Your Photographic Gear

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by tonyeck, Jun 8, 2006.

  1. macrumors 6502


    Sep 3, 2004
    Las Vegas, NV
    Post your gear and recommendations :)

    I am graphic designer by trade, photographer as a serious hobby. I am considering options now maybe looking into further education towards photography as it has become a MASSIVE part of my job and I love outputting my creativity this way. My first DSLR is the Digital Rebel XT looking to upgrade towards the end of the summer.

    I enjoy landscape photography as well as macro. I aim to start studying more into portraits very soon

    I have:

    Canon Digital Rebel XT (black)
    Canon EFS 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 (yawn)
    Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
    Tokina AF 12-24mm f/4 AT-X Pro DX

    Canon Deluxe Photo Backpack 200EG

    Powermac G5 Dual 2.0ghz, 23" ACD
    Photoshop CS2

    Now my next lens is either Canon 50mm f1.8 or the Canon 50mm f1.4. Which would you (anyone) recommend?

    Would love to see what you guys shoot with! (Sorry if there is a post like this already, I couldn't find it) :)
  2. macrumors 68020


    Apr 5, 2004
    Huntsville, AL
    How do you like the 100mm f/2.8 Macro? I think that's going to be my next lens. Then I need a ~10mm lens after that.

    Canon makes a 10-22 EF-S lens, so I'll probably get that. If I get those two, they'll be my last lens purchases for a while so I can save up for some bitchin' L glass. :)

    I'm not sure the f/1.4 is worth the difference, honestly. Some people complain about the bokeh on the f/1.8 (5-blade aperture being the culprit), but I haven't been unhappy with it at all. For $70 (try Amazon), you really can't beat it. :)

    I hear a lot about the 100mm f/2.8 macro being a good portait lens, FWIW.
  3. Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
    The 1.4 is not worth the price difference, IMO.
  4. thread starter macrumors 6502


    Sep 3, 2004
    Las Vegas, NV
    I generally use the 100mm f/2.8 for portraits right now and had some incredible results. I'll post some stuff later (little busy right now). I would like to try the 50mm as where I shoot at work generally has little room and becomes a little tight for the 100mm f/2.8.

    I instantly fell in love with the 100mm f/2.8 lens as soon as I attached it to my camera. As always with Macro photography, the creativeness of shots is limitless!

    I think I will buy the 50mm f/1.8 now!
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502


    Sep 3, 2004
    Las Vegas, NV

    Sold :) Thanks iGary
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 29, 2006
    Laguna Niguel, CA
    i sold my 50 1.8 to get the 1.4, and i dont regret it for an instant.

    i shoot with:

    Canon 1DmkII and 5D ( w/ BG-e4 grip ) bodies
    and all my lenses are Canon ( for now )
    EF 24mm f/2.8
    EF 28mm f/2.8
    EF 35mm f/1.4L ( my favorite! )
    EF 50mm f/1.4
    EF 24-70mm f/2.8L
    EF 70-200mm f/2.8L ( non -IS )

    Next up for my stable i imagine will be either the Sigma 12-24mm or the Sigma 150mm f/2.8 Macro lens. i'm in no hurry for either though, because i need to buy something for my WRX first lol!

    for editing my photos i use:

    17" G4 1.5Ghz Powerbook
    2GB ram
    80GB hard drive
    Radeon mobility 9700 128MB
    Photoshop CS2
    Dell 2405fpw 24" display


    Powermac g5 dual 2.7Ghz
    6.5GB ram
    400GB hard drive
    Radeon 9650 256MB
    ACD 23" ( aluminum )

    Old Setups: ( for nostalgia )
    2x Canon EOS 3 film bodies ( w/ high speed motor drive PB-E2 )
    Canon EOS Elan 7
    Canon EOS 10D
    Canon EOS 1Ds
    Canon EF 28-90mm ( yuck )
    Canon EF 28-105mm ( yuck again )
    Canon EF 28-135MM IS ( Cool but sold before i went digital )
    Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 ( mkI metal mount, distance scale )
    Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L ( i miss this one... )
    Tamron 19-35mm ( meh )
    Tamron 75-300mm ( meh )
    Epson R-D1 digital rangefinder ( super cool.. but couldnt afford to keep )
    Leica 35mm f/2 ASPH ( the best lens i ever owned. )
    Voigtlander 28mm f/1.9 Ultron ( super cool rangefinder lens )
    Konica 50mm f/2 M-mount
    Olympus 35RD ( cool pocket rangefinder now collectable! DOH! )
    2x Olympus 35 SP

