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Canon EOS 5D Mark III

This is Canon’s flagship full-frame digital SLR and a rival to Nikon’s D800. With a cool 22.3MP, this camera is a favourite for professional Canon shooters all over the world.

$3,459.00

DSLR Cameras

From Canon to Nikon, crop sensor to full frame, these are the best DSLR’s on the market. Start here if you’re looking to get into photography, but don’t know which camera to buy.

Point & Shoot Cameras

Sometimes you don’t want to lug around your heavy DSLR, but you still want to take great quality photos. Not a problem – check out these recommended small point and shoot cameras!

Lenses

These are lenses that I’ve personally used, and recommend to budding photographers, who want to take better photos, and improve their understanding of photography.

Small Accessories

Here you’ll find filters, batteries, memory cards, hard drives, cleaning product, remotes, and other small accessories that every photography should own.

Lighting

When you start to understand flash photography, you will start to see an improvement in your photos as they look more professional and well exposed.

Lighting Accessories

Knowing how to control the light is a key factor to using flash photography correctly, and a great way to do so, is to use lighting accessories and modifiers, like these.

Tripods

I spent $300 on my tripod, and although that seems like a lot of money, it’s probably the best accessory I’ve ever bought. Strong and reliable, it will last for years to come.

Straps

You never really realise just how bad camera strap designs are, until you decide to replace your strap with a the likes of the Sun Sniper, Black Rapid, or C-Loop.

Software

Although you shouldn’t rely on post production as a replacement for good photography, PP is still a very important aspect of photography, as you add those finishing touches.

Books

Reading from books is how I learned how to take better photos, and get my head around more complicated aspects of photography, such as lighting. Some great reads here.

Nikon D800

This is Nikon’s answer to the 5D Mk3, the Nikon D800. With extremely low noise, incredible dynamic range and the most faithful colors, it’s an excellent camera for the price.

$2,999.00

Canon EOS Rebel T4i

With 18MP, this is a great camera for any beginner, looking to get started with photography. As first cameras go, this is a great place to start. Canon or Nikon though?

$849.00

Nikon D5100

This is Nikon’s answer to the entry level camera, with 16.2MP, and all the modern features you’d expect from a camera, such as HDR, HD Video, and a flip-out screen.

$646.95

Canon EOS 6D

This very exciting camera is Canon’s entry level, full-frame camera. With Wi-FI, GPS, 20.1MP, silent shooting, and much more, this camera is excellent value for money.

$2,099.00

Nikon D600

This is Nikon’s entry level, full-frame camera, which rivals the Canon so much that it’s hard to decide between the both. For a full run down, click here. 24.3MP, HD Video…

$2,096.95

Canon EOS 1100D

If you’re looking for an entry level Canon camera, but you can’t afford the T4i, then this is one of the cheapest DSLR’s Canon offer. It’s more basic, but still very good.

$485.00

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

With a 10.1 MP sensor, 3 inch screen, HD video, and 3.8x zoom, this camera is a great camera for any serious photographer, looking for a good pocket-sized replacement.

$389.88

Canon PowerShot S100

This Canon has a 12.1 MP sensor, with a 5x wide angle optical image stabilized zoom, and great low light capabilities. It’s pocket sized, and shoots high quality stills and video.

$249.00

Olympus XZ-1

The main selling point of this camera is the super wide aperture of f/1.8, which is hugely useful when shooting in low light. The 10MP camera also captures HD videos too.

$350.99

Nikon 1 J1

This has got to be one of the most stylish point & shoot cameras on the market, and it’s got more going for it than that. It captures full HD, has super fast focus, and a mirror-less body.

$396.95

Nikon Coolpix P7000

10MP, a 7.1x optical zoom, great image quality, and handy dial controls for key functions including ISO, white balance, bracketing, exposure compensation, and more.

$315.00

Fujifilm X10

With a bright f/2.0 wide-angle aperture, and a 4x optical zoom, this camera comes into it’s own with Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Speed Priority, and Manual mode. Great for DSLR users.

$469.00

Canon EOS M

The EOS M is Canon’s first mirror-less camera, which will allow you to use your professional EOS lenses on it. Amazing quality and control from such a small camera. 18MP too :).

$799.00

Leica X2

Yowch, look at that price. Yeah, it’s expensive, but it’s a Leica after all, and it’s beautiful. A new APS-C CMOS 18MP sensor, and superb quality glass. Oh and Adobe Lightroom for free!

$1,995.00

Fujifilm X100

This beautiful camera has 12.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, a 35mm equivalent lens with an aperture of f/2, optional manual focus, HD video capture, and excellent ISO quality.

