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Grip and Studio Stands

The following is a list of the Photigy.com experts favourite photography gear.
Stuff we use, have used or are planning to use simply because we know it is good.  There are links to reviews on some of the products here, and most of the products are linked to merchants we know is good, reliable and always to deliver the best possible prices.
We are affiliated with most of them as well, which means that if you buy it through our page you will silently support Photigy project and improve your karma:-)

Items sorted from most to least expensive.  The comment under each product is a personal opinion from Alex Koloskov.


Photigy Gear Guide: Cameras we recommend

  • Hasselblad H4D-40 Medium Format DSLR Camera (Body Only)

    One of the best medium format cameras on the market. See our review  of it’s bigger brother, H4d50. Great camera to make anyone around go “WOW” and impress your clients.
  • Cambo Ultima D, large format camera for studio photography

    Full freedom with precise movements, this is a real hero and one of the dream cameras for every studio product photographer. Having such device in studio immediately makes you an expert. Read our review.
  • Pentax 645D Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)

    Pentax 645D Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)

    The most affordable 40 MPx medium format camera on the market. Still not available for immediate purchase in most places due to a huge demand. Owning one will make you look like a guy who does not have money for Hasselblad.
  • Nikon D3x SLR Digital Camera (Body Only)

    Nikon D3x SLR Digital Camera (Body Only)

    24.5 Megapixel Resolution, current flagman from Nikon.
    Best of what you can get for the money from Nikon, but more oriented to a sport and event photographers rather than studio shooters. For studio, we’d prefer D800E.
  • Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)

    Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)

    Current flagman from Canon. One of the most fastest DLSR with limited use to sport and event photography because of tiny 18 Mpx. Forget about crops if you are going to get this one.
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital Camera (Body Only)

    Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital Camera (Body Only)

    The most versatile Canon full frame DSLR. Amazing noise performance and improved focusing (comparing to old 5D Mk II). Read our hands-on review here.
  • Nikon D800E SLR Digital Camera (Body Only)

    Nikon D800E SLR Digital Camera (Body Only)

    The best 35mm DSLR when it comes to resolution. 36 Mpx and no AA filter makes D800E very competitive studio camera. Read our test-review of D800 vs Hasselblad.
  • Nikon D800 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only)

    Nikon D800 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only)

    The same beast as D800E with only a difference in presence of AA filter. Which means less possibilities for getting moire issues in cost of giving up some fine details: AA filter blurs the image. Good choice if you shoot lots of fabrics or people wearing it.
  • Canon EOS 7D SLR Digital Camera (Body Only)

    Canon EOS 7D SLR Digital Camera (Body Only)

    Fastest “cheap” Canon camera: with only 18 Mpx it has crop sensor and 8fps shooting speed, great ISO performance, 1080P video at 30Fps and price tag under $1400 makes it a great choice for still and video shooters.  Note: it might be worth to wait for a new model.
  • Sony Alpha SLT-A77 DSLR Digital Camera (Body Only)

    Sony Alpha SLT-A77 DSLR Digital Camera (Body Only)

    Great 24 Mpx DSLR with tons of features, like OLED Electronic Viewfinder, Built-In GPS and Sweep Panorama. Cool toy for a wealthy prosumer who can spend $$ on not always good quality Sony Alpha/ Minolta lenses.
  • Sony Alpha NEX-7 Digital Camera (Black, Body Only)

    Sony Alpha NEX-7 Digital Camera (Black, Body Only)

    One of the most expensive “point-and-shoot cameras for real people” features large for such camera 24.3Mp APS-C size sensor,  1080 HD Video and very good low ISO performance. This is one of favorite P&S cameras of Trey Ratliff :-)
  • Nikon D7000 DSLR Camera (Body Only)

    Nikon D7000 DSLR Camera (Body Only)

    Pretty good old Nikon to start with for a serious amateur. Has tons of features from more mature cameras, including 1080P Video, 6fps shooting and 39 Point AF System. Price under $1000 makes it one of the best offers from the  Nikon land.
  • Sigma SD15 14 Megapixel SLR Digital Camera (Body Only)

    Sigma SD15 14 Megapixel SLR Digital Camera (Body Only)

    Interesting DSLR with good potential. Uses non-traditional tiny (1.7 crop factor) Foveon X3 Full Color Image Sensor with non-interpolated 4.7 megapixels for create 14 megapixel image. Great for tech geeks who like to explain about how cool this technology is. Image quality is questionable.
  • Canon EOS 60D DSLR Camera (Body Only)

    Canon EOS 60D DSLR Camera (Body Only)

    Closest competitor to Nikon D7000, great camera for under $1000 price tag. 18MP APS-C CMOS Sensor and 1080P HD Video Capture makes it a good choice for a “serious starter”. Still not sure why Canon added crap like “in-camera photo editing” to it.
  • Pentax K-5 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (Black)