    Medium format:
    Mamiya RZ67 ( i miss this war horse )
    Mamiya 90mm f/3.5 ( one of the most brutally sharp lenses ever )
    Hasselblad H1 ( possibly the greatest camera i ever owned. but too expensive for me to own lol )
    Hasselblad HC 80mm f/2.8

    Large Format:
    Horseman LE 4x5
    Fujinon 210mm f/5.6

    So thats pretty much most of the gear ive been through in the past few years. some of it i miss dearly. some of i im better off without ;)
  7. Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
  8. Xax
    macrumors member

    Mar 2, 2006
    Canon 5D
    25-70 2.8L
    15 fisheye 2.8
    85 1.8
    70-200 4L soon?

    macbook pro with dell 2405fpw
    panasonic dvx100ae with lotsa stuff
  9. macrumors regular

    Apr 1, 2006
    at large
  10. macrumors 68000

    May 26, 2006
    Gainesville, FL
    Dont know if you want canon shooters only... But I may as well chime in from the other side.

    As far as recommendations...many people from both of the major brands say that the 1.4 50mm of their particular camera brand is not worth the cost versus the 1.8... It often depends on just how you shoot though. There may be a difference as to which is better wide open versus stopped down, which has better bokeh, and which has better color rendition as well as build quality...

    As far as I can tell, here are some pros and cons for the 50/1.8 and 1.4

    50/1.8 Pros: CHEAP, light, sharp, good performer
    50/1.8 Cons: Not extremely sharp wide open, 5 bladed aperture means you may have poorer bokeh, plastic lens mount, no USM and it is one of the noisier of the non-USM lenses, no distance scale.

    50/1.4 Pros: still pretty light, USM (micro), better build, 8 bladed aperture for better bokeh, focus distance scale, sharper wide open from what i'm reading now.
    50/1.4 Cons: Micro USM means no full time manual focus, more distortion.

    As far as my gear goes, this is a pretty extensive list, hope you don't mind.
    Nikon D2HS
    Nikon D200
    Nikon D70 (donating to my school)
    May add a D50 for a really light camera....will purchase the D3H most likely when it comes out.
    Nikon SB-800 (plan to add R1 close up speedlight kit)
    Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G AF-S DX ED-IF Aspherical (fantastic general purpose lens)
    Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G AF-S VR ED-IF (versatile and a great performer)
    Nikon 85mm f/2.8D Perspective Control Micro-Nikkor (a stellar lens, as sharp as it gets)
    Nikon 200mm f/2.0G AF-S VR ED-IF (adding TC14EII for 280mm f/2.8 when I need it)
    Nikon 300mm f/2.8D AF-S ED-IF I (selling since I got the 200/2)
    Nikon 28mm f/3.5 AI manual focus for fun
    A bunch of lens extras, likely adding a 30/1.4 sigma, 85/1.4 nikon, and 50/1.4 nikon in the near future, and a Nikon 300/2.8 VR for college.

    Tripod: Gitzo G1329mk2 Carbon Fiber tripod with Manfrotto 468MG Magnesium Hydrostatic head with Really Right Stuff QR system. Both excellent pieces of equipment and very stable.
    Field Gear: Lowepro mini-trekker AW, Lowepro Street and Field system including lens cases, vest harness, waistbelt, utility pouches, and toploader 75AW. Tamrac CyberPack 8 for when I have to travel really heavy. The lowepro gear is excellent
    Computer: my beloved MacBook Pro 15.4" Core Duo 2.16ghz/2gb RAM/256mb graphics card with 100gb HD, 300gb and 40gb externals. Next comes a FirmTek dual bay eSATA 3gb/s hard drive enclosure with some big drives and a firmtek dual eSATA 3gb/s expresscard/34. Epson R2400 printer...extremely good.
    Used to use an HP ZX5280US/P4 3.2ghz/1gb RAM/80gb HD.

