I'm often asked what type of camera to get. This section is for you.
The main benefit today of a DSLR over a small mirrorless camera is battery life, but it's increasingly becoming a "mirrorless" world. So below are my current recommendations with that in mind.
If you're going to go mirrorless you might as well consider one that's small. Most lose the "size" advantage with lenses, but the Canon M50 has it all. Also, it's phenomenal for video and is extremely intuitive.
You may want to consider one or two extra batteries; especially when traveling. This is one of the challenges of smaller cameras although it's not a terrible thing. Especially important if using this great camera for video.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The quintessential webcam to keep it simple, high quality and great value. A nice update to the C920.
Tremendous for those wishing to add 4K, zooming capability, HDR and low light. Sort of AWESOME.
A very significant upgrade to your webcam or computer microphone. Super easy and highly recommended.
A great and relatively simple-to-operate full-frame mirrorless camera. Features the most modern DIGIC X processor for amazing high ISO/low light performance. Just outstanding in every way and my next camera.
I know what I said about prime lenses, but the image quality from this zoom is no slouch. Covers a very useful range. Wouldn't be terrible to go through life with just a standard lens and this (to cover much of the telephoto range).
This would be "the" range for Ultra Wide Angle to Wide/Standard. A large aperture isn't always essential so being able to go to f/4.0 is usually perfect. Still expensive, but not as bad as if it were f/2.8. AWESOME for landscapes.
I'm going to declare this the best portrait lens on the entire planet. Is this lens necessary? - yes it is. Glad you asked. Great for a variety of uses. Is a little large, heavy and expensive; and very much worth it in every way.