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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- Beginner/Novice Digital Camera Recommendation
- Intermediate to Advanced Digital Camera Recommendation
- Advanced Digital Camera Recommendation
- Beginner/Novice Flash Recommendation
- Intermediate to Advanced Flash Recommendation
- Holga Film Camera Flash Recommendation
- Beginner Film Camera Recommendation (With added lens)
- Beginner/Intermediate 35mm Film Camera Recommendation No. 1 (if you have Canon EF lenses already).
- Beginner/Intermediate 35mm Film Camera Recommendation No. 2 with this lens.
- Beginner/Intermediate Medium Format Film Camera Recommendation with this lens.
- The Adobe Creative Cloud
DIGITAL (NON-MIRRORLESS) CAMERAS
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).
- See the Canon 5D Mark III here.
- See the Canon 5D Mark IV here.
- * I recommend this Canon 35mm Lens. (what I currently use, great with both Canon Mark III, Mark IV, or Canon R5/R6 with adaptor)
* 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.*
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.
- Check out KEH's selection of high-quality used R6's.
- If you need new memory cards, I recommend picking up these 170mb/sec cards from SanDisk.
- The adaptor to use your EF lenses with the Canon R6 can be found here.
- Need new batteries for your Canon R6? Grab those here. I recommend being careful if you decide to buy off-brand, as I've had a few issues with them in the past.
* The image below was shot on the Canon R6 Mirrorless Camera with the Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS Macro STM 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!
Looking for Further Best Selling Camera Recommendations? Check out one of my favorite online stores here.
Needing some further education? Here are a few recommendations:
- Learn to Shoot Film
- Creative Live Online Photography Beginner's Class
- The Easiest (and cheapest) Way to Get Into Film Photography