Trey’s Gear and Tools

Google Pixel 2 XL

Good Camera: Google Pixel 2

The Google Pixel 2 mobile phone is AWESOME! It’s the best phone I’ve ever used. Read my review of the Pixel 2 XL. You can buy one unlocked direct from Google. There are two different models, they both have identical specs inside and out except for the size/screen and battery capacity. I recently did a Sony A7r Mark III Review where I sneaked in a Pixel 2 photo. Everyone had trouble finding it and seeing the difference between these two drastically different devices.

Also, I don’t follow scores from DxOMark but if that’s your sort of thing, you’ll see here that the Pixel 2 tops even the new iPhone X. But I can tell just by using it in a variety of conditions and comparing it to photos from friends using the latest iPhone or Samsung. They’re always blown away at the quality of the photos and you can see a bunch of examples in my review.

Better Camera: Sony a6300

Starting at below $999 for the body.

The A6300 is the latest evolution of the high end Sony APS-C models. It features, amongst other great features, enhanced autofocus speed and 4K movie recording. You can read my complete Sony a6000 review, it is the model the A6300 replaces and has many of the same specs. The a6000 series has a number of advantages over the lower-priced a5000 models. It has a built-in electronic viewfinder, more focal points, and faster continuous shooting (11 fps vs 6 fps).

Best Camera: Sony a7R III

Starting at just over $3198

A full-on Sony a7R III Review is here on the site that is full of a ton of sample photos. It’s a great camera and much more affordable than the Hasselblad. I absolutely love it. It has all the power of the giant DSLR systems with comparible specifications at a lower price and smaller size/weight. Its Full-Frame goodness combined with a small mirrorless form factor gives you everything you need. Plus, the camera smarts inside are absolutely insane. Check on the review there to see even more!

Best Drone: DJI Mavic

A few years ago I got a quadcopter and I LOVED it! You can get amazing photos and videos from previously unattainable perspectives.

Back then the tech was a bit complicated, flight times were not great and image quality was decent but still had a bit to go. After a bunch of updates DJI created two amazing products though. The Phantom 4 Pro which has the largest sensor on a consumer drone and the Mavic Pro quadacopter (that’s what my daughter Scarlett calls them!). Here is my Phantom 4 Pro review. It’s a great machine but I think I’m leaning towards the Mavic as my go-to machine due to how compact it is. Review coming soon!

Best 360 Camera: Insta360 One

I’ve tested a bunch of 360 cameras and the Insta360 One is definitely the best so far. I love the auto-stitching and removal of the selfie-stick. This is perhaps a very strange feature to mention, but I like how it makes all that nonsense disappear. The end result is that it has the equivalent feeling of a silent quadcopter floating a few feet away from your head all the time. They also have some cool software that lets you control what the viewer can see in post production. Check out my review for video examples.

Camera Lenses

Sony a7 Series Cameras – First Lenses (A7r, A7s, A7rII etc etc)

Note these work for all the Sony A7 cameras! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sony FE 24-105 f/4 G Series (Amazon) – An excellent high end lens that covers a good range. Ideal as a single lens to travel with. See image examples on the Sony a7R III review.
  • Sony FE 24-240 f/3.5-6.3ย (Amazon | B&H Photo) – This lens is great. I hate changing lenses and this goes from fairly wide at 24mm to a great zoomy-zoom of 240mm. I keep this lens on my camera 70% of the time!
  • Sony FE 24-70 f/4 (Amazon | B&H Photo) – A great mid-range lens the covers wide to mid-range zooming. See more on the Sony 24-70mm review.
  • Sony FE 16-35 f/4 (Amazon | B&H Photo) – I’m so excited about this lens! This is the first full-frame wide angle lens that fits the eMount on the Sony a7 line of cameras. Note this lens can be replaced with the cheaper, lighter Wildcard Lens below!
  • WILDCARD – Sony 10-18 F/4 (Amazon | B&H Photo) – A great lens that gives you MAXIMUM wide-angle flexibility for landscapes and architecture. Note that it’s actually made for the lesser Sony E-Mount system but still works on this camera, giving you the full range of 12-17mm instead of 10-18mm. The edges can occasionally get a bit ropy, but only hardcore camera nerds look at the edges. This lens is small and supa-light to carry… and wide-angle stuff is so fun! Personally, I use this lens more than the FE 16-35 above.

Sony a7R – Other Goodies!

  • Sony Alpha Adaptor (Amazon | B&H Photo) – So that you can attach the other Sony full-frame Alpha lenses to your Sony a7R
  • Novoflex Leica Adaptor (Amazon | B&H Photo) – Fantastic for attaching any lens that uses the Leica lens mount. WARNING: Do not get the cheaper adapters. I tried them, thinking it was just a piece of metal, but it was not and many of my photos, especially at infinity, were out of focus. Check out my Leica Lens Buying Guide for more info.
  • Nikon F Lens Adaptor (Amazon | B&H Photo) – To hook up your Nikon DSLR lenses
  • Canon EF Adaptor (Amazon | B&H Photo) – To hook up your Canon DSLR lenses

Sony A5100 / A6300 Camera – Two Great Lenses

If you are just getting started and want recommendations on your first couple of lenses, here they are. Oftentimes a camera will come with a “kit lens” that is prettyย versatileย and can get you a long way. The Sony a6300 comes with a 16-50mm lens that produces great pictures. But there are many lenses that are better for more specialized situations.

  • Sony 55-210mm (Amazon | B&H Photo) – This lens is a little big but its versatility is perfect for mid-range stuff like landscapes, birthdays, sports, etc.
  • Sony 10-18 F/4 (Amazon | B&H Photo) – A great lens that gives you maximum wide-angle flexibility for landscapes and architecture. To find out more, read my full Sony 10-18mm Lens Review. Note: This is also a great lens for the Sony a7R Mark 2, giving you the full range of 12-17mm. The edges get a bit ropy, but only hardcore camera nerds look at the edges.

Leica Lens Buying Guide

I’m really getting into using Leica lenses with the Sony a7R. You have to manually focus but you still get focus peaking and all of the other sweet features of the Sony mirrorless system. I’ve created a Leica Lens Buying Guide where I’ll chronicle what I learn and recommend.

