I had a few questions regarding what I photo gear I am using. Although I am quite a gear head, the experience has shown me that photo gear might make your life better but won’t make the pictures better… and even sometimes better gear makes your life harder… most of the time what matters is knowing well the camera…
Over the years I have used different cameras, DSLR and compacts and mostly I have used Canon Digital SLR since the Canon EOS 300D nearly 10 years ago. Currently I am shooting with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and a Canon EOS 5D Mark III, they offer great image quality especially in low light condition or when high shutter speed is needed. I am also using a bunch of lenses but my most used one for animal photography are
- Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8 L IS USM
- Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM
- Canon EF 100 f/2.8 L IS USM Macro
- Canon EF 400 f/5.6 L USM
- Canon EF 500 f/4 L IS USM
And for travel photography I am using
Also I like very much my Fujifilm FinePix X100 for street photography, it has amazing image quality in a small and discreet package.
Finally, mostly for fun, I am using a Pentax K-5 which I bought to use with my collection of old Pentax manual lenses which some of them are more than 30 years old, not at all designed for digital photography and regardless are very able to give great quality image.
I try to keep up-to-date as to which new camera or technology is launched but I must admit that the excitement of the last decade in the digital photography market seems to have subsided significantly. Consumer digital cameras are now able to deliver results which were simply unthinkable just a few years ago even for professional cameras. Also there are little difference between brands (at least between the big ones) and it is no wonder that they are working hard at differentiating themselves but unfortunately not always in the interest of the photographers (Who is gaining from a fusion between still and video?)…
In any case there is little to complain with modern cameras, and there are still a few exciting things happening these days. To name only a few: the new Fujifilm FinePix X100S (Which probably will soon translate into an updated X-Pro1), the Olympus OM-D E-M5, the Olympus TG-2, the Canon EOS 1D X and the new Canon super teles for their super light weight and super high sharpness (too bad I cannot afford them).
While I can probably talk about gear for long, the focus of PhotoAnimalium.com is more about photos so I’d better get back to work on the next update.