It's time you
try something new.

It feels nice when someone you trust gives you the green light to buy something exciting and new. When you love what’s in your bag and it suits your vision, it opens up the doors for you to be your best self every time you go out and shoot. The list below is categorized for your viewing pleasure. Cheers to nothing holding you back.

Prime Lenses

change your perspective

CAMERA

FUJI XT-3

The X- T3 has amazing picture quality and is small and light to boot. Its high ISO performance and sharpness rival DSLR’s out there. Compared to full frame mirrorless cameras, Fuji gives you image quality which is equal or better but with much smaller lenses and at a much more affordable price point.

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NORMAL

Fuji XF 35mm 1.4 R

Fast lens with great contrast and color. Sharp in the center but slightly soft toward the corners when shooting wide open (which can be a cool quality). Performs better than any 50mm from Canon or Nikon. Pretty fast focusing but not quite as fast as the 23mm.

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WIDE

Fuji XF 16mm 1.4 WR

A 24mm equivalent gives a great perspective be it street photography or landscapes. Its f1.4 maximum aperture and 5 inch minimum focus distance can give you amazingly soft backgrounds. It is super fast focusing and weather resistant.

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MID WIDE

Fuji XF 23mm 1.4 R

An all purpose lens with no compromises. Insanely sharp (even wide open) and fast AF make it a really versatile and dependable lens. Great for street photography, environmental portraits, and general photography as well.

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SUPER WIDE

Zeiss 12mm 2.8 Touit

It’s really wide and it’s really sharp. The 18mm equivalent angle of view sees the world in the most unique way. Excellent choice for landscape, architecture, or anytime you want to force perspective.

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PORTRAIT

Fuji XF 56mm 1.2 R

Gotta have this as a portrait photographer. Its f1.2 maximum aperture renders beautifully soft backgrounds without giving up any subject sharpness. Its narrower angle of view makes this lens a little less versatile than the 23 or the 35, but when you’re in its wheelhouse there’s nothing quite like this lens.

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MACRO

Fuji XF 80mm 2.8 OIS Macro

Tack sharp, stabilized macro lens which actually has a very effective auto focus system which is almost unheard of in the macro world.  Sure it’s on the big side but its 1:1 reproduction ratio and amazing Fuji optics make it an easy choice for anyone who likes macro.

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FISHEYE

Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye II

A really fun lens when you want to show the world in a whole new way. This rectilinear fisheye gives you plenty of distortion to make your images stand out. Put this manual focus gem on your Fuji, turn on the shoot without lens setting and get ready to have fun.

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Zoom. Zoom.

get a little closer perhaps

SHORT ZOOM

FUJI XF 18-55mm 2.8-4 OIS

This is the sleeper of the bunch. It’s positively tiny compared to the 16-55 and gives you super sharp optics and throws in Optical Image Stabilization(OIS). Buy it with your X-T3 and you’ll get this lens for only $399.

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SHORT ZOOM

FUJI XF 16-55mm 2.8 WR

A 24-70mm equivalent for those who love a fast, sharp, weather resistant zoom lenses. Not as compact as some of Fuji’s other short zooms but it’s considerably lighter and more affordable than comparable lenses from Sony, Nikon and Canon. This one should be the very first lens you buy if you need a 2.8 zoom.

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LONG ZOOM

FUJI XF 50-140mm 2.8 OIS WR

This lens covers the 70-200mm equivalent and does so with ruthlessly sharp optics, fast auto focus, OIS and weather resistance. One of the bigger lenses from Fuji but it’s much smaller and lighter than the Sony/Canon/Nikon equivalents. One of the sharpest lenses Fuji makes.

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LONG ZOOM

FUJI XF 55-200mm 3.5-4.8 OIS

An 80-300 equivalent that won’t break your back or your bank account. Much lighter than the 50-140 and with 100mm more reach. It gives up a little sharpness compared to the razor sharp 50-140 but it’s often worth the trade for more reach and more portability.

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TRAVEL ZOOM

FUJI XF 18-135mm 3.5-5.6 OIS WR

This is Fuji’s one lens solution. It covers the 27-200mm equivalent and does so without sacrificing much in terms of image quality.  Add Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and weather resistance and you’ve got the perfect lens when you just want to bring one lens along.

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ULTRA WIDE ZOOM

FUJI XF 8-16mm 2.8 WR

Big, heavy and irreplaceable!  There’s nothing quite like a super wide lens if it suits your vision. Not petite by any means but it’s almost 1/2 lb lighter than the Nikon. For those that love the perspective and flexibility it gives it’s easy to justify.

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Tripods

keep it steady

TRAVEL TRIPOD

Surprisingly strong

A great travel tripod which folds down to 16” for easy packing and carrying.  Although it’s lightweight it is sturdy enough to be used in situations when you’re not living out of a suitcase. It’ll easily hold 26lbs and if you’ve got a small DSLR or mirrorless camera it could be all the tripod you’ll ever need. You can even unscrew one of the legs and convert it into a monopod.

