About a decade ago, digital camera’s had advanced to such a stage that my interest in photography was rekindled and born again. My father had been a keen photographer in his younger years and I fondly remember toying with his Rollei, Olympus, Kodak and Nikon film camera’s as a kid.
I also remember taking the plunge and buying a Canon Rebel 350D with the double kit lenses. They were great at the time but I never seemed to be able to quite capture the image I pre-visualised when I clicked the shutter. Over the years, my knowledge and skill has since grown, along with my core equipment.
Here’s what’s rolling around in my (many) camera bags these days.
Canon 5D Mark III
This is the first full frame camera that I’ve owned and I just love it. Truly, its a great machine. I debated long and hard between this and Canon’s cheaper 6D but it’s specs provided me with a greater range of creative opportunities. It’s video and audio monitoring capabilities in particular helped justify my choice in the end too. Oh, and its just so wonderful to be able to use my L series Canon lenses as intended now too.
I really love the shutter speed on this camera since I take a lot of photo’s of my kids’ football games. Its got terrific build quality, and the cropped sensor is great with my telephoto lens and gives me an effective zoom of 320mm from my 70-200mm glass. It’s getting old now but it’s still a great back-up body with some very special strengths.
Canon EF 24-105 f4 L IS
I really love how consistently good this lens performs for me. Its on my Canon 7D the most and its wide focal range make it my best walk-around lens bar none. Love the image stabilisation, especially for video work.
Canon EF 24-70 f 2.8 L
I have to say it took me a little while to get used to this lens but, as they say, practice makes perfect. Its heavy, but make no mistake, this lens can be really versatile. I really do appreciate this one on the 5D Mark III body. Gold.
Canon EF 70-200 f4 L IS
As I said, I shoot a lot of photo’s of the kids playing sport so this lens is terrific for those sideline action shots. It’s light and easily carried and stuck on the Canon 7D you get to 320mm zoom. For closer portrait work, this lens can do a marvellous job of crushing out the background and isolating your subject in the frame. It also won’t quite kill the bank account like the f2.8 L IS II will (which is not to say I don’t wan’t that one either 🙂 ).
Canon EF 50 f1.2L
Well, it took a bit of saving but wow, do I love this lens. The bokeh is amazing, the resolution just incredible. I just love taking this out for portraits and when the light is low. It’s one drawback is that it can be a little slow to focus (there’s an awful lot of glass in there to move) but for the image quality, I’ll take that issue any day of the week.
Canon EF 50 f1.4
What can I say about this fantastic little prime. Light, dirt cheap and quick – what’s not to love? Yes, it is a bit soft at f1.4 but it’s great bang for your buck. If I want to travel light and inconspicuously, this one gets thrown in the bag and I’ll leave the 1.2L at home.
Canon EF 85 f1.8
This has been my most recent purchase. I really weighed whether or not to go for the 1.4L version but the price was jawdroppingly high. At almost 1/5th the cost I also liked that this was much lighter and faster at focusing than its bigger brother. I already have this focal length covered in my telephoto, but the fixed prime and large aperture was enough to justify it purchase for me. Especially since I’ve been planning and doing more portrait work too.
Canon EFS 10-22 f3.5-4.5
I really enjoy this lens too but haven’t used it as much as I would of liked. Nice for street photography and nice for landscapes, this lens gives me those extra mm’s that my other lenses can’t offer on the 7D (because of the cropped sensor). My son has appropriated this lens now – he just loves it.