Most of my equipment I buy on B&H Photo Video.com and Paul C. Buff web-stores. On B&H I have these wish lists, where I keep everything I was buying or going to buy. I am a long-term customer of B&H, and I think they have one of the best customer support + reasonable pricing.
Also, I have an affiliate program with B&H, so every purchase can be considered as a silent support for this blog: this is AD-free zone, and affiliate did not change anything. I was using links to B&H product pages long time before they offered me to become an affiliate. What the really cool about being affiliate is that B&H start offering me products for testing and reviews, and I am going to work on some interesting comparison shots using different cameras and the lighting very soon (like this? stay tuned:-).
Back to my wish lists:
All the gear has very different quality/pricing: I prefer to save on non-critical parts (like support for reflectors and some tiny holders) but like to use a proven quality products for the major things like lighting and camera support. Expensive gear requires a good support, and I do not like compromises in that area.
Hope these lists may help those who is looking for new/upgrade stuff for the studio: we can discuss every item, as I might be already using one or may have some thoughts on why to buy that particular product. As you’ll see, there is not many product there: I was not trying to put ALL the useful stuff, but the only what I am using or going to use. There is a note on some of the items I’ve added, it may help you to see why I have it in the list.
I really like the idea of public shopping/wish lists: it is easy to organize and update them. I’ll be putting new stuff on these wish lists as soon as I’ll figure out that I need something:-) Also, if you have any suggestions or know some cool product(s) which can be added here, please post in a comment: I’ll add them.
This is more like a testing of the idea of having shared shopping list: if you’ll find useful, I will create some sort of public blog-based list, where we can have all the cool products from a different merchants.
My shopping list:
Based on a reader’s feedback I’ve created a “beginner’s” guide to a very non-expensive equipment for basic studio setup: Studio equipment buying guide for beginners.