My Camera Gear

by john on April 9, 2011

A couple of years ago I started taking my photography a little more seriously – I stepped up to a DSLR. I’m only just now figuring out how to use the darn thing, but it’s turned into a hobby of sorts and like most hobbies it can be dangerously expensive if you don’t watch yourself. I thought I’d take the time to document here my Canon camera gear, even keeping it up to date as I invest in future lenses and other photographic technology. Perhaps seeing this all in one place will cause me to rethink whether the enjoyment I get from being more “professional” is worth the at times minor improvement in photo quality. In fact since I am usually trying things out in manual mode my pictures are often of a poorer quality than someone with a point and shoot. But I’m leaning how to control the thing and one day I’ll have the confidence and knowledge I need.

Here is my current kit:

The Canon EOS 50D is a very solid camera that according to Cannon “bridges the gap between the novice and the seasoned pro with a perfect combination of high-speed and quality.” It’s got a 15.1 megapixel CMOS and can go as high as ISO 12,800 to aid in low light situations (with increased grain of course). Maybe some day I’ll step up to a Canon 1D Mark IV but for now I’m very satisfied with what I have.

The Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 is the primary lens that came with my camera body and it remains the workhorse in my bag. As the reviews say, a great “walk-around” lens. I added a kit that included a Canon EW-78D Lens Hood and 72mm UV Filter.

This year I invested in the Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens to help me get closer to the action. So far I’ve really only used it in indoor conditions to capture pictures of my daughter playing volleyball. I’m really looking forward to using it outdoors for soccer season this year. It’s a big lens that draws a lot of attention, especially when fully zoomed with the added Canon ET-83C Lens Hood and the Canon EF 2.0X III Telephoto Extender (which I haven’t been using much yet because it requires manual focus). The lens I like, the attention not so much – people assume you know what you are doing when you have a big lens. In addition to the hood, I invested in a Hoya 77mm UV Filter.

My wide-angle lens is a Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM SLR Lens that I have yet to really take any time to figure out.

I received the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Digital SLR Lens as a gift and to date I’ve done just a little bit of macro photography, but I’ve also used it for some portrait shots, although I’m just experimenting there. Of course I invested in a Tiffen 52mm UV Protection Filter.

The Canon Speedlite 580EX II Flash is my latest toy, received just this week. I’ve only just started to play around with it and I really like it and can see great potential. I can also see great expense as it seems like the thing to do is to buy more than one of these darn things! For now, I’ll stick to one.

Other random accessories include 3 Joby BH1 Ball Heads, a Wireless Remote Shutter Release, a Canon BG-E2N Battery Grip, a Canon Monopod 100 and a Canon Deluxe Photo Backpack in which I try to stuff all of this stuff.

My next purchase will probably be a good tripod, the one I have now predates my DSLR by many years and it’s starting to show some wear.

As you can see, I am absolutely nuts. Don’t be like me – keep your tiny little point and shoot that costs a few hundred bucks and fits into your pocket. You’ll be happier and richer.

Unless you are like me, in which case I say go for it.

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