Photography Gear

I’m often asked about what photography gear I use. While I firmly believe it is the photographer who captures an image (not the camera)…having the right tool for the job is important. Below is a list of what I use to make my photos.

The Camera

Canon 6DCanon 6D Camera Body

The Canon 6D camera body is my first foray into the full-frame world of photography. It is an absolute joy to shoot with!

Key features include:

  • 20.2 Megapixel Full Frame CMOS Sensor
  • 4.5 Frames per Second Continuous Shooting
  • 1080p Video Recording
  • 11-point Autofocus System
  • Built-in GPS & Wifi

Check price of the Canon 6D on Amazon.


The Backup Camera

Canon 7D

Canon 7D Camera Body

The Canon 7D was my primary camera body before I got the 6D. In addition to being my backup, I keep it around because my 60mm macro lens is also crop-sensor specific and won’t work on my 6D.

Key features include:

  • 18 Megapixel APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • 8 Frames per Second Continuous Shooting
  • 1080p Video Recording
  • 19-point Autofocus System (all cross-type)

The Canon 7D is no longer available and has been replaced by the Canon 7D MkII (which is pretty amazing). Check the price of the Canon 7D MkII on Amazon.


When I’m Only Taking One Lens…

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS LensCanon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS

The 24-105 is my go-to walk around lens. It has a convenient zoom range and produces beautiful, sharp photos.

Key features include:

  • Maximum f/4 Aperture
  • Silent but Quick USM Autofocus
  • Image Stabilizer steadies camera shake up to 3 stops
  • Dust and Moisture Resistant

Check the price of the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS Lens at Amazon.


To Capture a Sweeping Landscape…

Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS LensCanon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS

I LOVE LOVE LOVE my 16-35. When I’m out shooting landscapes, this lens is the one most often found on my camera.

Key features include:

  • Maximum f/4 Aperture
  • Silent but Quick USM Autofocus
  • Image Stabilizer steadies camera shake up to 4 stops
  • Dust and Moisture Resistant

Check the price of the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS at Amazon.


When I’m trying to be inconspicuous…

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II LensCanon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

The Nifty Fifty is a great little lens when I’m carrying my big-girl camera in my purse and want to keep the weight down, or if I’m out doing a bit of street photography and want to blend in. This little lens is very inexpensive, but produces beautiful bokeh.

Key features include:

  • Maximum f/1.8 Aperture

The Canon EF 5omm f/1.8 II is no longer available and has been replaced by the Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM (which has a better build quality and faster autofocus). Check the price of the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM at Amazon.


Keep It Steady!

Sirui T2205X Series Tripod LegsSirui T2205X Series Tripod Legs

I originally bought this tripod specifically for travel, but I’ve been using it all the time! It folds up compact and is lightweight to carry but does a great job keeping my camera steady.

Key features include:

  • Maximum Height 56.9″
  • Load Capacity of 26.5lb
  • 8x Carbon Fiber Legs
  • 5 Leg Sections
  • Rapid/Reversible Center Column
  • 2.6lbs (without tripod head)
  • Folds down to 14.6″

Check the price of the Sirui T2205X Series Tripod Legs at Amazon.

Really Right Stuff BH-30 Ballhead
Really Right Stuff BH-30 Ballhead

The Really Right Stuff BH-30 Ballhead is a great companion to the Sirui Tripod. RRS is the top of the line manufacturer in camera support products. They are very pricey, but worth every penny!

Key features include:

  • 15lb Load Capacity
  • Ergonomic Design
  • Quick Release Clamp

Check the price of the BH-30 Ballhead on the Really Right Stuff Website.

Induro AKB1 Tripod

Induro AKB1 TripodThe Induro AKB1 was my first “good” tripod. It is a great value – sturdy, lightweight, and comes with a ballhead. You can also upgrade the ballhead (which I did with the Really Right Stuff BH-30).

Key features include:

  • Maximum Height 62.2″
  • Load Capacity 12.8lb
  • Magnesium Alloy Legs
  • 3 Leg Secions
  • 3.6lbs
  • Folds down to 26.4″

Check the price of the Induro AKB1 Tripod on Amazon.


Carry Everything In Comfort

Peak Design Everyday Backpack, 20LPeak Design Everyday Backpack 20L

I picked this bad boy up during Peak Design’s Kickstarter Campaign. I waited MONTHS to get my hands on this bag. Now that I have it, I wonder how I ever lived without it!

Key features include:

  • Unrivaled accessibility, expandability, and organization
  • MagLatch for lightning fast top access
  • Dual side-loading weatherproof zipper access
  • Integrated Luggage Carry
  • FlexFold Dividers
  • Internally Padded Accessory Pockets
  • Dedicated Laptop Sleeve (up to 15″)
  • Tuck-away Strap System for External Carry

Check the price of the Everyday Backpack on the Peak Design Website.

Peak Design Slide Camera Strap

Peak Design Slide Camera Strap

The Slide camera strap is beautifully designed and comfortable to wear. It can be detached from the camera quickly when transitioning to the tripod. (Don’t leave your camera strap flapping in the breeze when shooting on a tripod!)

Key features include:

  • Can be worn as a sling, neck or shoulder strap
  • Seatbelt-style webbing with internal padding has both smooth and grippy sides
  • Quickly Adjustable
  • Attach and detach from camera with one hand

Check the price of the Peak Design Slide Camera Strap at Amazon.

Check the price of the Slide Camera Strap on the Peak Design Website.

BlackRapid FWS-1FB Women’s Camera Strap

BlackRapid FWS-1FB Women's Camera StrapI’ve been using my BlackRapid strap for over 5 years. It is comfortable (made for a women’s body) and durable. It is made to be worn cross-body. The strap mounts to the camera via the tripod thread, thus hanging the camera upside down by your side. This makes it quick and easy to grab and bring to your eye.

Key features include:

  • Designed for women, by women
  • Built for comfort and speed with graceful styling
  • Lightweight shoulder pad

Check the price of the BlackRapid FWS-1FB Women’s Camera Strap at Amazon.


Let There Be Light!

Canon Speedlite 580EX II and 430EX

I don’t do a lot of flash photography, but when I do these two lights do the trick! Both are solidly built and provide more than adequate lighting when necessary. They can be used on-camera or mounted on a light stand with an umbrella or softbox.

Check the price of the Canon Speedlite 580EX II at Amazon.

Check the price of the Canon Speedlite 430EX at Amazon.