In the past 2 years, I’ve dialed in my favorite camera gear and photography tools. I have used a lot of gear over the last 16 years, so I’ve compiled this blog to share all about my I started with Nikon simply because my parents owned Nikon gear. They never switched after all these years. I switched to Canon in 2012, and used it for 10 years. At the beginning of 2019 I was not very active as a photographer and was still using my 7 year old Canon 6D mark i. I was ready to upgrade to mirrorless, and after a bit of research concluded that Sony was leading the game of mirrorless.
Honestly, the options out there are endless. While this can be overwhelming, I honestly think you’re better off just choosing something, rather than agonizing over the very best option. I can only speak to Canon, Nikon, and Sony because those are the three brands I’ve used. Along with Fuji, I believe any of these brands will set you up for success!
My Favorite Camera Gear and Why I love it
My Essential Camera kit:
- Sony A7iii – Around $2,000 each
I shoot with 2 Sony A7iii bodies. If you want the newest version, buy the Sony A7iv
- Zeiss (Sony) 50mm 1.4 – Around $1,500
This is my all time favorite portrait lens. I could shoot an entire session at 50mm if I needed to, and still get a ton of variety.
- Sigma Art 24–70 2.8 Around $1,200
This lens stays on my camera half the time, it is so crisp and amazing while being versatile.
- Sony 20mm 1.8 – Around $900
I can’t get over how sharp and amazing this lens is. The focus distance is just 7.5″ which makes for some really creative opportunities. Also my go to Astro Lens.
- Sony 85mm 1.8 – Around $600
I like this lens, but I don’t love it. It is an amazing deal for what it is, but if I wanted to shoot at 85mm often, I would upgrade to the Sony 85mm 1.4. or the Sigma for Sony 85mm 1.4
- Tamron 70-180 2.8 – Around $1,100
I love this lens. It is half the cost of the Sony brand equivalent and also significantly lighter. The only “downside” is that it does not have image stabilization but I don’t find that to be an issue. It is essential for compressing space and bringing your subject closer to the background. It also works well for those close-up detail shots!
My Camera Accessories
- Favorite Camera Bag – Brevite Camera Backpack (I love the green juniper color)
- Favorite Dual Camera Strap – Ztowoto Camera Strap (cheap but soooo comfy!)
- Favorite accessories – Anything from Peak Designs like this Camera Strap
- Favorite SD Card – SanDisk 128GB Extreme Pro
- Favorite Film Camera – Minolta X370 – I don’t have link because you have to buy it used. This is similar to the Canon AE-1 and other simple analogue film cameras.
- Favorite film – Portra 400 – 5 rolls of film
A few tips
You may have heard that you should prioritize your glass. A high quality lens will make more difference than the most expensive camera body. I suggest choosing quality over quantity. So instead of buying a bunch of different lens, buy just one really nice one and use the limit of the lens as a creative component of your work.
While more expensive gear usually is better quality, there’s nothing wrong with starting small. You’ll notice I haven’t upgraded my 85mm 1.8 lens, because it’s not one of my go-to pieces. At times, I have found some of the cheaper alternatives to be perfect for my work. For example, while I could have purchased the Sony brand 24-70 2.8 lens, for twice the price, I find the Sigma to be incredible and no compromise. The Zeiss 50mm lens is also quite a bit cheaper than the Sony G-Master 50mm 1.2, and I have zero intentions of ever upgrading.
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