When I took my first picture it was with the classic polaroid camera. Today, I am shooting with a Canon 5D Mark IV. My food photography is mainly shot with a Canon 100mm f/2.8 lens or my Canon 35mm f/1.4.

Landscape photography is shot with my Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 or my Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8. 

Here you’ll find my personal recommendations for all types of camera gear. From a basic point and shoot camera to a camera that lets you change out the lenses for all those perfect shots.

The most important piece of advice I can pass on is this. Find a camera store that is there to help you. One that offers classes and will take the time to show you how your camera works.

One of the scariest feelings I had to overcome was walking into a camera store. If you don’t understand the equipment, talk and process it can be overwhelming. I have two stores that I highly recommend and have been doing business with for over 5 years now. 

Precision Camera & Video

This company is based in Austin, Texas and they ship equipment all over the world. They are right there to help you with any question you could ever have and they offer classes. Make sure to look up their lens rental department too. I purchase camera houses, lenses, camera bags and take classes from them all the time. 

B&H Photo

Based out of New York, this company has everything you could ever want or need. I have purchased all my diffusers, C-stands, tri-pods and a few used lenses from them.

Renting Equipment

What if you want to try out a new camera lens but the price is a bit too high? Renting a lens is the answer.

When I take my long summer camping trips packing lenses takes up space. I have started to rent lenses and have them shipped to my destinations. Other times I rent a lens or two just to try them out before deciding if I need to purchase the latest and greatest design.

Lens Pro to Go is your source for all things lens rental. They will ship directly to you, your hotel, campground or where ever you need your gear delivered. Everything from audio, video, lighting, cameras, lenses and quite a lot more.

Camera Picks

Family Camera

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If you are like me, you want a camera that is durable enough to allow your kids to take a picture with out the worry of breaking if they drop it. But you also want amazing clear and colorful images of your vacation, what I recommend is theNikon Coolpix W300 .

For around $380.00 you can capture beautiful moment on land and in the water. This camera is waterproof, freeze proof, shockproof and dust proof.

The low-light sensory helps you in the shady areas of National Forests, that camera feature will help you capture all the detail of moss fronds in macro mode. With 5x zoom, you can easily zoom in to capture the faces of bison in Yellowstone National Park while staying at a safe distance away.

The added Nikon Hybrid VR (vibration reduction) means your photos & videos will be steady and clear. With does all of that and more. 

Beginner Photographer

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An amazing entry level option is the Sony Alpha a68 . It is small but packs a punch with vivid color capture and sharpness. The camera body costs about $600.00 and the lenses are extra but there are kits that include a lens. Some of the camera kits include a small tri-pod, memory cards and cleaning tools.

This camera is marketed as the friendliest to users in its’ category. With simple settings, easy to follow instructions and a very understandable user system. If you are a grab the camera and go type of photographer and don’t want to be weighted down with a ton of lenses and gear, this is your camera.

From the trails to the beach and stops along the way this camera is for you. With the ability to capture video you can get every moment at the campfire especially with an ISO of 100-25600. I would suggest the Sony 55-200mm f/4-5.6 lens as your kit lens, it has a great telephoto zoom. This will allow you to capture that image of Old Faithful perfectly from the boardwalk area.

The Sony 18-55mm f/3.5 is fantastic for at the park, macro, portrait and general images that do not need a strong zoom. 

Intermediate/Advanced Photographer

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Working with multiple lenses to capture the best moments on a digital camera is what sets the amateur and the professional apart. With a full frame DSLR you control the settings and have the freedom to create the best images possible.

The Canon EOS 6D DSLR which sells for $1,200.00 that is the camera body only, however some camera stores like the two I mentioned above work with Canon to create bundles. A bundle includes: lens, cleaning kit and sometimes memory cards are included in the price. I shot with this exact model for 4 years as my main camera.

The Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens captures the tiny hairs on a caterpillar or the sesame seeds on a bun. For night photography this camera with an ISO range of 11-25600 easily brings out every star in the sky. I use the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 lens for that and any other wide-angle images.

The kit lens that usually comes with it in a bundle pack is the Canon 24-105mm f/4.0 . I call this the work horse lens, you can do so much with it and it will deliver incredible images time and time again.

From the great zoom to the telephoto, the auto focus or manual feature is right at your fingers. Video work can easily be captured with this lens because of the superior image stabilization when hand holding the camera.  

Gear… you know you’ll want more stuff!

Camera Bag

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Memory Card Holder

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Camera Strap

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Tripod

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Lens Cleaner

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