More Lens Reviews

I only write reviews for lenses that I use and recommend. ย Here is a complete list of camera lens reviews.

What’s in my photo bag?

Come check out my Camera Bag page for more details!

Over the past year few years, I’ve been partnering with Peak Design to build five incredible camera bags. And now you can see more! We recently launched four new bags for every situation! I’m sure you’ll find something you like!

Tripod Recommendations

I’ve recently switched tripods, then switched back, then switched again. I’m like the Caitlyn Jenner of tripods, and I’m not proud. But I’m ownin’ it girl.

  • High End โ€” The TQC-14 Tripod from RRS – I love this tripod. Again, I’ve switched around a lot… but this thing honestly fixes all the gripes I had with previous RRS tripods.
  • Budget โ€” Any 3-Legged Thing Tripod – These are also nice tripods. Yes, they are still pricey but with good quality. There are some very inexpensive tripods out there, but they are so flimsy and you should not waste your time.

More Reviews and recommendations

I have many other reviews and recommendations you may find helpful!

Fuji X-T2

Looking for something compact and built to withstand the elements? Check out my Fuji X-T2 Review.

  • Check the price of the Fuji X-T2 on Amazon.
  • Check the price of the Fuji X-T2 on B+H.

The Fuji products have always served me so well in crazy weather conditions. Well, in ANY condition, really. But thereโ€™s something about going out into the wild weather to take photos. You just end up getting very unique stuff. 2017 was my eighth year at Burning Man, and my 2nd to take FUJI equipment. Burning Man can be a Very Harsh environment with not just high temperatures, but frequent sandstorms. Those were always a major worry with my other cameras, but not this one. I didnโ€™t have one single problem. It shot flawlessly and it has a great selection of weather resistant lenses too. On that note, why not take a look at my Burning Man Survival Guide here.

Hasselblad X1D

Money no object? Consider the Hasselblad X1D which starts at the low, low bargain price of around $9,000.

What a beast! You can read the full review over here which has loads of sample images. The key points are that it’s medium format and mirrorless, which means it’s got a much bigger sensor than a full frame DSLR and is not that much different in size. 50 megapixels. Beautiful and Sleek. I have the 30mm, 45mm, and 90mm lenses and they are all outstanding! The only downsides I can see so far is it is a bit slow (like 2 frames per second) and the software is a tiny bit buggy. I think the latter will be fixed with firmware. Either way, the images it produces are phenominal.

Any questions about the nature of these reviews? Please visit my Ethics Statement.

And here are a few of my favorite photos taken with some of the above equipment! ๐Ÿ™‚

A Morning with a Strange Method of Fishing

Taking the Yacht for a Midnight Spin

Road Trip New Zealand!

Hobbiton in the Morning

Poking The Front Of Your Face Through The Veil

Inception Reflection New York

  • Eve

    Hi, Trey. I absolutely love your photography, and it’s been somewhat of an inspiration to take my hobby more seriously and start learning photography on a semi-professional/semi-entry level DSLR. I basically narrowed it down (with a price range in mind) to Nikon d5100/5200 and Canon eos 600D, with the popular opinion in mind that these two brands rival all the others.

    And then I found out that the amazing photos that you make were taken by Sony. A COMPACT sized Sony! ;-0

    Please, there is no end to my exasperation. Could you advice me, a small handed beginner photographer with the love of photo filters on the camera to buy?


  • iknowdatsright

    Is the new Mac Pro part of the editing gear?

  • treyratcliff

    Yes – I am using one of those now when at home – I really like it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Richard Houghton

    Trey, what a pleasure it is to view your photos. How often do you use the Nikon 14-24mm?

  • treyratcliff

    Not so much any more โ€” now that I switched to the Sony

  • Frode

    Hello Trey. I hope you can help me a little bit here. I’m torn between getting the A6000 and the A7. The main reason for considering the A7 is less noise at higher ISO. Weathersealing seems handy to have as well, but it’s not a dealbreaker. I’ve sold all my old gear, so I don’t really have to consider if I can re-use any lenses, like many other people have to. I’m not a proffessional, but more in the advanced amateur (is that even a term?) category, but I’m not made of money and the A7 is about 1000$ bigger investment + generally 30-40% more expensive lenses within the same focal range. I’ve seen you take some amazing photos with the NEX-6. I’m just wondering if you think that the A7 is worth the extra dent in the wallet on a tighter budget?

  • treyratcliff

    The A7 will be MUCH better in the low light for sure because of the bigger sensor @disqus_KivPrHFIjm:disqus . But if expense is a problem, the A6000 will treat you really well. You might have some noise in the low-light shots (for handheld), but nothing wrong with a bit of noise! If you’re on a tripod and doing landscape work with the A6000, then you’ll have no troubles at all..

  • treyratcliff

    Thanks @GreyGooseConfidential:disqus for the nice note! I think you’ll be good with ANY of the cameras above โ€” we just re-did the recommendations btw! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Frode

    Thanks for the reply. I guess I’ll save up a little bit more and go for the A7 + 24-70mm F4 lens to start with. I was also quite surprised at the amazing quality you get with the 10-18 E-lens on the A7R, so that might be my next lens purchase.

  • Daniel Vincent

    Hi from Austin, Texas Trey.

    I wanted to know more about your editing hardware setup. What computer(s) do you use (home and mobile), wacom tablet?, etc. And what are their respective specs/model which you recommend for good, better, best results?

    And lastly, if you were sitting with an a7r today with no wide angle for landscape would you wait on the 16-35 FE or go with the 10-18mm? If the latter, would you eventually carry both or just one and if just one which?

  • Nick

    Hi Trey,

    Grateful if you would advise which of the RRS tripods you are using with the A7R – the link above seems to go to their home page (same with the link for the RRS Head (small)).

    Hong Kong

  • Martin Winstanley

    I’d be grateful too if you could relink the tripod and Ball head. the present link is straight to the home page.

  • Sam Camilleri

    Yeah I use a Canon 600D. I use it mainly with a 50mm prime f1.8 lens. Great for low lit shots. It’s a decent camera and if you’re starting out, will do you just well.

