Better gear does not make you a better photographer. If anything, I think it’s the other way around. Having said that, gadgets are important. After all, a photographer without a camera is hardly a photographer. Also, new and better gadgets are always exciting! So, below you will find a list of all the gear I use on a day-to-day basis to create my images and videos. You are more than welcome to use this list as an inspiration or a guideline, but as always – remember to exercise your best judgement and only pick whatever works best for you.
I own or owned all of these items and have paid for them with my own money, so I’m not affiliated with any of brands mentioned. If I express an opinion about a particular item, that’s only because I really think so. However, I should mention that the links below are Amazon affiliate links and I will get a small commission from Amazon if you click on them and then buy something on their site. It won’t add anything to the price you pay and I will be forever grateful if you choose to support me that way. I work on this site and my Youtube channel in my own free time and every little bit helps to keep me going.
Canon 80D – my main still camera, which I absolutely love for the image quality and general versatility. My only beef with it is the lack of 4K for video.
Sigma 18-35 1.8 lens – my favourite lens for landscape photography. Absolutely pristine sharpness and image quality. Love this lens.
Canon 55-250 lens – my long lens for more intimate landscape photos and (occasional) sport photography. I’m not too happy about the sharpness of this lens, but it does the job for now and is dirt cheap.
Canon 10-18 lens – my wide lens for when that Sigma is just not wide enough. I’m not entirely happy with its image quality, but I use it very rarely.
Canon 85mm 1.8 lens – my occasional portrait lens, which I don’t take with me very often because I mainly do landscapes.
MeFoto Roadtrip classic – my tripod, it’s reasonably lightweight and generally reliable (although I had some screws fall out and the ball head eventually broke down). If you’re just buying your first tripod, this is a great choice for its price/value ratio. It’ll easily survive a few years of use (and abuse) until you’re ready to move to something more robust. For more seasoned photographers, there are probably better options.
Breakthrough Photography X4 Polarizer – my new polariser filter.
HOYA Polarizer – my old/backup polariser filter.
Canon remote release – I’m not a big fan of wired remote releases and this one from Canon does a fine job for me.
Panasonic Lumix G7 – my main vlogging camera. For its price, its a great little camera that does 4K, has a flip out screen and is near perfect for vlogging. It’s largest weakness is horrendous autofocus that got me infuriated a few times. If that’s something you can live with, I wholeheartedly recommend it.
Panasonic 12-60 lens – my main vlogging lens, which I got with as a kit lens with the body. The range and aperture is enough to cover 95% of my vlogging requirements and for video I almost exclusively use this lens.
Panasonic 25mm lens – my video lens for low light situations or when I want to achieve shallow depth of field. Covers the remaining 5% of my vlogging needs.
DJI Mavic Pro – my drone. While it’s a great drone, I cannot recommend it if you absolutely rely on your equipment to work. Within a period of 6 months I had a gimbal failure and then exactly the same issue again on the replacement drone DJI sent me under warranty. Both times this happened while I was on filming trips. It simply is not reliable in that regard.
Yi 4K – my action camera for underwater shooting, mounting on cars and other situations where using conventional camera is not straightforward.
Rode VideoMicro – my vlogging microphone. Great quality for great price.
JOBY GorillaPod – my backup/video/vlogging tripod.
Polaroid ND Filters – a set of inexpensive ND filters for my Lumix camera.
Shimoda Design 40L – my main camera backpack.
Lowepro ProTactic 450 AW – my second backpack.
Peak Design Camera Clip – an absolute necessity for anybody who likes to photograph and hike.
Anker power bank – ever had you phone batter die? Yeah, me too. This will solve it.