Recommended Photography Gear


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

Comments from the I.P. Community

  1. says

    I am presently shooting a D90 Nikon with a Tokina 12-24 F4, Nikon 50mm 1.8, Nikon 70-300 mm 4.5. I am looking for an all around lens. Would a 28-300 3.5 be a candidate or a I am a amateur photographer with a D90 and I am looking for a lense that I can pack around for general use. I have read really good things about the 28 to 300 Nikon, and I have read some really good reviews about the Tamron 24-70 2.8…any thoughts. I will eventually update my d90 one of these days. Thank you for your time and thoughts…love your Podcast…
    Cathy Kaech
    Midvale, Idaho

  2. says

    I sent a message with a question on lenses and I forgot to tell you what I like to do… I do some action pictures at rodeos and some senior type pictures. I would like to do more people photography..older people showing their character…Sorry that I forgot to add that.
    Thanks again

  3. David Long says

    I purchased your recommended tripod set up of Induro and Surui ball head and am vey pleased with it. I would like to also see what you would recommend for a tripod for times when I travel and I need a smaller tripod that will fit in my overhead bag. I would like to swap the ball head between the two as needed. Does Induro make one or would you recommend another brand more geared to this type of travel.

    Thanks for the great site and podcast

  4. says

    You have mentioned in the podcasts on several occasions that you use the Sanyo Eneloop rechargeable batteries, they however are not listed in the gear section so I wondered if you could say which capacity you use. :) thanks.

  5. MARK WOLFF says

    I enjoy your podcasts and have learned a lot . Thanks
    One frustration I have with your website is that I can’t find things that you discussed unless I remember it and look it up right away. For example, you talked a bout a recommendation for creating a website. How can I find this? There was another for a good place to buy frames. I tried a search but could not find the website information. Some type of a a site map or a list of all speical files would be great.

  6. Vonada says

    I enjoy your podcasts a lot. It’s very convenient to listen to them while stuck in LA traffic. Mark Wolff (above) mentioned that its hard to look up information on your website that was discussed on the podcast, without having to listen to the entire podcast again. It would be nice if there was a way to create a bookmark on places in a podcast. Is there any software that can do this? In your last podcast, you mentioned the name of your new website about improving income and home business, creating podcasts, etc, but a Google search did not bring up anything. What is the new site called? I’ll subscribe to that one too!
    Another solution to help ‘find’ podcast info, would be to publish transcripts of each podcast on your site. Why not do that, like many other podcast sites do? It would be really nice if you added that feature, with a text search.

  7. Tabitha Rupe says

    I am needing a speedlight with auto and manual mode for a class I’m taking. I was looking at the one you recommended but my instructor said it didn’t have an automatic mode. Do you have any suggestions? I will be using a Nikon D5100 and a Cannon Rebel T3. As an afterthought, between those 2 cameras which one is the better camera for portrait photography?

  8. Catherine Thuaux says

    I’ve bought a few things according to the recommendations on this page and generally been pretty happy, thanks for your advice! Have you got any advice on cleaning products? I use a small blower, a lenspen and pec-pads but sometimes I think I may need a cleaning fluid to help get a mark off – any recommendations or advice would be greatly appreciated.

  9. Ian Cooke says

    Jim, for a Canon t3, which grip would you recommend? I want one with dual battery capacity. I have one now, but the shutter release button seems to be going out. I think I went a little too cheap!!

    Thanks for all you do.


  10. Alexander Mavrogordato says

    My question concerns prints. Do you make your own prints? If so, can you recommend photo printers. And can you recommend offsite printers and how do you advise forwarding your photos?
    Many thanks for an excellent podcast!

  11. Samantha says

    What camera strap do you recommend that doesn’t attach to the tripod … um.. screw hole? on the bottom of your camera (I’m new at this if you couldn’t tell). I like that I can easily slip my camera on and off the tripod and I’m not sure if I’d give that up for a neck strap. Though I do love the pockets on the Black Rapid RS-5.

    Any help would be great. The strap that came with my camera is just NOT going to work anymore.


  12. Rob says

    I picked up a Canon EOS D60 kit, came with bad, the camera, a 50 mm AF leans, a 28-200 AF Zoom lens.
    I have also got a manfrotto 190 pro tripod with a ball swivel head.
    A Sigma 150-500 telephoto zoom.
    I shoot mostly outdoors and landscapes.
    I also bought the Neewer remote shutter release (invervalometer).
    I have been taking a lot of mountian shots, sunset/sunrise shots and a lot of moon pictures shooting stars and startrail shots. has a crazy sale on a greenscreen kit so I have that on order to start with some studio work.

    So far these lenses and this setup has been very versatile and there is nothing that I have not been able to get some really decent shots.

  13. Todd B says

    Hi Jim,

    I look forward to each of your podcasts. I especially look forward to the Doo-Dad of the week. This item looks like its right up the alley of photographers. Tripod tool/key ring perfect for a bag strap. I don’t know these guys, I was the 35th backer. My only interest is, I want one. I thought it might be a possible doo-dad of the week. Here’s the link to kickstarter.


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