"The best camera is the one you have with you"

There's such a lot of choice when it comes to cameras, and yet there isn't a single model that fits every situation.
So choose something that will handle most of the situations you find yourself in.
Personally, I have several different cameras and choose the most appropriate one for each shoot. Sometimes it's maximum quality that I need, and sometimes I need something lightweight to carry.

All of these are worth checking out - but make sure it's right for your type of photography before you buy...

Nikon J5 Camera

The highest specification model in the Nikon 1 series - a superbly small set of cameras that was designed from the ground up with it's own dedicated lens mount. As one of the smallest camera bodies with interchangeable lenses, the J5 will fit in a pocket so you always have a camera with you. The lenses are also lightweight but pin sharp, and for ultimate portability look at the 10mm f2.8 coupled with the J5 body.

Olympus PEN-F

Rangefinder styling and an industry standard micro four thirds lens mount make the PEN-F a highly praised newcomer this year. This combination of camera body and 17mm lens (34mm equivalent) provides a really unobtrusive package that is ideal for street photography. Check out the 80Mp mode for static subjects which is achieved in camera by stitching RAW files together! My current camera of choice for location shoots. (skip the 'pancake' lenses though as the quality isn't usually as good)

Nikon D810

If it's quality you're after, the D810 delivers. And there's very little in the FX format that can touch it. As a studio camera it's almost perfect - especially when shooting tethered. But it's light enough to take on location as well. Remember to budget for a good set of lenses a well !

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Photography Gear

It's not about the gear...

...but it can help.

You know the old saying.... the best camera is the one you have with you. Well, that's certainly true, and having a better camera or other piece of photographic equipment won't turn you into a better photographer.
But it can make your life easier, and allow you to get shots that wouldn't be available to you otherwise (you try holding a camera steady for a five second exposure without a tripod!).

So, although our primary aim is to teach photographic skills, we do get asked a lot about the equipment we use.
So, in this section we'll list photographic gear that we have personally found to be useful.
It's not an exhaustive list as we've used so much kit over the last twenty years, and we're not sponsored by any specific brands.
You can be sure that if we mention a piece of equipment here, it's because we have experience of the brand and/or used a specific item and found it to be of benefit when creating images. As always, do your research, read reviews, and try to test kit yourself when possible.

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