    Pentax K-5 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (Black)

    Nice re-born of Pentax with 16 megapixel sensor and 7fps speedy shooting. Good for HDR shooting (wide auto-bracketing options) and 1080P 25 fps video makes it one of a favorite cameras for many enthusiasts.
  • Pentax - K-30 Digital Camera (Body Only) (Black)

    Pentax – K-30 Digital Camera (Body Only) (Black)

    Latest entry-level Pentax DSLR. 16megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, 9fps and 1080P video, it promises good photo/video performance for $840. Pentax includes several color options, which would be great for your kids.
  • Sony - Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only)

    Sony – Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only)

    Entry-level Sony DSLR,  yonder brother of A77 model. Price under $700 and full of features makes it nice geek toy, good to start with in DSLR world. As any camera, it can deliver great images if used properly.
  • Canon - EOS Rebel T3i Digital Camera (Body Only)

    Canon – EOS Rebel T3i Digital Camera (Body Only)

    Entry level Canon DLSR, the best value for the money (as with most of entry level cameras). Full HD video, good ISO performance, fast and capable of creating stunning images. Get this camera to save $$ for a good lens: in most cases kit lens is a total crap.
  • Sony - Alpha NEX-5N Digital Camera (Body Only)

    Sony – Alpha NEX-5N Digital Camera (Body Only)

    Pretty nice mirrorless point-and-shoot, with large 16 mpx sensor, great video (full HD) and reasonable price tag. Highly recommend  as pocket travel camera: get slim lens to keep it low profile, and everyone will be happy:-)
  • Canon EOS-M Mirrorless Digital Camera with EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens - Black

    Canon EOS-M Mirrorless Digital Camera with EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens – Black

     Canon’s first mirrorless digital camera with 18.0 mpx  APS-C sensor and full autofocus in video mode (full HD) looks very promising. It will work with new M mount as well as support full EOS lenses lineup via adapter. We’ll be testing one in October!

 

Photigy Gear Guide: Lenses we recommend

 

 

Photigy Gear Guide: Light Modifiers we recommend

 

 

 

Photigy Gear Guide: Grip and Studio support we recommend

 

 

Check out my wish list on B&H: Beginner studio

 … to be continued…


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7 Responses on Photigy Recommended Gear"

  1. Trevor says:

    Hello,

    I am just wondering if anyone knows where to get the Dela 1 Dual Arm Clamp device in the UK as I cannot find it or something like it.

    Regards,

    Trevor

  2. viva Habbit Van Assen says:

    Alex,

    I am wondering if you might understand why I’m unable to download something you send me it as been taken 8 hour and then I was still unable to open the file. Which is really killing because I have try everything I know to make to work. I not sure if it on your end or mind. I tried to finish looking at the rest of last weeks session but now it not ability any longer. Any help you can give me would be great. Thank you for your time.

    Would you happen to know if any other person has had the same problem I’m working on a MacBook pro.

  3. Luis Erazo says:

    Thanks for sharing Alex.

    Which light meter would you recommend?

    Thanks again!

  4. viva Habbit Van Assen says:

    Hey Alex,

    Well after many hours I am able to view part two of the class. Thanks some great gear for my studio.

    Viva

  5. Spartak Vasev says:

    Thanks for sharing your gear with the public.
    I’ve been following your work for about a year or so and sometimes I was asking myself – what he is using here and there… and now I got the answers.. :-)
    Keep doing on what you are doing.
    I mean it! :-)
    Привет из Чикаго.. :-)

  6. steve says:

    Alex,

    I’m about to replace my flash units and light modifiers with newer models. In past posts I noticed that you used Paul C. Buff Einstein flash units, strip boxes, beauty dishes, and Cyber Commander. I also recall that you replaced your Alien Bees Flash Units with the Einsteins due to the faster strobe pulse time. However, I noticed that you did not include these items in your recommended equipment post. In reading the reviews I noticed that PCB redesigned their Beauty Dishes a few years ago resulting in complaints regarding their durability (the beauty dishes are reportedly now made of flimsy metal and easily bent). Is there a reason why you are no longer recommending the PCB flash units and the PCB light modifiers in your recommended equipment post?

    Also, I’m having difficulty with finding older articles you wrote. How about adding an index on the sidebar?

    • Steve,
      I do recommend PCB stuff, we have a little hiccup on adding them to the recommend list: the person who was helping me could not do it anymore, and what was left is a strobes. So, strobes will be added in a few days.
      As for the old articles: you should be able to find them by searching, as well as using appropriate category from top meny – all is listed there. What exactly are you looking and can’t find?

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