Taking pictures in Coppercanyon in Mexico
Through out the years I have worked with a range of camera gear even though I have mostly been a Canon user. I say user because I am not a fan of any particular camera system. Every system has its advantages and disadvantages and one has to find what suites his own needs. Not only so, but you also have to find the camera you are comfortable working with. It has to feel good in the hand as well as you seeing well through the finder and all the buttons that we now have, have to be logically placed and at best programable. I have used Kodak and Nikon cameras, Hasselblad and Mamiya and even Fuji digital but the current range of cameras I use the most to day is my Canon system.
The durability of those cameras was thoroughly put to test in our America trip and even though I could not get them to swim(we managed to drown two cameras) I got my cameras trough hell and back one could say. It has survived Hiking trips and kayak trips, humidity, sand, sandstorms, snow, Ice and frost and the fine dust from two volcanos.
My long lasting Canon MK 1 DS ll is an outstanding tool to work with just as its succeeder the Canon MK1DS lll. If you want a cheaper alternative that also has a video integrated you can go for the superb Canon 5D MKll or the Canon 7D.
Even though I like prime lenses they are not very good to have when you are hiking and need to watch the weight of your backpack. Mine is always to heavy but I stick to a range of zoom lenses and extenders that give me a chance to get the job done no matter where I am.
My favorite range of lenses are these.
3 Canon Speedlite 580EX II flash guns
When I use filters (which I do not very often) I have a LEE filter system which I find one of the best
Lurking around with a heavy duty equipment can be to much at times and my wife definitely does not like it so there has to be an alternative fore those moments. For that we have a Canon G9 now discontinued but the Canon G12 is also great and has good video.
I know that I am in the very near future though going to get me a little toy to play with. Toy that in fact is a full grown camera and that is the new Fuji X100.
I have had my hands on it and love it.
Hope that this list helps you decide on what you want and what you might need.
If your are going to buy yourself some new toy or a workhorse follow the links to the B&H store or shop at our Amazone store, please your self and us at the same time and help us getting Benzi rolling again.