To be honest, I personally actually don’t care what people use as a gear to express their passion.
It’s not about the camera, lens, tripod or whatever you use.
It’s about YOU.
You can have the most expensive gear in the world, but it’s the ONE that uses it that makes the difference.
As you can see, I even work with self build camera obscura’s to create extraordinary solargraphics.
You can not even speak of gear in this case, it’s just re-used material most of the time.
But due to the many requests I get for the equipment I use to get my results, I decided to make a list available so you can check it all out at your own leisure. I hope that it is useful for you.
So here we go :
CANON 5D MARKII
The EOS 5D Mark II comes with a full-frame CMOS sensor of 21.1mega-pixels that can deliver up to 5616 x 3744 pixels images. Because of the full-frame it will deliver the angel of view on your 35mm camera without conversion factor.
It also has better noise reduction technologies, which in turn will deliver smoother images. It was the first digital EOS offering a Full HD video in Live Mode. Shooting clips of half an hour at full 1080 resolution, the EOS 5D Mark II made it possible to shoot broadcast high quality video by simply changing mode settings.
CANON 16-35mm f/2.8 L II
The Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L II lens is an ultra-wide zoom, that produces high quality images, with minimal distortions across a wide range of apertures. Has excellent central field imaging performance when shot with full opening. It has been specifically designed for improved edge-to-edge quality. It features aspherical lens elements, each of a different type. The circular aperture produces a beautiful and natural background blur when shooting at wider apertures. Other features include internal focusing, a ring type USM ( Ultra Sonic Monitor ), and new AF algorithms for fast and quite auto focusing.
CANON EF 70-200mm F/2.8 L
The EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L is THE zoom telephoto lens to own if you are a serious Canon shooter. Its optical performance parallels that of prime lenses, and it offers incredible performance (resolution, contrast and bokeh) and versatility under most shooting conditions where a telephoto lens is needed. A perfect piece of glass. Indeed it is rather heavy, big, expensive and conspicuous, but worth every penny. Everything good you heard about it is true. Not the cheapest, the lightest, but the best. Ideal for landscapes.
CANON EF 100mm f/2.8 USM MACRO
This Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens may be Canon’s most fun per dollar lens. It’s an outstanding macro lens. This is the lens I most frequently recommend for someone starting out in macro photography.
Even though this Macro Lens is a medium-small lens and is rather light in weight, and is very comfortable-to-carry-and-use lens. Build quality is decent but not as solid as Canon’s L series. Utilizing USM (Ultrasonic Motor), the Canon 100 Macro internally focuses very fast, quietly and very accurately. What I personally like most about this piece of glas is that it does not extend. The MF ring is nicely sized, well-damped and smooth. This lens is sharp wide open and even sharper stopped down slightly with corners showing the most improvement. The tiniest details in your tiniest subjects will come to life with this lens. Perfect for detail shots in nature.
Canon’s TSE 24mm f:3.5 L is a great choice for Landscape photography ! It’s the only L series Canon made in this type of lenses. The lens has the capability to tilt, shift, and rotate. These 3 adjustments are both functional and creativity-inspiring. VERY convenient when shooting landscapes. It also uses good old fashion manual focusing. It might be a good idea to insert an alternative focusing screen (including at least one with parallel lines) when having trouble focusing with wide aperture. When you start using this lens it will take some behind the lens time to get used to all the settings and especially the combination of them. But ones achieved you’ll be happy to have mastered it. Coming from a Sinar 4×5 for me it was a piece of cake to use the sheimpflug principle…. 🙂
The Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens brings tilt, shift and rotate movements to a digital (or film) SLR format camera body. In near-standard focal length, the TS-E 45 delivers excellent optical quality. Same remarks as for the 24mm.
A great lens to have in your bag ! The Canon TSE 90mm is the first and also the highest performing optical tilt/shift lens Canon produced. This piece of glass is sharp, VERY sharp. Even with full aperture it’s sharpness is mind blowing. Actually this lens should be marked as a L series. It’s THAT good. Highly recommended !
VELBON GEO N730
Velbon’s new GEO series tripods are constructed from a unique carbon fibre and basalt composite material, giving the legs superior strength and rigidity while being lightweight and easy to handle.
The new center column quick release lever allows quick adjustments of the column height, while the two-section design allows the column to be split for low-level photography. This model includes a multi-use pochette/strap that can slip over the end of the tripod legs for comfortable transport and can double as a stone bag for added stability in windy conditions.
The GEO N730 features heavy-duty, three-section legs that extend to 191 centimetres.
The tripod incorporates rugged rubber feet with retractable spikes for added stability on a variety of surfaces.
This one doesn’t need any explaination. It’s just the best there is. Ok, it’s a little expensive, but it will serve longer than you live. It’s as simple as that. Easy to use, soft in handling, sturdy as a rock. What else do you need from this Gitzo GH1780QR.
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