A Buying Guide For The Everyday Photographer | From Pro Benj Haisch

Curated product ideas for creatives needing an everyday camera setup to capture the moments that mean the most.

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As a full time photographer, it can be challenging at times to separate tools from toys. Here are some of both my favorite photography items that inspire me to pick up a camera every day to document what matters most.

At A Glance...

The best everyday camera for everyone from full-time photographers to people who just want amazing photos of their life. The X100V has a 35mm equivalent lens with an f/2 aperture to give you great results in low light and the ability to get some shallow depth of field as well. The camera I recommend to literally everyone.

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X100V APS-C Digital Rangefinder Camera

Looking for that perfect street photography camera? The Fujifilm X100V is the perfect compact camera for you with its 23mm lens and great autofocus

Buy for $1,399.00

XF 18mm F2 R Lens

It’s one of Fujifilm’s first lenses for the X-Mount, but it’s still my favorite for travel and just everyday stuff. If you want a small lens that will give you a great focal length at a 28mm equivalent while still having an f/2 aperture in a lens that only weighs 116g, you’re in luck.

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XF 18mm F2 R Lens

Get you those sweet wide shots without vignetting and color shading with the Fujifilm XF18mmF2 R Lens, a compact and Lightweight Wide Prime​ Pancake Lens

Buy for $599.00

Ok, admittedly this is more than a splurge, but the Leica Q2 Monochrom really would be one of those dream cameras. It has a 46 megapixel full frame sensor with an incredible 28mm f/1.7 in a compact design, but the biggest kicker is the monochrome sensor. Shooting only in black and white completely simplifies things back to the basics of light and can be such a creative break from the world of color.

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Q2 Monochrom Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera

You're a dedicated black and white shooter? The Leica Q2 Monochrom is the camera for you, with a full-frame 47.3 Mpx sensor, and a Summilux 28 f/1.7 ASPH lens

Buy for $6,195.00

While we’re on the topic of dream cameras, this one probably is at the absolute top of my list. A generational camera that will most likely be functioning well beyond my lifetime. The Leica MP is the pinnacle of film cameras.

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MP 0.72 Rangefinder Film Camera

You never compromise on quality? The Leica MP is built for long life and lasting value. A compact 35mm rangefinder camera with a mechanically controlled shutter

Buy for $5,695.00

GFX 50S II Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera

If you’re either in the Fujifilm APS-C or any other full frame mirrorless system, the next step up in many ways really is medium format. The best entry into that currently is the GFX50S II.

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GFX 50S II Medium Format Mirrorless Camera

Looking for a Medium Format camera surpassing its counterparts? Fujifilm GFX 50S II has a sensor 17x bigger than the average and incredible image stabilization

Buy for $3,359.00

In a world of perfect sharpness and rigid pixels, the Cinebloom really helps to add a certain softness to images [in a good way] by adding a bit of diffusion that especially hits the transitions in light that digital so often messes up. I’ve been using the 10% a lot and the 5% might start living on my X100V.

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CineBloom Diffusion Filters

You wanna capture dreamy, film-like footage on your camera or smartphone? The Moment CineBloom Diffusion Filters are the secret sauce! Available in 5%, 10%, 20%

Buy for $52.49
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Sprite 35-II Reusable 35mm Film Camera

Dip your toes into film photography with the Ilford Sprite 35-II! A really fun and affordable way to start experimenting with 35mm film

Buy for $36.95
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Negative Supply

Basic Film Carrier 35

Looking for the perfect tool for scanning strips or full rolls of 35mm film quickly? The Negative Supply Basic Film Carrier 35 is the affordable solution

Buy for $99.00
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Negative Supply

Basic Film Carrier 120

Want to scan your 120 film at home? Negative Supply will get you scanning quickly, easily, and affordably with Basic Film Carrier 120.

Buy for $199.00

My favorite budget film that is available in a discount 3-pack. The 400 speed is especially great for most lighting situations.

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Ultra Max 400 Color Negative 35mm Film - 3 Pack

Are you a snapshooter? Kodak ULTRA MAX 400 35mm Film is a worry-free, easy-to-use high-speed film designed just for you

Buy for $19.99

My absolute favorite ‘budget" color film. I’ve run hundreds of rolls through my cameras. Has great skin tones and a bit more of a desaturated look to it. I often think of it as a budget Portra 160.

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Colorplus 200 Color Negative 35mm Film

Get sharp detail and fine grain with the Kodak ColorPlus ISO 200 35mm film! With natural color saturation, and wide exposure latitude in a variety of lighting

Buy for $9.99

The GOAT of film stocks. Good for literally everything, but obviously gives the best results for portraits out there in my opinion. Incredibly versatile and the most fool-proof way to look like a genius when you get your scans back.

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Professional Portra 400 Color Negative 35mm Film - 5 Rolls

Looking for the go-to choice of pro film shooters? The 5 pack of Kodak Portra 35mm film at true ISO 400 delivers spectacular skin tones and color saturation

Buy for $74.99

The only tripod I’ve actually enjoyed owning in my entire life. It literally does everything right. And while the aluminum is a good *practical* choice, I went with the carbon fiber and I legitimately think that the bit of weight savings means that I actually bring it with me more often.

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Peak Design

Travel Tripod

Can a tripod be sexy? Oh yes, it can! Enter the Peak Design Travel Tripod. A pro-level, lightweight, travel tripod in a truly portable form

Buy for $322.96

Follow me on two different sessions to see how I interact with couples and hear my perspective on why I do what I do. We go over gear, editing, posing, and lots more. Honestly, I still can’t believe we’re selling it for this cheap.

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Photographing Couples with Benj Haisch

Join Benj Haisch as he takes you through his entire process of capturing timeless images of couples. From planning, shooting to delivering images to the couple.

Buy for $30.00

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