If you're a photographer, you know that having the right gear is essential to being prepared for any situation that comes your way. And when it comes to camera equipment, Amazon is my go-to place to shop for photography gear.
In this post, I'll be sharing the best Amazon Prime items for photographers and my top picks as an elopement photographer. These include everything from hard drives and memory cards to cables and camera bodies. So whether you're just starting out in photography or you're looking for an upgrade, read on to discover some of the best purchases to add to your photography toolkit.
Best memory cards and storage accessories
Here are some of my favorite and most used accessories that I use for my hard drives and memory cards. If you don't have a memory card storage system, I highly recommend getting one asap! The larger carrying cases store a ton of cards and are sealed so you never have to worry about your cards getting ruined if the case gets wet. Since I usually shoot with two different sony bodies, I do have two different types of card readers which you'll see below. One thing to keep in mind though is that the CF card reader is a magnet and should never be stored near hard drives (it can corrupt them), so I suggest keeping it in its box, in a safe place for caution.
Favorite storage, card readers, and cables
The best hard drives and accessories
Having somewhere to store your photos is extremely important in making sure you don't damage or lose files. I used to buy inexpensive hard drives and they seemed great until one day I damaged a hard drive and *almost* lost some important work and edits I was in the middle of. While I recommend backing everything up to two hard drives or using cloud storage as a backup, these hard drives are the ones I solely use nowadays and they've been nothing but great for my workflow and keeping my files safe! I do like having several sizes, that way the larger hard drives I can use for backup and the 1 and 2 TB drives, I'll take with me on the go when traveling.
The Sandisk Extreme Pro hard drives are my favorite hard drive and top pick. There is a difference between Extreme and Extreme Pro. The Extreme Pro's have faster write/transfer speeds up to 2000MB/s and have an aluminum enclosure for durability, whereas the Extreme has a write/transfer speed of up to 1050MB/s read and 1000MB/s write speed. They're also are water-resistant, however, a little bit bigger than the Extreme Pro's and don't offer quite the same durability.
lower capacity storage hard drives
larger capacity storage hard drives
My Sony Camera Bodies
For elopements and intimate weddings, I shoot with two Sony 7IIIs and an A7IV. I recently purchased the A7IV and have really been loving the new features and updates compared to my A7IIIs. I plan on making the switch to just A7IV bodies in the near future but will link both of them below since the A7III is a great price and a pretty amazing camera for folks looking to make the switch to Sony or a new mirrorless body. I usually purchase the body-only since I don't really need the kit lens, but if you're new to photography you may find the kit lens to be useful.
- eye tracking
- adjustable up-down LCD
- Takes SDXC SD memory cards (lower cost)
- eye tracking
- larger than the a7iii, but still light-weight and also has a thicker grip which is a nice upgrade.
- adjustable and rotating LCD
- clean settings menu and easy touch screen capabilities for settings
- Takes CF-express type A memory cards (pretty expensive)
My Sony Lenses
These 4 lenses are really the staples of my wedding kit. I've used sigma lenses when I was shooting Nikon, and I'm a major fan of using native glass when possible. All the lenses that I use are native, except for my Tamron which I absolutely love! Since I'm always shooting with two bodies on me, I'll usually use a 24mm on one body, and either a 55mm or my 70-180mm on the other body and find I don't need to switch lenses as much versus using two lenses that are not as big of a jump in focal length.
Sony 55mm f/1.8 Sonnar Zeiss (Prime Lens)
Sony 35mm f/1.4 G Master Lens (Prime Lens)
Sony 24mm f/1.4 G Master (Prime Lens)
Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 for Sony (Zoom Lens)
My Sony Camera Accessories (The Essentials)
I'm a sucker for buying accessories for my cameras, and honestly, I end up buying accessories more often than I buy new lenses. These are really the essentials that I always have on hand. Some things like a battery grip, extra batteries, and rain cover are some accessories I always keep on hand during weddings and shoots. Here are some of my favorite things I stock up on!
Best Film Equipment on Amazon Prime
I'm a sucker for nostalgia, and nothing does it better than shooting on film. Here are my most used film cameras, equipment and film stocks!
My favorite Amazon film stocks
Lomography is my most used film stock for creative shoots, and Kodak is my go-to for weddings. For black and white shooting, I generally use Ilford Hp5. Ektar is my favorite film to use for landscapes, as it tends to be very true to life and does great in sunlight due to the low film speed. One of the best things about film is experimenting and trying new rolls to find what suits your style and needs!
Best photography tools and accessories for creativity
I love getting creative with my shots, whether it's using a prism or creating something fun using non-photo materials like panty-hose for creamy film-like photos. Here's a few of my favorites that I tend to use often:
Photography equipment storage & backpacks
Here's some of the items that I use to carry and store my equipment! Whether I'm hiking or traveling, these items are definitely an essential part of my workflow.
Finding the best gear to fit your needs
I hope you enjoyed getting a peek into my camera back & workflow setup. Bookmark this page to follow along for updates as I add more of my top picks to this list. If you're curious how I use some of this gear, or just want to say hi, shoot me an email or DM me on Instagram to get in touch!
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