Everybody would love to purchase all the latest gear and I have a number of posts on my interior photography kit, but I do this for a living and all my kit (eventually) pays me back. 

If you’re a total beginner and are wanting to keep the budget down, i’m going to go through the kit I would choose to make a start with interior photography, all for under £600.

I’m going to be sticking to Canon kit, that’s what I have used for the past 15 years so know my way around the system and I will be recommending second hand kit.

There are some great deals to be had out there from sites such as MPB which will help you get a good deal and save few pounds in the process.

Cheap Camera Body for Interior Photography

If you are wanting a cheap camera for interior photography then you can’t go wrong with the Canon 80D.

Model: Canon 80D

Megapixels: 24.2

Sensor Size 22.3×14.9mm

Lens Mount: EF, EF-S

FOVCF: 1.6x

Processor: DIGIC 6

Focus Points: 45 cross-type AF points

 

I carry one of these as my backup camera in case anything goes wrong with my main body and I would have no issue using it to get me out of a tight spot.

It is 5 years old now but unless you’re looking for massive improvements on the video side of things it’s a perfectly good stills camera and makes a great beginner camera for interior photography.

Currently these are available for £369 second hand in the UK but it maybe worth scouring sites such as ebay for a bargain.

The other option is to go for a full frame camera such as the Canon 5D Mark 2.

This gives you access to a wider range of lenses in the future but does mean you’re working with a slightly older camera, the prices are about the same and it would be my choice if you’re thinking you may add a few lenses to your line up in the near future.

Total so far: £369

Low Cost Interior Photography Lens

Your lens choice is perhaps the most important of all and it’s the area you will be adding to the most as your career progresses.

For now you will want a good wide angle lens which should cover you for 80% of your work and then you can add to it in the future.

The temptation may be to go for the kit lens, something like the 18-55mm but from my experience you will want a wider lens.

The Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM is a little bit more money upfront but it will open up a wider range of possibilities for you.

Model: Canon EF-S 10-22mm

Lens Mount: EF-S

Image Size: APS-C

35mm Equivalent: 16-35mm

Lens Construction: 13 element, 10 groups

Diaphragm Blades: 6

Minimum Aperture: 22-27

Filter Size: 77mm

These can be picked up quite cheaply and i’ve found a number of models around the £144 price mark.

Total so far: £513

Interior Photography Accessories on a Budget

This leaves £87 to pick up some extra bits to make our interior photography easier.

Our first item will be a tripod, you’re not going to get anything amazing at this price point but a solid tripod is really worth its weight in gold.

The Manfrotto 055CB is a good starter tripod, it’s not the lightest and certainly not the tallest but for most situations you will encounter it will be fully sufficient.

Model: Manfrotto 055

Weight: 2.5kg

Leg Sections: 3

Maximum Height: 170cm

Minimum Height: 9cm

Safe Payload Weight: 9kg

 

Latest second hand price for these are £54 which brings us to £567 and gives us £34 to pick up a good tripod head.

I would recommend getting a three way head and avoiding ball heads or grip heads as for interior photography you want the most control of the position of your camera as possible.

The Manfrotto 029 is a good, if slightly heavy option and ebay is fully of older version of it for less than £30 which gives you a few pounds left if you want to pick up any of the other interior photography accessories I would recommend.

Total: £597

Hopefully this post has given you the perfect start point for your cheap interior photography kit, if you have any suggestions on kit choice or where to buy put them in the comments below.

 

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