  • Sam Camilleri

    Some images I took with the 600D, 50mm f1.8 lens…

  • Jay

    What is the strap you are using that is in the Lightroom intro video? Thanks.

  • Carlos Mendoza


    You don’t think that the 55m Prime for the Sony is overpriced. There are same kind of lenses for Nikon and Canon that are less expensive that the one from Sony.

  • Kevin

    Hey Trey,
    what do you think about the new Sony Alpha 5100 ?
    I’m thinking about buying the a5100 instead of the a6000.

  • Alistair Ford

    Hello Trey.
    i just got a Sony A5000 a couple of days ago and think its a real bargain. Just ยฃ299 here in the UK for the camera and the 16-50 PZ kit lens. It’s a great little camera for travel and when your out walking. Great picture quality from the 20.1 Megapixel APS-C size sensor and the Bionz X processor. And loads of shooting modes and settings to play with. A great little camera.

  • Jeff Fitzwater

    I’m in the planning stages of shooting for a exhibition project that will feature 90% or more of images taken in the rain. Big rain. Not sprinkles, not drops here and there, not mist, but downpours and gully-washers. I need some advice on water proof (not water-resistant) camera and off-camera/strobe flash protection. Anyone? Trey? Bueller? Bueller?

  • Chris

    Try your RRS links goto the mainpage and not to the products

  • Tomi Tomion

    Where is your Nikon D800? )))

  • treyratcliff

    Sitting on my shelf collecting dust ! ๐Ÿ™

  • Dave’sPhoto

    Trey, I must compliment you on your “on computer” graphics and presentations. The highlighted and zoomed in portion is the best I have viewed on any video. You need to make a video of how you perform those methods and sell that to the rest of the photographic and training world.

    Your method is not rushed and you are not keeping secret your selections in the menus.


  • treyratcliff

    Wow thanks man! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kyle Svecz

    Hey Trey I just want to say you in a huge inspiration to me (clichรฉ as it is true lol), although I have never seen your tutorial because I want to find my own way into it I have built my am just off of what I’ve seen from yours. I did a lot of research after i found out you switched to stony, and I decided that I’m also going to switch to Sony. i’m just out of school so I don’t have that much gear built up yet (because i’m poor lol) but ive been having some success in my area (im the only photographer in my area to attempt hdr, i also do hdr pans) so maybe this time next year i can go for the a6000! Thanks Trey,

  • treyratcliff

    Thanks so much for the nice note Kyle – cool photos! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Bobbi

    Would you like to sell it? I don’t have much money, but I could sure use it. I am beginning my photography career. Thank you.

  • Guest

    Excellent lenses for Sony A6000 and A500 (crop frame) are Sigma 19mm, 60mm & 90mm. All of them are very light, reasonably bright at F2.8, and interestingly, all three together cost less than any of the pro lenses Trey recommnends here.

  • Jan Muller

    Here is a sample shot from the Sigma 19mm

  • Paco TeGe

    Hi Trey,
    I am a follower of your site, impressed by your work.
    Can you tell me the exact references found that samples of this sling, which you bought in Tokyo.
    My English is better when I read it when I hear.
    Paco TeGe from Canary Islands

  • Aha – you mean the bag? it comes from a company called art-berg

  • Paco TeGe

    LOL – Yes, I prefer bags that mold, soft, Domke type.
    And that I liked for everyday.
    Trey thank you very much, now to see if I find it.
    Best Regards

  • Paco TeGe

    Now this, bought USD94,21 Free shipping expenses.

  • Chase Rangel

    Trey, I love your work! And thrilled that you have been using the Sony a6000. Do you have any recommendations for an external flash, for the a6000?

  • Adam

    If you are beginning your career, than the D800 isn’t the camera for you unless you plan on tripod based work. Do more research on how the cameras perform and the best situations/environments for each camera before you jump into a SLR that borders on medium format. You may be more happy in the end.


    Hello trey,
    Love your work and appriciate it well. I am lways getting inspired by your work. Photography is my hobby i have kit of sony a7s with 20mm f/2.8 and 70-200 f/4 lenses. Along with nikon d810 with 14-24 mm f/2.8 and 50mm f/1.8 with 28-300 f3.5-5.
    Landscape photography is my passion. Please give me suggestions about my gear improvements. We have mountain range large forest and many heart touching places around my home town. Im from junagadh, india, home of asiatic lions.
    Your golden suggeestions will help me to improve my photography.. thanks a lot for being with us. We learn from your photography.. thanks a lot..

  • Sandip Gupta

    Trey – I didn’t see any mention of filters on your site. What filters do you recommend?

  • I don’t use any! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sandip Gupta

    Wow! And you get all those rich colors without a filter…that’s truly amazing work! I guess the trick is to understand how the camera and lenses handle light.

  • Joe Tomkins

    Just saying, “Thank You” for encouraging me to take my hobby to the next level. Since finding your blog I have bought a Sony A7 (and yesterday ordered the A7 II)…lenses…started a blog…learned HDR. You’re the man.

  • a.t.

    tell Sandip Gupta how much post production you do to get all those rich colors…!

  • a.t.

    Trey: I received a Sony a3000 as a gift…will it do HDR ?

  • bob k

    Love the red pants and your grey top w/thumb grips…! Could you be any more —?

  • I could be more gay, yes! Teehee ๐Ÿ™‚ (but I’m not)

  • Yes! Any camera can do HDR ! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Awesome @joe_tomkins:disqus ! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Oh! I meant I don’t use on-camera-filters. I do a lot of post-processing for sure – see to start!

  • Shanna @ pineapple and coconut

    I watch your floating over Bora Bora video at least once a week. Its my dream to travel there so until then, I watch the video. My friend Dawn and I will share the video on each other’s facebook pages once a week too. And now I want a quad copter and a go pro. I photograph food for a living but would like to get into other types of photography. Love reading your tutorials on HDR – I am going to try doing some HDR shots with my nikon gear.

