Top Rated Photo Gear

There’s obviously a lot of gear that I haven’t tried, so as a service to other photographers, I’ve compiled a list of some of the top rated digital cameras and outdoor photography accessories that are currently on the market. You may find the list useful if you’re thinking about upgrading or buying some new equipment.

Digital SLR Cameras

  1. Nikon D7000 16.2MP
  2. Canon EOS Rebel T1i 15.1 MP
  3. Nikon D3100 14.2MP
  4. Nikon D700 12.1MP Digital SLR
  5. Nikon D300s 12MP
  6. Nikon D90 DX 12.3MP
  7. Canon Rebel XS 10.1MP
  8. Canon EOS 7D 18MP
  9. Canon EOS 5D Mark II 21.1MP Full Frame
  10. Canon ESO 60D 18MP


  1. Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
  2. Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens
  3. Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens
  4. Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
  5. Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Medium Telephoto Lens
  6. Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S VR II Nikkor Zoom Lens
  7. Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX ED VR Nikkor Wide-Angle Telephoto Zoom Lens
  8. Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II AF-S Nikkor Zoom Lens
  9. Nikon 85mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor Lens One of my favorite Go-To lenses in my own camera bag.
  10. Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens I also personally own this lens.

Point and Shoot Cameras

  1. Nikon Coolpix P7000 10.1MP: Nikon’s flagship point and shoot. Bridge between a compact and a DSLR!
  2. Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 12.1 MP: A very adventurous friend of mine has this and swears by it!
  3. Canon S90 PowerShot 10MP
  4. Canon PowerShot G12 10MP
  5. Sony Cyber Shot DSC WX1/B 10MP
  6. Canon PowerShot SX210 IS 14.1MP
  7. Nikon Coolpix S8100 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical VR Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD
  8. Nikon Coolpix P80 10.1 MP Digital Camera with 18x Wide Angle Optical VR Zoom

Camera Bags and Pouches

  1. Canon Deluxe Photo Backpack 200EG for Canon EOS SLR Cameras: Fits 2 SLR bodies, lenses and accessories.
  2. Lowepro Rezo 30 (Black): A simple, classic carrying case for point and shoot cameras.
  3. Lowepro SlingShot 202 AW: Original design allows for quick rotation for quick access.
  4. Lowepro Cirrus TLZ 15 Holster Style Case For Digital SLR & Short Zoom Lens
  5. Lowepro Flipside 400 AW Backpack: Back entry camera bag with removable accessory pouch.
  6. Lowepro Fastpack 250: Side Entry camera bag for easy access, even when you’re wearing the pack.
  7. Lowepro Topload Zoom Mini Camera Bag: Holster style bag for smaller SLR cameras.
  8. Lowepro Topload Zoom 1 Camera Bag: Holster style bag for regular sized SLR cameras.
  9. Clik Elite CE401BK Medium Nature Pack: Great all around adventure camera back.
  10. Tamrac 5374 Rust/Black Adventure 74 Photo Backpack


  1. Manfrotto 055XPROB Pro Tripod Legs (Black): Classic tripod with 4 leg angle settings.
  2. Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber 3 Section Tripod with Q90 Column: Rock Solid Support.
  3. Slik Sprint Pro II Tripod With Quick Release Ball Head & Case: Sturdy and affordable, only 2.5 lbs.
  4. Manfrotto 190CX3 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod without Head: Great “budget” carbon fiber tripod
  5. Slik Carbon Fiber Tripod with 4 Leg Sections: Another less expensive, but sturdy carbon fiber tripod
  6. Gitzo GT1541T Series 1 6X 4S G-Lock Traveler: Super Lightweight and compact.
  7. National Geographic NGTM1 Tundra Monopod with Head and Quick Release Plate: Ultra compact monopod.
  8. Joby Gorillapod Focus: The Gorillipod for Digital SLRs!

Portable Media Storage

  1. Epson P-7000 160GB Multimedia Storage Drive, Photo Viewer and Audio-Video Player w/ 4-Inch LCD
  2. Epson P-3000 40GB Multimedia Storage Drive, Viewer, and Audio-Video Player w/ 4-Inch LCD
  3. Digital Foci Picture Porter 35 PPR-350 250 GB Digital Photo Manager with 3.5-Inch LCD Display
  4. Nexto DI eXtreme 250 GB Portable Storage Solution
  5. MemoryKick 500GB Media Center SI
  6. Wolverine ESP 120GB Portable Media Storage and Player
  7. Sanho HyperDrive 160GB