I'm often asked what type of camera to get. This section is for you.
The suggestions are a great starting point and include things that I use myself.
This is a GREAT full-frame camera for pics and video. Intuitive and easy-to-use with an exceptionally versatile 24-50mm lens. State-of-the-art auto-focus in a very small and affordable package.
Absolutely amazing ultra-wide lens for architecture, landscapes (especially to highlight something interesting in the foreground) and astrophotography (with the 2.8 aperture). Phenomenal.
This is an absolutely remarkable lens. I'm stunned by the image quality potential. My favorite focal length for portraits and just a very versatile lens overall. Sincerely one of the best.
This particular SanDisk Extreme PRO SDHC card does it all and 64GB is a lot of space. Many prefer a few of these to one even larger card. I tend to have 3 on hand at all times. Consider This Card Reader for downloading.
This is an amazing bag. Fits everything, is super-durable, very stylish and is a great size for most things. The zippered pockets really top it off. I've found that smaller is slightly too small and larger is just too big. This one is just right.
Boost saturation and contrast (and reduce haze and reflections) for rich landscape and sky colors in bright sunlight. Rotate clockwise (to not unscrew) for desired effect. Select the correct size for your lens.
This is a stunning option. Possibly all that you'll ever need and a tremendous value. Just be sure to turn the image stabilization off on your lens when on a tripod. Superior lever-lock design and extends to 59.45". 15.75" closed.
You can do "better", but this one gets the job done without any fuss and I love it. No battery - powered by the camera and comes with a wind shield. Please see my article on video/audio. Also consider the Deity Lapel Mic .
This 2 light kit is probably the best value of all time for video lighting. Two 24"x24" softboxes each with an 85W 5500K (which is perfect) CFL bulb and stand. Comes with carrying case and is everything that most will ever need.
This is worth it (if you don't mind the high cost). Use your camera's White Balance settings or do a Custom WB to calibrate your camera to mixed lighting for spectacular results. It's easy and periodically important.
An external hard drive is not a bad idea for backup and this is a great option. They all say to get at least 2 TBs. More seems like a little overkill. Compatible with Windows. Requires a simple reformatting for Mac.
The SpyderX Pro calibrates your computer's monitor to the room's lighting for accurate colors. An extremely cool device and is very simple and precise. Essential if you get into shooting in RAW one day.
Mounts on tripod to hold your phone horizontally or vertically. Versatile mounting options and has a cold shoe.
For seamless mounting onto a traditional ball head. Perfect size that makes for a very clean and tidy fit.
Improves your modern iPhone's audio. The non-L VideoMic Me is for other phones. Lightning Adapter if needed.