Photography Equipment & Camera Gear
Capture stunning images with the right camera gear for every shooting scenario. Rely on professional photography equipment and video-making accessories to help you get the winning shot.
What kind of photography equipment do you need?
Let’s categorize camera accessories into their three main functions, which are to protect equipment, to enhance shots, and to add manual support. Before selecting any other type of gear, first, determine what you plan to do with it. Are you using it to protect your delicate lenses when traveling to rough terrains? Are you planning to play with or modify your light sources to achieve a certain effect? Or do you want an extra pair of arms to secure your camera in place and keep it stable?
Basic accessories usually come included with your camera when you buy it. These generally include the charger, cables, a shoulder harness, and a lens cap. While they serve their most practical purpose, they may not be enough for your specific shooting demands. As your craft evolves, your toolbox will likely expand too, welcoming reliable gear for every situation.
How to choose the ideal camera gear
Choosing the right camera strap, holster, and case can be confusing. There are so many options out there. To help you narrow down your choices, we’ll give you a quick guide on which features to look for and recommend our personal preferences to you.
Neck straps that can also work as a sling strap worn across your body are great full-day shoots. We recommend straps made from nylon with anti-fatigue gel neck pad to protect you from muscle strains during long hours on set.
If you don’t feel completely at ease letting your precious camera dangle loosely from your neck or graze against surfaces while resting on your hips, then snug-fitting holsters, grips, or vests might be for you. Hand grips, for instance, assure you of a firm grasp and comfortable button presses with their padded hand cushion. And vest holder systems feature pockets for extra lenses and small parts, as well as safety straps designed to hold the camera securely against your body.
Camera cases may be anything from anti-scratch silicon sleeves for your GoPro to a professional cage with a mic mount for your DSLR. Any type of camera bag that can protect your camera gear from damage and stand the test of time is worth the investment. If you’d like to have both style and function, consider getting a stretchable, water-resistant neoprene case that fits snuggly and absorbs bumps.
Like straps, holsters can come in many forms that each answers a specific shooting mode or preference. A universal belt holster is worn around the waist, making it perfect for photographers who do more stuff other than shooting. A backpack holster can be attached to your backpack straps so that you can easily scoop out your camera while carrying the rest of your gears—perfect for photo hikes. Then there’s the vest with an articulating aluminum arm, a piece of professional photography equipment that lets you produce smooth, floating shots.
Compact tripods are great for amateur videography and casual vlogs. We suggest multipurpose tabletop tripods made with heavy-duty aluminum alloy, which is strong enough to support objects weighing up to 11 lbs. And because it’s compact, it lets you shoot from very low angles.
Gimbals are used for stabilizing the camera and preventing vibrations when you shoot. They help you follow fast-moving subjects and unexpected movements. In choosing gimbals, see if you need a mechanical or motorized stabilization system. Motorized gimbal heads are designed to support heavy cameras and long lenses as they capture 360-degree and panoramic shots. Gears like that may need to be paired with a special video tripod and operated by a pro.
Where to find lens and flash accessories
Flash and lens accessories help you achieve your desired output when shooting conditions aren’t perfect. Let’s take a look at some lighting and photography gear you might be interested in.
Off-Camera Flash and Softbox
A camera flash can sometimes produce unflattering shadows and extreme highlights when used unmodified. This is why portrait photographers use flash accessories to have better control over light bursts and use them to their advantage. Softboxes, in particular, spread and diffuse strong light, effectively increasing its output size and soften shadows. Choose a lightweight and portable softboxes so that you can easily position them where you want.
Extension Tubes and Lens Covers
There are lots of camera lens accessories available out there, ranging from single lens mount caps to complete sensor cleaning kits. One type of accessory that will benefit you if you’re into close-up photography is the macro lens extension tube or simply, the macro ring. This comes in handy if the minimum focusing distance of your lens keeps you from framing the perfect shot. Extension tubes work by getting the lens further away from the focal plane, allowing you to get closer to your subject and still achieve focus.
As with any good investment, choosing the best camera gear for you starts with defining where and how you’d use it. Ready to gear up? Browse our product collections now!