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Photography Gear Must-Haves

It's been almost a decade. A decade of shooting imagery professionally, trying different gear, learning film, better understanding digital imagery, perfecting my process, and figuring out what I love and what I don't love. And for all of my photography friends who want a quick guide on the items I use and love, this blog post is for you. 

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Canon 5D Mark III or IV Cameras 

Over the past 3 years, I have been using the Canon 5D Mark iii as my digital camera. This full-frame DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) camera has never given me issues, has dual card slots (a must for weddings), and goes with so many incredible EF lenses, making it a perfect place to start if you're getting into wedding or portrait photography. While I never personally shot with the Mark IV, this camera is the updated version of the Mark iii, and I highly recommend going with the Mark IV if you're going to start with this system. However, if you're looking to stay ahead, you may want to consider a Mirrorless Camera (continue reading).

*  The image below was shot on a Canon 5D Mark iii with the older Canon 35mm L USM i. If you're looking to get this lens, I recommend going with the newer version linked above.*

image taken with canon 5d mark iii and 35mm L EF lens


wedding photograph shot on the Canon 5D Mark iii and 50mm f/1.2 L lens at night

* The image above was shot with the Canon 5D Mark iii and the Canon 50 f/1.2 EF Lens. I also used a Canon 430 EX ii flash on camera. 

Looking to get a new mirrorless camera for less? I highly recommend using GreenToe. You simply make an offer slightly lower than retail value. It then connects you to small stores across the US that are selling that product. You agree on a price (that always includes shipping and tax), then it's sent to you! Includes all normal warranties, returns if needed, etc. 


Canon R6 Mirrorless Camera 

Before you jump on board with the DSLR, I would consider going the route of mirrorless when choosing your camera. I very recently updated my digital camera setup to include this camera. With a slightly smaller sensor than the R5 (but at a much lesser price point), this camera is one of the best in its field for auto-focus. It can be paired with the new line of RF lenses, or it can be paired (with an adapter) to the other line of EF lenses. This is a great option if you already have EF lenses, but want to upgrade to a mirrorless camera body. One of the most notable features of the Canon R6 is it's face-tracking capabilities, making focusing quick and easy, especially compared to the older Canon 5D Mark iii and iv. 

* The image below was shot on the Canon R6 Mirrorless Camera with the Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS Macro STM Lens.

If you're looking to buy used, I recommend checking out KEH Used Canon Cameras, and consider the Canon R or Canon R6.

 image shot on the Canon R6 mirrorless camera and 35mm lens


Gear Storage + Traveling: 

The best photography hard case that I have owned is the Nanuk 935. This case can carry my large Contax645 Medium Format Camera, Canon R6 camera, Contax G2 35mm camera, an extra film insert and extra digital lens, macro filters, batteries, cards, my film meter, at least one speed-lite, and more. Plus, it is small enough to fit in the overhead bin of airplanes (standard size) when traveling. 


As my digital gear continues to expand, you'll see changes and updates here on this page!

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  • Abi, great job. We always enjoy seeing your photos and tips. A Canon Mark III is what Pam has been using during our cross-country correspondent coverage. Great camera. Hope you are doing well.

    • Trennis & Pam