Over the last year I've slowly been expanding and buying more equipment to help elevate my photography skills.
Here is a list of what I currently use.
Canon 5D Mark IV
Took the plunge and decided to invest in the Canon 5D Mark IV. This camera is a beast. 30.4 MP, 7 frames per second, 4K video, built in time lapse, this will be my main shooting camera. Tons of features on the camera, i’m still trying to figure out. Huge step up from my first camera especially with low light capabilities. I miss the flip screen, and this camera is pretty large and heavy, but the image quality will make up for it.
Canon EOS 760D
This camera is a great beginner/intermediate camera. Pictures come out crisp and clear and have no problems with prints. It’s a 24mp camera, and I found that 24” x 16” prints turn out clean. Anything bigger and you start to see some quality loss. The touch and flip out screen on the back are great. You can do extended long exposures without the need of a remote. However, it's not the greatest at low light shooting unless you shoot at a high ISO but it tends to be pretty grainy.
Rokinon 14mm f/2.8
I solely use this lens for astro-photography. It provides a really wide angle to capture the night sky and the pictures turn out clear and crisp. The manual focus is great for night time photography as it takes all the guess work out of it.
Canon 16-35mm f/2.8
I’ve been doing more wide angle portrait work. Capturing the subject in the foreground and showing a wide angle of their surrounding. I’ve been using my Rokinon 14mm lens but it doesn’t have auto focus and I’ve found it difficult to manually focus if I want that bokeh. This Canon will be my go to for most of the photography needs.
Canon 24-70mm f/2.8
Just recently purchased this lens. This is my go to walk around lens. It’s nice to have the extended reach of 70mm but have the freedom to shoot wide.
Canon 50mm f/1.8
This lens has been great! 50mm is great for portraits. This f1.8 is ideal for low light conditions, allowing more light in and giving you that nice bokeh effect. The one downside is it’s not great when taking multiple rapid shots in a row. The lens tends to lose focus on the third or fourth shot.
Canon 85mm f/1.8
New lens for portrait and wedding photography. I haven’t shot much on it yet but what I have shot looks extremely clear. This lens focuses fast and the 1.8 provides beautiful bokeh.
Canon Telephoto 55-250mm f/4
Stock telephoto lens that came with my first camera kit. I’m looking to upgrade to the 70-200mm since this lens does not fit on the Canon 5D Mark IV, but for now this lens will work on my secondary camera. It creates clean images but focuses a bit slow.
DJI Mavic Pro
DJI makes remarkable drones! The Mavic Pro is the first drone I've ever had but i'm very happy with it. The image quality isn’t the best, it tends to be very sharp, however the video quality is amazing! It’s very user friendly and easy to fly, not to mention very portable.
This is the newest addition to the DJI family and my repertoire. I've been looking at gimbles for a while now and I was about to buy the Zhiyun Crane 2 when DJI announced their gimbal. It had some amazing specs and received great feedback so I decided to wait. This thing is great! Very stable video, easy to use, and when paired with their DJI app it unlocks a multitude of features and elevates my videography skills. The only downside it it's heavy, not great if you're looking to use it for vlogging.
I bought the starter pack of Lee filters a while ago and I use them constantly. I use the ND Grad filters when shooting landscapes to help darken the bright sky so I can lighten the foreground. I use the 10 stop filter to allow me to take long exposure shots during the day. They really make post processing much easier and it allows me to bring out more detail in my images without having to image stack.
Joby Gorillapod With Ball Head Tripod
I got this tripod in December and have been using it a lot! Its nice not having to bring the big tripod around everywhere but still be able to capture long exposures and crisp shots. This tripod is great, its sturdy, and can mount to almost anything it can wrap around! I’ve seen a lot of bad feedback online regarding the legs wearing out and not holding. I guess i’ll wait and see.
Manfrotto 290 Light With Ball Head Tripod
I bought a package deal with my camera which came with a terrible aluminum tripod. It was awfully unstable and was the worst tripod I've ever used! I decided to spend the money and get a good tripod! Manfrotto was the #1 rated tripod I read about and this was a great all around model. It’s easy to adjust and very sturdy. The only downside for me is the size and weight. It’s a bit too big and heavy to be carrying around everywhere.
I bought this flash last year when I was going to be doing some indoor photo shoots. The photo shoot got cancelled and I hadn’t pulled it out since then. With some wedding shoots coming up I decided I should probably get to know this flash. It’s great! Great reviews, great specs, manual mode adapts to the situation quickly and creates perfectly balances photos. Canon flashes are around double the price so this was a great low cost version.
Peak Design 20L Everyday Backpack
I originally bought this backpack to be my city backpack rather than hauling around my big my Lowepro backpack around on hike/city shoots. I only got the 20L pack thinking it wouldn’t fit everything but just the essentials for smaller shoots. Turns out this backpack has tons of room and I can fit everything into the pack! Its very durable, comfortable, and roomy.
This is the stuff I will be looking to buy to eventually upgrade my equipment or add to my arsenal photo/video capabilities
This is my wish list.
DJI Osmo Action
Right now I have no need for an action camera but once I start traveling more/doing more adventure activities/videos I'll grab one. I was leaning towards Go Pro for the obvious reason that they make great action cameras. Then DJI released their action cam and it looks amazing! The video stabilization looks better then Go Pro, the front camera is handy, and the added features on it are now making me lead towards DJI.
sigma 70-200mm f/2.8
As I said above, I eventually need to update my telephoto lens since my current one does not fit on the Canon 5D Mark IV. I’m looking toward the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 to be that lens. I was originally looking at the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 but from the reviews on the Sigma and the price difference ($800 cheaper) I’m going to go with Sigma.
Befree manfrotto travel tripod
Right now I have the Manfrotto Light aluminum tripod but I find it way to bulky for travel. Peak Design just released a very compact and light tripod which looks amazing but costs over $600! This Manfrotto Befree Carbon Fibre tripod is half the price and boasts a lot of similar features.