  • RoscoeS

    Trey, I’ve been looking at your equipment recommendations. The link to your RRS tripod doesn’t take me to a tripod page. Rather, it takes me to to an advertisement for some of the other cool RRS stuff (most of RRS stuff is really cool). This is also true for the link to the small ballhead you recommend. I already own a BH-55, but since I moved to the Sony cameras, it is bigger than I need and heavier than I want to schlep around. Could you let me give me the name of the tripod so I could check it out.

  • Sandip Gupta

    Yes – I understood. And my question was for on-camera filters. We (me and my 12yr old son) have been trying out the a7R this last week and the sharpness and brightness of the pictures is amazing. So far we have mostly used the 24-70 zeiss lens. I am sure we will be purchasing your HDR guide here pretty soon.

    I am pretty sure I will be investing into the 70-200 lens pretty soon. However, my son is more into nature photography – close ups of flowers, plants and I am wondering what lens would work better for him. He took some good pictures with the 24-70 even though the sky was dull grey but they were not sharp enough. I think he was using auto-focus and it didn’t do such a good job.

  • LBJ2

    Hello. What RRS tripod do you recommend for the Sony A7r ?

  • Brett Engle

    Trey, I hope you will see this. First off want to say that you’re at the top of the list of who I follow and admire for your reviews, point of views, and mostly for your amazing HDR work. One of the things that got my attention to you a few years ago was reading that you’re colorblind. I’m also colorblind, more than most I’m sure. I really loved your article from over a year ago (DSLR’s are a dying breed). At the time I was shooting with the Nikon D800 and usually carried the Nikon holy trinity of lenses. After having my second back surgery (fusion in lower back) in Oct. 2012, the pain from carrying so much weight was getting to be more than I could stand. I sold everything and bought a Fuji XE1 and a Nikon D7100 (only because at the time I wasn’t ready to give up DSLR’s all together yet). As soon as the Sony A7r was announced, I knew it was what I was really wanting and had been waiting for so I ordered it right away. Getting a lightweight camera and lenses was just the start. Then I started noticing significant differences in the weight of camera bags and in tripods. Now to my point…… In your video of you with the Nex 7 in the article “why I switched to Sony…..” I noticed what looked like a Manfrotto tripod. I have had the Manfrotto 055XProB (aluminum and CF versions) 190XPro4 (also both versions) and I felt really frustrated about spending so much more money on the CF versions of each with them not being that much lighter. I thought that there had to be a better tripod so I started looking. I then got a CF Oben tripod which was a lot lighter than the equivalent (for height & weight it supports) Manfrotto. Then I noticed tripods that were super lightweight and much shorter when folded down because they fold backwards and I got a Mefoto CF Roadtrip model. It was great but it only had 2 leg angles which I decided wasn’t working for me. I even tried out it Gitzo tripod that I wasn’t happy with. Long story short, I now have the Sirui T-2205X 5-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod which I’ve now had for about a year. I wouldn’t trade it for any RRS or Gitzo tripod (although I love RRS heads). You should give it a try and add it to your gear list for your followers to benefit from (that is if you like it as much as I do). It is full height at 57″, weights only 2.6 lbs, supports 26.5 lbs, folds down to 14.6″ with legs folded in reverse, has min. Height of 5.3″, includes short and long column, has 3 leg angles, very very good build quality, and only costs $311.95 at B&H Photo. It the best tripod I’ve ever used by far and it is the least expensive carbon fiber tripod I’ve ever used.
    Thank you for taking time to read this, keep up the great work with your blog, photography, and everything else you do. You are a huge inspiration to me.

  • ovendoor

    I know you like your Sony A7R, was wondering if you’d considered changing to the A7Rii with the in-body stabilization?

  • Steve

    Slow down future man. That camera doesn’t exist yet, if ever.

  • Jim Foss

    Trey, like ovendoor…have you tried the A7II yet? I’m about to dump my canon and get either the sony A7R or the II and was wondering if you still like A7R. Like the mega-pixels of the A7R but like the in camera stabilization of the II, your thoughts?

  • Julian Herbert

    Hi Trey! How do you record your precise locations when shooting? Only I notice that the Sony cameras don’t have GPS capability. This is important to me as I like to use the coordinate data to record my travels.

  • unroar

    You never need to do long exposures when there is too much light? Seems like you need in-camera filters for that shot.

  • Sohan Navaratne

    Hi Julian … I use GPX Master + app on my Iphone 6 … it lasts a full day with battery to spare and the GPX files upload direct to Dropbox when you connect to wifi … The app is smart enough to use minimal GPS to save on power … I use lightroom to put photo and GPS data together (lots of instructions on the web on how to do that) …

  • Sue Komernicky

    Hi Trey! I have a question on buying lens. I am pretty sure I have settled on purchasing a Sony A6000, but am not sure if I should just purchase the camera body and the SEL35F18 35 mm f/1.8 Prime Fixed Lens as opposed to the one in the lens kit, 16-50mm. I think I also would purchase the Sony 55-210mm. I will be shooting mostly outdoor–landscapes, animals, etc. sometimes in low light. I am a bit of a novice but am graduating from a point and shoot camera.

  • I would not get the fixed lens if you’re gonna do mostly landscapes… still with the flexible ones to start with ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sue Komernicky

    Thank you so much for your reply as I value your opinion! I think you just saved me some money which I really appreciate!!!!

  • John Heffner

    Hey Trey, Your work is the best I’ve seen anywhere. Hands down. Any chance you can provide some extra context on just how important the right tripod is for killer HDR with a relatively heavy FF DSLR/zoom setup (nothing over 70-200). The RRS you recommend looks great, but I’m a little concerned over the size/weight when traveling. Do you think it’s needed for maximum quality? Any insight on how big the sharpness hit might be when compared to one of the premium brands traveler series? Thanks in advance for any assistance as well as the incredible resources you continually provide.

  • Scott Luebbe

    Hey Trey, First thing, I am a huge fan. your tutorials and e-books have improved my photography tremendously. I am curious if there is a ND Filter that you recommend for my Sony 10-18MM f/4. I currently have a variable Promaster but have noticed that when it is maxed out it does not have an even darkness throughout. I am curious if you use a plate system like Lee Filters. Also, do you use graduating filters at all? Polarizing Filter?
    Also, I must say, my first trip out of the United States, I missed you in Venice by two weeks. cant wait to see more from that trip.