$1,049.00

Sony DSC-RX100

The Sony has a 20MP sensor, which is excellent in low light, especially with the help of the f/1.8 aperture. It records full HD video, has manual and priority shooting modes, and is super slim.

$648.00

Transcend 32 GB CF Card

If your camera uses a CF card, then this is the one I recommend. It’s a good brand, great capacity, and super fast reading a writing speeds. Exactly what I look for in a memory card.

WD 1TB USB 3.0 Portable HDD

Back up your photos. As someone who has suffered a hard drive failure, I can’t stress this enough. This portable hard drive is good quality, superfast, and has a great capacity.

Transcend 32 GB Class 10 SD

If your camera uses a SD card, then this is the one I recommend. It’s a good brand, great capacity, and super fast reading a writing speeds. Exactly what I look for in a memory card.

19-in-1 Memory Card Reader

You never realise quite how slow transferring your photos through your camera actually is. That is, of course, until you buy your first card reader. It’s cheap, just buy one. Trust me.

Canon RC-6 Wireless Remote

Wireless remotes are really useful for taking photos without jogging the camera as you do so. They’re also very useful for taking self portraits. Choose the right brand for your camera!

Hoya 77mm UV Filter

UV filters are used mostly to protect your lens from getting damaged, but you need to buy a good quality one. Low cost filters will damage your image quality, so invest in quality filters.

Hoya 77mm Polarizing Filter

Polarizing filters remove glare and haze from a photo, which are really useful when you’re shooting in the sun. Same rules apply, buy quality filters or you’ll damage your image quality.

$104.51

Tiffen Color Graduated ND Filter

Graduated filters are used for taking photos when the brightness of the sky throws off the balance of the exposure. Using an ND filter allows you to counteract this. Choose the correct size.

Hoya 72mm ND-400

This is another neutral density filter, only this time it’s not graduated. This darkens the entire photo, which will allow you to take longer exposure, when there’s good light.

Microfiber Lens Cloth

Lenses smudge, get wet, and attract dust really quickly. It’s important to keep your lenses clean, and that means carrying a small microfiber lens cloth. It’s cheap, and very useful.

LensPEN

LensPENs are used for cleaning lenses because they have a brush for the dust, and a curved carbon end for removing smudges. They’re no good for filters though, because of the curve.

Giottos Rocket Air Blaster

If you have an pesky dust on your sensor, then this air blaster will get rid of it with just a few puffs of air. If you still have problems with dust, I recommend seeking a professional’s help.

Giottos Microfiber Lens Pouch

These pouches will keep your lenses dry and protected, and because they’re made from a microfiber cloth, they can be used to clean your lenses too. Note: Only one pouch per order.

Rechargeable Batteries & Charger

I use a lot of batteries when I’m taking photos with a flash, and it’s important to have them fresh so they recycle fast. Instead of throwing away batteries, I simply recharge them.

Battery Grip for Canon

You’ll want to make sure that you buy the right grip for your camera, but these can be very useful. They save having to change batteries too much, and make the camera easier to hold.

$134.26

Canon LP-E6 Battery

Same again, choose the right barrery for your camera. Spare batteries are essential because you don’t want to run out of charge, just when you’re about to take a dream photo.

Complete Digital Photography

This book guides you through every aspect of digital photography, from shooting, through to printing to help you master the theory and technical skills required of a great photographer.

Langford’s Basic Photography

In this book you’ll learn; how images are formed and how to control what you capture, the best camera and lens type for your work, the principles and equipment of lighting, much more…

LIFE Guide to Digital Photography

‘Everything You Need to Shoot Like the Pros’ pretty much sums this book up. Joe explains in this book how to take best advantage of what your camera was designed to do, and go for the gold.

Understanding Exposure

With more than 350,000 copies sold, this book has demystified the complex concepts of exposure for countless photographers, in Bryan’s trademark easy-to-understand style.

Camera: A History of Photography

I found this book particularly fascinating, it’s a history of the cameras used to take iconic images. From the earliest wet plate cameras to the camera NASA used on the moon.

The Photographer’s Mind

The nature of photography demands that the viewer constantly be intrigued by new imagery and different interpretations, and the aim of this book is to answer what makes a photo great.

The Photographer’s Eye

Michael Freeman is on this list twice, and with good reason, I love the way he writes. This is about photographic design; the single most important factor in creating a successful photo.

The Moment It Clicks

In this book you’ll see Joe’s brilliant images that perfectly illustrates his technique. And you’ll get the inside story of how that shot was taken, including which equipment he used.

