Photography has been my hobby for over 20 years and have spent more than $15K on my equipment. If you're talking about using DSLRs/mirrorless cameras with dedicated lenses, it can be quite costly depending on model and type.
If you're just a simple hobbyist, I suggest starting smaller first before spending more if you wish to go further.
It will become expensive especially when the wrong choice was made for the 1st set of equipment.
Generally speaking, you can enjoy photography with basic equipment. There is very minimal maintenance cost. Think of it like the camera on the mobile,
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