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The Gear to Get to Improve Your Photos

An Instagram superstar picks the top gadgets to transition from phone to camera: 1.3 million followers can't be wrong.

Alex Strohl

Alex Strohl

1 300 000 followers


When should someone upgrade from mobile?
As soon as they can afford to. It’s really hard to compare a DSLR to a smartphone – the choice of lenses and image quality are better, and you can use it when the weather turns nasty.

What camera would you recommend?
I love the fact that the T6i is small and light (565 grams without batteries). I use it mainly on backpacking trips to keep the weight down. And the battery life is great, so I can bring fewer batteries.

And why is it right for new photographers?
Because it has most of the features you need, it’s relatively affordable and fits all Canon EF lenses. And for those who don’t want to learn about aperture and exposure time, the auto mode is surprisingly good.

Any tips for travelling with photography gear?
Get a dedicated bag. (See below for a few of our favourites.)



The gear to get when you’re camera ready

Canon T6I

Photo: Canon U.S.A., Inc

Canon T6I, $900,

Our picks

Aide de Camp, Valencia camera travel tote


Key features: trolley sleeve, removable inner pouch, detachable crossbody strap

Aide de Camp Valencia camera travel tote, US$317,

Dsptch, Camera Ruckpack


Key features: dual access points to the camera compartment, removable padded insert, durable ballistic-nylon exterior

DSPTCH Camera Ruckpack, $295,

Ona, Bowery Messenger Bag


Key features: Italian tanned leather, antique brass accents, interior padded with closed-cell foam

Ona Bowery Messenger Bag, $249,



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