I’ve been shooting for almost 30 years now, and I’ve never been happier with my gear than I am my current refined selection, which you can find below, by category.
If you’re just getting started, please don’t think that you need all of this to become a great photographer. Gear can certainly open new doors and enable you in various ways, but every gear purchase should be based on the need to overcome a specific obstacle that you find yourself up against often.
For example, you might be shooting with a 24-70mm lens, but regularly feel the need for something wider. You might have a 70-200mm lens, but finding it falls short for bird photography. Consider buying an Extender (teleconverter) or if you are going to move into wildlife photography, you might opt for a longer prime or zoom telephoto lens.
The gear in these lists is what I’m currently using, or the newer version that I would buy if I were to buy now. My recommendations are based on real-world use in the field or studio. If I don’t believe in a product, it doesn’t make the list. It’s as simple as that.
Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning when you buy, Martin Bailey Photography K.K. receives a modest commission payment. By using these links you help to support this web site and podcast.
Select one of the categories below to check out my recommended gear pages on B&H Photo.
I buy my camera supports, camera and lens plates and L-Brackets from Really Right Stuff. The engineering is second to none, and you can tell that these guys really, really love what they do.
For more information on what I actually use and why I love it, listen to the Podcast I did on the subject here.
Visit Really Right Stuff here: http://www.reallyrightstuff.com/
Of course, no amount of gear will improve your photography better than a firm understanding of the Craft of photography, and the ability to develop and capture your Vision. I have my own eBooks over on Craft & Vision but the entire collection is simply awesome, covering all photographic genres and disciplines. For not much more than the price of a coffee Craft & Vision eBooks will improve your photography more than any piece of gear—do come back to this page though when you’re ready to buy some hardware. 🙂
I use only Breathing Color inkjet media for my fine art printing. In my opinion there simply is nothing that comes even close on the market.