The 35mm equivalent is a go to for most wedding photographers. This lens lives on one of my cameras during the getting ready part of the wedding day. It’s an awesome documentary style lens since they say that it’s very close to the focal length our eyes perceive.
I have a love hate relationship with this lens. I love the 50mm equivalent focal length and the 1.4 aperture is excellent. On top of all that it’s very small and light making it an amazing every day lens. My only beef with this lens is it’s lack of weather sealing and the AF could really use an update as it’s not Fuji’s quietest of speedy AF lenses.
This lens gives crazy beautiful bokeh. If you’re looking for a go to portrait lens. THIS IS IT. I don’t use this a ton but when I do it’s the perfect lens. Coming from Canon it’s SO much faster with their AF than the Canon 85 1.2 II but like most portrait lenses it’s not super speedy in the AF world.
This came as a part of a kit lens. I use it from time to time for walking around but I never use this for professional work. Outside of my telephoto lens I really prefer prime lenses but this is a fine everyday walk around lens. Not sure it’s worth the new price but they’re super affordable on the 2nd hand market.
Godox AD200 or Flashpoint eVOLV200 are easily the most versatile lights on the market (within their price range). I use these lights for just about everything. They’re just that good. The fact it comes with a regular flash head AND a barebulb head makes it the first off camera light every photographer should own. Plus it feels like the batteries last forever. I easily can shoot 2-3 weddings before i need to charge them again.
I spent years using cheap light stands from Amazon, Adorama, BH, you name it and they all sucked. The idea of spending $400 on 3 light stands seemed silly for years but once I used them just once I was hooked and they are FAR worth the investment plus they have a 5 year warranty.
I’m a huge fan of GLOW (Adorama Brand) softboxes. They’re super easy and quick to assemble, affordable, and produce great diffusion. This one is my go to soft box as my key light for single subjects or a couple. Anything more and I want to go a bit bigger.
This is a funny one… I’ve been an iPad user since day one and I hated them. I’ve never used them for anything productive. Then came along the 12.9” model with USB-C. Absolute game changer. When I’m not working directly with audio/video/stills I’m using this iPad Pro primarily.
Early on in my search for a multi bay drive, speed was something I was pretty concerned about. Most of the multi-bay units on the market are NAS drives which really only are great for backup and remote usage. I wanted something I could easily work off of and even though this isn’t perfect, it’s the closest thing to perfect I’ve found so far.
I have an embarassing amount of camera bags. You’ll find that a ton of photographers do. None is more important than this bag. It accompanies me on every wedding and almost every commercial job that I work on. Locking zippers are great, it’s even got a cable that extends out and allows you to lock it to something. On top of endless storage.
This to me was a very undervalued messenger. It was the only I can find that had ample camera storage, tripod storage, as well as a 15″ laptop sleeve and room still for a full 12.9″ iPad Pro. I bought a 2nd one of these as a backup since it seemed they were getting discontinued but Adorama still has them available.
I am a SUCKER for Crumpler bags. The million dollar home series to me are the best made, looking, and constructed messenger bags in the industry. I was so disappointed when they stopped making them so I stocked up on them and keep them around. They have the best shoulder pads of any bags ever made…. ever.
First things first… never pay full price for this thing. Canon has a ton of rebates on this printer all the time. I think I paid less than $200 for mine after rebates. The Pixma Pro 100 delivers amazing proof prints and incredible work to show off at home or small galleries. I would leave larger scale prints or prints for sale up to the Pixma Pro 1000 but this is still something that EVERY photographer should have in their home.
Oh the Selphie Printer. If you made it this far down the list you’ll get let in on one of my best kept secrets of how I get prints to my couples the day of their wedding. I bring this baby along to be able to leave a few 4×6 prints on the head table of my wedding couples before I leave for the day. It’s an incredible way to share with them a few images long before their gallery is ready.