I am asked by many people to recommend various types of equipment, from lenses to camera bodies to tripods and more. Therefore, I have compiled this page to help those of you who want guidance on choosing the right photographic gear. What you use depends somewhat on the type of photography you do, your budget, and how much weight you are willing to travel with and carry.
Below I have posted the equipment I include in my own Essential Gear Bag. I have also added some additional comments on alternative choices as well. You may not have considered getting some of these items, but there is a reason I own them and include them in my photo backpack. Read my rationale why I think they are important, and perhaps you will decide they will be useful to you as well.