This post was first written May 2015. It was interesting to go back to the original and see how much as changed. I have to say not a lot. I have updated it in a few places, but these are still the pieces of kit I can’t live without.
If your photography kit is anything like mine, you have a bit, but there will be pieces that you can’t live without. So today I thought I would share with you my top 10 things that I couldn’t live without.
1/ My Camera
What would a photographer be without their camera. I don’t think I am alone in my feelings towards it. I have a Nikon D800 and it has been the most spectacular camera I’ve ever had. I have loved it, but it is showing its age now and I have ordered the new Nikon D850. It is something we all have to do is to get a camera that we love using and one that will do what you want it to do.
I first got the Nikon 24-70mm lens because I thought it would be a good portrait lens and that sort of thing for doing cycling. I did have plans for doing some portrait work, but didn’t do much. When I got it I was using my Nikon D300s and I was a bit disappointed with it. I found it wasn’t as wide as I had hoped, so I thought I had made a massive mistake.
Then I got the D800 and it was perfect for that camera. Now I use it all the time and I am so glad that I got it. It is my go to lens.
The Lensbaby Velvet 56 opened my eyes to new possibilities for macro photography. It is easy to use and the way it blurs images is amazing. I love the effects you can get with it. I have had for a year now and I wouldn’t want to be without it. I’m now trying out the Velvet 85 which is another lens from Lensbaby and is a great mate for the 56.
4/ My Benro Tripod
I got my first tripod over 20 years ago and it served me well. It was a Manfrotto and while it wasn’t fancy, it did well. The only reason I decided to replace it was because the screws that I had to use to tighten the legs weren’t working too well and the legs would sink. So it became time to get a new one. I did get a Manfrotto one, but it is quite large, however, I became a Benro Ambassador for Australia and part of the deal was a tripod. They gave me a Benro SystemGo Plus, FGP18C and it is now the tripod I use all the time. It isn’t a small tripod, more medium, but it is light and easy to carry around. The only time I have to use the other one is when it is really windy.
5/ My Remote Shutter Release
It is an underrated item, but I am glad I got it. It has been so useful in so many situations. I was also delighted when I found out that it was also an intervalometer. That has been fantastic for doing long exposures and astrophotography.
6/ My Computer
A couple of months ago I upgraded my PC and have been so happy with it. I think any photographer these days understands how important having a computer that can keep up with you and what you are doing is an absolute must.
7/ Adobe Photoshop
There are so many different types of software for working on photos out there. I don’t know them all and some I will never use, but I do love Photoshop. I love what I can do with it and what it can do to my images. There isn’t anything I don’t like. It is great to experiment and find out new tools and see what else I can do. The learning never stops.
8/ The Formatt Hitech ND Filters
I have a few filters now from Formatt Hitech and I love them. Long exposure photography has become an important part of my work since I first got my filters. I love doing images of the city and ocean with them. Simplicity becoming a key component of that.
9/ The Benro Ranger Pro 400 Bag
I have many bags, but the Benro is by far my favourite and the one I use the most. It doesn’t stop me from changing lenses and it isn’t too big to carry around. My tripod fits on it nicely and well, I think it is so comfortable, so I am never tired of wearing it, well almost.
10/ My 14-24mm Lens
When I had a cropped sensor I loved this lens, but when I went full frame I found it a lot harder to use, it is very wide. Then as I got more into long exposure photography I could see the benefits of it. Getting filters was expensive, but it has meant that I have far more options with it. It takes great long exposures. I love it again now.
So there are my Top 10 pieces of photography kit that I really couldn’t live without. So what are you favourite items and what couldn’t you live without?
The photos today reflect the images that I was able to get because of my top 10 favourite pieces of kit.