Recommended Gear

I’ve been shooting for over 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 open up specific creative doors or help you to overcome obstacles 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 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 at no extra cost to yourself.

Thank you!

Martin Bailey.

Recommended Gear by Category

Select one of the categories below to check out my recommended gear pages on B&H Photo.

Wildlife & Landscape

Landscape & Wildlife


Studio Gear

Studio Equipment


Color Management

Color Management


Fine Art Printing

Fine Art Printing





Check out our various review Podcasts here

Really Right Stuff TVC-34L Tripod with Leveling Base and BH-55 B

Camera Supports & Plates

I buy my camera supports, camera and lens plates and L-Brackets from Really Right Stuff, which can also now be bought on B&H Photo. 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.

Really Right Stuff Camera Supports Review

And also…

Tripods—What, When and Why I Use Them

My main tripod is the TVC-34L with a Leveling Base and BH-55 ballphead.


Capture One Pro

For my digital workflow, I use Phase One’s Capture One Pro for its incredible image quality and customizability. You can download and try Capture One Pro for free and get a 10% discount if you decide to buy it by using our voucher code AMBP. Note that this offer is not available for subscriptions or the Sony version of Capture One Pro.

Breathing Color

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.

For a discount of $20 on an order of $20 or more, use the code MBP20 when checking out.

Craft & Vision

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 also have regular columns in the Craft & Vision digital magazine PHOTOGRAPH. See our eBooks page for links to each issue.

Photographer’s Friend for iOS

Photographers Friend DoF Calc and ND CalcA Depth of Field calculator and a Neutral Density calculator in one app for the introductory price of just $2.99!

Photographer’s Friend was born of Martin’s desire to quickly find Depth of Field ranges and Hyperfocal Distance in the field, and at the same time, calculate multi-filter Neutral Density shutter speeds without changing apps. If you don’t have a timer in your camera or cable release, the ND calculator has one built in, and alerts can be enabled to display even after you’ve close the app!

There is detailed help and links to relevant information right there in the app, and Photographer’s Friend runs on any sized screen iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and works perfectly in the iPad Split Screen mode, making it an invaluable tool for studying or writing about photography on your iPad. It truly is a Photographer’s Friend!

Download Photographer's Friend from Appstore

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