Camera buying advice for photographing artwork.

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z_art New Member • Posts: 1
Camera buying advice for photographing artwork.

Hello all,

I am starting a new business drawing graphite portraits and am looking into getting a dslr to take photos of my artwork for the website as well as selling prints (<A2 in size).

I've not got a huge budget to work with since I'm trying to minimize costs. I'm trying to keep it to around or under £400. (The lower the better )

After looking around forums on artwork photography I am considering a second hand canon 200d, with a canon ef 50mm f/1.8 stm lens.

The websites I've been looking at buying from are camera jungle and cex. (I'm based in the UK) I've put links at the bottom of the post.

My questions are:

- Is it worth buying a less good camera like the 2000d or 4000d to get them new with a guarantee?

- Do I need the 50mm lens or will a kit lens do?

- Opinions on reliability of 2nd hand cameras bought online in general?

- Thoughts on buying twin soft box lights, and any shop suggestions?

Alternative brand combinations are welcome. I just don't know any.

I'm not a camera nerd by any stretch so any advice would be really appreciated.

Many thanks,


Links to the aforementioned:

 z_art's gear list:z_art's gear list
Canon EOS Rebel SL3 Canon 18-55 F4-5.6 IS STM
Canon EOS 4000D Canon EOS Rebel SL2 (EOS 200D / Kiss X9) Canon EOS Rebel T7 (EOS 2000D)
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