My Photography Gear. This is the stuff that I use. The links are Amazon Affiliate links; if you click on a link and buy something, I get a commission. You don’t pay any more; Amazon gets a little bit less, which I am sure they can cope with…….

Canon 6D – so old you can’t buy it on Amazon!

Yes, I am still using my good old faithful Canon 6D. Before this, I used a Canon 5D, another great camera.

Sure, this is an old camera, but it was a great one when I bought it and is still a great one today.

It does not have all the bells and whistles of modern-day cameras, and I am fine with that. It has a great 20Mp full-frame sensor that captures great images time after time.

My Canon 6D on location

And when my Canon 6D retires?

I will probably just get a Canon 6D Mk 2.

Canon 17-40mm F4 L lens

The Canon 17-40mm F4 L lens is my go-to for 95% of my photography. It is not expensive, but it is a great L series lens. The L series is Canon’s Professional range of lenses with the red line. This is the go-to lens for real estate photographers who shoot Canon gear. It is small, lightweight, and has a great focal length of 17mm.

17mm is perfect for real estate photography, giving you a wide view that looks realistic and natural. The F4 maximum aperture is not a problem for me, as I shoot most of my photos on a tripod.

Canon 24-105mm F4 L lens

The Canon 24-105mm F4 L lens is another excellent lens, and it is the first lens I bought for a full-frame camera. It has a great focal length, going from wide-angle to telephoto.

This, for me, is the perfect travel photography lens and the only one I take on holidays.

Again, the F4 maximum aperture is fine for me inthe way I take my photos.

Just a great lens that takes great photos.

Canon 70-200mm F4 L IS lens

The Canon 70-200mm F4 L IS lens is another excellent lens from Canon; this lens has a unique four stops of image stabilisation and excellent optics. It is lightweight, pretty cool, and gives me all the telephoto reach I need.

Image stabilisation means that you can take photos handheld with less risk of camera shake affecting your images—get your numbers right, though, if you are shooting handheld!

Olympus OM-D EM5 Mk 2

I use a micro-four-thirds Olympus OM-D EM5 Mk 2 camera for my travel photography. I settled on the EM5, a great camera that does lots of fancy stuff that I love to use.

It is smaller than the full-frame camera but can still take great images.

I love the high-resolution feature, which takes eight photos and magically puts them together to give a 40MP high-resolution image.

A gimmick? Not at all – I use it all the time.

Olympus OM-D EM1

I was fortunate enough to borrow an Olympus OM-D EM1, the flagship Olympus micro four-thirds camera. I used it on a commercial shoot paired with the equally awesome Olympus 7-14mm lens.

I forgot to set the camera to RAW, so I took all the photos in JPEG for the first time on a commercial shoot!

And do you know what? No one noticed that I had switched cameras or the photos were taken in JPEG.

It is a great camera that I am looking forward to using much more in the future.

Olympus 7-14mm F2.8 Pro lens

The Olympus 7-14mm F2.8 Pro lens was a revelation. 7-14mm on a micro four thirds camera is equivalent to 14-28mm on a full-frame camera.

14mm is super wide and gives me a fantastic starting point that I can zoom in on subtlety to get the exact composition I want.

Great-quality images and a super-wide F2.8 aperture have opened up new possibilities for me in my architectural, construction, and real estate photography.

Olympus 12-40mm F2.8 Pro lens

The Olympus 12-40mm F2.8 Pro lens is my go-to travel lens, coupled with my Olympus EM5 Mk 2 camera.

12-40mm is equivalent to 24-80mm in a full-frame camera. It is wide enough for my travel work and a bit of telephoto, giving me flexibility in my compositions.

Sure, it is a bit of a lump of a lens, but it gives me fantastic image quality and is another super cool piece of gear that does what it is meant to do.

Olympus 40-150mm F4 – F5.6 lens

The Olympus 40-150mm F4 – F5.6 lens is tiny, and getting me to 300mm is a miracle. Telephoto lenses with that kind of reach that I have had before have been much bigger, so this was another revelation.

This is the second lens for my travel photography work. Well, it is so tiny it would be foolish not to pack it, and it has got me photos that I would have never got.

300m is a decent reach to get different views of travel locations.

And it cost much less than £200/ $200!

Olympus 14-42 F3.5-F5.6

The Olympus 14-42 F3.5-F5.6 is also called a pancake lens. Why? Because it’s flat!!!

The full frame equivalent focal length is 28-84mm, which is a great focal length for such a tiny lens.

I do not know how they managed to pack such a focal length range into such a small camera.

Manfrotto 190 Go tripod

I have owned many tripods, but this is my go-to tripod for real estate, architectural, and construction photography.

This tripod perfectly balances a lightweight, compact, versatile tripod, providing a stable platform. After all, I must get around buildings and construction sites, so I want to avoid being burdened with a bulky tripod.

And I always need to get back as far as I can into corners, so bigger tripods are of no use to me!