  • Aggro


    Please can you talk a bit about the loxia lenses. I am disappointed as they are not sealed, but they do have a gasket. The sony sealed lenses have no gasket, but are sealed. It makes no sense to me. I am concerned about using the loxia in dusty environments. Thank you

  • I don’t know anything about Loxia

  • Tom van Heusden


    First off all i am a big fan of your work and it inspired me to pick up my camera again, however since he is a bit outdated i am thinking of buying the Nikon D5200, what are your thoughts on this camera? Also what would be a good lens for it, i’m shooting landscapes and buildings mostly.
    would love to hear your thoughts on this.

    Keep up the work!


  • Anxiously awaiting your review on the newly announced A7R MkII. I think I might pull the trigger into full-frame for that one (even if it’s a little more spendy than I’d like). The stabilization, 42MP (whoa), and 4K video really caught my eye as I like to shoot video every once in a while without needing a second camera.

  • Jim Foss

    I bought the Sony a7II, haven’t dumped the Canon – yet- in fact bought the lenses converter (metabones) to use some canon lenses on the sony. The metabones is WAY to slow except for manual focus. The sony is a great camera with sony lenses but now that they are coming out with the A7RII, I certainly wish I would’ve waited — all the technology of the A7II but 42 megapix. plus more. Trey get one and review it, I’m curious if its worth the extra $$$

  • I’ll work on that review for sure! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ratchaya Chayangsu

    Hi, Trey. Do you have any recommend filter like CPL, ND, Gradient etc. that usually work and worth to keep it/them around when travel or any gear that you stick with it except you torch? Thank you in advance.

  • rose

    I found out about your HDR photography in a photography class, and ever since then I’ve been obsessed!!
    Love your work!!

  • Ivรกn Grimaldi

    Trey, I saw there was a question about this earlier in the thread but I’m truly interested in knowing if you are using any kind of pen/touch tablet for editing. And… any plans to visit Argentina? ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for your reply and keep sharing your experiences as we are all learning from you!

  • Hi Trey, so I was looking for the tripod that you used in London Photo Walk, I am the Marcelo, the guy who asked you to hold your tripod and know how much weighed. Could you tell me the brand as it was changed here on the site?

  • Hi Ivan,
    I don’t think there’s any tablets going on for editing currently. No immediate plans for Argentina but I’m sure it’s on the list!

  • Just updated this with the new What’s in my Bag video! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • The link for the Steve takes me to the Roger?

  • Hm – sorry about that, Matt – I refreshed the links, can you try again?

  • Looks good.

  • Martin Tyler

    The 24-240 lens is f3.5-6.3, not f4.

    Just got my a7rII a couple of days ago.

  • Tomi Tomion

    14-24 is out of the list?

  • Tomi Tomion

    poor thing ๐Ÿ™

  • Neill Buchanan

    Ah, it’s so mental that you get the some gear as me!! Though when it comes down to the expensive stuff you can obviously afford to get it quicker than me!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Did you have to import the Rick or did you pick it up whilst in UK? It really is such a fantastic tripod!!

    As I’m still a little way off upgrading my a7r to a7rii, I look forward with green envy to reading/watching your review of the a7rii. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Loved your interview with Jared, best of luck with the remainder of your USA tour and try not to get shut down again ๐Ÿ˜‰ (silly sad police!!)

  • 33x

    I noticed no filters in your bag? Is this because you don’t do long exposure shots? i.e. no ND filter Big Stopper etc

  • Apples

    Do you find EFCS causes problems with the a7rII in bright sunlight? I am finding it creates banding and I’d love the option to disable it in the function menu, rather than having to go through the bigger menu

  • Hey everyone,

    I’m currently a Nikon D7000 user and photography is my personal zen. It makes me feel good and I enjoy it although I am not selling any prints or anything at the moment, so I guess I would be considered to be in the hobbyist camp.

    I have been wanting to jump to the a7r for a very long time and I am a big fan of Trey and his HDR work. I held out for the a7rii because I wanted the IBIS capabilities. Although, now my dilemma is whether I should buy the a7rii for a whopping $3,198, or buy the a7r for $1,349 and use the extra money to get a sony autofocus lens?

    I know that my NIKON autofocus lenses will not work on the sony mount, but I have a lot of old nikon lenses that are just straight manual that I love. I thought with the focus peaking they would be even more viable to use. In my bag I have a nikon 50mm 1.8, 24mm 2.8, 135mm 3.5 and a rokinon fisheye 8mm that are all manual lenses. The only autofocus lenses I have are the D90 kit lens Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 VR (DX) and a 300mm f4 with a kenko teleconverter. I also have a Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG macro lens, but I donโ€™t use AF on that one, as it is strictly on extension tubes and used in manual mode for macro photography.

    I can always keep the d7000 for wildlife shots with the 300mm for now, but I would like to move towards the mirrorless and the a7r/a7rii full frame high resolution sensor really appeals to me.

    Can someone tell me how good shooting nikon manual lenses works on the sony bodies with a meatabones adapter? I know Trey shoots with Leicas, but they are too pricey for me at this point and Iโ€™d rather use my good nikon glass right now. Any advice would be appreciated? Also will the a7rii be good for macro as well as landscapes?

  • M100

    Trey, you used to recommend a few e-mount primes. But now your list don’t have any primes anymore. What made you change your mind about recommending primes? Was it because you started shooting with Leica primes?

  • Bimla Devi

    Great article full on info:

  • Sheila

    mengatasi ejakulasi dini secara alami paling diburu oleh pria dewasa saat ini suami puas istri bahagia dijamin berhasil dengan menggunakan

  • Lisa Jones Photography-TX

    I have a question regarding tethering and hopefully you can help…
    I shoot cheer competitions and fire off at least 100 shots in about 3-4 min. The company uses a program called DSLR Remote Pro. Mainly for the file naming and directory saving capabilities. Is there anything that would even remotely come close for the sony to be able to do that? Tethering to lightroom is too slow for this type of shooting.
    Please help if possible.
    Thanks so much!!

  • Chas

    Love your work Trey but this page is in dire need of attention. Why, if I may ask kindly, haven’t we seen some A7RII work from you on the site?!

