My Photography Kit
I'll be honest: I'm sharing this post with pretty selfish motives. You see, snooping around other photographer's kits induces in me a rather worrying level of excitement. I love seeing what other people are using. My favourite part of being a camp photographer this summer was Talking The Tech, asking stupid questions and getting great advice.
So this post is really being shared in the hope that it will encourage some of my photographer faves to share with they're shooting with too... I know, I know, cheeky stuff. If, however, you too love a good gander at some photography gear, then this one is for you.
MY DSLR/FIRST CHILD
The camera I use most is a Canon EOS 600D. It is now a discontinued model, with its most similar sibling being the slightly more high-tech Canon EOS 700D. This is an affordable crop-sensor DSLR, that made a wonderful beginner's camera. After three years it's still shooting away without any great problems, but I'm really hoping that fate sees me win the lottery so I can upgrade to the Canon EOS 5D Mk III. Now that would be a good day.
I have three lenses for this camera; the first purchased was the 18-55mm EF kit lens which is just horrible. I have nothing good to say about this one, other than it can zoom. Apart from that, it's grim.
The second lens I have is the 40mm EF f/2.8 pancake lens, which is a gorgeous little thing. Its colours are rich and saturated and it is astonishingly light. Its mechanisms are smooth and its autofocus is the quickest of this bunch. I am so thrilled it was a freebie when I bought the camera body.
The third lens I bought was the nifty fifty, a.k.a. the 50mm EF f/1.8 prime lens. It has the power to take stunning photos at its low f/ number; in particular, portraits come out fabulously on this lens. Its mechanics are a little noisier and clunkier than the 40mm, but it wins me over as its shots come out beautifully and it is the cheapest of the three. There's a reason this thing has a cult following.
MY MIRRORLESS CAMERA/SECOND CHILD
My Canon EOS M was purchased primarily as a vlog camera, and it made a fantastic travel companion while I was in the states. It was the camera I used above to take the picture of my 600D, and though it be but small its photo taking abilities are impressive. It has a touch screen that is beyond handy, and takes far better photos than any point & shoot I've ever tried.
The 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 EF-M lens it came with is pretty good for a kit lens, focusing more quietly than the EF but real star is the 22mm f/2 EF-M. This was actually the most expensive lens I've purchased so far, but it's a dreamy and divinely quiet piece of kit. Sometimes this will take photos so well, it is hard to believe I used a mirrorless camera.
MY 35mm CAMERA/THIRD CHILD
My most beloved camera child, my Canon AE-1 is a beautiful reminder of how cameras should be. Not just a pretty face, it still takes my favourite photos, hands down. Being a film camera, I tend to pick it up for special shots, as 35mm is an expensive way to capture moments.
I purchased it secondhand for a truly ridiculous price, from a gentleman who was moving to France and eager to see it find a good home. The lens I use 99% of the time is the Canon 50mm f/1.8 FD, and is a thing of pure beauty. I also like the 28mm f/2.8, and need to remember to switch it in a little more often (easier said than done, as lenses have to be changed in the dark so as not to mess up the film). Also pictured is a Miranda 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6, which I have never used as it is massive.
Hopefully you enjoyed this walkthrough of my camera kit! I would love to hear about what you use to take photos; come to the comments and let's talk cameras...