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!

  5. Bruce


    Love your stuff. Long time follower. My question concerns crop vs full frame (Chevy vs Ford). I am so confused. Just watched a recent youtube video of yours where you really kind of “poo pooed” full frame, which is fine. BUT while you are doing that, you are holding a D800 and saying “I still love this and use it all the time.” Then I go to your website to look at gear and you recommend the 6D and the 5DMIII both of which are…..FULL FRAME!! Now I am really confused. I am a long time Canon user and not too long ago upgraded from a 40D to a 70D. I really like the 70D but I have a little extra cash and am considering adding the 5DMIII. Like you, I love landscape/seascape photography but I also have three grand kids that I love to shoot.
    Your thoughts

  6. David Coulter

    6d vs d600 lens focal length being the same. Which system will you spend more money on? I currently have a 7d but the only lens that would fit the 6d would be my macro and Nikon, I think has better resolution. So maybe it’s time to switch? I also have a 400 f/5.6 I know Nikon doesn’t have, but I can sell.

  7. Paul Coleman

    I was wondering about photo printers. In a recent portrait podcast, they mentioned they do not print their photos themselves because of the quality. Is there a niche for printing your photos yourself? I was looking at the canon 8720 or 7520. Would you recommend I skip a new printer and send my photo I want to print to a commercial printer?

    Thanks for your help.


  8. Tefnut Min Tum

    Hi Jim,

    I am interested in purchasing a DSLR camera for product photography and I am totally confused by all the brands and types out there. I currently use a SLR camera which does not capture certain shades of blue, red and green very well, so I need to redo lots of pictures and must upgrade.

    I’m interested in a DSLR which can produces clean, clear, crisp close-ups photos of very small
    items I sell. I’m hoping you would help me out with my decision and I would greatly appreciate your recommendation of a DSLR to fit my needs. I am lost in the sea of many DSLR to choose from, help please!

  9. Sara

    Hi Jim,
    Your website is amazing, I just started photography and I have so many questions. One of my questions is do I need a Lense hood and a extra flash if Im doing portrait photography mostly outdoors?

  10. Sara

    And the other question was I find I get a lot of shadows in my pictures and I cant get my subject to be very clear what can i do about that?
    Thanks so much

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