here so what I’m doing is I’m
adding a lens so this is the Sigma 1750
F 2.8 this is a really nice standard
lens three hundred dollars so we are
consuming I’m gonna go ahead and move
this down here guys I’m so sorry here
let’s see let’s just drag this all the
way down there we go
let me delete that okay so that’s where
we’re at so far now the next thing we
need to do is in this this is just a
hypothetical situation for me to be
comfortable with shooting a wedding I
need at least two camera bodies okay so
I would try to do two things right now I
want to try and not only just add I add
a couple of flashes I also want to go
ahead and add a second body so here’s
what I’m gonna do next I’m gonna hustle
again we gotta hustle
we got a hustle okay so let’s say we’re
back over here again we’re gonna do a
few more portraits okay so let’s
we got those done we’re gonna try and do
a few more you know maybe this time
we’re charging hundred bucks now right
so now we let’s say we saved up another
three hundred dollars so we have three
hundred more dollars what am I going to
get next with three hundred dollars I
need to get a flash one or two and I’m
gonna go ahead and try and add one more
second body a Canon t2i so let’s go
ahead and type up in amazon.com yongnuo
canon flash all right so let’s see here
man they’re going up in price so you can
get a manual flash like fifty bucks but
if you really want to scrounge your
pennies you can go ahead and get one for
what what is this sixty bucks
am I getting t-tail on that I don’t
think I am I’m not sure so let’s just
say I don’t know sixty dollars you can
go ahead and get yourself a canon flash
for sixty bucks
so let’s go ahead and jump over here to
this side type in flash shoot flash and
let’s see we got two of them let’s just
say we got yeah one twenty we got two of
them just a plate safe and then we’re
gonna go ahead and add another Canon t2i
along the road and that’s gonna be
another two hundred bucks
all right so now we’re nine hundred
twenty dollars for twenty dollars over
budgeted or something like that but
we’re probably gonna go ahead and do a
few more portraits the last lens that I
want to add by the way is actually an 85
millimeter lens alright so I’m gonna go
back hustle some more maybe I can shoot
some smaller events like a quinceanera
or something like that or a smaller gig
and maybe make like another $400 you
know maybe a smaller gig right you know
we’re going really baseline budget here
because I’m thinking about more
economies it’s the economy or section of
people that I’m working with these
people just don’t have a lot of funds to
you know spend thousands of thousands of
dollars so then what I’m gonna do is
let’s go and take a look at the price of
an Cannon 85f 1.8 on Amazon real quick
the 70-200 just out of my reach right
now so I I can’t upgrade to that point
yet okay so the 85 is going for about
349 349 350 okay cool can I get a
cheaper online on eBay – oh shoot this
is even better these things are pretty
solid lenses but if you want to play it
safe you can go ahead and just buy brand
new all right so let’s just go ahead and
buy a brand new canon 85 millimeter F
one point eight I’m gonna go get that
for 350 and we’re good we still have a
little bit extra cash that we’ve saved
up okay so we have like 30 bucks so now
now we’re ready to go ahead and start
shooting some weddings okay so again
hustle reach out find people try to find
gigs that are like five hundred to a
thousand dollars and we’ll start going
ahead and smash in that direction and
then the next goal will be to go ahead
and add a full-frame camera to our list
of debt our listen situation so let’s
say for example we’re back at it again
right and we’re trying to go ahead and
do a couple of gigs and let’s say we
secure maybe two weddings and we charge
$1,000 for that so now we have an extra
two grand under our pockets to go ahead
and start upgrading so a couple of
things that I would do next is I would
add I would add one full frame body next
to my kit so the count the cameras are
more comfortable with is either gonna be
the 5d mark ii or the original canon 6d
so let’s just go ahead and do a pulse
quick check right now Canon 6d and see
how that’s doing Canon 60s look like
just off the cuff they’re going for like
what eight hundred bucks no high sugar
camp all right let’s say 850 okay so 850
let’s go ahead and take a look at that
right now
so I’m gonna go Canon 6d 850 if I do two
of those that’s gonna be $1,700 and
that’s going to price us out so I’m
gonna get two of these and then what I’m
gonna do is I’m gonna offload and sell
my t2 eyes at this point so I’m just