  • greentrade

    Hi Trey, just received my Peak Design Messenger bag. I had to say Wow! It replaced my 2 Lowepro bags. All my gears fell into places to snuggly. My huge Lowpro bag had so much space, yet I couldn’t fit my lens and iPad into to nicely. Thank you so much for coming up with the idea of making a bag and Peak Design team did a fantastic job in collaborate, design and execute on this project. I’m completely blown away. There are so many companies in this space and they have been doing this for so many years, and none of them did it right and it’s always been my pain point when I travel with camera gears. This bag really solved my problem. And it looks stylish.

  • Neroon

    I went from Canon to Sony this past year. I now own 2 A7II cameras and had one converted to 720nm IR by Lifepixel. I started out with the f4 trifecta but ended up selling my 16-35 in order to fund an FE 90mm f4 Macro G OSS. I then went and purchased an FE 28mm and the 21mm adapter. I find that 90% of the time I just use the 28 and 90 on my two bodies.

  • Samuel Weems

    Trey, just curious but why don’t you use filters?

  • Shelley Vester

    I just watch your amazing video of Rome. Tell me again what you filmed that with ? It was sweeps me and smooth.
    Austin TX

  • This was filmed with the Osmo ! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I don’t really need them and it keeps things simple! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Shelley Vester

    That was so cool. I will get one at precision camera. We are going to Rome soon and I love how you used it !!!! Thanks Trey!
    Austin Texas

  • Trevor

    Hey Trey! I have been an loyal Canon shooter for the past 20 years or so. I currently have a 5D III and was thinking of making the switch to the A7RII. I am a little apprehensive as you can imagine. I was wondering if you think I would be really happy with the switch? I am strictly a landscape shooter btw. Any input would be much appreciated!


    Great stuff here Trey…I watched the first Episode of your Becoming an Artist and was intrigued what long lens you had attached to your Sony. I don’t see a zoom listed and was wondering what lens it was (it looks like a Canon?)

  • That might have been the 70-200 attached to the A6000? We’ll be doing a live Q&A after this premieres for real on FB.

  • I’m SURE you’d be happy with the switch. I say go for it… ! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Trevor

    Thanks Trey! Some people are saying save some money and go with the A7ii or A7r over A7rii. I also had a few others try to talk me into the Fuji system. I’m getting confused with all of these options and don’t know which one to go with. ๐Ÿ™

  • R4Nd4LL_b

    Hey Trevor, A few months ago I fell in the ocean with my D810 which encouraged a switch to the a7Rii. For the first couple weeks I was frustrated with the EVF, low light focusing, and the menus. After learning how to use the Sony I’m very satisfied. I have T-adapters for my manual Leica, Zuiko, and Nikkor lenses. The focus peaking works well with these. Auto focus adapters are slow but, I’ve heard the Canon adapter works better than the Nikon. Adapters will slow the investment into a bunch of new lenses. The only minor issue I have now is that the sensor seems to get dirty much faster than my Nikon did. Go rent one for a couple weeks and check it out!

  • Yeah โ€” It does get dirty faster I think because there is no mirror there to protect it

  • Richard V. Niddrie

    Hello Trey from Chilliwack British Columbia Canada! My first post. Hope you do not tire of “fans” telling you how fantastic your Photography is. I have moved from Photomatix to Aurora. WOW! Your life story and work is truly motivating. Thank you……I look forward to continuing as a “fanboy” Truly enjoy your tutorials and recommendations. Soon will move from Nikon gear to Sony. Thank you for your reviews and sample photos.

  • Awesome thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Huub van der Zee

    I recently found your site. It’s awesome. I get very much inspired by your photos. I am a passionate hobby photographer from Holland. If you have the time take a look at my website. I made it myself and making it and customizing it is an other hobby of me. The site address is and on you find a HDR Page where I used some of your presets for Lightroom. I definitely will purchase Aurora HD in a short while. Great Software. Keep up your awesome photography work. Greetings from Holland.

  • Michelle

    So much valuable info on your site, thank you! I am considering an upgrade from M43 to the A7RII for a 7week trip to Southeast Asia, and I’m wondering if you have any tips about securing gear in hotel rooms, etc. I know there will be some times where I just want to leave my gear and enjoy the beach, but most of my little guesthouses don’t have a room safe. I am really excited about all the amazing features of the A7RII, but I also don’t want to spend my entire trip stressing about my expensive gear!

  • Awesome โ€” you’ll love it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sulm87

    Hi terry… I have recently made the move from a Sony A65 (cropped sensor) to a Canon 5D Mark III, any thoughts about the camera, possibilities, lenses and such for HDR and Aurora?? ((I had to make the shift due to the limitation of Sony products in my country))

    The software seems very interesting and I can’t wait to get home to give it a try!


  • Nick Gabriel

    Hey Terry,

    I’m headed to Costa Rica in a few months and have never done photography. I’m starting to take a real interest in photography and it’s power. I was wondering if you could suggest a good starter camera as well as any tips or tricks for shooting down there.


  • Stu – SIC

    Hey Nick, its all about your budget really. In my opinion if you are just starting out but want to get serious then something like the Sony A6300 is ideal… compact, the option to change lenses, good spec. It will allow you to grow as a photographer and when the time is right you can think about more advanced (more expensive) models.

    Alternatively, you could pick up something like the Sony NEX-7 for really cheap on Ebay, its a very similar camera just a couple of generations earlier and so a good value option.

  • hehe why’s everyone calling me Terry lately?? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Eduardo Yamuni

    Hi Trey I have a question (questions.. lots haha) for you,

    You have been to Burningman and I am debating what camera be best to take. I am stuck between a Leica Q or a Leica SL + Leica t. And I have various questions here. I want to take the Q or SL to take advantage of the bigger sensor… last time I ended cropping a lot of pics from my T (16MP) and that extra size on the images would have been great.

    1) Impact on gear: Since the SL is weather sealed and the Q is not, do you think its wiser to take the SL? I took my Leica t last year with a 23mm and sealed every seam with tape and it survived just fine. Do you think the Q would suffer too much or do you think it will be fine?? Whatever I take I am sticking with one lens, no changing lenses in BM. Probably taking my 23mm F2.0 or my 35mm F1.4 on the T and either the Q fixed lens (28mm focal length) or the SL with the 20-90mm.

