07-14-2005, 09:39 AM
View Full Version : poll: List your setup(s) and provide a quick review of each item if possible
07-14-2005, 09:39 AM
07-14-2005, 09:47 AM
Nikon 50mm f/1.8
Nikon 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 DX (D70 Kit lens)
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR
Nikon 60mm f/2.8D Micro
Nikon 35-70 f/2.8
Nikon 1.4x TCe2
Bogen tripod with a pan type head. Need to get a new one.
2 1gb CF cards
07-14-2005, 10:39 AM
(some of the equipment below has been sold, but here's a list of the stuff I've tried)
Canon 20D</b> - Great camera for the money! Ultimately, the 1.6x crop was a little limiting to me (this was before wide lenses for 1.6x camera were available). Autofocusing system wasn't as fast, nor did it have enough focusing points to keep me happy, but most won't have an issue with either.
<b>Canon 1D mkII</b> - killer camera for sports work. Very nice autofocusing system. Not ideal for travel (heavy). More camera than a bungling idiot, like myself, deserves to have.
Sigma 12-24 f4.5-5.6(?)</b> - WIIIIDE, fun lens, but not very sharp unless you've stopped down to f10 and beyond. Even then, it's merely acceptable. No other options if you want ultrawide on a 1.3x camera. I seldom use this one, but when I do, none of the others in the arsenal fit the bill.
<b>Canon 17-40 f4</b> - very sharp, great colors.
<b>Canon 16-35 f2.8</b> - Great if you need f2.8, but less sharp and poorer color rendition than the 17-40 from f4-f5.6. By f8, they are both pretty good.
<b>Canon 24-70 f2.8</b> - great focal length, nice colors, f2.8! I've got two copies...one is sharp wide open at 24mm, the other is sharp wide open at 70mm. One is going back to Canon tomorrow to see if they can get it sharp across the board. We'll see how that works out. Generally, a great all purpose zoom, but definitely big and on the heavy side at a solid 2 pounds. Inventive hood design.
<b>Canon 70-200 f4</b> - not for low light work, but incredibly sharp. One of canon's best bargain L's. Very light for an L glass as well. White lens attracts attention though. Not ideal for candid shooting.
<b>Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS</b> - sharp across the board, even wide open. No zoom should this good imho...comes close to many of canon's primes. It's heavy, big, and white...no way around that.
<b>Canon 35 f1.4</b> - sharp, incredible colors. One of canon's winners.
<b>Canon 50 f1.4</b> - sharp once stopped down a few stops. Didn't like the focal length on a 1.6x camera. Focusing was quiet and quick. Build quality wasn't up there with the L's, but neither was the price or weight (thankfully).
<b>Canon 85 f1.8</b> - great portrait lens at a relative bargain compared to the $1400 Canon 85 f1.2! At 1/4 of the cost, you get 90% of the performance. Razor sharp from f2 on up. Beautiful colors.
<b>Canon 135mm f2</b> - another one of canon's best primes. Focal length is a little long, but the bokeh is superb. Colors are amazing, and this lens is very sharp wide open. You can shoot at f2 in relatively low light and get amazing results without a flash.
<b>Canon 200mm f2.8</b> - Similar to the 135 in every way (but a little slower). I don't use this focal length very often, so this one sees little time on the camera. Probably one to put up on the auction block.
<b>Canon 300 f4 IS</b> - The longest "lightweight" tele you can get. Handholding this lens for long periods is not an issue. IS saves the day if you don't have a steady hand. Lens isn't quite as sharp as the other canon telephoto L's, but it's nothing to sneeze at. Price, weight and performance (IS) make this lens a unique combo in Canon's lineup. Not a good low light lens at f4.
Gitzo 1228 (carbon fiber)</b> - Relatively light, but still a pretty beefy tripod. Holds a pro body and a 3 lb lens with easy. Rock solid. I'm not particularly a fan of Gitzo's twist locks. In operation, they are cumbersome to me, and they feel plasticky...they don't feel like they will last 10 years or more.
Markins M10</b> - Light, small, but still sturdy enough to deal with a heavy load without significant amounts of creep. Great head!
07-14-2005, 11:40 AM
One of the first dSLRs to hit the market. Only a 4mp but still a good camera.
Strengths: fantastic sharpness, usually very good auto balancing for shots, very cheap now for a used one.
Drawbacks: made before companies had figured out the whole dust on the CCD problem, so it has a fixed lens. It's a really good compromise lens, however and Oly also makes wide angle and tele adapters. Not a very high FPS count, not good for sports photography. The blue channel is also very noisy, which occasionally results in grainy skies and shadows.
Overall: Used, a great entry camera for dSLR shooting, if a little outdated.
07-14-2005, 12:10 PM
70-200L f/2.8 IS
300L f2.8 IS
next purchase will be a wide-angle... 10-22mm EF-S or maybe a 15mm fisheye
would love to upgrade bodies or get a second 20D in the next year.
07-14-2005, 04:01 PM
07-14-2005, 04:07 PM
28-135 IS f/3.5-5.6......decent, soft wide open
70-200L IS f2.8..........pure sex
10-22 EF-S f3.5-4.5.....good, love the wide stuff, distorts at 10 but not much at 22
50 f1.8..................best lens per dollar, evar
Lensbaby mk1.............fun, makes the "artsy look" easy to achieve
Canon Speedlite 580EX....great flash, super easy, good power
Canon 1.4X TC mk2........great combo with the 70-200
07-14-2005, 07:56 PM
07-14-2005, 08:16 PM
07-14-2005, 08:46 PM
(1) 200-400/4, (2) 80-200/2,8, (1) 24-120, too many misc. other small lenses and strobes to mention.
All lenses are Nikon factory glass and all are (obv) AF.
Also have (4) Elinchrome 500s units.
Mac user (duh).
07-15-2005, 04:02 AM
07-15-2005, 04:55 AM
<b>Canon 20D</b> - from the first batch received here in Canada, have the odd lockup which sometimes is a hassle but most likely related to a bug in the firmware.
<b>Canon BG-E1</b> - this battery grip sucks, has the known issue of the battery warning coming on when the batteries are full, need to send it back to Canon to get it replaced when I get a chance
<b>Canon 17-40L</b> - nice and sharp, cheapest of the L, use this as my walk around lens
<b>Canon 50mm 1.4</b> - had the 1.8 (was cheap and best bang for the buck), this has a much nicer bokeh and pretty sharp at F2.
<b>Sigma 70-200EX F2.8</b> - pretty sharp at wide open and at the extremes, focus speed is just a tad slower than the Canon 70-200L, finish on the body isn't as a good as the paint is very easy to come off, weight is about the same, colour saturation isn't as good as the L but can be fixed with photoshop, less $$$
<b>Canon 100-400L</b> - good range for what I need, push-pull is fairly intuitive to use especially using it for motorsport photography
<b>Canon 420EX</b> - don't particularly like using flash but definetly use the focus assist on this
07-15-2005, 11:32 AM
07-21-2005, 06:53 PM
07-22-2005, 09:17 AM
07-23-2005, 08:50 PM
Sony F717 - still one of the best P&S digicams out there.
Bogen 3001BPro - very configurable set of legs
Bogen 3030 3-way head - basic QR head, works fine
Sunpak 383 (2) - nice (and fairly cheap) non-dedicated flash
Various umbrellas, slaves, and homemade light modifiers