Recommend Hardware for Photographers

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There's a group on Facebook called Computer & Technology Help for Photographers. I'm a co-admin of the group and I highly recommend you join up. It's full of helpful tips, tricks and other goodies. The reason I've brought it up is because quite often we are asked things like 'what's the best laptop for Lightroom' or 'I need to start backing up my computer, what's the best hard drives to use'. After seemingly answering the same questions time and time again, I thought writing an article on my recommended hardware would be a helpful 'first-step'. If you need further help understanding this article or want further help with the products I've listed, either leave a comment on this article or ask on the Facebook group, and link back to this article so I know which product you're talking about.

Below are some categories and products I recommend. Simply click the title link below to be taken straight to that section.

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Professional Monitors

BenQ 27" Adobe RGB Professional Monitor |

BenQ SW2700PT 27inch Adobe RGB

This monitor is serious bang for your buck. 27 inches on the diagonal, Adobe RGB 1998 wide-gamut colour, IPS panel, 10-Bit display, hardware calibration and much more. Click the Learn More button below to... well, learn more.

Mizo ColorEdge CS2420 |

Eizo Coloredge CS2420

This 24" monitor is more expensive, but still good value for money. Eizo is the industry standard for professional monitors. The creative, engineering and medical industries use them widely. All the technology in this display is far more advanced than the aforementioned BenQ, is a more manageable size and has a higher pixel density and resolution.



ASUS 15.6" ROG

  • Windows 10 Pro
  • Intel Core i7 2GHz (3.20Ghz Turbo-Boost)
  • 16GB DDR3 RAM
  • 512GB SSD (storage)
HP ENVY 17" |

HP ENVY 17.3"

  • Windows 10 Home
  • Intel Core i7 2.5Ghz (3.1 Ghz Turbo-Boost)
  • 16GB DDR4 RAM
  • 2TB 5400rpm HDD
Apple MacBook Pro 15" |

15-Inch Retina MacBook Pro (2015 model)

  • macOS Seirra
  • Quad-Core Intel i7 2.5Ghz (3.7Ghz Turbo-Boost)
  • 16GB DDR3 RAM
  • 256GB SSD
note: this laptop is customisable to suit your budget and needs.

Portable Storage

HGST 1TB Touro |

HGST 1TB Touro

$AUD89 - From Scorptec

  • Hard Drive
  • USB-3

The 1TB Touro external portable hard drive by HGST (Hitachi) is one of the best portable USB-3 hard drives on the market. Back Blaze each year publish a hard drive reliability report and time and time again HGST drives are at the top of the list. You cannot go past this drive, especially at it's $89 price.

LaCie 1TB Rugged Mini |

LaCie 1TB Rugged Mini

  • Hard Drive
  • USB-3

If you need something a little more robust, this LaCie rugged hard drive is a good contender. Protected in a rugged hardshell casing, you can drop it, knock it, throw it and it'll still hold up. HOWEVER, I don't ever recommend doing anything of the sort with a hard disk because it has moving parts, moving parts means things can break.

• $AUD159 - 1TB Option

• $AUD119 - 500GB Option

LaCie 1TB Rugged |

LaCie 1TB Rugged

$AUD249 - From Scorptec

  • Solid State Drive (SSD)
  • Thunderbolt 2
  • USB-3

If you're after a super fast portable storage option you cannot go past the LaCie 1TB Rugged SSD. Not only can you drop an SSD and not have to worry about spinning disks shattering, but with the rugged hardshell case, this SSD will last you a lifetime. If you don't have a Thunderbolt equiped computer, this SSD comes with USB-3 connectivity as well.

G Tech G-Drive 1TB

G-Technology 1TB G-DRIVE

$AUD279.95 - From Apple

  • Hard Drive
  • Thunderbolt 2

This slightly more expensive portable hard drive is still a super fast option. If the LaCie rugged is too bulky or orange for your taste, this G-DRIVE is a serious contender. It isn't drop resistant and it certainly isn't waterproof, but it's elegant and silent.

