Whether you’re an aperture amateur or a veritable shutterbug, one thing’s certain: you never have enough gear. So here’s a list of goodies to make sure you always get that perfect shot.
Canon EOS RP
R28 900 | ormsdirect.com
As far as choosing mirrorless cameras go, we’re a bit spoiled for choice here. That’s a quality problem to have. But when you’re not sure what you need, go with something that’s good at everything, like the Canon EOS RP. The 26.2MP CMOS sensor captures images in crystal clear quality no matter the lighting, and the DIGIC 8 processor keeps things moving along smoothly. Perfect for pros and newbies alike.
Insta360 Go Action Camera
R3 000 | outdoorphoto.co.za
The Insta360 really is a marvelous little tool. This tiny hands-free camera records video in full HD 1080p, and can take photos in 2560×2560 resolutions, and it comes equipped with FlowState Stabilisation and Auto Editing. Throw it on a pivot stand for food vlogging, or clip onto yourself while you go mountain biking to capture awesome moments in perfect clarity.
Thule Aspect DSLR Backpack
R3 500 | outdoorphoto.co.za
Having good gear is great, but you’re gonna need a good bag to lug it all around from shoot to shoot, and no-one knows quality backpacks quite like Thule. This camera-centric bag has padded compartments for your camera and all its gimmicks. Plus, they’re customisable.
DJI Action 2
R10 600 | mydrone.co.za
This little number doesn’t come with wings like DJI’s drones but it will take your action filming to the next level, filming at a super-wide FOV in 4K at 120FPS. Snap the OLED touchscreen on to get editing power at your fingertips, and extend the cam’s battery life to 160 minutes.
Adobe Photography Bundle
R180 | adobe.com
Quality camera-work needs quality editing tools, and Adobe offers the best tools around. The photography bundle gives you Photoshop, the quintessential editing tool, as well as Lightroom and Lightroom Classic, which aren’t quite as powerful on the manipulation front but are peerless when it comes to managing and processing your images across devices.
SanDisk Extreme Pro SD Card
From R290 | takealot.com
There’s nothing worse than finding a good shot but not having the storage to take it. You need a backup SD card. Or five. SanDisk’s Extreme Pro line is perfect for shutterbugs who need catalogued terabyte cards or a few spare gigs just in case.
R15 700 | outdoorphoto.co.za
This DLSR camera is the perfect beginner tool, or auxiliary device for experts. The D5600 packs a 25.2MP CMOS sensor punch and an EXPEED 4 processor to turn the gears. It’s got an 18-55mm lens of its own, but also comes with a 70-300mm shooter for those real long shots.
Manfrotto Compact Advanced Aluminium Tripod
R2 000 | ormsdirect.co.za
A good camera needs a suitable tripod. This Manfrotto tripod is built mainly for DLSRs but works with any device up to 3kgs. It’s got three legs, a super stable mount, and it won’t break the bank. What more do you need?
Zeiss Cleaning Kit
R725 | outdoorphoto.co.za
Take care of your equipment and it’ll take care of you, so the saying goes. Grab this full cleaning kit to keep your photography gear spick-and-spam no matter how many fingerprints you get on it.
Instax Mini 40
R1 400 | takealot.com
Fledgling photographer and picture pro alike can appreciate a good polaroid to celebrate some good times. This very classic-looking number by Fujifilm won’t compete with a 26.2MP mirrorless, but what says “Instant memory” like a polaroid snap.
Apexel Mobile Lens set
R700 | takealot.com
There’s no denying that smartphone camera arrays have come a long way, but sometimes they just need a little extra oomph. This set by Apexel has a range of lenses to add a little spice to your smartphone snaps.
SanDisk USB-C to SD reader
R700 | takealot.com
The SD port is getting harder to find on modern computers and laptops, which can be a bit of a problem when you’re trying to move images over sans Wi-Fi. This tool solves that problem for you.