If is a little word, but it can mean big things
Camera gear is important if you want to take photos, and over the years you change with what you are taking photos off, along with how. I thought it might be fun to take a look at what gear I think I need for what I do now. Let’s say all my gear was stolen and I had to start again, what would I get. I don’t think I would end up with as much.
I guess that is an obvious one. Though it should be a full frame camera as I know I like wide angles the most and the full frame is best for that. For me the options are the Canon 5D Mark IV or the Nikon D810. If choosing from scratch, I think I would go with the Canon. I like what Canon does for its users here in Australia.
There are so many to choose from, but being realistic I don’t know that I would get many.
- Lensbaby Velvet 56
- Samyang 12mm Fisheye
I think that is it.
With the new work I want to do it is best that I use the same lens for it all, so the 16-35mm would be perfect I think. I’ve used one a couple of times and I have found it perfect for the type of photography I do.
I’ve also used the 28-300mm a few times, it is great for an all round lens. I think it would be a good compromise for doing some stuff where I need to zoom in and then other stuff where I want a wider image. Getting one that you can use a teleconverter would be perfect.
A macro lens of around 100mm is a must. I love macro photography too much not to have one.
The Lensbaby Velvet 56 is a wonderful lens for macro as well, and I probably use it more than the other, so I would need this one. I have one now for the Nikon camera.
Fisheyes are so much fun to use. I love seeing what I can do with it, so I definitely would want one to be part of my kit. I have been playing around the Samyang 12mm fisheye and I would be happy to have it.
Life without filters would be really boring now. So there are quite a few I would need.
- 3 stop
- 6 stop
- 10 stop
- 13 stop
- 16 stop
All by Formatt Hitech of course. I would also use their Firecrest filter holder.
Some extras would be soft and hard edge graduated filters and definitely a polariser which I am starting to see a lot of benefits with.
There are always going to be the extras, and things that you need to help you with your photography.
- A good sturdy tripod
- Remote shutter release
- A camera bag
- Memory cards
I need a good tripod and right now I have the Benro SystemGo Plus FGP 18C, I would be more than happy to settle for that one. There are times when it is too windy for it, but there are always things to make it sturdier.
I need a remote shutter release for the long exposures. I need it to keep my shutter open for a long time. It is pretty essential.
A bag that is comfortable and will carry what you need is also very important. I’ve been using the Benro Ranger Pro 400 for about 6 months and I am very happy with it. I rarely change to another bag these days, when I do it is usually only because it is too small and I need one of my bags on wheels. Thankfully it doesn’t happen often.
I’ve learned over the years how important memory cards are and how the more you pay for them the better. I need fast ones for my camera, and so far I’ve never been let down by them. I tend to use Sandisk, though I’ve also used Lexar. The latter I’ve had a few problems with, but the former have always been great.
That’s it, I think
So, if for some reason I lost all my gear these would be the important things I would want again, or would get instead of other bits. It is that idea of hindsight. Maybe I should do a post on what I wouldn’t have wasted my money on another time, what do you think?