Manfrotto XPRO Geared Head

This is a critical bit of kit for me. This tripod head allows quick and large movements by pulling the levers. When I get the composition pretty close, I have the fine adjustment of the “micrometric knob”, according to Manfrotto.

This allows me to get the composition level first and then vertical. This is critical for all my work; I need buildings photographed correctly, and I do not want to spend time in Lightroom or Photoshop getting these things right.

This excellent tripod head helps me to get the composition bang on every time I use the camera.

L Bracket

Now, what is one of these? An L bracket attaches to the tripod thread in the camera’s base and has two tripod mounting positions, which allow you to quickly change from landscape to portrait without moving the tripod head.

I use one of these in all my commercial photography work.

You can’t buy The one I have anymore, so the link is to the current Manfrotto one.

Manfrotto 200PL quick release plates

This part attaches to the camera or L bracket, which can then be attached to the tripod head.

These are quick-release plates that are released by moving a lever on the tripod head. They allow me to quickly change from landscape to portrait and back at will and quickly secure my camera in position on the tripod head.

I have lots of these Manfrotto 200PL quick-release plates.

3 Legged Thing Corey tripod

I am fortunate enough to have two sets of camera gear. This is the tripod that I match with my Olympus cameras for my travel photography, the strangely named 3 Legged Thing Corey.

This is a compact but stable tripod with a built-in ball head that perfectly holds my Micro Four Thirds cameras. It is lightweight, compact, and quick to set up.

And it looks funky, too!

3 Legged Thing Universal L Bracket

This is the funky, fantastically well-engineered, lightweight bracket I use in my travel set-up. It is called the 3 Legged Thing Ellie PD Universal Camera L-Bracket.

It has a cool grey finish, too – a lovely bit of kit. Also available in orange.

Peak Design Everyday Backpack

My camera bag of choice is the Peak Design Everyday Backpack. I use the smaller 20-litre one.

I use this bag for commercial photography work and as my hand luggage with my travel gear in the bottom half.

I can pack all the gear I need for a commercial shoot in this bag, as I do not use or take much gear.

It also means that I am hands-free, so I can climb ladders, move along scaffolds, and generally get anywhere.

And also put all that stuff you buy at the airport in the top half!

Lowepro Magnum bag

This is where I keep everything else: my lovely Lowepro Magnum bag. It is no longer available on Amazon, which was a surprise.

It is a great bag that has a lot of storage space. This goes with me on every shoot – sure, it might stay in the car, but I know that everything I need is stored safe and sound and not far from me.

X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo

This neat piece of kit, the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo, helps to get the colours right. I use it when the colours are critical and other bits of kit will not do the job.

Lastolite collapsible grey card

The Lastolite collapsible grey card is one of my most essential bits of kit. I literally use it on every shoot. I put it in the first image of a room and then take another photo without it.

When I am in Lightroom, I click the white balance eye dropper tool on the grey card, and voila – white balance done!

Loupe Viewer

Now I use this to help me see my compositions on the not so great LCD screen on my Canon 6D.

I am quite old after all and need a bit of help with my dodgy mince pies.

The one that I have you can’t buy anymore, so the link is to a nice, shiny Hoodman Loupe, a very popular brand in the photography world.

Painters Pole

Yes, really. I have used a painter’s pole on several shoots and inunique locations. Check out my blog for some tales of unusual uses of painter’s poles! This is a link to the 3m one.

And you need an adaptor that screws into the tripod thread on the base of your camera – see below.

And this thing is also quite handy for painting.

Painters Pole adaptor

You will need one of these as well. This screws into the tripod head, and then into the painter’s pole.

Eclipse lens cleaning solution

The only cleaning solution that I use is this. It lasts ages, and I use it to clean the front and rear lens elements of my lenses and everything else. Here is the big bottle.

Pec Pads (Pack of 100)

These are the cleaning cloths that I use with the Eclipse cleaning solution. They also double up as padding when I am travelling – I wedge them between my precious camera and the side pocket. You get 100 pads in a pack like this.

Peak Design Wrist Strap

I love these. I do not use neck straps, but I hold my camera in my hand when it is not on my tripod. I secure itusing one of these chaps so I don’t drop my camera.

This is the Peak Design Cuff Ash Kamera-Handschlaufe.

Lee Big Stopper ND Filter Kit

It’s not cheap, but look after it, and it will last you a lifetime. Yes, the Lee Big Stopper is a big stopper!

I love my ten-stop ND filter, meaning I can change the shutter speed from 1/60th second without the filter to 15 seconds with the filter and still get the correct exposure.

How utterly awesome is that?

I use this to flatten the sea and any water features and blur clouds. And I can do this in broad daylight!

And check out this awesome kit – the LEE85 Square Filter System Deluxe Kit – Designed for Smaller Bodied Camera.

B&W Circular polarising filter

The only other filter that I use is this one – the B+W Basic Circular Polarising Filter. I use it to get rid of reflections and give extra saturation.

Being circular, I can adjust the effects.

An awesome filter.

Manfrotto Pixi

My Canon 6D sits nicely on my Manfrotto Pixi tripod, which has been used and abused worldwide over the years.

