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Top 10 Most Essential Photography Gear

Here is a list I came up with of the top 10 items I use the most for my photography!


Contents

1. Camera
2. Lens
3. Drone
4. Camera Bag
5. Tripod
6. ND Filter
7. Extra Camera Battery
8. Wireless Remote
9. Memory Card
10. Wrist Strap

1. Camera - Sony a7iii

I've used 4 different cameras since starting photography in 2016 and in July 2020, I upgraded to the Sony a7iii. It was a great decision.


Alternate Choice

If you're looking for an entry-level camera, I highly recommend the Sony a6300 or the Sony a6000 as excellent cameras for an introduction to mirrorless.


Sony a7iii




2. Lens - Tamron 28-200mm f2.8

I have always loved using an all-in-one lens. The Tamron 28-200mm lens was released right around the time I bought my camera and I knew it was the one I wanted. This lens has a range that allows me to only carry 1 lens 95% of the time.


Tamron 28-200mm Lens



3. Drone - DJI Mavic Air

This definitely isn't the newest DJI drone on the market, but the DJI Mavic Air has been awesome for me. I don't fly a ton, but for the amount I fly, I can count on this drone to be reliable and produce solid images.

If I were to upgrade, I would stick with a similar sized and priced drone and go with the DJI Mavic Mini 2.


DJI Mavic Air




4. Camera Bag - Incase DSLR Pro Pack

I love the Incase DSLR Pro Pack camera bag for my needs. I have never seen anyone else with this bag, and I just don't know why. This thing is absolutely perfect. It fits my camera, an extra lens, my drone, drone controller, drone charger, drone batteries, filters, and has a spot for a tripod. It has the perfect number of extra pockets. It can fit a 15" laptop, a tablet/iPad. I will not go on an airplane without this bag. It also is perfect as a "personal item" for travel, as it does fit under the seat.


Incase DSLR Pro Pack




5. Tripod - Zomei Carbon Fiber Q666C

I have owned the Zomei Tripod since 2017 and have been very happy with it. It's lightweight and compact enough that I can bring it with me when I travel and on hikes and has a 360 ballhead. Even with it's light weight, it's plenty sturdy for the full frame camera and all-on-one lens.

If money wasn't a factor, I would probably go for the Peak Design Travel Tripod.


Zomei Carbon Fiber Q666C Tripod




6. ND Filter - Zomei Variable ND Filter

When it comes to bang for your buck, I have found nothing Zomei filters are the best. These filters are very affordable and are real glass filters. I prefer variable filters due to the ease of not having to carry as many filters. I have bought Zomei ND filters for every lens I've ever had. Also, I once bought one of their filters and it was loose. Their customer service was great and sent me a new one, no questions asked.

The next best bang for your buck, which I have purchased once (because Zomei didn't have the size I needed available) was from K&F Concepts.


Zomei Variable ND Filter




7. Camera Battery - Sony NPFZ100 Battery

I will not go anywhere without an extra camera battery. This battery is specific for my camera, but it's so important to always carry an extra battery. I once had my camera turn on inside my bag and when I pulled it out the battery was dead. I was thankful to have an extra. And when it comes to batteries, I will never recommend getting a third-party. They are never as good. Spend the money and get the brand-name battery that matches your camera. The model number of the battery should be listed on the battery itself.


Sony NPFZ100 Rechargeable Battery




8. Wireless Remote - Foto&Tech IR Wireless Remote

Having a remote can be very useful for several things, especially long exposure photography and for selfies! This Foto&Tech Remote is specifically for Sony cameras, so if you don't have a Sony camera, find one that is specific for your camera. This is a very basic remote with a range of about 30 feet. It's very affordable and works consistently.

At some point soon, I plan to upgrade to the Aodelan Wireless Remote to increase the range, to allow me to take "selfies" from much further away (range is rated at about 250 feet).

Foto&Tech IR Wireless Remote




9. Memory Card - PNY Elite-X Class 10 U3 Memory Card

I didn't realize the importance of a good quality memory card for a couple years, but it makes a significant difference. A few years ago, I was shooting astrophotography with my friend. We have the same camera, but I was using a slower memory card, not realizing the difference between cards. My friend was using the PNY card linked right here. After I took a photo, it would take about 30 seconds to process, before I could see it or take the next photo. His processed instantly. Get a good memory card.


PNY Elite-X Class 10 U3 Memory Card




10. Wrist Strap - VKO Green Soft Camera Wrist Strap

I never liked using a neck strap. I took my chances on this VKO Wrist Strap from Amazon, and it's been awesome! If we're hiking, I usually throw this thing around my wrist and just hold my camera the entire way up. I like how this strap looks and it has shown nice since of wear and tear after 2 years of use.


VKO Wrist Strap





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