1. The Camera Body
“It’s incredibly important to pick a camera body that can deliver the images you desire. If you’re an action shooter, looking at bodies like the Nikon D5 or the Canon 1DX will clock in at up to 12fps, whereas if you’re looking to shoot more portrait and landscape, a Nikon D800 or Canon 5d will have significantly richer photos to provide you with more details, tones, and information.
The action bodies are also quite large, whereas the landscape cameras are about ½ the size - something that is very important to me when travelling constantly and shooting all day with a camera hanging from my hip.”
“The second and equally important piece of the puzzle is what lenses you decide to get. If you’re a casual shooter and/or want to cover all your bases, a good zoom lens like the 24-70mm or 18-135mm will take care of you. For longer zooms, the 70-200mm is about as good as it gets, and both Nikon and Canon make incredible 200-400mm super zooms.
If you are after premium glass or smaller lenses, primes are the way to go. I personally only carry these on me: 16mm f/2.8 fisheye, 24mm f2/8 wide-angle, 35mm f/1.4, 50mm f/1.4, and 300mm f/4. There are so many amazing lenses out there, I think it’s imperative to try constantly try new ones and experiment with what you carry on you.”
3. An Open Mind
“The most critical part of owning a camera system is allowing it to grow with you and your passion. There are so many variables to a camera kit, and the only way to streamline it is through experimentation, curiosity, and research!”