    Other: Nikon MC-36 multifunction remote, RRS lens plates and camera plates, Lowepro neoprene Quick-disconnect camera straps, round eyecups for both main cameras, patience, and a prescription that gets me 20/15 vision.
  11. sjl
    macrumors 6502


    Sep 15, 2004
    Melbourne, Australia
    Canon 20D
    Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 (and boy, do I wish I'd splurged on the f/1.0 at the time ...)
    Canon EF 17-85mm IS

    Next on the lenses to buy will be the EF 100-400. Also the battery grip, which I'll probably get once my tax return comes through (~2 months for a nice little cheque from the government. :D) After that, I'll probably look at the 100mm macro, or the 10-22.
  12. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 17, 2005
    Salt Lake City, UT -Westminster College
    All I can say is... NIIIIICCCCEEE! (NICE)

    I Just bought a D200, loving it, but have a long way to go until I'm where you are...
  13. thread starter macrumors 6502


    Sep 3, 2004
    Las Vegas, NV

    wow! Nice list. And yes, you can post any set up you have, canon, nikon, pentax etc etc
  14. macrumors 68040


    Feb 17, 2003
    with Hamburglar.
    Canon 30D
    70-200mm f/2.8L IS
    60mm f/2.8 macro
    1.4x extender
    300mm f/4L IS ???
  15. macrumors 68000


    Apr 14, 2005
    Canon 350D
    Canon 85 1.8 (very nice!)
    Canon 17-40L
    and of course the complementary 18-55.

    EDIT: Forgot about the Pentax ME-Super, Minox 35 GL and Canon Powershot S30...
  16. macrumors 68000

    May 26, 2006
    Gainesville, FL

    Its an addiction. I wasn't so bad at first...D70 and kitlens for a few months. Then some time between DPReview and Nikonians got me the idea of a telephoto zoom but a good one...I bought an AFS ED 80-200/2.8 (the version before the 70-200 VR) but I quickly replaced that with the 70-200 VR.

    This then addicted me to pro glass. I had the 17-35 AFS less than 3 months after that and it was all downhill from there :rolleyes: However, with the exception of the 28/3.5 and 70-200, all of the lenses in my kit I have gotten in the last 6 months or so...come to think of it, most of my accessories too.

    The D200 was the best thing to happen to me in a long time...but the worst thing to happen to my wallet since a credit card.
  17. macrumors Core

    Jun 16, 2004
    After reading those lists, mine is very poor indeed (but then again, it serves it's purpose and my style)

    I'm just saving for my first Digital SLR so I'm still very much chemical based.


    Nikon F4s
    Canon A1 - 30 years old this year and still going strong
    Canon AE1 - Just hanging in there after being repaired
    Pentax k1000

    Bronica medium format - Haven't used it in years, currently living with my dad

    Various Lenses -
    Canon 50mm
    Tamron 24mm
    Tamron 60 - 210mm
    Nikon 18mm (I think)
    a 600 reflector for the Pentax
    a couple of Bronica lenses

    Lubitel TLRs meduim format
    Holga CFN medium format (currently loaded with a 35mm film)
    Lomo SuperSampler
    Lomo ActionSampler

    Polaroid wideformat

    a tiny Praktica 3.2MP

    My list of future purchases:

    Either Canon 350D or Nikon D50
    Lomo Fisheye
    Lomo Kompakt Automat
  18. -hh
    macrumors 68020


    Jul 17, 2001
    NJ Highlands, Earth
    Well, let's see:

    P&S 35mm - Nikon Lite*Touch Zoom (35-70mm)

    P&S (CF) - Canon A80
    - Canon Underwater housing for same

    35mm SLR - Pentax K-1000 (retained for doing IR "some day")
    - 50mm f/~1.8
    - 35mm f/~2

    35mm - Nikon Nikonos V underwater camera (not a true SLR);
    - dual Ikelite SS-200 strobe heads
    - body tray and strobe arms for same
    - synch cord for same (+spare)
    - slave sensor for 2nd SS-200 (instead of hardwired w/sync cord)
    - Nikkor 35mm f/3.5
    - Nikkor 28mm f/3.5
    - Sea&Sea 15mm f/3.5 with external optical rangefinder
    - macro tube kit (1:2, 1:1, 2:1)
    - Nikon Close-Up kit (1:~4)
    - Tamron bag (630 model?) to carry it all in. 28lbs loaded.

