I used to present a list of the gear that I use on this page, but a few years ago I decided that maintaining it may be less helpful to others than I originally imagined. There is a risk of reinforcing the notion that photography is about gear. It isn’t. Gear is not unimportant, but gear collecting for its own sake or a belief that the most important photography question are about gear can be unfortunate diversions from making photographs, which is the real point.
If you have gear questions or are interested in more information about my choices you can message me via the contact page, send email, contact me on various social media platforms (where I’m gdanmitchell), or leave a comment. If you are looking for more information here about gear, there are a few useful resources:
- The ARTICLES page links to many of my posts that discuss gear.
- The DEALS page lists specials on various sorts of photography equipment, along with links to site affiliates such as B&H.
I do use more than one type and brand of equipment. These days I use a full frame DSLR system with high quality zoom lenses for my landscape, nature, and wildlife photography. I use a smaller cropped-sensor mirrorless system, mostly with prime lenses, for the majority of my street and travel photography.
When I do write about my gear, please do not misinterpret my recommendations as being The Very Best Photography Equipment That You Must Own. This is equipment that has served me well for the types of photography that I do, but different gear could be as good or better for your particular types of photography. For example:
- If you are just getting started with DSLR photography, I generally recommend that you not go out and buy this stuff just because it is on my list. ;-)
- If your mix of photographic subjects is different than mine (which tends to be heavy on landscape and nature and night photography and street/travel photography, and light on portrait photography or event photography, etc.) then you might well want to look at other alternatives.
- If you tend toward somewhat more “casual” photography – e.g. not using a tripod, etc. – then other gear might make more sense, especially for landscape photography.
- If you don’t print much or at all, some of what I have listed here could well be inappropriate for your needs, as it you quite likely will see much less difference from full frame or the most expensive lenses even on the largest computer or television screens
- If you have a predilection different brands than I use, that is fine with me – I’m not a brand bigot! In fact, some of my favorite photographers, many of whom are personal friends, use quite different equipment than I use.
Perhaps because shopping for and buying gear is so much fun them — though not especially for me — or because they want to own the things that signify “photographer,”some people seem to fetishize photographic equipment and focus on it more than on photography itself. Equipment is not unimportant, but it is certainly far from the most important thing when it comes to creating valuable, compelling, and beautiful photography. Avoid the Gear Lust malady, for which the primarily symptoms include being more enthusiastic about your photographic equipment than about your photographs, always finding flaws in gear, searching after perfect equipment, replacing or upgrading on a very short cycle, and overestimating the potential difference from each new development in photographic technology.
G Dan Mitchell is a California photographer whose subjects include the Pacific coast, redwood forests, central California oak/grasslands, the Sierra Nevada, California deserts, urban landscapes, night photography, and more.
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