What Camera Gear Do You Own And Use?

  • June 13, 2018 at 6:06 pm #2280
    David Llewellyn-JonesDavid Llewellyn-Jones
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    Points: 683

    Very close to upgrading both now as my business money pot is growing. I currently use a canon 1ds mkii and a 5d as a spare body. Ok, they’re not great on the megapixel side but when I ditched my cropped frame a few years ago, a 5d was all I could afford. Then the 1ds mkii was a drunk amazon buy?. I absolutely love the use ability of the 1d body though so now I’m stuck with the most expensive models. As far as lenses go I have a 17-40L, 50mm 1:4 and a sigma 75-200 (which is battered)
    Also my Canon EOS 620 I got about 20 yrs ago for when I want to hear the sound of a film winding again. (Takes a while to stop looking at the back of the camera when I occasionally use it ?)

    June 13, 2018 at 6:30 pm #2282
    AvatarMatt Brown
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    Points: 24

    Hi David

    You have a great bit of kit there. Yes it may be “dated” when you look at what todays market is filled with however every other day something new comes out and I am trying my hardest to make the most of what I have rather than always seeking out the latest bit of tech. One thing that I do is look back over my old work and appreciate what I was able to capture with it. Even if you look at work others did and am still in awe of it means that the images/videos (I watch old films to get inspiration for some of the videos I do) I was inspired by transcended the megapixel count, the battery capacity, the many different function and features on offer. In my mind, right now, its all about picking up a camera and capturing what I love with what I have.

    I try and tell people to try and think of it this way as well. Each time you get new gear there is always a learning curve (some steep some not) however that time you are taking to learn a new piece of kit or integrate it into your workflow will potential slow down your overall productivity so please make sure it is worth it and not an impulse purchase (speaking to myself here lol)

    Thanks for sharing

    June 13, 2018 at 7:55 pm #2284
    David Llewellyn-JonesDavid Llewellyn-Jones
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    Points: 683

    Thanks Matt.
    I’m not overly obsessed about pixels, after all, I’ve not had a client come back to me complaining there’s not enough ?,
    However, I need peace of mind when on a shoot, without worrying that every time the shutter activates it could be for the last time.

    June 13, 2018 at 8:50 pm #1861
    AvatarMatt Brown
    Moderator
    Points: 24

    Hi all

    I was interested in what camera gear you either own or have access to as well as what you actually use.

    I personally have a Nikon D5200, Sony RX100 M1, RX100 M5 and GoPro Hero 4. I have several lens for my Nikon and some other gear so the videos Paul does helps me with my Nikon but not so much with my other gear.

    I own a few cameras but what I actually use depends on the occasion and my personal preference. Paul, myself and the two Sarah’s often have conversations about what gear you guys have and thought it would be wise to just ask.

    I look forward to your replies.

    Don’t forget, be kind to your….lol….I’m not Paul. “Love what you do and do what you love”

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    June 14, 2018 at 6:43 am #2286
    AvatarAlex Robertson
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    Points: 125

    Hello Matt, I have a Nikon D7200, a Nikon 18-140mm lens and a Nikon 50mm (f1.8) lens. I find the crispness of images taken with the 50mm superb, but mostly have the 18-140 on the camera because of its versatility.

    June 14, 2018 at 8:10 am #2288
    David Llewellyn-JonesDavid Llewellyn-Jones
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    I’d be very interested to hear the reasons people use Nikon over canon and vice versa.
    Just out of interest.

    June 14, 2018 at 9:07 pm #2290
    Rachel ThornhillRachel Thornhill
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    Points: 597

    I use Canon, and before I decided I went into the camera shop with an open mind. I played with both, and just felt that the button positions, and the design of the Canon cameras worked better for me and my hands. I started with a 450d, then 700d (both cropped), and now use a 5Diii for work and have the 700d as a backup or for video. Lens wise I love my 70-200 2.8, but also have a 24-70 2.8 for the wider shots. I also have a 50 1.8 which I use mainly on my 700d. I do struggle with just one ff body for events, and swop between the two lenses constantly, so thinking of getting another ff body, possibly even the 5Div, especially as the focus tracking for video is so much better than the iii – the 700d is even better than the iii. But I don’t shoot video for work so it’s a pretty big investment to justify for convenience!
    R xx

    In a world where we can be anything, be kind ?

    June 15, 2018 at 7:58 pm #2292
    AvatarAlex Robertson
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    Points: 125

    Hello David, it’s just by chance that I’m using a Nikon. I find it comfortable to hold and use, and it has all of the features I need at the moment. I think the image quality is excellent, and I’m still amazed when I see the quality of the digital images out of the camera. I could have equally chosen a Canon or Sony or some other make and in the future might still do that if I’m thinking of changing my camera. I’m mindful that if I buy higher quality and faster (i.e. expensive) lenses in the future then I might be tying myself into Nikon. At this time I’d be okay with that. Also, my camera shoots DX only. It’s not full frame.

    June 20, 2018 at 7:56 pm #2294
    AvatarIan Bennett
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    Points: 111

    Hi
    I switched from a Canon 60D to Fuji XT1 last year. Having lugged the Canon around for several years and on several long trips, my shoulders were complaining about the bulk and weight even though it’s not huge by some standards. When I first looked through a mirrorless camera (Sony) some years ago I really found it strange and unnatural but now find the ‘exactly what you see is the image you get’ from the electronic viewfinder to be so invaluable. No longer is there a need to check images after clicking the button – you know before taking the shot whether or not it will work out.

    Anyone if it was good enough for Damien Lovegrove I reasoned it would be easily good enough for me. I’m very pleased with the decision and haven’t looked back. My kit now all fits in one small bag that is lightweight and easy to move around plus the size of the camera isn’t daunting and doesn’t scream PHOTOGRAPHER out in the street.

    Lens wise I have the XF18-55 f2.8 -4 (kit lens although at £600 new it’s not really a kit lens), XF 35m f2 and the wonderful XF 56m 1.2. The XF50-200 is on the hit list if I can make more money from portraits!

    Fully appreciate that this is all each to their own -this was just my choice. It works well for me. I did a course some years ago where both instructors constantly enthused about Nikon and slated Canon at any opportunity they could get. I found that really irritating as the only Canon owner in the group and certainly put me off ever attending another of their sessions!!

    June 20, 2018 at 10:45 pm #2296
    David Llewellyn-JonesDavid Llewellyn-Jones
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    Points: 683

    My reasons for canon were plain, simple and completely none technical. I used to be a massive Nigel Mansell fan back in the day and he had canon written on the side of his car! (Also my primary school head teacher had a Nikon and I didn’t like him!)

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