“What equipment do you use?”
A year or so ago, I did a quick 5 year (2012 – 2016) evaluation using Lightroom to see which – during that time – was my “go to lens“.
At that time, I owned the following primary lenses:
- 16-35mm f/2.8 L (II & III)
- 24-70mm f/2.8 L (II & III)
- 70-200mm f/2.8 IS L (I & II)
- 180mm macro f/2.5 L
In that five year span, it was the 70-200 f/2.8 L (I & then II).
In 2018, I have since moved mostly to four primes, and explain the “why”.
- 1Ds Mark III (Canon, with Kirk “L” bracket)
- 24mm f/1.4 L USM II (Canon)
- 35mm f/1.4 L USM II (Canon)
- 50mm f/1.2 L USM (Canon)
- 70-200mm f/2.8 L III USM (Canon)
- 180mm f/3.5 L USM macro (Canon, with Kirk quick release plate)
- 1.4x III teleconverter (Canon)
- 12mm extender tube (Canon)
- 25mm extender tube (Canon)
- 200mm f/2 L IS USM (Canon, with Kirk quick release foot)
The 200mm f/2 L is, for me, a special lens. With seven grandkids playing different sports, I was using the 70-200 extensively. Unfortunately, the gymansiums for basketball and volleyball are dark (to the camera).
To get an action stopping shutter speed, the ISO needed to be pushed to 1600 or 3200. I don’t like the softness that is provided with this ISO, and prefer to be much lower.
The 200 f/2 allows that extra light in these low light situations, helping offset the ISO issue. It may be over-kill, but it sure provides great images.
- polarizing filters (B&W XS-Pro Kaesemann HTC Circular Polarizer with Multi-Resistant Nano Coating)
- UV filters (B&W XS-Pro UV Haze with (MRC) mulit-resistant nano coating (010M)
- hand-held eTrex Vista GPS (Garmin)
- spare camera battery (Canon)
- 6 spare – 16 GB memory cards (5 Lexar, 1 SanDisc), additional to the 64GB card in my camera
- Mountaineer 1325 carbon fiber tripod (Gitzo)
- BH-1 ball head (Kirk Enterprises)
For all of my equipment, daily usage:
For singular events (grand kids sports, concerts, day hikes, sight-seeing, etc. where I only want one lens with me).
- Think Tank Glass Taxi (camera with 200mm f/2 L lens)
- Lowepro Top Loader 65 (camera with one small lens)
- Lowepro Top Loader 75 (camera with 180 macro or 70-200)
And to process and print the images –
- Adobe Lightroom software
- NEC Multisync PA241w wide-gamut monitor
- DELL XPX 8920 computer
- Epson Stylus Pro 7900 large format professional printer
- Breathing Color, Pura Smooth cotton rag paper
To Display the images and blog
- All pages and blog posts – hosted on WP Engine (Word Press theme)
- All portfolio and gallery images – hosted on PhotoShelter