Additional Fees

Additional Costs

Each student in the Lambton College Photography program must purchase a laptop computer, certain software packages and a digital SLR camera. These tools should be considered an investment for the future, since nearly all photography jobs require this equipment.

The student must have a DSLR camera that includes a manual mode, as well as a video capability. (If the camera does not have video capability of a minimum 10 minutes, the student must also acquire a video recorder.)

The college will have a collection of specialty lenses that students are encouraged to borrow. It is recommended that students consider one of the following models. The recommendations below are as of April 2016. Check with the program co-ordinator if more recent models are available.

  1. Nikon D610 with 24-85 mm lens
    Available locally for about $2,200. This is the lowest priced professional camera offered by Nikon. A student could easily transition into a professional career with this camera.
  2. Nikon D7200 with 18-55 mm lens
    Available for $1,600 locally. This is a lower end professional camera, and will get the student started on their career. If the budget allows it, this will be the most economical purchase over the long run.
  3. Nikon D5600 with 18-55 mm lens
    This is the lower end of the recommended Nikons. We warn that students who bought the low-end camera previously (the D3100) were not happy and most upgraded within a year. You can buy these locally for about $1,000.
  4. Canon EOS 6D with 24-105 mm lens
  5. Canon EOS 77D with 18-135 mm lens
  6. Canon EOS Rebel T71 with 18-55 mm lens

Students must have their camera by the first day of classes. 

This program requires a Macbook Pro.

There are currently three Macbook Pro models that qualify:

  1. 13 inch 2.4 GHz
    Quad-core processor, 256 GB storage.
    Available from Apple for $2,399. 
  2. 16 inch 2.6 GHz
    6-core processor, 512 GB
    Available from Apple for $2,999.
  3. 16 inch 2.3 GHz
    8-core processor, 1 TB storage
    Available from Apple for $3,499.

Additionally, a 500 GB or 1 TB external hard drive is recommended.

PC Laptop Models:

  1. Dell XPS 15
    CPU: Intel Core i5-7300HG - i7-7700HQ
    RAM: 8GB - 16GB
    Storage: 512GB
  2. Huawei Matebook X Pro
    CPU: 8th generation Intel Core i5 - i7
    RAM: 8GB - 16GB
    Storage: 512GB


With software, do not purchase before enrolling in the program. Usually your letter of acceptance into the program will allow you to purchase Educational versions. The price difference is significant compared to normal prices.

  1. Adobe CC Master Collection - Creative Cloud Student pricing for Creative Cloud is currently $19.99 month.


 Students should buy at least two memory cards for their camera (16 GB minimum at $50 each) and we suggest 1 TB ($50 - $250) external hard drive for their computer.

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