Here are some of the accessories I’ve been using.

The Yongnuo YN560IV is a great, affordable flash unit.  I’ve got two and they’ve been really solid so far.


Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB 100 Tripod W/SBH 100 Ballhead.  This tripod/ballhead combo is a killer value.  It is super-steady and I really like the ballhead for the flexibility it gives me when composing shots.  I had been using a cheap tripod that I picked up on the road.  It was sort of flimsy, and it wasn’t really steady (especially with a 70-200 lens on my camera!).  This Vanguard tripod is a HUGE improvement over that one!

These Westcott collapsible umbrellas are great. They fold up into an amazingly small package, so they are great for travel. I always throw one in my suitcase.

BlackRapid Straps.  These are super-comfortable, even with heavy camera gear.  I use the RS-7.

Think Tank Citywalker 10.  This is my “walk around” and concert shooting bag.  I love the top flap, which lets me easily access my gear.  I’m always surprised by how much I can fit in this thing!