Monday, August 6, 2012

My Gear

by Kristina
I love learning about photography equipment from fellow photographers.  I greatly appreciate the knowledge I glean from others about favorite lenses, gadget love and how equipment is used.   As you know, photography equipment is expensive and insights and recommendations from others really helps me in deciding what to invest in next.

So I thought I would put together this post to give you an idea of some of my favorite gear.  While I've always loved photography, I really started my SLR journey 4 years ago and over time have accumulated a fair stash of goodies.

Pictured above, is the equipment I use most often and carry with me the majority of the time.  If you have any questions about the items above, please feel free to send me an email at momswhoclick@yahoo.com.  And I'd love to hear about your favorite gear. Please share in the comments below your favorite lens or photo gadgets.

Pictured above:

1. Epiphanie Clover Camera bag--love it! It fits all of the equipment you see pictured here (although carrying all of these goodies is heavy).  I also have Belle in teal and I love it too but I like Clover a bit more because it has room for my laptop or iPad when I travel.  
2. Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 SP Di VC USD XLD for Canon Digital SLR Cameras. I use this mainly for shooting my kids' sporting events. It also came in handy when I went to Pacific Grove to see the Monarch butterflies!
3. An extra battery--you always need a back up.
4. A lens cloth for getting any schmutz off my lens.
5. Sandisk 8GB Extreme CF memory cards --you never know how many photos you are going to take.
6. My iPad adaptor so I can load photos to my iPad when in the field or traveling. I love to edit on the go using Snapseed.
7. My FAVORITE lens, the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L. This is the lens I have on my camera the most. It is a lot to lug around and on the pricey side but the images I get and the range it provides is worth it.  The color, the sharpness, the bokeh.....it is ahhhmazing!  It is a great portrait lens and the one I use the most when shooting family portraits.
8. Black Rapid--RS-W1 Camera Strap specifically for women--I bought this because my prior camera strap was straining my neck. The sling style of this strap makes lugging my heavy lens around a breeze. A bunch of Shutter Sister's highly recommended this strap to me and I'm glad they did.  It is a great strap!
9. My Canon EOS 7D.  I love this camera. I upgraded to this body from the Canon 40D and it has been terrific. (The lens on my camera in this photo is the Canon 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro, which is light weight and perfect for portraits and macro work--it was also highly recommended to me when I attend Camp Shutter Sisters).

Other items that I have that are not pictured above:
  • Tamron AF 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 --great for wide angle, architectural shots and my favorite when traveling abroad.  I was amazed at the images I was able to get when I traveled throughout Europe.  It did really well in low light (inside churches, museums, etc.) and I ended up having it on my camera more than I thought I would.  
  • 430 EX Speedlite & 580 EXII Speedlite--I use these mostly for indoor photography.
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens--dubbed the nifty fifty, this is a great lens at a fantastic price...you can find it for right around $100.  It is a bit slow, but the creamy background it produces is fab and the price is great!  I think this is a great lens to invest in, especially for those of you just starting out and are wanting to move beyond your kit lens.  

20 comments:

  1. Thanks for the information. i'm a real newbie to photography. I started and am still using a used Canon Rebel XT - I wasn't sure if I would really get into it, so I didn't want to spend a lot. I have the kit lens, of course, and the 50mm 1.8 lens which is on my camera all the time. Your camera bag looks terrific too.

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    1. Isn't that 50mm fun? It is a true favorite! The Canon Rebel XT is a great camera and takes amazing photos. My sister has it too. She loves it!

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  2. love your gear post Kristina... so good!

    xo, Kim

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    1. Thank YOU for the inspiration. It was fun putting this together. xoxx

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  3. Hi Kristina...I am visiting your blog from KK groupies :~) Your blog is amazing. I love your post today. I have the EOS 5D and love it! Also have the same favorite lens...it is my "go to" lens also!! When i saw that you loved your camera strap, i ordered right away!...thanks for the all your info!!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. You are going to love that camera strap! That 24-70 is a great lens, but one heavy piece of glass. :)

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  4. Nice post. I need to do this myself, but it is pretty bare bones.

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    1. I'm sure you'll be adding to your stash in no time. :)

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  5. Love the way you displayed your gear! This is a post I've been wanting to do since Kim suggested it in class but haven't gotten around to it yet. Your post makes me want to take the time to put a gear post together. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Thanks Terri! Can't wait to see yours, although I think I know which lens will show up as one of your faves...the 100mm macro, right?

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  6. I love your gear, I am waiting for my camera strap to come from america. I also have the canon 7D and the 24-70mm lens and I have just gone from the 50mm F1.8 to the F1.4

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    1. Oooh, how do you like the 50 mm 1.4? Do you notice a big difference?

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  7. Great gear I have only just upgraded from a point and shoot so it's great to see what other people use ...

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  8. Your blog looks great. I really like the way you set up this post.

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  9. I really like that bag! Great gear. Thanks for suggesting the 24-70mm lens. Something else to add to my Christmas list.

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    1. I love that bag. I actually won it at Camp Shutter Sisters...lucky! But I would have totally bought it if I didn't already have 2 other camera bags!

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  10. I have the black rapid girl strap, too and love it! Have you ever had the connecting screw loosen on you? That is my big fear about it. My Belle arrives today - thanks for the discount tip the other day!!

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    1. I am constantly turning that screw for fear of it loosening up, but it always seems tight. I did have one friend warn me to make sure to twist it every now and then because her camera fell off...eek! What color Belle did you get? I have the turquoise one....love her/it!

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    2. I ordered the Tangerine!! I hope the color is as pretty in real life as it was on my screen. My UPS guy doesn't usually come until late afternoon!

      Would your Belle not fit the iPad? Epiphanie showed an ipad with it.

      p.s. I see a little "subscribe by email right below this post. I'll click it as see what happens and let you know

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