My Favorite Gear: Weekly Photography Challenge


Kodak Brownie Starlet, 1957 - my first cameraThis week your photographic challenge is a little different to normal – we’d like you to photograph your favourite piece of photographic gear and to share a few words on why you like it.

In some ways it is a little less of a ‘photographic technique’ challenge and more an opportunity to see the gear that the dPS community loves the most (and photographing products is a good challenge too).

Feel free to share a photo of your camera, a lens, a lighting accessory, a camera bag or any other photographic gear or accessory that you can’t envisage your photography without. It could be new or old gear, you can shoot it in any situation (including with you in the shot as a self portrait) – it is totally up to you!

Once you’ve taken and selected the ‘favourite gear’ image that you’d like to share – upload it to your favourite photo sharing site or blog and either share a link to it or – embed them in the comments using our embed tool to do so.

If you tag your photos on Flickr, Instagram, Twitter or other sites with Tagging tag them as #DPSGEARILOVE to help others find them. Linking back to this page might also help others know what you’re doing so that they can share in the fun.

Also – don’t forget to check out some of the great shots posted in last weeks challenge – Incomplete challenge where there were some great shots submitted.

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

Some Older Comments

  • rich November 9, 2012 10:45 pm

    I really love my horseman camera. A horseman is 4x5 film camera if you've never heard of it before.

    I handmade an EF adaptor to allow me to take digital photos with it. I've learnt so much about photography from playing with all of the different controls. It's also allowed me to play with effects like tilt and shift.

  • Emily Swoboda November 7, 2012 04:12 am

  • Dave November 6, 2012 11:41 am

    I have a lot of favorite gear...but I think my new Leica Monochrom is my favorite...

  • E.T November 6, 2012 02:12 am

    My first yet my favorite lens for portrait :)

  • Sunny November 5, 2012 06:26 am

    ef 50mm f/1.8 is the best portrait lens I have ever used and its my favorite gear.

  • Mark Carroll November 4, 2012 12:47 pm

    My FE shown wi 50mm f/1.4 AI S.
    I wish they made this kind of camera wiith a digital capability.

  • Roberto November 4, 2012 09:39 am

    I take RC aerial photo / video. This is what I invented to view what the camera will take; one eye at the RC exacopter and the other one to the camera...



  • bethany ogdon November 4, 2012 06:42 am

    I don't have much to choose from, but right now I'm really liking my cheap, manual focus 50mm!

  • Gustavo J. Mata November 4, 2012 05:52 am

    A Polaroid OneStep

  • Gary Paakkonen November 4, 2012 03:02 am

    an Android shot of my Nikon D300s with Sigma 17-70/2.8-4 HSM Macro lens attached. Cactus wireless remote (sucky), my umbrella with ,I'm not sure which speedlight attached...

  • Ben Esterhuizen November 4, 2012 12:50 am

    Not my best - my only equpment!

  • Tom November 3, 2012 09:09 pm

    My fab peice has to be ND filters!

  • Steve November 3, 2012 08:24 pm

    The most important gear of all

  • Marcy November 3, 2012 12:35 pm

    A self-portrait in the mirror:

  • Cole November 3, 2012 12:34 pm

    My favorite piece of gear is out for repair :(

  • inkid November 3, 2012 12:25 pm

    i love my 135mm!!!

  • Tabby G. November 3, 2012 10:19 am

    Just got this camera a week ago. Did my first self-portrait photo shoot today, and I loved the results! But nothing was more fun than actually doing the shoot :)

  • Scottc November 3, 2012 09:40 am

    Lucky I still had my old camera before I bought my used (new to me) camera.

    This old clunker has been reliable. It doesn't have fancy features, just your basic DSLR MK1 model that has the most important qualities.

  • marcos loyola November 3, 2012 08:59 am

    My gear is:

    Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body
    Canon EOS 7D
    Canon EOS 450D (XSi) Body
    EF 24-70 f/2.8L USM
    EF 70-200 f/2.8L USM
    EF 50 f/1.4
    EF-S 18-55 f/4.5-5.6 IS
    Canon Deluxe Tripod 300

    My favorite gear is:

    5D MK III plus EF 24-70 f/2.8 L USM

    For me, at least the lens is a "must have lens". Is great for portraits. The Camera body is awesome, but may kill some budgets.

    EF 70-200 f/2.8 L USM
    I use it a lot because of the greats bokeh and for portraits as well.

  • Jai Catalano November 3, 2012 06:08 am

    As a New Yorker from yesteryear you can appreciate some of the protective gear that is used in a shoot. :)

  • Tom O'Connor November 3, 2012 06:00 am

    Here's a tried and true classic:

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