Here is a summary of my equipment:
|Body:||Canon EOS 450D|
|Lenses:||Tamron AF 17-50mm f/2.8 SP XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF]|
|Canon EF L 70-200mm f/4 IS USM SOLD|
|Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM|
|Tripod:||Manfrotto 055XPROB PRO legs|
|Manfrotto MIDI ball head 488RC2|
|Accessories:||B+W Circular Polarizing Filter ø67mm slim MRC|
|HOYA close-up +4 filter ø67mm|
|Lowepro Rezo 170 AW shoulder bag|
|Manfrotto MBAG80N shoulder bag for tripod|
My first digital camera was Canon PowerShot A95 which I used for several years, now I use it very rarely. As time went by the technical qualities of this tiny machine were less and less suitable for me. Those main reasons for me to switch to DSLR were: higher dynamic range, lower noise, better optical quality, possibility of composing in viewfinder.
First, I was seriously considering to buy Olympus (E-510, if I remember well) but then after seeing some comparisons of photo quality between Canon, Nikon and Olympus I left the idea. I had to decide between Canon and Nikon and this was quite easy. As a satisfied user of Canon I tended to trust this brand further but probably the most considering fact was, and still is, a price comparison between Canon and Nikon pro lenses. As I’m strongly oriented on quality I thought that if I will ever buy a pro lens I will go for Canon as they are on top and noticable cheaper than Nikon’s. Another reason speaking for Canon was the amount of Canon users among professional nature photographers.
So far I’m absolutely satisfied with my choice so I believe that I made right decision.
- Tamron AF 17-50mm f/2.8 SP XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF] [Tamron product page] [Review]
- This is my all-purpose lens. I wanted some quality general lens and as Canon quality lenses (read it as pro lenses) are at least twice as expensive as this one, the decision was clear. I’m very satisfied with this lens so far. I use it for all purposes and in last months together with close-up filter also for creating my “dreamy” photos.
- Canon EF L 70-200mm f/4 IS USM SOLD [Canon product page] [Review]
- I bought this superb lens as a companion to Tamron 17-50 to cover focal length 17-200 (28-320 @ 35mm eqv.) I purchased it in times when I was yet not sure which direction I will take in photography. I though that I will use it for taking pictures of animals and mainly shooting details of flowers, architecture, landscapes aso. After almost a year I started to focus fully on macro and floral photography and soon I realized that this lens is not primarily good for it. I also realized that I used it only a couple of times and even though this lens is realy a masterpice by Canon I decided to sell it and I was lucky that a collegue of mine (in bussiness as well as in photography) was just looking for similar lens.
- Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM [Canon product page] [Review]
- This lens replaced mine Canon 70-200 and I want to use it mainly for floral and abstract nature photography. So far I can say that this lens is extremely sharp and practically flawless.
- Manfrotto 055XPROB PRO [Manfrotto product page]
- This is sturdy aluminium tripod for which I decided after reading some good reviews and after I borrowed it from a colleague of mine and was very happy with it. I described my reasons for buying a tripod here in this post.
- Manfrotto MIDI ball head 488RC2 [Manfrotto product page]
- I was considering buying a mini ball head 486RC2 but after reading some users experience and recommendations, I decided for this one. In addition to 486 features it has a separate lock on the panoramic axis allowing rotation adjustment or panning without a need to loosen whole ball. Moreover, this head is recommended also by Manfrotto for the 055XPROB tripod rather than smaller 486RC2.
- B+W Circular Polarizing Filter Ø67mm Slim MRC [B+W product page]
- A polarizer with superb quality intended for wide lenses.
- HOYA close-up +4 filter Ø67mm HMC [HOYA product page]
- Close-up filters has in general very shallow depth of field and I use this one to achieve the dreamy look when photographing flowers and floral abstracts. The biggest flaw of this filter is a certain chromatic aberration growing from the centre of the photo to its borders.