I regularly receive emails about the gear I use, so I thought I’d write about it here, so I don’t have to retype the same email over and over again :)
I’ve been using Canon 5d Mark II for the last year and a half and I absolutely love it. It is large and heavy, but being able to shoot with the full frame sensor makes it so worth to carry around. Taking photos has been even bigger pleasure since I’ve got that camera. I still have my previous camera body as a back up (Canon 40d), but I haven’t been using it at all since I got 5d mark II.
Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8 USM. That’s my most used lens. I think at least 90% of my photos are currently taken with that lens. It’s sharp, it focuses reasonably fast and the 24mm end is wide enough for me to not need a wide angle lens (at least not yet ;) ). Together with the camera body it weights almost 2kg, so it’s definitely not the kind of gear everyone would be happy with. But I love it and if there was just one lens I had to use for the rest of my life, it would be that one.
Canon EF 50mm f1.8 II. It is probably the simplest and the cheapest fixed lens Canon has ever made. But despite its simplicity it is pretty awesome. I don’t use it much, but when I do, I am always pleased with the quality this small, plastic toy-like lens delivers.
Canon EF 70-200mm f4.0 L USM. This is my least used lens, and I only carry it with me if I am absolutely sure it could be useful. I photograph people, daily life, cultures and events, so telephoto zoom is not the kind of lens that works best for this kind of photography. But it is still an amazing lens that I use from time to time.
Canon Speedlite 58oEX II. This is the latest addition to my collection. I only got it three weeks ago and I am still far from being able to use it with confidence. I never used flash before, so this is a brand new experience for me.
Yongnuo Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2. This allows me to use my flash off camera. Similarly to my 580EX II, I only got it a couple of weeks ago and I am still learning how to work with it.
When at home, I store my photos on a dedicated external hard drive, but when travelling, I use HyperDrive Colourspace UDMA 460GB. It is awesome! The drive is very light and small and reads most types of cards. When my memory card is full, I just put it into the card reader of the drive and it takes less than 5min for 8GB of photos to be transferred from the card to the drive. All the photos can be previewed on the driver’s screen, which is a bonus.
Another equipment I use from time to time includes a medium size tripod and a cable release (those two get to be used for night photography).
That’s all my gear. As you can see there is not too much of it. I like simplicity (and I hate heavy camera bags), so I never carry all of it with me. I just pick and choose what I think would work best for the stuff I am going to be photographing. So far, this approach has been working for me quite well. I’d rather stretch myself with just one lens, than carry a heavy bag and waste time on switching lenses and worrying about all the gear I have on me.
The above photo was taken with an iPhone, so apologies for the poor quality.