gonna delete those and I can probably
sell them back for about two hundred
so I’m just gonna sell them off they’re
gonna disappear so right now we’re at
twenty five seventy in terms of our
overall budget and then what I’m gonna
do is sell off my seventeen fifty of 2.8
okay so now if you take a look at it
we’ve raised about three thousand
dollars worth of funds so far and then
we’re at two twenty seventy so we got
like at least seven hundred dollars that
we can spend then what I’m gonna do is
go ahead and add on a 24 to 70 F 2.8
okay that’s the next thing I know that’s
a staple lens and I’m quickly gonna
navigate and jump to I’m just cruising
about Amazon prices first I’m gonna go
ahead and check Tamron 24 to 70 F 2.8
gray market is seven hundred bucks so
let’s go ahead and jump and update that
on here so I’m gonna go ahead and add on
Tamron 24 to 70 F two point eight seven
hundred dollars and that puts us at just
shy of the amount alright so guys let’s
go ahead and think a little like take a
step back here we started off with three
hundred bucks
alright we picked up the t2i a fifty
millimeter lens we hustled we we did
portraits after portraits after
portraits and we just kept hustling to
save money we then after we hustled we
took the earnings that we did we added
on the 17 to 50 we added on some flat a
flash then we add a second camera tty
body then we kept hustling again and we
did some short gigs maybe a smaller one
that paid about 400 bucks and then we
were able to go ahead and add on an 85 F
1.8 which was kind of where we wanted to
be at so then we finally did a couple of
weddings for people that we trusted and
let’s say they’re you know close
relatives or family members and asked
for a thousand dollars which might be a
hard stretch but you probably could do
it so a thousand bucks did a couple of
those then we added two full frames 60s
which are solid solid cameras now a
couple things I ignored was the updated
batteries that we needed to buy some
extra cards but you get the idea so in
total if you wanted to start from the
ground up within a year you might be
able to do something like this
this isn’t impossible that you can start
from the ground and push all the way up
from from the baseline and I think that
kind of hustle is even better I think
that’s pretty freakin awesome if you
could hustle in that direction so now
you got two solid camera bodies you got
a 24 to 70 and you got an 85 F 1.8 so
you have so pretty decent reach you’ve
got a couple of flashes that you can
work with you can pretty much handle any
type of event you’re gonna shoot granted
video wise you still only can do 1080p
which isn’t bad and you can incorporate
some of that into your production if you
needed to so that is how I would look at
building out a system and from there you
have your equipment you have your gear
you keep hustling you keep going you
know you keep going you keep going and
then I would try to do maybe two more
gigs if you can and then what I would do
is I would upgrade to a 70 to 200 F 2.8
so let’s take a look at this right now I
know the videos kind of stretched out a
lot longer than it should have been so
let’s type in Tamron 70 to 200 let’s see
what pops up look at this you can
actually get a gray market seventy two
hundred no warranty for 860
well that’s Nikon Canon you can get it
for 802 and that’s the BC model it’s not
the latest one but you could get it for
eight hundred dollars that’s insane that
is the route that I would go if you’re a
high schooler and you just want to get
started I’m telling you right now you
don’t get the mirrorless cameras right
from the get-go now I am gonna do a
video on starting from the ground up if
I was gonna start from the ground up
with mirrorless and move upwards what
approach I would take it might be
similar it might be a little bit
different but it might be interesting to
see cuz you might have to start off with
more money in the beginning but if
you’re just starting with a few hundred
bucks you definitely can get started
with this particular system so it’s
gonna be much harder to work your way up
to a full set of stuff in photography if
you’re doing mirrorless because you’re
gonna have to buy those F 2.8 lenses and
they’re really expensive there’s no
third party options right now so folks
that’s gonna do it for me if you thought
this was interesting consider getting a
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in the comments in description below if
you want to check them out and what that
said I’m your host that one camera guy
and I’ll catch you on the next video bye

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