For the post this week I figure I should give a list of the equipment I use and possibly some cost effective alternatives to high priced items.
Firstly lets start with the camera and yup you guessed it, I'm a Canon guy. My first camera was a Canon 50D and I figured everything out almost immediately. I also tried out a Nikon D300 (I think) and HATED EVERY SINGLE THING ABOUT IT! The buttons felt stiff as if they had no life and was just more mechanical and un-intuitive. The menu system, where do I begin with the menu system; I know how about how utter ridiculous it is and how hard it is to navigate. Most recently I had a few people come to my apartment to take some portraits and one of the persons had a Nikon and all we wanted to do was change the aperture. We have still yet to figure out how to change the aperture on her camera. So I gave her my Canon 7D and within 10 seconds she figured out how to adjust almost everything she wanted and thats all I'll say about that.
So yes as mentioned above I shoot with a Canon 7D and also a Canon 6D and Rebel t3. I have an assortment of lenses however I'll only talk about the ones I primarily use. Primarily I use the ever present and super versatile Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L. This lens is just superb in all aspects in my eyes and if you have the ability to acquire one, there is no reason why you shouldn't. I prefer this as opposed to the 24-105 mainly because you don't have to dive into the realm of going above 70mm. In my eyes if you're going to get a lens that exceeds 70mm you might as well just get a purpose built lens above that or a lens with a focal distance that begins at 70mm such as the next lens I have.
Recently I acquired the Canon 70-200mm f/4 L lens and I did this consciously as opposed to getting the f/2.8 monster. The first reason is not money as you might think, however the true reason why I chose this lens is practicality. This lens is light first of all and lightness is paramount for any photographer. Yes the f/2.8 is fast but at f/4 this is not a massive deal as there are many ways to make up lost ground to the f/2.8.
I also thought about just how often I do I shoot at night or in low light conditions and as it turns out not often and when I do I normally switch to either my f/24-70mm or my f/50mm. So I had a lens that could pick up the slack where the f/70-200m could not. For me then in the long run I thought it a prudent purchase and I have yet to be longing for the f/2.8 version of my lens.
Up next is probably the most popular lens and a lens every photographer MUST have. The ever spectacular, highly possessed and sought after NIFTY FIFTY! In my case I opted for the Canon 50mm f/1.4 and there are just not enough superlatives to accurately describe just how robust and almost perfect this lens is for almost any occasion. The first lens I bought was actually the $100 f/1.8 plastic version but due to its plastic encasement and me being in the military at the time it, well it just never survived the rigors of doing dumb shit.
After that I decided to get a more robust version and because I'm a big believer of having manufacturer lenses I went for the level above plastic and got slightly less flimsy plastic. I've had this lens now for about 3 years and it has never failed me. My only gripe about it is that when the temperature outside gets a bit too cold the motors slow down and focusing becomes a serious problem. I figured that out during a VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY cold winter I spend in Edmonton, Alberta. I thought I knew cold and was comfortable in cold, but that place just opened my eyes to a whole new level of sucking,
Well that's about all I have. I have a few others but since I don't use them that much I won't talk about them. I also have a few studio lights and other equipment that makes up a small home studio such as strobes, hot lights and a homemade beauty dish.
So yea, thats it, nothing spectacular.