    2) Would you take a $7450 camera to BM (SL)??

    3) Do you think it makes sense to take the T to use at night with the F1,4 + the Q for the rest of the time (F1,7)?? Would that extra stop make that much difference at night or do you think I can do just fine taking just the Q (f1.7)?? If I take the SL I definitely have to take the T because the SL lens is 2.8 and well I probably won’t want to carry the SL all the time since is a lot bigger.

    Any advice or insight would be greatly appreciated!!

    Are you going to BM this year??

    Wyo (Eduardo Yamuni)
    IG: wyo.wyo

  • Stu – SIC

    Hey Eduardo, Trey is on the road at the moment so may not be able to respond in detail… a few observations from me though…

    1) Tape (and maybe a protective bag of some sort) is definitely the right way to go. As is not changing lenses.

    2) Yes.

    3) You’ve mentioned a few down sides to the SL in your post. Size/weight and f2.8 vs the 1.x on the other combinations. Sounds to me like you already know the more ideal solution is the Q and T.

    Take them… zoom with your feet, own it, and have fun! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Leonardo Antonio Muรฑoz Oviedo

    Hey Trey,

    Any advise on how or where to go to sell landscape photography work/? Or how to get started selling my work, who should I contact, how I should get started with marketing, ect? I have several pictures that are quite good, and as self doubting as I usually am, I can honestly say that i’ve gotten my work to a point where I feel like it is good enough to compete in today’s very heavy market. I don’t post my best work on the internet for fear of it being stolen, and I want to start making money off of my landscape work now, but I honestly don’t know where to begin?

    Thanks so much in advanced for any information you can provide,


  • Stu – SIC

    Hey Leo, the best thing you can do is start sharing. Don’t let fear cloud your decision making. You’ve got to find your audience, the people that relate to your work and then maybe from there maybe the sales will come. Don’t stress about it though, post your work. Have fun, create more…

  • Leonardo Antonio Muรฑoz Oviedo

    Thank you so much for your advise, I will share my work freely, and I will hope for the very best…….

  • maxtopdog

    Gear page seems outdated with new updated cameras from Sony.

  • Stu – SIC

    Yup, we’re on it. New recommendations coming soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • amyproctor

    Trey, forgive me if you’ve already answered this. Just tell me to scroll through the answers if so….

    I save my pics on external hard drives but I have a recurring fear of something happening to them. I’m thinking a cloud is the way to go to back up my pics. What do you use to back up your images?

  • Stu – SIC

    Its a whole load of Drobos:

  • Don

    Pretty sure the FE 24-240mm is an f/3.5-6.3 and not a fixed f/4.

  • Stu – SIC

    Good spot. I’m thinking Trey was half thinking about his 70-200 when writing down the specs here. Will get it updated.

  • TJ Puchner

    Hello Trey, I am sure you have answered this before but I had a hard time finding the answers I was looking for. I am just a beginner and looking to buy my first camera. I was favoring a DSLR and something that is advanced enough that I can grow into it. What would you recommend?

  • Stu – SIC

    Hi TJ, the page you commented on has Treys recommendations at the top ( ) choose the one that suits your budget. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Mike Malling

    Hi Trey…I might have missed it on your great and comprehensive site – thanks for sharing all that by the way. I was watching your introduction to HDR photogrph. at the yoga room, during the intro I noticed your tripod, it looked like a carbon? Would your share the brand, model and what type of head you have have on it, it looks very much like what I’ve been looking for?

    Thanks in advance
    Mike (Denmark)

  • Stu – SIC
  • Michael Burford

    What flash add-on do you recommend for a beginner with a Canon Rebel T6. Don’t want to spend 100’s if possible 50ish.

  • Logan Jones

    Hey Trey and Stu,

    What camera straps do you use? I use the sling type that attaches to the side of the camera, It kinda gets in the way. Have you seen or do you use the ones that attach at the bottom?



  • Stu – SIC

    Hey Logan, Trey uses the Peak Design strap (Slide I think it’s called). I’m a Black Rapid user. Highly recommend either. They are plenty secure and I find the best thing is that when you lean forward your camera doesn’t swing and smack whatever is in front of you… my kids are forever thankful for the change ๐Ÿ˜€

    One thing I do know is Trey has mentioned a few times that he used the BR previously and finds the Peak Design strap to offer better grip on his body/less movement so that’s worth considering when you make your decision. (It also has nice quick release etc)

  • Logan Jones

    Thanks for getting back to me Stu, I’ll definitely check out your suggestions.

  • Ann Marie

    Whatever happened to Aurora for Windows?

  • Stu – SIC

    It’s in development, no set date for launch yet but it’s on it’s way. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Brian

    Hi Trey
    Would you consider using the Sony 70-300 FE lens? Have you tried it? I am looking for something versatile for landscape and wildlife and was looking at the 70-300.

  • Stu – SIC

    Hey Brian, Trey uses the 24-240 regularly but hasn’t gone up to the 70-300. From my own experience any 70-xxx lens is going to be too long for most landscape uses so have a think about pairing it with a wider lens or going for the 24-240.

  • Brian

    Thanks! I have the 24-70 as well. So I would pair it with that one. What do you think?

  • Stu – SIC

    Sounds like a great setup to me ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ann Marie

    Hoping it will come soon, especially now that Trey has (mostly) left the dark side (apple) haha.

  • Michelle

    Thanks for sharing your reviews on the equipment you are carrying. I’ve had Sony equipment ever since they first came out the digital bodies that would work with Minolta lenses. I’ve had the a700 for quite a long time and have been happy with it but, I’ve wanted to upgrade but I’ve also wanted to get something lighter to carry. Sometime this year I plan to build a whole new system with Sony’s mirrorless system. I have a question about the 24-70mm and 70-200mm lenses. The original lenses that came out were f4’s and now they have the f2.8’s available as well. I primarily shoot outdoors but there are times when I do indoor photos as well. I know that you have been using the f4 lenses but now that the f2.8’s are available do you think that that would be the better choice? They are quite expensive compared to the f4’s so I’m trying to get a clear picture of how much of a difference I would really be getting by investing the extra money on the f2.8’s (I currently use f2.8’s on my a700 but they are huge). If the noise is much better with the much improved higher ISO then would I really need to go f2.8? Of course, I know that there may be an improvement in sharpness. Decisions, decisions. LOL

  • mikemesserli

    You recently mentioned you are using a Hasselblad xd1 now. Could you elaborate?

