2018 Buyer’s Guide: Now Available!

You’ll notice from our new cover and look that we’ve changed things up a little with the Photo Life 2018 Buyer’s Guide! Instead of focusing on comparing the specs of new releases by product category, we decided to put items in context with how we actually use them as photographers. This more curated approach will help you find the right products for you and the type of photography you enjoy doing!

Patrick La Roque and Guy Langevin explain this approach,”This year we decided to define photographers. As in various types of photographers. And then we divided products according to those categories. Obviously, the world isn’t black and white: you can be a studio photographer who also loves shooting street. We know this, so please don’t take any of it too literally. But we had a lot of fun creating these ten photographer profiles and figuring out the type of gear each one would likely be interested in. Again, if you prefer a backpack for street photography or enjoy a telephoto lens when shooting landscape…go ahead, it’s all perfectly fine. The beauty of our craft lies in the endless possibilities it offers.”

Get your copy of the Photo Life 2018 Buyer’s Guide for only $12.99 plus taxes (shipping and handling within Canada included).


  1. Miffy / December 4, 2017 at 11:56 pm /

    Wow. I liked when this was included with your subscription; disappointing that is no longer the case. But I think I’d rather see the space used to cover the products by category than personality-quiz type stuff. So, just as well I guess.

    • Jenny Montgomery / December 5, 2017 at 11:28 am /

      Hi Miffy,

      I’m glad you liked the Buyer’s Guide in the past. And yes, a number of years ago we offered complimentary copies of the Buyers’ Guide to Photo Life subscribers. However, this was never a part of a subscription to Photo Life; it was simply a complimentary addition. The quiz in this year’s Buyer’s Guide is only two pages, and we cover a ton of gear, like normal, it’s just rearranged differently. We think the whole approach is much more user-friendly now, so that’s why we did it! If you do decide to check it out this year, let us know what you think.


  2. jOE wARMAN / December 7, 2017 at 1:07 am /

    It would be nice if you could have a shoppers guide in the web,(and if you have I never see it) as I often look at eBAY TO SEE WHAT IS INTERESTING,,,jOE

    • Jenny Montgomery / December 12, 2017 at 10:40 am /

      Hi Joe,

      We don’t have an online version, but the print version should help readers figure out what gear would be a good match for them, whether they buy it in a traditional store, in an online store, or on eBay.


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