My Photo Gear – A List of Everything I Own

Kim Olson's Photography Gear

Generic lists of recommended photo gear can be helpful, but I thought I’d also write down the specifics of what I personally own because some people have asked me exactly what it is I use.

This is the more detailed photo inventory of my gear, and I’ll update it as I add or subtract anything. (Some items names are slightly different than what I actually have because they’ve either changed or been updated since I bought them, so I listed the more current product name, instead, to make it easier for you to find if you needed something similar.)

NOTE: I believe transparency is uber important and so I want you to know that some of the links below are affiliate links, which means I may earn a small commission for referring a product to you. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and it helps support the site.

SimplerPhoto is about teaching you photography & talking about the tools I use, so it’s not really a review site and I will never write about a bunch of crap just so I can use affiliate links. I only link to products I own, have owned or have personally used and would highly recommend. 

Camera DSLR Body & Accessories

Lenses & Accessories


Sizes differ depending on the diameter of your lens, so be sure you get the correct one(s). Quality also varies considerably with filters, so I don’t recommend the cheapest brands for this.

Memory Cards & Holder

  • SanDisk Compact Flash Memory Cards – I don’t take chances with my memory cards and always make sure to buy trusted name brands. I’ve been happy with SanDisk and use them for both my 5D and compact camera.
  • Think Tank Pixel Pocket Rocket – I love that I can keep *all* of my memory cards in one place. It holds 8 CF cards comfortably.

Flash & Accessories

  • Canon Speedlite 580EX II – Sadly the 5D doesn’t have a built-in flash, so having an external one is sometimes necessary. This one is great and I used it a lot when shooting weddings.
  • (4) Standard AA Batteries
  • Stofen OM-EY Omni-Bounce – at less than $15, this small and compact flash diffuser has come in handy quite a few times.

Other Cameras

Bags & Accessories

  • Lowepro Fastpack 250 Camera + Laptop Backpack – I use this on planes a lot. It takes up very little space, protects my lenses with its padded camera area and also holds my laptop & a few other things like books and music.
  • Lowepro Lens Case 11 x 26 cm (for the 70-200 telephoto lens) – I use this and the one below less now since I got the padded insert listed at the bottom, but it still comes in handy to protect the lens.
  • Lowepro Lens Case 9 x 13 cm (for my wide-angle lens)
  • Ape Case Padded Insert – I don’t always like carrying bags that scream expensive-camera-gear-inside-please-steal-me. So instead, I put a padded insert like this one inside of other regular shoulder bags or backpacks. It protects my gear and is more inconspicuous when traveling.

Backup Copies of Photos

  • Western Digital External Hard Drives – I highly recommend making copies of your photos and I typically use hard drives like this one, but quality can vary based on the model so read reviews first.
  • SmugMug – I upload all of my photos here and can access them anywhere there’s an Internet connection.