Let’s say you’re wanting to get started with plane spotting, what kind of gear do you need? The vast majority of the shooting that you’ll be doing will be during daytime hours. The second factor to consider, is that you will likely be a considerable distance away from the planes.
Fortunately, since you’re shooting during the day, you don’t need anything with good low light performance. At least not in the beginning away.
So, taking these things into consideration, I’ve put together a list of bundles from Amazon that will suit you just right. In the interest of full disclosure, if you buy these bundles through my link, I’ll be paid a commission on the sale.
If your budget is under $500:
|This bundle, comes with the following: Canon EOS Rebel T3 12.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Zoom Lens & EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Telephoto Zoom Lens + 10pc Bundle 16GB Deluxe Accessory Kit.
This is pretty much all that you need to get started. The 75-300mm telephoto zoom lens that comes in this package is a good starter telephoto zoom lens. It’s not “the best” but it’s also not the worst.
If you can spend a little more than that, here are a couple of bundles for under $750:
|This Nikon bundle, comes with: Nikon D3200 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm and 55-200mm Non-VR DX Zoom Lenses. This is a decent camera and lens bundle. In fact, this is the one I recommend to get started.|
Here’s a suggested Canon bundle:
|This is the updated version of the first bundle that I listed on the page. It comes with: Canon EOS Rebel T3i 18 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Zoom Lens & EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Telephoto Zoom Lens + 11pc Bundle 16GB Deluxe Accessory Kit. The camera is newer, whence the higher price.|
I’ll add a few lenses on here in the coming days, in case you already have a camera body and are looking for a new lens recommendation. These recommended tools should get you on your way on your plane spotting journey.