Photography and Camera Gear Resource Guide

As a professional photographer I’m always getting asked what gear I use.
Personally I prefer lighter gear to heavy gear so you’ll see that reflected here. Below are some highlights of gear I love and use.

In the spirit of full disclosure, some of the links below are affiliate links, which means that if you make a purchase using one of them, I will receive a commission fee at no cost to you. I am sharing these resources not because of the commissions I receive from them, but because they are resources I’ve used and loved, and hope you will also find them helpful.

Canon 70D

This is a great body for shooting both stills and video. What really sold me on this body was the touch screen video focus tracking and 20.2MP Duel Pixel Sensor.


Also the built in Wifi is a feature I can’t live without. It lets you send photos from the 70D to your phone or remotely control with camera with your phone. I won’t buy cameras anymore that don't have built in wifi. There is a newer version of this camera the Canon EOS 80D.

17-40mm Zoom

A wide angle zoom is a lens I can’t live without. The Canon 17-40mm is a good workhorse lens and at F4 works well in most lighting situations.


The Canon 17-40mm gives you a lot of versatility at a more affordable price than the 16-35mm.

16-35mm Zoom

The Canon 16-35mm is a lens you’ll find in the camera bags of a lot of working journalists. It’s a go to lens for many working photographers.


I’ve used both the wide angle zooms here over the years but the 16-35mm is by far the more popular with working photographers. The advantage of 16-35mm 2.8 is 1 stop faster than the 17-40mm but will cost you twice as much.


Sony a6000

Right now I’m really into mirrorless cameras. I love them for the large APS-C sensors but light weight. The a6000 I dig because it has an electronic viewfinder and lightweight design.


Also the built in Wifi is a feature I can’t live without. It lets you send photos from the a6000 to your phone or remotely control with camera with your phone. I won’t buy cameras anymore that don’t have built in wifi. There is a newer version of this camera with faster auto-focusing the Sony a6500.

70-300mm zoom

I bought the Sony 70-300mm e-mount lens for a trip to Iceland and I love it. On the a6000 or a6500 bodies it’s a 105-450mm (35mm equivalent) which was great for wildlife photography.


This is the first true super-telephoto for the Sony e-mount cameras. It’s much more versatile than the other Sony telephoto zooms. It of course has optical vibration reduction.

50mm F1.8

Everyone should have at least one fast portrait lens. I prefer something around 85mm (35mm equivalent). The 50mm on the a6000 or a6500 bodies it’s in that ballpark.


This lens is light and that's what I'm looking for with my mirrorless kit. It of course has optical vibration reduction.


Think Tank bag

Think Tank makes a lot of great bags. I use the City Walker 30 as my traveling bag. It holds a good amount of gear, including my laptop and fits under an airline seat.


Looks like Think Tank as phased out this bag. A good alternative would be their SubUrban Disguise bags.

Domke Satchel

My Domke Satchel is about 25 years old and still going. I like it for it’s low profile. Great for walking around town and enough room for my mirrorless kit with three lens.


I like the black canvas which has held up over the years.

Mini-tripod

I always have a solid mini-tripod in all of my camera bags. I like the solid design of the Manfrotto and the ball head. I’ve used it with my mirrorless gear a lot.


This keeps with my philosophy of traveling light.


SD Cards

There are a lot of great SD cards out there. The brand that I use is Sandisk. I&srquo've had good luck and performance out of them for many years.


As cameras get high megapixels and 4K video I like the Extreme Pro cards with UHS 3.

Filters

I like having a clear filter on my lens to protect the front glass from dirt, scratches, and sand. B+W is my favorite filter maker and ones I use on my lens.


This is just an example of one. Make sure to check the filter size of your lens before ordering.

ND Filter

If you’re going to use a filter use a quality filter like B+W. For video work or to get slow shutter speeds shooting waterfalls a good Neutral Density filter is the thing.


This is just an example of one. Make sure to check the filter size of your lens before ordering.


Storytellers I Love

I have worked with a lot of great storytellers over the years, including other photographers, filmmakers, writers, editors, podcasters, and painters. They can be great resources.

Writing Coach

Need a writing coach? Peg Cheng loves helping people with their writing almost as much as she loves to write. Visit www.pegcheng.com to learn more.

Peg Cheng Writing Coach

A Good Read

Looking for a good read for a middle schooler? The Contenders by Peg Cheng is great for any kid (or anyone) who ever felt different.

Storyteller & Filmmaker

Award winning Writer/Director Brian McDonald has written some of the best books on storytelling. His book Invisible Ink: A Practical Guide to Building Stories that Resonate is a must read for anyone wanting insight to storytelling structure. Also check out his blog Invisible Ink.

Artist

Check out the multi-faceted art and paintings of artist Jeff Mihalyo. Jeff is guided by a system of symbolic and narrative compositions in his artwork.

Fallen Buddha by Jeff Mihalyo
Fallen Buddha (prints available)

Filmmaker

Writer/Director Kris Kristensen of the multi-media production company Scotopia Pictures. Kris is an award winning filmmaker, who has worked in both long and short form, as well as narrative and non-fiction.

Scotopia Pictures

Award Winning Short

I worked on, and shot the cover, of the award winning short film White Face with Writer/Director Brian McDonald and DP/Editor Kris Kristensen. White Face is a serious comedy about racism and played on HBO for a year. It has also been used in diversity trainings across the nation.


Other Stuff I Love

I am curious by nature. It’s part of what makes me a good storyteller. Here are some other interests of mine.

Handground Coffee

I live in Seattle, so it’s an occupational hazard to be into coffee. Recently I am into hand grinding my coffee fresh. One of the coolest things about this grinder is that the adjustment ring was inspired by the f-stop ring on camera lens.


Aeropress Coffee

The Aeropress is a cool addition to coffee culture. It beats the pants off my old French Press, which is now gathering dust. And it is fun to boot.