Photography Equipment

Thursday, November 18, 2010

It's been mentioned before, so figured now was about high time I put together a photography equipment post. I decided to do this on a whim at work, so there aren't any pictures, but I'm sure I'll update later.

To start I have two bodies, both Canon. The original Canon 5d which is no longer manufactured and can only be purchased second hand, as I did from Gina. The 5d is a full frame, 12.8 megapixel camera and is truly my work horse.

Next up, my little bitty Canon Rebel XS. The most agonizing purchase that Tony and I have ever debated, well the washer and dryer are a close 2nd. The XS is a cropped frame, 10.1 megapixel camera that I bought with the kit lens, oh foolish girl I was.

Originally I bought the Canon 50mm 1.8 for $99, but stopped using it because I didn't understand my camera. The 50mm has a lot shallower depth of field than the kit lens I had been using before and I didn't understand why my pictures weren't in focus.

And then I understood and bought the Canon 50mm 1.4 from Gina. I shoot 99% of all of my images with the 50 1.4. Next, I allowed my Mom to gift me with the 16-35mm 2.8 because I was really struggling with shooting indoors during the winter with the 50mm. If I could do it all over again, I'd never have gotten the 16-35. Prime, non zoom, lenses are so much better quality and shoot in much lower light. I just had no idea to what extreme, plus they lock a lot sharper which results in a cleaner image. Instead I would have bought the 35mm 1.4 and the 85mm 1.2, or even the 135mm 2.0 based on my wedding needs.

For accessories I have the Crumpler 6 million dollar bag and love it, but I quickly outgrew it. I wish that I had the 7 million. Just this past summer I bought the Canon Speedlight 580 EX II and am feeling really comfortable shooting with it. Finally, one of my most beloved accessories is the Rapid strap that I bought from Gina with the 5d. It readjusts the weight of the camera from your neck to your shoulders, has a pocket to store a card and I love the ease of use. The camera is always right where I need to grab it. Check out the videos on the sight to truly understand how innovative they are.

As for software, thanks to my full time position I was able to purchase CS5 for an outrageous discount and just got Lightroom 3 for batch RAW file editing.

So this is my boring, ironically pictureless post regarding my photography equipment.

14 comments:

Andrea said...

Squeeee! I could talk photography equipment all day long :) I have the 50/1.4 but I agree, in winter months, is poses quite a challenge indoors.

I have no idea what my next purchase will be but I know without a doubt it will be a prime lens. No zooms allowed here :) It all depends on PT school. If I get accepted, it will probaby just be the 35 or 85 non L's. But if I don't get accepted, then we're putting 100000% into photography and it will be all L's from here on out :) Love this stuff!

Sky said...

I am seriously jonesing for 35mm 1.4. I'm hoping its in my stocking this Christmas. I just have the nifty fifty 1.8, which get the job done since I'm far from a pro. I will have to take a look at that strap although it might be a bit much for my "itty bitty" t2i.

jennifer said...

I bit the bullet and bought the 24-70 after not being overly enthused with the 16-35 and I am so. in. love. I can't put it down! My next (lens) purchase is the 70-200 for weddings...once funds allow :)

Mrs.LifeAccounts said...

What a great post! Not boring at all? I'm still deciding between the canon eos50d and 60d, have you heard anything super positive or negative about either of those?

Raquel said...

I love this post, I too have the XS and want just a tiny upgrade ! Nothing full frame for sure ! I think you should do more posts like this. Maybe you can share with us how you mastered shooting in manual mode !!! I am hard at work with this task !

Molly said...

I have been so upset with myself lately about the fact that I received my Canon Rebel DSLR for Christmas 2008 and STILL do not know how to use it. I wanted to sign up for a class but the ones that I think would do me some good are all over $250 and last 8 weeks!

Also, I'm beginning to think I might just be talentless in the photography department. I see blogs like yours and you have such an amazing eye. I'm wondering if no amount of camera equipment could help me?

Anyway, what do you suggest for someone like me. People have told me to upgrade from the kit lens to the 50 mm, 1.8 for $99. Do you think it would even help me? I so want to take better photos!

d.a.r. said...

I love this post--totally not boring!! Seriously, you should do more posts like this, I need all of the advice I can get!

Any lens recommendations for a newbie like me with a Rebel XSi?? I have a 50mm and the kit lens, but I want something with better zoom...help? Ha!

Julie S. said...

You would think that I would know more about this kind of stuff, but equipment gets me incredibly lost! Thanks for this post. I will use it as a reference for sure.

Dunc said...

gobble-dy gobble-dy what? Ha, I know nothing except that I have the Canon EOS Rebel T1i with the kit lens and 55-200mm lens. Tell me what else I need :-)

Matt & Jacinda said...

Hi! I've been a random lurker at your blog for quite some time and as I was browsing today I saw your post from a couple days ago that you know Melissa Oholendt! She and I are friends and she's done photos of my husband and I. I just thought it's a small world and would finally say hi! I think you are a very, very talented photographer and I always enjoy reading your blog! Have a great Thanksgiving!

Joi said...

This was so helpful, Leah! Thank you.

Nancy said...

Umm.. seriously.. No idea what you are talking about. I guess my point and click would not really qualify as "photography" equipment;) Love ya Leum!

MelissaOK said...

Oh I wish I knew what all this meant. I recently bought my first SLR and I believe it's a "mini" SLR. :-) But I like it. I want to get a new lens for it, but don't know where to turn.

Mrs Yellow Ribbon said...

Hi, Leah! I'm a new follower to your blog and thought I'd pass along a blog award one of my friends just gave to me. You can find it on my blog @ mrsyellowribbon.blogspot.com

 

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