Monday, April 23, 2012

Gear to love

Of course I'm using "love" in a non-literal way, but there are some parts of my bag full of gear that I just feel click for me.

The 40D. This is to me one of the best purchases I have made. Even though it has the same resolution as the 1000D, there's just something about he 40D that says CAMERA. When you hold it, it feels substantial, like there's something more than simply wiring and electronics. With the 50D, 60D and (the surely upcoming) 70D, it has been superseded many times, but there is still something to it. It keeps clicking and it's all I need. (For now, at least...)

The 85mm f/1.8. This is one of the biggest reasons to get into the EOS system, in my opinion. While probably over-shadowed in use by the 50mm f/1.8, I would reach for the 85mm any day of the week, despite the extra cash I would shell out. The USM, the large aperture, the size, the build quality, the image quality, it's all spot on. Put anything in front of it and open up the aperture and that's pretty much it.

And the latest addition to the list, the Manfrotto Nano 5001B. I can honestly say that this has been almost as big of a revelation as the first time I shot a flash off-camera. Now I can get a light-stand with me without the bulk and with very little extra weight. Fold in the legs and I have flash-on-a-stick that I can hand-hold.

The list may grow if I ever start shooting with more expensive equipment, but for now, it's a good start.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

In the meantime

I have also strongly been considering getting something new (or used, rather) as walkaround. At the moment I am still using the old Powershot A530, which has held up surprisingly well considering how many times it has been dropped on the floor. Mostly I'm finding myself at the widest angle it offers (35mm equivalent) and I find it suits my purposes very well. I also like the 50mm on the AE-1 I occasionally use, so some sort of middle ground would be good. And that leads me to...The micro four-thirds system with the 20mm f/1.7 pancake lens. A one-prime solution not much larger than a point-and-shoot but with better quality! Let's see what the future brings...

Sunday, April 15, 2012

The way forward

Lately I have been thinking about the path forward regarding camera gear. But first some photos!

(I should really make a habit of posting images closer to the time of shooting. With it being so long since I shot these I have no real motivation to talk about the specifics...)

I have mentioned before the conundrum on moving forward from the 40D. For me, at this moment in time, it's pretty much all I want from a camera. It will, however, not last forever. While there are plenty of good cameras in the Canon field, I have gradually started thinking about the Nikon CLS lighting system, and of the ability to do "dumb" rear curtain sync, which I have heard Nikons can do and Canons not.

Of course this is all in the distant future, but it is a thought that has started growing in my mind.