I have spent TENS OF THOUSANDS of dollars on gear in the last few years and tried many many many different products that companies have sent to me for product reviews.  Out of many, remain only these recommended products.

While many companies try and convince me to recommend their products, I refuse to be paid by photo gear manufacturers to recommend their stuff.  It’s just not ethical for me to recommend something that I don’t personally use.  So nobody has paid me a dime to recommend these specific products.  Having said that, the links from this page are affiliate links, which means I make a small percentage off sales of these items.  However, I get that same percentage no matter what product from B&H or Amazon that I recommend, so I can honestly say that has not impacted my recommendations one tiny bit.  This is the stuff that I personally use day in and day out.

I keep all of these gear recommendations pages up to date as new gear is released.

See It On Amazon

  • Canon Rebel T4i/Nikon D5300
  • SanDisk 16GB Extreme
  • Lowepro Fastpack 250
  • Manfrotto Tripod
  • Manfrotto Ballhead
  • Beginner Flash Kit
  • Western Digital External HD – 4TB


See It On Amazon

  • Canon 6D/Nikon D610
  • SanDisk 32GB Extreme
  • Clik Elite Pro
  • Induro AT-313
  • Vanguard Ball Head
  • Hobbiest Flash Kit
  • Western Digital External HD – 4TB
  • Adobe Creative Cloud – 3 months


See It On Amazon

  • Canon 5d Mark III/Nikon D800
  • SanDisk 64GB Extreme Pro
  • Clik Elite Pro
  • Pelican Case
  • Gitzo Tripod
  • Really Right Stuff Ball head
  • Home Studio Flash Kit
  • ReadyNAS – 6TB
  • Adobe Creative Cloud – 3 months


  1. Matti

    Why does the beginner package include an antelope head? Is it important for starting in photography? Could I buy the rest of the gear now and maybe get the antelope head a bit later?

  2. Jordan

    Hi Jim! I really found your website useful for gear recommendations, but you are missing a couple products I would like recommended. For instance, Can you make a tab on printers? I want to start printing my own photos, but I have no idea which ones are for me. Thanks!

  3. Mark

    Please update to include the YN560-TX model of triggers. If you are recommending the YN560III flash then this trigger is a no brainer because you can now adjust the flash power/zoom from the top of the camera. This is as of 6/14 when the YN560-TX came out.

  4. Holly Heyer

    I am looking for a really nice, and inexpensive low light lens for my Nikon D5100. I am looking to upgrade my camera soon to a newer D5xxx, so the lens should be compatible with that. I try to photograph our goat kids in the barns, but the lighting is just to low to get good pictures. (they are too fast to get non-blurry ones also in the low light) Any suggestions would be wonderful! I have a Yongnuo flash as you recommend above, but it isn’t quite enough. It is either too bright, or too dark. I spent a few hours playing to get the best photo, but did not succeed. Thanks for your help!

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