Everyone loves to know about what kind of gear photographers use, myself included. There are so many options for hobbyist and professional photographers these days, so the products that each photographer uses is just as personal a choice as what their favorite cuisine is. Below, I’ve listed some of the gear that I use on a regular basis, along with links to non-affiliate websites where you can browse through the specifications and reviews in further detail.

1. Camera Bag – InCase DSLR Pro Pack

Although this bag is shown in camo, I have the dark grey version. This bag comes in handy when I travel (quite often) and allows room for my camera body, a few lenses, flashes, my computer, iPhone and more. It can get weighed down with a full backpack, and in the future a wheeled case may be a better option for me, but for when I want to be stylish and take everything with me, this is the bag of choice. LINK


2. Camera Body – Canon 5D Mark III

When the time came for me to update from a crop sensor to a full-frame camera, I had the choice to go Nikon or Canon. My crop sensor, Nikon D7000, was well used and even if I had stayed with Nikon, I would have had to upgrade my lenses with a switch to full-frame. I chose to go Canon and haven’t looked back. For video, which I do quite a lot of, Canon is a great choice and the camera is an absolute beast. LINK

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3. Wide Angle Lens: Canon EF 16 – 35mm f/2.8L II USM

My go-to lens for when I shoot both interiors and exteriors, this 16-35mm lens is my wide-angle mainstay. Shooting at its widest, there can be a bit of distortion but that can be easily taken out in post / editing. There are days that it doesn’t leave my camera and when I need to get that wide angle, particularly while shooting in low-light, there is no other lens that I would rather shoot. LINK


4. Prime Lens: Canon 50mm f/1.2L USM

My 50mm lens is primarily used when taking close up photos of food and drinks. The shallow depth of field, and that bokeh that is produced by shooting wide open at f/1.2 is something that I love to take advantage of, primarily when I’m visiting a restaurant at night and dining without lights to help illuminate the scene. Most of my favorite shots come from this lens and I can’t imagine shooting without one. LINK


5. Zoom Lens: Canon 70 – 200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

One of the greatest lenses on the planet is the Canon 70 – 200mm f/2.8L IS II USM. With the ability to be used in a variety of situations, from sporting events to portraits and general photography, this lens is one of the most sought after by photographers. The ability to take advantage of the long lens and the compression in the background as a result, the subjects in front stand out and shine in photos. This is particularly helpful while shooting children as the photographer can stay a bit further back to keep the kids comfortable and happy with a nice zone between them and the shooter. LINK


6. Zoom Lens: 24 – 105mm f/4L IS USM

This is the kit lens that comes with the 5d Mark III and is great for a short zoom lens. Because I have the longer 70 – 200mm zoom lens and the middle range covered with the 50mm, this lens doesn’t see as much action as it used to. LINK


7. On Camera / Off Camera Flash: Canon 600EX-RT

Canon has a variety of flashes, with the 600EX-RT being at the top of the price range. On camera or used off-camera with a variety of triggers that are available, the 600EX-RT is a powerful flash that can get the job done. LINK


8. Off Camera Strobe: Paul C. Buff Alien Bee B800

The Alien Bee B800 is a great light that creates a great output of light, whether used as a bare bulb light or behind a soft-box or umbrella. Shaping the light with great control and an easy to use interface on the back of the unit, the photographer can concentrate on shooting rather than fiddling with controls. LINK


9. MackBook Pro Retina Display – 15″

Since 2005 I’ve been a mac (not a PC). Every computer that I’ve had since that time has been a mac. When I travel, I always bring my MacBook Pro, but when I’m home and stationed in my office, I tend to work more off of my 27″ iMac. Editing on either is a joy and I love that all of my computers, phones and tablets that are in the apple ecosystem stay in sync at all times. LINK


10. Zoom H4n

To record a variety of off-camera audio, I use the Zoom H4n Handy Recorder. It has two XLR jacks on the bottom and an X/Y stereo microphone on the top for true stereo recording. When I utilize a lavalier microphone; whether wired into the H4n zoom itself or a wireless microphone with the receiver plugged into the H4n, this is a small and versatile recorder that captures quality sound. LINK


11. Rode VideoMic

For on camera audio, when I don’t want to use the built-in microphone function on my camera, the Rode VideoMic is a super handy and easy to use option. It’s small size and stabilization on the microphone allows me to place it in the hotshoe on top and run and gun without worrying about the sound. The benefit of using this over the built in microphone is both the enhanced quality of the sound and ability to not hear the motors while focusing or zooming in with the lens, which will often happen with the built in mic. LINK


12. Rode SmartLav+

As a portable solution, the Rode SmatLav+ is such a great option when I don’t want to haul around the Zoom H4n and the XLR cables that I need to capture my sound. The SmartLav+ is a lavalier mic that goes right into the iPhone 5S and with the Rode app running on the phone, this is pro quality sound with all of the equipment that travels with me, anyway.