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What’s in my camera bag?


Canon 10DCanon EOS 10D with Grip

A true workhorse.  Although considered ancient by today’s standards, it still manages to work flawlessly with over 100,000 shutter actuations on it.  6.5 megapixels is more than enough unless you are printing larger than 8×10.

I bought this guy in 2004, and it works just as well as the day I bought it.  It survived 6 weeks backpacking through Australia, I’m confident it can handle anything I throw at it.

I always roll with the handgrip (BIG ED3).  It’s much more secure and with my giant hands, fits much better.  Portrait orientation is a breeze too.

I don’t plan on upgrading unless I go to a Full Frame sensor camera.  I just don’t see the point.


24-70 2.8LCanon 24-70 2.8L

This lens is on my camera 90% of the time.  There’s enough range to capture a group of people, or zoom in for an intimate portrait.  Tack sharp throughout the zoom range.

The only downsides is its weight and size.  Lugging this around all day can get a little tiring, but it’s well worth the weight.  Sometime the size can be intimidating to people.  It seems like every time I pull this camera out in public, someone says “Wow! You must have some amazing zoom on that camera!”


70-200 f4L70-200 f4L

I rarely use this lens, since with 1.6x crop, the effective range is 112-320.  Also, f4 needs good lighting.   For outdoor long range shots, the quality is outstanding, clear, and the bokah is top notch.




Misc Gear:

  • Canon 430EX Flash – Great little flash for the price.
  • Off camera TTL sync cord.
  • Remote shutter release.
  • Slik Pro 340 Tripod – Nice lightweight tripod.  I need something heavier duty with a ball head in the future.
  • Kata R-103 Backpack – Very heavy duty, carries all my gear and a laptop with ease.  I hauled this with 60 lbs of gear every day for six weeks in Australia, and my back never hurt.
  • Canon 50 1.8 II -  I almost never use this, it’s too fragile and the focus is awful and slow.  I only use it when I want to blend in to an environment and not scare people away with my big lenses.  The image is amazing, though, especially for the price ($100).  If I ever upgrade to a Full Frame camera, I would probably use this lens more often.
  • White balance card.