Most photographers like to list out their equipment, and I am part of that sheep-like crowd!

Equipment often used:

  • Canon EOS 400D
  • Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II kit lens
  • Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 II USM (avail as a kit lens but I bought mine separately)
  • Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX-DC (this is my pride and joy, and it spends 99% of its time mounted)
  • Generic 0.42x wide-angle macro screw-in filter (screws apart to be macro only).
  • Apple iPhone 4 (using the CameraPrime and Instagram apps)

Other tools

  • Car – in previous years, I travelled a lot for work and got to experience a lot of South East Queensland from behind the steering wheel.
  • Bike – I ride a lot around Brisbane, city and suburbs, and it provides a great perspective, plus it’s easy to pull up and snap a shot off (no need to find a parking spot)
  • Feet – I also walk a fair bit. In a short lunch break, the range is limited, but the city is rich with photographic opportunities. I spend a lot of my time walking around looking up. This often results in a photo, but even when it doesn’t, there’s a lot of beautiful things 10m and more above eye level.
  • Train – not many photos to be had on the train, but I can get in a good 50 minutes of photo editing and blogging each direction

Equipment rarely used:

  • Canon EOS 1000F (film camera – simple but decent backup body)
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II (outclassed in every way by the Sigma 30mm, but still useful as backup)
  • Canon 420EX flash (I only use this for portraiture, otherwise I always* shoot with available light)
  • Reflecter kit (for portraits)
  • Flash diffuser (for portraits)

4 Responses to “Cameras and Lenses”

  1. Al - brizmako@365project

    Seriously, how awesome is the Sigma 30mm f/1.4? I got it for an event job a few months back and it’s coming close to equal time on the Slowny with the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 UWA. Very canny purchase, brings the wonders of 50mm prime photography back to APS-C shooters =]

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  2. lime

    It is awesome! I’ve done all of my portraits with it. You have to be lucky though – I’ve talked a few friends into buying one and they’ve all ended up with duds. I couldn’t be happier with mine though!

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    • Al - brizmako@365project

      I had a problem with mine early in the piece – the zoom ring was locked out from 11mm and 16mm – effectively it was a 13-15mm lens. I contacted the Tokina peeps from Australia who told me to send it to their warranty peeps in Melbourne (fantastic company) who in-turn found out it’s not covered in Australia coz it’s bought from US. The thing about it is that the Tokina importer would have covered it *IF* they imported the lens in Sony mount, but they don’t so they didn’t. The repair guys sent it back free-of-charge…and completely fixed. Bless ’em 🙂

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