All the camera gear Hayato wishes he would’ve bought during Prime Day

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I love a good deal, and as a videographer (both by profession and hobby), there’s nothing more exciting to me than a sale on camera equipment! Whether that’s discounted SD cards, camera bags, lenses, or anything else, a good deal is fantastic. Prime Day came in at a particularly opportune time for me, since I’m upgrading to a new camera soon (a7 III, thanks for asking!) … except that I’m trying to save up for a new lens that didn’t go on sale, so I’ve been passing on every deal with a heavy heart.

You don’t have to make the same mistakes as me, though. There are a bunch of great deals on camera equipment, some of which (like external storage) you can take advantage of even if you don’t own a camera.

Incredibly fast and small

Samsung T5 1TB Portable SSD

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I’ve been using and loving the T5 for years now, and it never hurts to have more than one. It’s an incredibly compact portable SSD that’s so fast I can edit 4K60 video directly off of it without any issues. It includes USB C-to-C and C-to-A cables to use with just about any laptop, and it’s built like a tank — I’ve dropped mine more times than I care to admit.

$149.99 (was $249.99)

Another great portable SSD

SanDisk 1TB Extreme Portable SSD

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SanDisk makes the T5’s closest competitor with the Extreme Portable SSD, and I can see why so many people love it. It has a loop to clip onto your keychain or carabiner, and it’s even water-resistant, which is more than my T5 can say. It’s 61% off right now, and it’s taking everything in me to keep my Amex in my wallet.

$135.99 (was $349.99)

Dirt cheap storage

SanDisk 128GB Extreme microSD

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I’m not too keen on using microSD cards adapted into my professional cameras, but they’re nice to have in a pinch, especially when you can get 128GB for $20. Of course, microSD is also great for other devices; I’ve got a 256GB SanDisk sitting in my Switch at all times.

$19.99 (was $68.99)

Storage isn’t everything — well, it basically is, but you get what I’m saying. I wouldn’t have anything worthwhile to fill that space without some great lenses! I’m still holding for a sweet deal on the Sony 16-35mm, but it’s a bit pricey to just impulse-buy. Luckily, that’s where Rokinon comes in.

Ultra-wide lens

Rokinon FE 14mm ƒ/2.8

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Rokinon has always been a popular way to get high-end specs on a lens at an affordable rate. You sacrifice autofocus to get there, but I always shoot in manual anyway. 14mm is a nice wide focal length that works great for vlogging and establishing shots, and the ƒ/2.8 aperture will get you creamy bokeh for days.

$229 (was $329)

Affordable cinema lens

Rokinon FE Cine 85mm T1.5

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85mm is a pretty great length for tighter shots, and $214 is about as cheap as I’ve seen a cine lens go for. The main benefits of cinema lenses are the de-clicked aperture that reduces noise while filming, the slotted adjustment rings for follow focus systems, and T-stops rather than F-stops, which provide a more consistent measurement.

$213.86 (was $289)

Tough travel case

Pelican 1550 Case

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I’m usually more of a backpack guy. But if you’re carrying a lot of large or heavy equipment, sometimes a bag on your shoulders just won’t cut it. That’s where heavy-duty road cases like the Pelicon 1550 come in. You’ll need to add your own foam, but this is one of the most protective ways to travel with your gear.

$113.74 (was $141.95)

There are plenty of other great camera gear deals to go around, but I’m trying not to think about them too much — my heart is still mending, after all. Take advantage of them for me, and get to shooting your next vlog or feature film!