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iPad Pro over iPhone Pro

I love the new iPad Pro (M1 chip with USB-C). It is a great step to my ideal of “USB-C EVERYTHING”.

iPhone Pro — not so much. iPhone Mini is superior to iPhone Pro.

If you want a superior creative tool, for your photography and visual creative arts, get iPad Pro. Don’t get iPhone Pro.

EQUIPMENT by KIM

There is no “perfect” camera. Don’t fall into GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) and falsely believe that buying a new camera will make you a better photographer.

If you’re not feeling inspired in your photography, I recommend you to buy books, not gear. Also check out these 75+ Inspirational Photo Books You Gotta Buy. You can also download my free books.

Equipment Articles >

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  1. Is Leica Overrated?
  2. Fujifilm X-PRO 3 over Leica M10
  3. Equipment Creep
  4. Once You Got Perfect, Then What?
  5. WHY I LOVE RICOH GR III
  6. One-Handed Photography
  7. Why Rangefinders Are Overrated
  8. WHY YOU MUST BUY RICOH GR III
  9. The Best Equipment is The Equipment You Already Have
  10. The Best Camera is the One You Shoot with the Most
  11. Why RICOH GR III is the Best Camera
  12. Use and Abuse Your Gear!
  13. RICOH is the new LEICA
  14. In Praise of Banging around Your Camera
  15. Electric Cameras
  16. Why the RICOH GR III is Better than the Leica Q2
  17. Buy a new Ricoh GR III, not a New iPhone
  18. The Best Headphones are In-Ear Monitors
  19. Are Point-and-Shoot Cameras the Best Cameras?
  20. Gear Adaptation Syndrome
  21. Satisfice
  22. What is the Benefit of “Standalone” Digital Cameras?
  23. All Cameras are Good Cameras
  24. Why The Future of Photography is Software
  25. RICOH MAFIA
  26. Use and Abuse Your Gear!
  27. Why RICOH GR II is the Best Street Photography Camera
  28. The Best Photography/Vlogging Equipment Setup
  29. My Favorite Travel Street Photography Equipment
  30. Zen Body-Hand-Mind Connection with the Camera
  31. Why It Doesn’t Matter What Camera You Shoot With
  32. What is the Best Camera and Lenses for Street Photography?
  33. The Best Travel Street Photography Equipment 2018
  34. 6 Lessons I’ve Learned After Shooting All the Expensive Cameras
  35. How to Make Good Photos on a Shitty Camera
  36. Why I Shoot With One Camera and One Lens
  37. My Travel Equipment, Winter 2017
  38. What is the Perfect Camera For You?
  39. What to Consider When Buying a Camera

Digital Medium Format Photography

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My favorite camera: RICOH GR III

Currently my favorite camera is the RICOH GR III:


Best Equipment by ERIC KIM

This is a list of my personal favorite equipment in photography, computers, and life:

Of course, this list probably won’t apply to you — but this is advice I would give myself (if I needed to buy stuff):


Film cameras

If you’re new to shooting film, pick up a copy of FILM NOTES.

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Portrait by Benjamin Thompson // Leica MP + Henri Neck Strap + SF 24D flash + Leica 35mm f/2 Summicron ASPH lens

Best film rangefinder

Leica MP + Leica 35mm f/2 Summicron Lens

Best affordable film rangefinder

Leica M6 + Voigtlander 35mm f/2.5 Lens

Best compact film camera

Contax T3

Best medium-format film camera

Hasselblad 500-series

Best black and white film

Kodak Tri-X 400 (pushed to 1600): $5

Best color film

Kodak Portra 400: $8.50

Best film scanner

For medium-format/35mm: Epson v800: $800

For 35mm: Plustek OpticFilm 8100: $270


Camera accessories

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Best camera shoulder bag

SAIGON SATCHEL

Best camera backpack

Fits 13” Laptop and Camera: Thinktank Perception 15 (black): $120

Best photography neck strap

Best photography wrist strap


Best photography inspiration website

MagnumPhotos.com

Best photography news blog

PetaPixel.com

Best photography software

Adobe Lightroom

Best video editing software

iMovie (free) or Final Cut Pro X ($300)


Books

See all my free books.

Best educational photography book

Magnum Contact Sheets

Best black-and-white photography art book

“Exiles” by Josef Koudelka

Best color photography art book

“The Suffering of Light” by Alex Webb

Best photography handbook

Street Notes

Best philosophy book

On the Shortness of Life – Seneca ($8) // 10 Lessons Seneca Has Taught Me.


Best digital tools

Best laptop

Maxed-out 13” MacBook Pro (Refurbished)

Best phone

The smallest iPhone available (currently iPhone Mini)


Best Mac Apps

Best writing app

IA Writer (for writing)

Best screen recorder

Camtasia

Best image resizer

JPEGmini Pro


Audio

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Best earbuds

In-ear monitors


Apparel

Cindy Project Monochrome-3

Best underwear

ExOfficio Men Boxer Brief (black): $26

Best T-shirt

Outlier NYC Merino Wool T-Shirt

Best socks

Outlier NYC Black Merino Wool Socks

Best pants

Merino Wool Leggings (black)

Best glasses

LINDBERG – Titanium


Finance

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Best bank

Chase


Best entrepreneurial tools

Best blogging platform

WordPress.org + Genesis theme


Best paid online services

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Best cloud storage

Dropbox (Pro)


Diet & Nutrition

Food

Intermittent fasting — with one big meal a day (only dinner)

Workout

Deadlifts (one rep max) + squats + dumbbell press + chin-ups + pushups


Conclusion

Of course this is just a list of stuff that work for me. It probably won’t work for you.

But I got inspired to make this list– because it took me about 10 years to figure out the best equipment for me. And this works for me, and I hope it can help simplify your purchasing decisions (at least in photography and some other details).

I’ll continue to do articles and videos related to equipment– because I do believe (up to a certain degree) having the ‘right’ equipment in life makes life easier. But the problem is falling victim to GAS (gear acquisition syndrome) where we are buying stuff for the sake of it (has happened to me).

If you already have a bunch of equipment that works for you– stick with it. But if you need some help, I hope this list helped you.

Always,
Eric

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