These 5 fab bits of photo kit have changed my life

Opinion: These fab 5 bits of photo kit have changed my life
(Image credit: Future)

I’ve been reviewing cameras, lenses and pretty much every type of photographic accessory for Digital Camera World and Future’s photography magazines for a couple of decades now. And I’ve been quite a camera nut since childhood. I blame my dad – he was a multi-award-winning pro photographer and shared the love with me (plus a few of his cameras).

Let’s just say that I’ve seen more photo kit over the years than I can remember. That’s no problem (some of it’s best forgotten anyway) but, every so often, something comes along with real wow-factor. A piece of kit that has changed how, where and when I shoot, and provides a genuinely life-enhancing experience. Here are my current favorite five…

1) Viltrox AF 23mm, 33mm, 56mm f/1.4 lens kit

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.