As the wise old Ansel Adams once said:
“The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it!”
It is a great quote and one which every photographer needs to keep in mind every time a new piece of gear enters the market. It is tempting to reach for the latest and greatest tech, and I have been guilty of this in the past, however I believe that photographers need the gear which will enable them to meet their goals within their respective financial limitations. That being said, the following are the tools of my trade:
Full frame or crop sensor? That is the ultimate question. In my case the Fujifilm XT-3 meets all my requirements. Mirrorless cameras have been the future of photography and all the major brands are scrambling to bring to market camera's which are able to compete with the Sony A9's and the Fujifilm X series. For me personally, the weight, lens quality, features, functionality, outstanding 4k video quality, extremely low noise at high ISO, price point and the truly amazing colour science of the Fuji system made this choice a no-brainer.
I currently shoot with the Fujinon 16-55mm and 50-140mm f2.8's. These two lenses cover the full frame equivalent 24.5 to 214.7mm which is more than enough for my purposes. A constant 2.8 aperture is extremely useful in low light conditions and the compression which 140mm range gives at f2.8 is quite spectacular. Lastly, as they are part of Fujifilm's red badge series, the incredible sharpness, weather sealing, focus speed and chromatic aberration reduction.
3. Flash system
In today's competitive environment being solely a "natural light" photographer may be a limiting factor. A competent use of flash and other means of constant artificial light can bring outstanding results if used correctly. I believe that the use of artificial light should be used discretely to achieve standout results, unless of course one is specifically looking to produce a dramatic image, The Godox TT685F's combined with the Godox XPro-F trigger and Ice Light provides endless off-camera flash possibilities.
The GoPro 7 Black finally made it possible to obtain professional handheld results due to its fantastic electronic image stabilization known as "HyperSmooth". The GoPro is an excellent secondary video recording utility which I cannot recommend enough. Until I get my hands on the new DJI Osmo Action that is...