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Ever wondered what photography gear to buy? I’m here to help you by talking about what I like to use or have used and recommend. You don’t need to buy all of it. You really only need a few pieces depending on what you actually want to do.

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Let’s start off with cameras. There is no right or wrong answer when choosing a camera brand. They are all great. You can say the same thing about cars and other items. I currently use Nikon but there is nothing wrong with Canon or Sony.

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I started off with a Nikon 35mm SLR film camera then worked my way to a Nikon DX crop DSLR and eventually upgraded to a Nikon FX Full Frame DSLR. Start with what you can afford, a camera is only as good as the user.

Nikon D810 FX D-SLR Camera Body

Most professional DSLR cameras are sold with just the body, so you will need to buy lenses. Some companies will package the body with the lens like on Adorama or B&H Photo Video.

The faster lens are better overall with low light, hand-held, and more. And with that, they will cost more as well. 1.2 would be the fastest then 1.4, 1.8, 2.8 in most lenses.

Nikon 24-70mm F/2.8 Lens

Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Lens

Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 Lens

Nikon 85mm f/1.8 Lens

Nikon 105mm Micro f/2.8 Lens

I love photography gear, gadgets and all other kinds of gear. I can talk about it forever. Always wanting to know what is out there and learn about it.

Depending on the photography you are doing, you may need an external flash. I prefer the Nikon one to use with my Nikon camera but there are great off brand flashes that work with your type of camera, like the Yongnuo.

Nikon SB-900 Speedlight Flash

Nikon SB-910 Speedlight Flash

Camera bags, oh what could I say about camera bags… love them. There are so many choices, it is hard to choose but sometimes you need different ones depending on the occasion, event, and how much gear you need to carry.

My latest travel backpack is the Peak Design Travel Line 45L Backpack + Packing Tools. Read more about it on this blog post: (update: it is now available on their website and not just as a preorder)


Other options from Peak Design that I own and love are:

Everyday Sling 10L

Everyday Backpack 20L

On my trip to Charleston, South Carolina, I wanted to go light so I used the Everyday Sling bag.

Peak Design also makes other great gear like straps like the slide, clips, and more. The clip is called the Capture in which it can carry your camera on your bag, waist and more. Check out how I mount my gopro to the capture.


More gear recommendations to come soon.

Thank you for reading. Let me know what you use in a comment below.