    35mm SLR - Canon Elan IIe body.
    - see SLR accessories list, below.

    35mm SLR - Canon EOS-3 body.
    (Just picked this up; currently in testing)

    Digital SLR - Canon 20D body
    - 10GB in CF Flash Media
    - two Hyperdrive HD80 (60GB) digital wallets
    - Apple 12" Powerbook

    SLR accessories list:
    I: "General Stuff":
    - various misc carrying bags
    - Kinesis carry system (new for the 20D)
    - various sizes of circular polarizers
    - couple of bad, cheap tripods
    - couple of hiking stick/monopods
    - travel beanbag

    II: "Lighting"
    - Canon 380EX speedlight
    - Canon 430EX speedlight
    - Better Beamer for the 430EX

    III: "Lensing"
    - Canon EF 50mm f/1.8
    - Tokina 19-35mm f/3.5-4.5
    - Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-4.5 IS
    - Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS
    - Canon EF L 70-200mm f/2.8 IS
    - Canon 1.4x teleconverter

    BTW, I convinced my management a couple of years ago to drop $80K to buy a Vision Research Phantom 5 for use in our test I allowed to count that too? I've only taken around 2 million digital photos with it (easy to do at 20,000 frames/sec!) :)

  19. thread starter macrumors 6502


    Sep 3, 2004
    Las Vegas, NV

    :D :eek:

    Thats incredible... What kind of work requires that many frames?!
  20. macrumors regular

    Sep 27, 2004
    My Camera Gear

    Canon 30d
    100mm Macro 2.8
    16-35mm 2.8 L
    28-200mm 3.6-5.6
    50mm 1.8
    18-55mm Kit Lens
    Velbon Carbon Fiber Tripod
    Bogen Manfrotto Monopod
    4GB Extreme III CF
    Tamrac Pro 6 Bag

    Soon to purchase: :)

    Ext tube for macro lens
    70-200mm 2.8 L



    1.25 GHZ Powerbook 15 inch
    2.1 GHZ Intel imac 20 inch
  21. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 29, 2006
    Laguna Niguel, CA
    silent wave -

    you have all that kit, and this is a hobby for you?/ dang man.. lol i wish i had your pocketbook!

    D2hs is a great camera btw - have you tried any HUGE prints from it? very capable
  22. macrumors 6502

    May 28, 2006
    - Sony Dsc-P9
    - 128MB MemoryStick
    - Fujica AX1
    - X-Fujinon 50mm 1:1.9
    - Polar MC 80-200mm 1:4.5

    -Macbook 2Ghz, 2GB Ram
    -Athlon64 3400+, 1GB Ram (WinXP)

  23. -hh
    macrumors 68020


    Jul 17, 2001
    NJ Highlands, Earth
    Ballistics. In order to freeze the motion of an object moving at 3000 feet/sec, figure a 1 - 2 microsecond (yes "micro") shutter speed, and since many experiments need more than just a single frame to capture the events, the Phantom can shoot partial frames at up to 100,000 frames per second. Typically, we shoot at "only" 20,000 frames/sec, as this gives us more pixels of resolution with which to measure location, etc.

    Ours is a Black & White. Color didn't cost any more, but the effective ISO of B&W is 1600, whereas color is two stops slower at ISO 400. As to why we made that decision, do the math for how much illumination is needed to get a proper exposure at f/2.8 @ 1/500,000 shutter speed for ISO 400 vs. 1600.

  24. macrumors 6502

    Mar 27, 2006
    London, UK
    Wow, there are some astounding setups in here.
    My meagre collection:

    Digital Rebel xt
    ef 50mm f/1.4 + matching hood (bastards!)
    Kit lens
    jessops tripod


    Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM

    I was going to buy the f/1.8 MkI but I got a faulty lens. With a full refund from seller and the sale of the 75-300mm, I decided to splurge on an f/1.4. I don't regret the decision for one second.

    I can see that this hobby is going to be expensive. Especially as saving up for building a Canon L-quality prime collection is seeming like a really good idea.
    But slowly, slowly!:)

    I am looking forward to my Dad's Pentax 35mm SLR from the mid 70's with 35mm & 100mm primes. Picking it up next month.:)
  25. macrumors 68020


    Apr 5, 2004
    Huntsville, AL
    I'm clearly in the wrong profession.

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