I contemplated calling this post “My photography gear”, but since it has more than just photography, I settled on “My tech gear” instead.
First things first, of course an iPhone. How amazing is it that we have all these amazing tools like a calculator, a GPS, internet, and of course a camera in one machine?!
Secondly, a selfie stick. I know, I know…. I was really against them too, that is, until I got one! I was sent this iClever IC-SS01 selfie stick (technically a self-portrait monopod… selfie stick just sounds wrong) for a review. I tried it, and I am hooked. I love that there is no cable needed to connect it to your phone (you pair it through bluetooth), it was easy to pair with my phone, and the battery on it seems to last pretty long, and the grip is super comfy! And the best part it also holds my GoPro (when it’s inside the protective case!) Right now it’s on sale for only $10.99. I looked at comparables and the ones at a similar price are of a much worse quality.
Speaking of GoPros! For the longest time I was not buying in, because I thought it was just another “Flip” camera at a much higher cost point. But with the latest Hero 4 editions, I gave in and purchased GoPro HERO4 Silver before our trip to Fredericksburg. I am not sure what makes it so expensive (marketing?), but it’s a nifty little camera. And I love the fact that it’s easier, makes it a lot less intimidating then the big DSLR. I also noticed that people are a lot more receptive to a GoPro, then to a big DSLR filming them.
For accessories, I got a cheap “starter kit” on Amazon, BAXIA TECHNOLOGY Accessories for GoPro. It’s not the greatest quality, but it has all the essentials, like a suction cup, a helmet strap, etc. One thing to note, is that the selfie monopod in this collection, frankly sucks because it doesn’t support the weight of the camera and flips it upside down. So I am glad the other monopod worked for GoPro!
For my main DSLR I use a Nikon D7100 . It’s from an Enthusiast collection of cameras from Nikon. It has an easy access to all necessary settings like ISO, aperture and shutter speed, but still has the comfort of “automatic” settings. My only push to upgrade in the future is the crop sensor on this camera. I’d like to upgrade to a full frame camera to take a full advantage of my lenses. (Let me know if you’d like to know a difference between a full frame and a cropped sensor).
For back up I use my initial Nikon D5000 that is now AGES old (at least in the technology world), but it was my first DSLR and I could not have left it without an honorary mention. This camera was a great learning tool and a stepping stone in photography for me.
My two favorite lenses are Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G for wide screen shots and Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G for traveling and being able to easily zoom in and out. I also own a Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G lens, which I seldomly use.
My tripod is Velbon DF-40, which I inherited. It’s pretty old, but it’s strong and sturdy and gets the job done. When I need a light filler, I use Nikon SB-600 Speedlight Flash for Nikon.
Pro tip: I always have at least 1 extra battery on hand for every set of equipment I use. And a portable power bank is a life saver when traveling!