I decided to make a separate page and share the photography gear I am using and what I’ve learned from my own experience.
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Canon EOS 5D Mark III – I recently upgraded to Canon 5d Mark iii after using a Canon 700d Rebel for a few years. And although I took some pretty great shots with it, I knew I needed and wanted to go to the next level. Switching from a crop sensor camera to a full frame one was huge difference. Mark iii makes incredible images and performs extremely well in low light conditions. And even at higher ISO, the noise is not that noticeable.
Canon EF 50 mm F1.4 USM Lens – It’s a great lens that allows you to capture really amazing images. It is considered prime lens, which means it doesn’t zoom in or zoom out, you are able to use it at only 50 mm and with still life photography I think it works really well. It has a large depth of field going all the way down to f/1.4 and creates really cool effect when you want only the subject to be in focus and the rest of the image to be blurry. Canon 50 mm f/1.2 is another large aperture lens at 50mm but after reading countless reviews and watching so many tutorials, I couldn’t really find reasonable enough points to upgrade to this one. Plus, the price difference was pretty scary and played a big role in the decision making.
Canon EF 100mm F2.8 L Macro IS USM Lens – This is a macro lens and produce some really dramatic close ups. It’s quite big and heavy but I think it’s easy to get use to it with time. It’s a prime lens like the 50mm and also has a large aperture at f/2.8. It’s definitely not cheap but you get what you pay for. The “IS” stands for Image Stabilization which means that even when shooting hand holding without a tripod it eliminates the camera shake and makes super sharp images. When using on a tripod I recommend switching off the IS function. Also, 100mm is great for portraits.
Manfrotto 055 Aluminium 3 Section Tripod with Horizontal Column – I don’t have much experience with different brands of tripods but what I’ve seen from Manfrotto is pretty satisfying. When you start investing money in more expensive and heavier gear, you definitely want to make sure that your tripod can hold the weight. The horizontal column is a great feature especially for those top flat shots of your food. It’s heavy, sturdy and does the job great but it’s not the easiest thing to carry and if you do a lot of travel photography you might want to consider some other versions. Keep in mind that most professional tripods come without the head, which needs to be purchased separately, so make sure you do some research before finding the one that will suits your needs best.
Canon Remote Control – This is a great little gadget that really helps eliminate camera shake. You can also use the camera’s 10 seconds function but it comes really handy for those in-action shots. For example, when pouring a cup of tea and not close enough to the camera to release the shutter, you can hold the teapot with one hand and press the remote control with the other. It’s that simple.
WD 1TB Black My Passport Ultra External Hard Drive – Please, please always back up your images and important documents before it’s too late. I had really bad experience when my old laptop crashed and I lost significant amount of personal data. It was really frustrating and since then I make sure I back up my stuff at least once a month. I am using this Passport hard drive which has a plenty of space to storage all the info.