For the past several years I’ve been slowly developing my photographic style into a more minimalist approach. You see I’ve been that guy who has spent thousands of dollars chasing the “Pro Photography Equipment makes you a better photographer” illusion. From the illustrious “Full Frame” 35mm dSLRs to the Canon “L” professional lenses, I have burned myself out financially and it’s taken a long time to get back on track. I can tell you though, it taught me a valuable lesson. I learned that it didn’t take a “Pro Lens” with a “Pro Price” to make a “Pro Picture”. What is up there behind my 2 eyes is far more important than any one piece of equipment. When I chose to migrate to mirrorless and become a Hybrid Photographer I knew I would be doing it with a very tight budget, but I was not afraid because I knew I could make any camera work for me.
I wanted to share my experience with putting together my hybrid photo working kit and which tools I’ve found to be the most valuable for the way I shoot while keeping within a very tight budget.
1. Panasonic Lumix G5
Great camera for a great price. You can find it now with a kit lens for under $500
Panasonic DMC-G5KBODY 16MP SLR Camera with 3-Inch LCD – Body Only (Black)
2. Sigma micro four-thirds lenses
The 19mm and 30mm f2.8 lenses are an amazing value. They are currently being updated (releasing on April 14)
Sigma 30mm F2.8 EX DN- Micro 4/3 330963
3. Manfrotto 5 Section Photo / Video Tripod
A tool I’ve been using for the past couple of years. It’s light, it’s relatively sturdy for it’s size, an it’s a perfect match for lighter mirrorless cameras. It’s also very affordable at $59 in big budget retail stores.
Manfrotto MKC3-H01 Compact Photo-Movie Kit (Black)
4. X-Rite ColorChecker Passport
I take this everywhere with me. Having the reassurance that I am getting the most accurate colors possible makes this a great value. If I don’t have to spend 3 hours editing photos for proper color I appreciate that.
X-Rite MSCCPP ColorChecker Passport
5. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
The perfect match for uploading, organizing, and editing your photos and videos. It’s a tool I wouldn’t want to go without.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4