I have certain items that I call my gear, but there is a risk for people to purchase what I may have listed here. There is also a risk of reinforcing the notion that photography is mostly about gear. It isn’t. Gear is not unimportant, but gear collecting for its own sake or a belief that the most important photography questions are about gear can be the answer to excellent photography is an element that you must consider. However it is true that one should first decide what depth of the medium of photography that you are willing to pursue in the form of making photographs, which is the real point. My suggestion would be first to examine your level of pursuit of the photography medium then by all means buy the best you can afford.
This is the equipment that has served me well for the types of photography that I do, (which tend to be heavy on landscape and nature and night photography and some urban subjects, or event photography, etc.) then you might well want to look at other alternatives in some cases. but different gear could be as good or better for your particular types of photography. For example:
- If you are just getting started with DSLR photography, I would generally recommend that you not go out and buy the most expensive stuff just because it is on the list of a well known professional or amateur photographer..
- If you tend toward somewhat more “informal” photography – e.g. not using a tripod, etc. – then other gear might make more sense.
- If you have a predirection for another brand, that is fine with me – There are many excellent brands of photographic equipment.
- My only suggestion when it comes to brands, is to consider the brands that have had years of experience in developing their products. Those manufactures whom have been tested tried and true would be excellent choices for any ones gear list.
- My equipment:
- Camera bodies: Canon 60D, Canon Rebel 400 XTi
- Lenses: Canon 24-70mm USM f/2.8 L series, Canon 28-135mm,f/3.5-5.6 IS, Canon 300mm,f/4Lseries, Canon 70-200f/4 L series, Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 HSM, Canon 28-105mmf3.5-4.5,Sigma 17-70mm /2.8-4.5
- My experiences with this equipment has been varied, and I don’t proclaim to know the ins and outs of why particular lenses either works well or doesn’t. The information I post at this site should be regarded as representing only my own personal experience and opinions, and I cannot guarantee that your experience will be the same or that information
- I try to post the most accurate, up to date, or the best available. I urge you to seek out a variety of competent and expert opinions and information, especially including that from the manufacturers of products you use or may consider buying.