Samsung T3 SSD |

Samsung T3 500GB SSD

$AUD329 - From OfficeWorks

  • Solid State Drive (SSD)
  • USB-C
  • USB-C to USB-A Adapter

This puppy is fast. That's all you need to know.

Desktop Storage

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Western Digital 3TB Elements Desktop

$AUD169 - From Scorptec

  • Hard Drive
  • USB-3

I currently use two of these hard drives on my desk. One of them is connected to Time Machine as a backup drive backing up my computer and other hard drives and the other I use as a storage hard drive for everything that doesn't fit on my laptop. This hard drive in any capacity are fantastic drives to use if you can't afford professional level hardware.

LaCie d2 Thunderbolt |

LaCie d2 Thunderbolt 3TB

$AUD409 - From Scorptec

  • Hard Drive
  • Thunderbolt 2

These desktop drives are a real beauty. The are housed inside an aluminium unibody shell, protected by rubber shock absorbers. There are also rubber shocks on the feet to prevent possible damage to the disks inside.

LaCie 2big Thunderbolt 6TB

$AUD835 - From Scorptec

  • Hard Drive
  • Thunderbolt 2 (x2)
  • USB-3 (x1)

This drive is exactly the same as the above drive, only with more storage and RAID options.

Backup Storage

Drobo 5C |

Drobo 5C (Network Attached Storage)

  • USB C
  • Up to 5 3.5"SATA II/III Hard Disk Drives
  • Drive Hot-Swapping
  • macOS Time Machine Support
  • Supports Windows & macOS / OS X
Western Digital MyBook Duo |

Western Digital MyBook Duo

  • USB 3.0
  • RAID Configurable
  • Removable Hard Drives

This is a great option for budget backup. When the hard drives inside get full, you can remove them, keep them safe somewhere and put new hard drive in. For more info about this, ask about it in the aforementioned Facebook group.

• 4TB Option From OfficeWorks

• 12TB Option From Scorptec

Colour Management

i1 Display Pro |

X-Rite i1 Display Pro

$AUD349 - From Kayell Australia

This is a monitor calibration device. This allows you to calibrate the colours of your monitor to achieve accurate colour reproduction. This is by far the best out there in this price range. If you're after something a little cheaper, the ColorMunki Display is the next best thing.

X-Rite Colour Checker |

X-Rite Colour Checker Passport

$AUD135 - From Kayell Australia

This is used to calibrate the colours that come out of your camera. You create custom camera profiles via software like Lightroom and CaptureOne. These are really only necessary if your photography is strongly colour critical, like product or fashion photography for example.

X-Rite ColorMunki Photo |

X-Rite ColorMunki Photo

$AUD730 - From Kayell Australia

The ColorMunki Photo is a brilliant device. This is used to calibrate the colour of your monitor, much like the i1 Display Pro, only this also calibrates your printer. You print of a colour card the scan the colours of that card with this device. If you print your own photos, this is a necessity.


Epson SC-P800 |

Epson SureColor P800

$AUD1695 - From Kayell

  • Adobe RGB 1998 Printing
  • Epson UltraChrome HD Ink
  • Prints up to A2+ Size
  • Paper Roll Support
  • Wireless Printing (Apple AirPrint)
Canon PIXMA Pro 10s |

Canon PIXMA Pro 10s

$AUD929 - From Canon Australia

  • Adobe RGB 1998 Printing
  • LUCIA 10-Colour Ink
  • Prints up to A3+ Size
  • Wireless Printing (Apple AirPrint)
  • CD/DVD Printing Capability

Graphic Tablets

Wacom IntuosPro |

Wacom IntuosPro Medium

$AUD375 - From Kayell



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Brenthaven Collins 15" Slim Brief (Collins Collection)

$US130 - From Brenthaven


Please Note: This bag is currently only available in the US.

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Brenthaven Mercer Weekender (Mercer Collection)

$US399 - From Brenthaven


Please Note: This bag is currently only available in the US.