Creative Black and White

Black-and-white photography poses unique challenges; without color to guide the eye, contrast, lighting, and composition take on even more importance. By Harold Davis.

Speedliter’s Handbook

For those new to flash photography—or for anyone who has previously given up out of frustration—Speedliter’s Handbook is a revelation. Speedliter’s Handbook shows you how.

The Hot Shoe Diaries

In The Hot Shoe Diaries, Joe brings you behind the scenes to share his lighting solutions for a ton of great images. Using Nikon Speedlights, Joe lets you in on his thought process.

Decade

A collection of famous, iconic photos of memorable events from the past 10 year, coupled with a brief description of what the photo’s about. It really helps to jog your memory.

The Americans

A very famous collection of photos from Robert Frank shot during 1955-1956. He saw the roiling racial tension, glamour, and beauty, and, Americans’ love for cars.

$135.00

National Geographic Collection

Behind National Geographic’s worldwide reputation as a powerhouse of photography lies one of the finest, most extensive, and most unique graphic resources on Earth.

The Making of 40 Photographs

Truly some of the best black and white photography I’ve ever seen. Each of Adams’ 40 photographs presented here is accompanied by an engaging narrative that explores the photo.

LIFE 75 Years: The Very Best

75 years of photography from one of the most influential publications of the 20th century. A history in photos, highlighting the most famous, moving and beautiful pictures from the magazine.

Reuters: Our World Now 5

The fourth edition of Our World Now captures the key events from 2011 in more than 350 powerful photographs. Organized into four sections that represent the four quarters of the year.

The Adobe Lightroom 4 Book

In the latest version of the #1 best-selling book for Lightroom 4, Scott uses his same step-by-step, plain-English style and layout to make learning Lightroom easy and fun.

Apple Training Series: Aperture 3

This guide to Aperture 3 starts with the basics of image management and takes you through Aperture’s powerful editing, retouching, proofing, publishing, and archiving features.

The Adobe Photoshop CS6 Book

Scott shows you the exact techniques used by today’s cutting-edge digital photographers, and best of all, he shows you flat-out exactly which settings to use, when to use them, and why.

California Sun Sniper Steel

This is a padded shoulder strap, with a shock absorber, which attaches to your camera in the tripod mount for easy of use. It’s also reinforced with steel, and insured for up to $500.

Black Rapid RS-5 Camera Strap

This is a similar strap to the Sun Sniper, only instead of a steel reinforcement and shock absorber, there’s a couple pouches for storing batteries, memory cars, and business cards.

Sun Sniper Double Press Harness

If you’re a professional photographer who needs to carry more than one camera at a time, such as at a wedding, or sporting event, then this is a really useful strap to own.

$178.32

C-Loop Combo Camera Strap

The C-Loop is made from High Quality Material and Construction, in the USA. The Ergonomic Split Strap design conforms to shoulder for unparalleled comfort, and fast shooting.

BlackRapid RRS-1BB Sport

This strap is designed to carry heavy professional gear comfortably, and the shoulder pad ensures even weight distribution. An extra strap ensures it doesn’t slide over your shoulder.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4

Adobe Lightroom 4 is everything you need beyond the camera-Organize, perfect, and share-Lightroom combines all your digital photography tools in one fast, efficient application.

$114.95

Aperture 3

I’ve included Aperture 3 here, to tell you not to buy it. It’s really gone downhill recently, and I’ve actually just made the switch to Lightroom 4 instead, which is much better.

$118.00

Adobe Photoshop Elements 10

Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 is a consumer photo-editing software-makes it easy to edit and create using automated options. I don’t personally use it, but some people find it useful.

Adobe Photoshop CS6

Expand your creative possibilities and turn your vision into reality with the comprehensive, state-of-the-art image editing tools in Photoshop CS6 – the latest version of Photoshop.

$490.14

Nik Software Complete Collection

Nik software is a plugin for Aperture and Lightroom which makes editing your photos much more intuitive, and easily controlled. This bundle includes colour, HDR, B&W, and more.

$216.99

Manfrotto 055XPROB Tripod Legs

These are the tripod legs I own, and they’re excellent. They go really high, really low, are very sturdy, well built, and easy to carry. I honestly can’t recommend them enough.

$149.90

Manfrotto 327RC2 Joystick Head

It’s more expensive than the legs it sits on, but it’s very strong, and really useful for straitening your image (something I suck at). Go for this, more expensive model if you use heavy lenses.

$156.75

Manfrotto Self Standing Monopod

Sometimes it can get a bit much to carry round a tripod all day. so I recommend this monopod. It practically doubles as a walking stick. Little legs kicks out to support it too.