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DO IT ALL

Mid size all-in-one

A true workhorse tripod. This thing is tall and is barely 4lbs with the head attached. Sturdy yet light, and it can easily go from a worm’s eye view, (inches off the ground) if you remove the center column to standing height.

The BE-139 head holds 38 lbs. and uses Arca style plates, which are a must. It comes with a generic plate but you can go to Really Right Stuff and get a plate that’s custom made for your camera.

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HEAVY DUTY

Robus RC-5558

They Robus legs are an unbelievable bargain. f you’re looking for a heavy duty gold standard of tripods, save money on Gitzo and Really Right Stuff legs (which are twice the price) and just get this.  It’ll go from 4″ to 58″ in a snap and has a 10 year warranty.

It’s are heavier than the Oben legs to be sure but is rock solid, impeccably built and will carry any load.  Great for SLRs and big lenses. Perfect for a medium format digital system.

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BALL HEAD

Really Right Stuff BH-55

Beautifully machined, light weight and built to last.  The HUGE adjustment knob makes it easy to tighten and loosen regardless of the conditions.

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MOUNTING PLATES

Really Right Stuff L-brackets

The best mounting plates are the ones that are made specifically for your camera. RRS designs them so they won’t spin once they’re on the camera and they are slim and light enough to remain attached even when you’re not using a tripod.

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FOCUSING RAIL

Kirk FR2

This little contraption really reduces the frustrations of fine-tuning your focus without effecting your macro compositions. A macro must…don’t shoot close up without it!

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Baggage

don't let it weigh you down

SMALL ROLLER BAG

Fits on any plane

This bag fits all my gear and laptop and stows in the cabin of any aircraft…even small regional jets (under the seat).  When I’m on small planes and traveling internationally and I want to be certain that I can keep my bag with me this is it.

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CARRY-ON ROLLER BAG

For larger planes
If you’ve ever used a bag with four wheels you know why this is on the list. This won’t fit overhead on a small regional jet but it fits in the cabin of larger planes. This ones a smooth roller and fits everything you could ever need and is great for longer trips or the indecisive.
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BACKPACK

My go to backpack
The perfect backpack. It has innovative dividers and comfortable straps as well as clever side zips for easy access of your gear. This bag goes with me everywhere and has never let me down. I can fit more mirrorless gear than I’ll ever need for a trip and this bag keeps things comfortable and nicely organized.
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SLING

Must have compact bag

This tiny pack holds an X-T3, 2-3 lenses, 3 batteries and a phone. Great for those who like to keep it small and portable in urban environments. It hangs nice and close to your body and has a “locking” mechanism on the zipper to keep things nice and secure.

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TECH POUCH

For all your accessories

The best way to keep all of  your batteries, cords, portable hard drives and other accessories safe, secure and neatly organized.

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CAMERA STRAP

Peak Design Leash

Thin, lightweight, comfortable. It’s easy to get on and off with its smooth gliding quick-adjusters and is designed to operate with just 1 finger.  Great for a mirrorless set up.

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Necessities

Just the bare ones

BATTERY

Watson NP-W126

OEM batteries cost too much! Watson batteries are only $19.95 vs $65 for the Fuji brand. You get around the same life from the Watsons as you would get from Fuji batteries and they an absolute bargain.

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DUAL CHARGER

Watson Duo LCD Charger
Charging two batteries at once instead of swapping out batteries on your charger sure makes sense especially with the rate you can go through them with mirrorless cameras. The Watson has a great readout as well so there’s no guessing as to the charging status.
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CABLE RELEASE

Vello RS-F1II Wired Remote Switch
It’s all too easy to lose or break your cable releases. These only cost $9 so it’s less painful if you find yourself needing to replace them.
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REMOTE

Vello FreeWave Plus

If you’re the type to break cable releases or if you don’t like those small, fiddly connectors then this is your answer.  This fits in your hot shoe and allows you to fire your camera via a hand held (cable-less) remote.  This little device is much more convenient to use than cable releases.

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VARIABLE ND FILTER

Tiffen Variable Neutral Density

Just what you need for long shutter speeds.  This filter can block from 2 to 8 stops of light when you rotate it, giving you a lot of flexibility with your shutter speeds. It’s sharp and reasonably priced with less vignetting, and color casts than its more expensive competition.

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CIRCULAR POLARIZER

B+W XS-Pro
B+W Kaesemann polarizers are awesome. Free from color casts and designed with brass threads so they won’t get stuck on the front of your lens. Multicoated for higher image quality.
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SD CARDS

Sandisk Extreme Pro
Plenty fast for photography.  These are reliable and download faster than anything anywhere near its price. For the price, you can buy a few.
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