I was videoing some waves in Cornwall and misjudged a wave, which took out my iPhone and Pixi. Thankfully, they both survived!

Jobi Gorillapod

A recent acquisition that I have used so far to video myself for my YouTube channel. I will take this on my next trip and see if it can replace a full-blown tripod – another weight-saving idea. I have the JOBY JB01507-BWW GorillaPod 3K Kit, which takes up to 3KGs nicely.

I say a recent acquisition but one that I like.

Camera Batteries – Canon LP-E6

I only use Canon batteries. When I get back from a shoot, I always make sure that they are fully chargedbefore they go back into my bag.

Batteries are precious commodities that need to be looked after. Without them, let’s not even think about that, eh? Not cheap – check them out for yourself here!

SD Memory Cards

I have a large collection of 16GB and 32GB Lexar SD memory cards that have served me well over the years. I do look after them, mind—I will come onto that in a minute.

I do not need or want massive capacity memory cards; these work fine. One normally lasts me a shoot, as I do not take that many photos. If I am doing two shoots in a day or just taking a lot of photos, I will not just use one card—I will spread the love over more than one card just in case there is a problem.

And less than twenty quid…

SD Memory Card Cases

I have two of these—one with a yellow seal and one with a red seal. I put blank, formatted memory cards in the case with the yellow seal. Once I have finished a shoot, I put the memory card with the photos on in the case with the red seal.

It is simple, and I know where my images are. I bought this one in 2017!

The cases are waterproof, very durable, and significantly protect my precious memory cards.

I also have one of these, a soft case that I put cards in after I have exported the images onto my PC. They stay in a drawer in my office until I have completed my backing up. Then, the cards are formatted in the camera and put into the yellow case.

iPhone tripod holder

I don’t know which one I have, but I use one to put my phone on any tripod—One like this.

It is super helpful for videoing me or me taking photos.

Lume Cube Creative Lighting Kit

The only lighting that I use is the Lume Cube. The kit comes with a tripod amount and a phone adaptor.

The light is a rechargeable, dimmable, waterproof, constant LED light that fits in a pocket.

It is very versatile and the only light that I recommend.

Samson Q2U microphone (for my podcast)

Yes I have my own Podcast, the Photography Explained Podcast. And this is the mic that I use. The good old Samson Q2U.

How did I choose this? Pat told to… Simple.

Rode Video Mic Me

It simply plugs into my phone and gives me great sound quality.

I use if for my You Tube channel recordings, and it makes me sound almost ok!

An awesome mic that gives great sound quality.

BenQ Monitor

I spend far too much time staring at my monitor, so I convinced myself to get a lovely, high quality monitor from BenQ which is much less demanding on the eyes.

This monitor has been a revelation to me, and don’t be fooled into thinking that you need a 4K monitor – 2k is just fine.

X-Rite Monitor calibrator

Get a decent monitor and the next thing you need is something to calibrate it.

I use an X-Rite one. Mine is a bit old now so the link is to the latest one.

Simple, no fuss, accurate, colour correction. Priceless for us photographers.

iPhone 15 Pro

I always forget to mention the most used and most versatile tool that I own. my iPhone XS.

My Swiss army knife of apps and stuff.


iPhone waterproof case

I also have a couple of these. They have two uses for me.

One is for underwater videography – yes I really do this!

And the other is for when I am using my camera on top of a painters pole, and I am using my phone as the remote release. Being able to hang it around my neck is invaulable!

iPad Pro

My iPad Pro 9.7 is still going strong after lots of use. It literally goes with me everywhere and has never let me down.

It makes anywhere I am a place where I can work productively and effectively.

Along with the iPhone a complete game changer.

Logitech keyboard case for the iPad

I am on my second keyboard case. I wore out the first one. Daily use for years and still going strong.

The link is for a funky new one which I am going to treat myself to soon….

Built water bottle – virtually bombproof

My lovely wife bought me this, and I use it all the time. The trick with hot drinks is to put the water from the kettle in at the temperature that you want to drink your tea, coffeee or whatever at, and not straight off the boil, as you will be waiting hours to drink hot drinks!

Same goes for cold stuff – if you want ice cold drinks put ice cold water in. Putting these bad boys in the fridge does not do a lot!

Apple AirPods

If I am on my own on a shoot with nothing going on around me I pop these in and the music helps me to concentrate. I love these things. And if I am wandering around somewhere trying to find stuff I might use them, or I might not – depends on my mood.

If I am working with a client then I of course do not.

And if I am working on a live construction site again I do not use them – I need to know what is going on around me!!

And when I am editing photos or doing something when I want to concentrate in they go!

Leatherman Wingman

This lives in my camera bag, and is so utterly handy whenever you just need it for random things. Having this has got me out of all sorts of fixes.

But take it out of your camera bag if you are taking that on the plane as your hold luggage!!

No links for these two very important items!

Oakley Sunglasses

Red North Face Hat

Rick McEvoy Photography