$119.99

Manfrotto Magnesium Ball Head

Some people prefer a ball head to a joystick head, and this is probably one of the best on the market. I believe in investing in quality gear, and never having to replace it.

$148.99

Manfrotto Tripod with Ball Head

If you can’t afford $300 on a tripod, that’s fair enough. This tripod and ball head is made by a quality brand, only at a much more reasonable price. Excellent for a beginner on a budget.

Manfrotto Rapid Mounting Plate

It’s always good to own a spare mounting plate, whether it’s because you use two cameras quite often (film and digital?), or for when you inevitably lose the one that came with the tripod.

GorillaPod SLR-Zoom Flexible

GorillaPod’s are great for when you don’t want to carry a tripod, but still want to support your camera. They’re cheap, lightweight, and this model is strong enough for your telephoto too.

BeanBag Tripod

This bean bag ‘tripod’ is useful for when a traditional tripod isn’t suitable, such as when you’re perched over your car window, and it folds up very nicely into your bag. Great idea.

Manfrotto Tripod Bag

Tripods are often padded to make them easier to carry, but I find that it’s much better to just use a bag. This bag will keep your tripod safe, and it has pockets to store small accessories.

Manfrotto Basic Light Stand

When you start shooting with an off-camera flash, this is one of the first things you’re going to want to buy yourself, as it’s a safe way to position your flash just about anywhere.

Manfrotto Swivel Umbrella Adapter

This adapter easily attaches an umbrella to your light stand, and the tilting feature adds adjustability to light and umbrella. Perfect for when you want to add difusion to your lighting.

Stroboframe Bracket Shoe Mount

This bracket shoe mount holds even the heaviest shoe units, and the construction is secure and durable. The bracket is very solid, and holds my flash in place nicely when I need it to.

Manfrotto Boom Stand & Sand Bag

This is a great way to improve your lighting for product and portrait photography, as it will help you to maneuver the flash wherever you want it. And it comes with a sandbag included.

$149.90

Manfrotto Clamp & Flash Shoe

This is another great way to attach your flash to an unusual surface, where you may not be able to fit a stand, or it’s simply easier to just clamp the flash to an existing surface.

16-Inch Flash Beauty Dish

This 16″ Beauty Dish includes all the mounting accessories, including a grid, and an elastic difusor. This is probably my favourite light modifier, because I love the fall off it produces.

White Umbrella with Extras

This is a 40in White Satin Umbrella with Reflective Silver Backing and Removable Black Cover, gives you the flexibility to produce lots of different diffusions, from one modifier.

24-Inch Foldable Softbox with Grid

Everyone needs to own a softbox, and this 24-Inch Portable Foldable Off-camera Flash Portrait Softbox with Grid for Speedlites is perfect, because the grid modifies the light even further.

4 Heavyduty Sandbags

Sandbags are really important if you care about your gear not getting blown onto the floor (or worse). There are the perfect solution, to be filled with anything; sand, gravel, even nuts and bolts.

5-in-1 Collapsible Light Reflector

I actually own a couple of these as they’re really useful for adding natural light, exactly where you need it. They collapse too so they pack away easily when you’re done.

Honl Photo Speed Strap

Provides a large wraparound surface area to quickly attach gobos and colour correction filters to your flashes, and it’s also non-slip so it won’t budge when attached. Very useful.

Color Correction Filter Kit

Color correction filters are used to color correct your strobes for tungsten, fluorescent or cool daylight lighting environments. They easily attach to the speed strap to the left.

Flash Diffuser

This is probably one of the best things I’ve ever bought for my flash, because it makes direct, on-camera flash, much less harsh. Great for outdoors at night, pointed upwards too.

Gary Fong LightSphere Diffuser

The LightSphere is one of the most popular diffusers on the market, for one very good reason; it works. It’s low cost, and high performing, producing more professional results.

Storage & Camera Bags

When you’re packing all of your gear together, you need to make sure that everything is safe and secure. I highly recommend these bags and cases, to help move all of your equipment.

Canon Lenses

I’m a Canon shooter, and the difference in quality between Canon and Nikon is negligible, but I thought it would be much easier for you if I divided up the lenses by brand.

Nikon Lenses

These lenses are all made by Nikon and have Nikon lens mounts. FX Lenses are for full frame cameras (although they will work on crop too), and DX lenses are for crop cameras.

Sigma Lenses

Sigma make really good lenses with different mounts for the main brands: Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony, and Sigma. They’re a bit cheaper too if you’re looking to save money.