I originally posted this on my other site, iteachphotographers.com but thought a good old cross post wouldn’t hurt at all 🙂
Imagination is key for creatives, and I like to think I have my share. So I thought I would shed some of it working up my dream photography kit. In this particular fantasy, money is no object. The goal is simply to put together a digital slr photography kit based on my own needs and interest that would have me drooling with joy. This of course would be my dream kit, not yours. I’m not going to go into medium format or anywhere else, just 35mm digital slr. And I’m not simply just buying the most expensive gear out there (though it’s certainly not the cheapest); this would be the gear I would like to buy personally.
Let’s start with cameras. I’m not going to be too greedy. I am going to choose 3. A main body, a backup and a compact scouting camera.
The flagship DSLR in the Canon EOS range. Why the hell not. All the reports and reviews I’ve read say this in simply an amazingly good camera. 18.1 Megapixels, ISO to 51,200, 61 point AF, full HD video, 12 frames a second… enough said. If you use Canon, I’m sure this would be on everyone’s list.
I am a proud owner of the original 5D. I skipped over the 5D MkII, which while being a really great and popular camera, it had some issues. From all reprts it seems they have really nailed it with the Mk III. The focus system addresses lots of old issues, and again, from the reviews, there’s not a lot wrong with this camera.
Zack Arias raves about this camera. And I mean raves. He says: “Fuji is the new Leica and the x100s is the greatest camera I’ve ever owned”. That is a BIG statement. In any case, I love the idea of your walk-around being good enough that if you get a great shot, there’s no compromise on quality.
OK. That was fun, Now some glass. L series, of course. Some zooms, some primes and some specialty lenses. And perhaps something a bit more exotic…
Ultra-wide, F/4. Sounds like fun to me. I probably wouldn’t use this much, but there would be certain things it’d be awesome at. And I tend to gravitate to longer focal lengths, so this would be a challenge.
This would be my standard landscape lens, plus my go-to lens anytime I needed wide angle and flexibility. I already own the original (just cost me $350 to repair!). Has a great range for landscape and basically a very versatile, good quality wide angle zoom.
This is a very nice lens. I have it on my camera unless I want something else. It’s versatile and the quality is good. Covers a lot of options, from wide to semi telephoto. Not my favourite portrait lens, but it works well with editorial work and any time flexibility in the middle ranges is required. I use it a lot in the studio.