  • Matthew Atkinson

    How much better is the Sony A5100 over something like an iPhone or Pixel? @treyratcliff:disqus I would love to know your thoughts on getting the most out of a Pixel.

  • Klaus Stock

    The A5100 has a phase AF (in addition to the contrast AF). Under reasonable light conditions with a reasonably good lens, the phase AF will focus faster (and might also provide motion estimation while shooting; that’s important if the object you want to shoot moves towards you or away from you). However, I assume that this not your primary concern – otherwise you would not consider an iPhone or a Pixel.

    The lenses are much better. And while there are adapters to attach professional lenses to smartphones, results will still be inferior (and not to mention the usability of well-designed system versus the “hack” of a smartphone adapter). However, if bokeh is of no importance for you and you go for large depth of fields all the time, you might not appreciate the additional artistic freedom the lenses give you. Still, the better lenses might just give you the additional “edge” in picture quality to turn your pictures from “nice” to “good”.

    Still, the only thing which makes a a photo “great” is not the camera, but the person behind it. That doesn’t mean that Trey’s pictures would be as great as they are when he had to use a Sony Mavica from 1981. A high end camera offers more degrees of freedom than a call phone camera, and the photographer needs to know how to use these features effectively. Last weekend I had a Canon 30D in my hands…and it’s amazing how much better this “old piece of junk” performed than a recent high-class smartphone camera – as long as I took the time to dial in the correct settings.

  • It’s a REALLY good question. In many cases, I recommend just using the phone because… well the phone camera is great and you have so many amazing apps like Snapseed (free)

  • Great answer

  • Yes – working on that now! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • So you aren’t using that beautiful A7RII? We have been dying to give it a whirl. ๐Ÿ™‚ Wonderful post. Have you shot with the Pixel? We have had some serious issues with 60fps video being super grainy. Any pointers? We have seen some stellar video and shots from other people.

  • Jack Hall

    I have had a Nikon model 800 whatever flash which I lost “somewhere” during a 1500 mile trip through the southwest. If you want to buy one cheap, it MAY be in the office of the KOA in Salt Lake city I replaced it with a Yongnuo flash from ebay. In my hands, the Yongnuo is just as good as the Nikon, and the Nikon was almost $300 and the Yongnuo was under $100. I suspect if I were a Pro, or used a flash more than once every 3 months or so, I would notice the difference, but for me it works great

  • Jack Hall

    If you want to go on the cheap, but still get good quality, look at the Panasonic Lumix FZ28 on ebay. You can usually get them for $50-$100 in good condition. It is what they refer to as a “compact super zoom” It has a single fixed in place Leica lens, 18X zoom, 10 megapixels, ISO up to 1600, shutter speeds up to 60 seconds, and has Auto, Program, Shutter Priority,Aperture Priority, and Manual. It even has manual focusing in Program and Manual mode. I used this camera for 3 years and still do use it at Burning Man. It is old tech, but it still delivers great photos. If you want to see what it can do, go to and look at my book “Sky Art” All of the photos there were taken with the Lumix FZ28, or the Olympus SP320 (7MP) or the Olympus SP350 (8MP). also, look at under jackhall_9918. SOME of the photos there were taken with a NIkon D5000 or D7100, but I bet you will have trouble figuring out which photos came from which camera. Starting about 7 years ago, it became more about the photographer and less about the equipment. YES- expensive equipment is nice and I have “Camera envy” just like everyone else, it is just that you can take world class photos these days with inexpensive equipment if you use your “artistic vision”

  • Ricardo A. Alcalรก

    What SD cards do you use or recommend?

  • Stu – SIC

    Hey Ricardo. No specific brand/model. Just buy quality (Samsung, Lexar, etc) although keep in mind that the newer cameras support UHS-I and some UHS-II so it can be worth spending a little more for the extra speed if you find yourself shooting bursts of shots.

  • Sy Bahasuan

    Hey Trey, just curious to know what flash system and modifiers you would suggest for Sony mirrorless.

  • Stu – SIC

    Hey Sy, Trey doesn’t use any of those so doesn’t have any specific recommendations.

  • Mike McDougle

    So would the a6000 fit under the “better” category (better than the a5100)?

  • Stu – SIC

    If you can get a good price on one, yes absolutely.

  • Brian

    Hi Trey
    I have the Sony a6500 and an older sony a700. I really don’t like the camera strap on either of them and am wondering which one you might recommend. Do you recommend one that fits on the bottom where the tripod goes or no?

    Also, what are your thoughts on UV filters? Use them or not?


  • Stu – SIC

    Hey Brian, Trey uses the Peak Design Slide as his strap. Never uses any filters.

  • Evan

    Hi @treyratcliff I was curious what you would recommend a6300 for price and quality or a6500 for the new additional features like stabilization, and touch af?

  • Stu – SIC

    Hey Evan, Trey says both are great so either way you’ll be happy. If you can afford the 6500 go for that.

  • cwhonda

    Hi, I have looked to Trey about my camera , as he uses Sony, Mine is the a7711 any comments would be helpful
    Thanks Colin

  • Chris

    Do you use a Panoramic Head on your tripod or just a ball-head?
    Wondering if this helps keep lines straight, or you work on that in post?

  • Stu – SIC

    He uses the Really Right Stuff TQC-14 with one of their standard ball heads.

  • Alan

    Hi Trey
    I am planning to get the new A7III. I was considering the 24 – 240 lens but have heard it lacks sharpness. You say you have it mounted up 70% of the time. So… is it sharp or not?

  • Stu – SIC

    Hey Alan, Trey is happy with the sharpness it offers… he’s using the new 24-105 a lot now though.

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