Photography is a hobby of mine that I love doing and want to create the best image possible.  Most of photography I believe is having a good eye along with being able to tell a story.  Great gear can benefit you in many ways, but not necessary.  Great gear can also be very expensive depending on your taste ranging from $3000 to $6000.  Through my journey of learning photography I believe to get a great image requires more skill and patience than a top of the line camera.  Below is a list of gear I use along with some other options that are budget friendly and highly recommended.  

My Camera

 Olympus OMD EM10 Mark ii I absolutely love this camera from how ease of use to great quality images.  It is a budget friendly camera that also gives you the ability to upgrade with inexpensive lens.  With this camera being budget friendly doesn't mean it lacks on quality.  This is a 16 megapixel micro four thirds camera that comes with a lot of features and great compact design.  The compact design mixed with a tilting-touch LCD, all the standard controls you need, and a electronic view finder that most mirrorless cameras in this price range don't have.  Here is a list of other features the camera offers for a $500 price point.  

  • 16.1 Megapixel Live MOS Sensor
  • Touch AF and Shutter Release
  • 8.5fps Sequential Shooting
  • Built in Flash/Wifi
  • Focus Bracketing
  • Full HD 1080p Video along with 5-Axis Image Stabilization 

Recommendations:  

Sony A5100/A6000 - both of these are great cameras that have been raved about as being the best bang for your buck cameras.  These are definitely worth checking out. 

Fuji X-T10This is another highly liked mirrorless camera that producing great images along with ease of use and budget friendly.                                                                                           


Manfrotto PIXI Smart Mini Tripod

Manfrotto PIXI Smart Mini Tripod is one of the best accessories I have bought.  It is small and compact and will fit in any bag.  Its great for journeys when you don't need  your heavy tripod but want to have a steady shot.  Build quality is great and sturdy.  It comes with a clip so your smartphone can attach to work on your smartphone photography.  This tripod really shines when I'm setting up a time lapse.  It gives me so many different options to put my camera instead of the limited places for my bigger tripod.  This is defineitely worth the $30 price point.