Best Equipment

Of course this is all my opinion, but this is my personal list of the best equipment for photography and life:


Digital cameras:

Best digital compact camera

Ricoh GR II

Best design mirrorless camera

Olympus Pen F + Olympus 17mm f/1.8 Lens

Best value mirrorless camera

Fujifilm XT-2 + Fujifilm 23mm f/2 Lens

Best digital video camera

Sony A7S II ($2700) + Sony 35mm F2.8 Sonnar ($800)

Best SD card

Transcend 128 GB High Speed 10 UHS-3: $73

Best commercial digital camera

Pentax 645Z + Pentax 55mm F2.8 AL

Film cameras

Best film rangefinder

Leica M6 + Voigtlander 35mm f/2.5 Lens

Best compact film camera

Contax T3

Best medium-format film camera

Fujifilm GF670

Best black and white film

Kodak Tri-X 400 (pushed to 1600)

Best color film

Kodak Portra 400

Camera accessories

Best camera shoulder bag

ThinkTank Retrospective 5

Best camera backpack

Thinktank Perception 15

Best photography neck strap

Henri Neck Strap: $99

Best photography wrist strap

Henri Wrist Strap: $49

Best photography inspiration website

Best photography software

Adobe Lightroom

Best video editing software

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


Best photography book

Magnum Contact Sheets

Best photography handbook

Street Notes

Best philosophy book

On the Shortness of Life – Seneca

Best digital tools

Best laptop

MacBook Pro 13” (2017, 3.3 GHZ, 16GB ram, 512GB HD): $2,500

Best value laptop

11” MacBook Air (used)

Best tablet

iPad 9.7 inch, 32gb, Space Grey ($330)

Best phone

iPhone 7 (matte black)

Best value phone

iPhone SE

Best cheap phone

iPhone 5S (used)

Best android phone

Samsung S8

Best value android phone

OnePlus 3T ($440)

Best cheap android phone

Moto G Plus (5th Generation) – Lunar Gray – 32 GB – Unlocked (no ads): $230

Best Mac Apps

Best writing app

IA Writer

Best email

Default Apple mail

Best screen recorder

Camtasia 2

Best movie-playing app


Best image resizer

JPEGmini Pro

Best notes app


Best boxers

ExOfficio Boxer Brief (black)

Best shirt

Uniqlo V-Neck Mesh (black)

Best socks

Drymax Socks

Best shoes

Nike Free Flyknight RN Motion (black/white)

Best dress shirt

UNIQLO cotton button-up (black)

Best pants

UNIQLO jeans joggers (black)

Best noise-cancelling headphones

BOSE QC 35 (black): $350

Best noise-cancelling earbuds

BOSE QC 20 earbuds: $250

Best earbuds

iPhone/Samsung default headphones

Best car

Toyota Prius 2017 (Model ‘One’) in black: $23,000

Best watch

Casio Men’s F108WH Illuminator Collection Black Resin Strap Digital Watch: $13

Best phone carrier (USA)


Best bank / credit card (USA)

Chase / Chase Sapphire credit card

Best cloud storage

Dropbox (Pro)

Best streaming music service


Best blogging platform + Genesis theme

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