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My Photography Equipment
Here is a list of photography equipment I have and will use for the duration of this class.
Camera: Canon Digital Rebel XTi (also known as EOS 400D)
Canon Lens EF 28mm 1:1.8 USM with B+W UV Haze Filter and Canon EW63II Lens Hood
Canon Wide Angle Lens 20mm 1:2.8 USM with B+W Canon EW75II Lens Hood
Canon Macro Lens EF 100mm 1:2.8 USM with B+W UV Haze Filter
Remote Shutter Release: Canon Remote Control RC1
My Lense Trilogy
I did not buy and kit lenses with my camera. Instead I bought the body and a separate 28mm 1:1.8 Canon lens. I was extremely happy with how bright it was and that I never had to use a flash even in low light conditions. I was told by someone that for a beginner it is better to use prime lens and move back and forth to bring the subject closer and further way in the frame rather than a zoom lens when you get lazy and let the camera do the work. I took the advice to heart and and looking back I can see how right this person was. I am so used to using a prime lens that I even when I used my compact camera I forget to use the zoom function and instead move backward and forward to compose the picture.
A year later I bought the wide angle 20mm 1:2.8 prime lens as I was planning a trip the Grand Canyon and felt I would need a lens capable of capturing the wide vistas. Having gotten used to a 1:1.8 it was difficult to use a 1:2.8 since it is not as bright. I ended up using the 20mm on a tripod indoor, hand held on a bright day indoor or hand held outdoors. I also bought a camera bag to hold my camera and two lenses because I didn’t think I would need another lens. It is a great little Lowepro Fastpack 100 backpack which fit all my accessories perfectly.
Again a year later with my interest in food photography peeking I researched the internet to see what is recommended as a good lens for photographing food. All websites said that there is no one good lens for food photography, but a zoom macro is used often to get very blurry backgrounds with sharp foreground focus. I felt that that was the lens to add to my growing collection and hence I bought the 100mm prime.
I can’t possibly thing of any lense that I might want to add.. well, maybe a lensbaby someday! The backpack I had bought would no longer fit my third lens. I recently had to buy a bigger Lowepro Slingbag 200AW.