I am very curious.. I dont want this to turn into a debate on which is better but I am curious as the kinds of equipment photographers here are using.. We have some spectacluar images and I am just a little curious about the gear>
Me, Sony A580 with various Minolta lenses and a Canon SX150 for the most part.
Ron, for more years than I care to count, I was a Minolta Maxxum girl (from a 7000 all the way up to their last camera, the 7D). About a year and a half ago, I opted to switch to Canon, and now use a Canon T2i with various lenses, my favorite of which is my precious 300 f/4L IS USM.
Cannon 50D With multiple Cannon Lenses. Someone told me when I was in high school that Cannon had the best glass, so I have always had Cannon. I, However, do not know the truth behind the statement. I believe any new SLR is personal preference.
Christopher, you are absolutely correct. I have a friend who has very high end Nikon equipment, and his stuff runs rings around mine. I'm a firm believer that it's all in the glass (aside from the photographer of course). Good glass will get you great photos, no matter what camera, and what brand.
once you get stuck with a brand you always use it. i bought a 550ex flash, it was expensive, and it needed to go on a canon camera. since then it's a canon. 5dmkii with a tamron 28-300vc lens. then again i have a small panasonic sz-30mr, it's a pocket camera. and i've gotten ok pictures with that as well.
I had the same problem with Nikon.. I had Nikon from the mid 60's and ALL the glass.. but then I went digital and tried Olympus E10 and then back to nikon and finally I had a friend that had Sony and explained that she used the old Minolta maxxum glass.. I borrowed a kit from her and loved it so sold of my aging Niklon D80 and what I had for lenses and bought the Sony body and a few Minolta maxxum lenes. I couldnt be happier.
I also have a pocket camera that does very well for what it is, a Canon SX150. That is the only Canon I have ever even held.
I know one thing for sure.. This group puts out some wonderful images.. No matter the equipment
I have a Panasonic Lumix FZ40 which is often referred to as a 'bridging' camera. It has 24x optical zoom and a Leica lens and images can be cropped very heavily while remaining sharp. I am not the only one on FAA who believes it is the eye of the photographer that is important.
Edit: While my present camera is 14MP, many of my images were taken with a 6MP Panasonic Lumix.
Margaret, we all believe that the eye of the photographer is important. Probably the most important thing. But I was just curious as to the gear others were using. I have used a bridge camera before the Fuji S100fs.. Wonderful camera and recently looked into the Panasonic FZ200... With its 24X zoom and 2.8 throughout the entire zoom rnge.. thats pretty much a WOW for me..
But, I am pretty deep into Sony and the Minolta glass so I am happy.. But without our being able to see a photo, we would not get a decent image no matter the equipment.
I mainly use a Canon t3i with a grip, Mostly canon lens, my three favorite ones are, 60mm f2.8, 18-200mm for a walk around lens, and a tamron F2.8 70-200. Also use a minolta 5d(ithink) and if I see an image and do not have a camera I use an Iphone 4s.
Sony Cybershot F717 with a fixed Carl Zeiss lens. I only use it because it has a swivel back, up to 90 degrees from the lens plane, which is perfect for what I do. No other camera offers this type of versatility.
I use the oldest, wimpiest digital camera I can get away with -- a Canon S2-IS. Yes, it offers 12X zoom and rocks a whoppin' 5 megapixels. Yes, boys and girls, I said 5 megapixels!
Which is why my Photography gallery is very small, indeed! :-)
In the pre-digital world, it was still all-Canon all the time, and I carried around a huge kit as my constant companion.
In a perfect world, FAA's community of photographers would open a nice discount shop, where they would sell off their unwanted, not-even-close-to-obsolete equipment (which they seem to constantly upgrade) to those of us who are currently less financially capable.
To me, for example, who would kill for a 12mp Canon SX40 HS.
An Olympus E-420, but I put two rather expensive (for me) pieces of glass on the front. Mostly use natural light, but I do also use a rather inexpensive studio light set outdoors ran by a jump-start battery and an inverter. Not idea, but it does work.
Ron, I started with a Minolta SRT 100 in 1971. Stayed with Minolta for about 20 years and then met a Canon rep. We became friends and I started converting my equipment. Now I shoot primarily with a 60D with an XTi as my backup. I use Canon lens but have a Sigma 50-500 aka "big bertha" which I use for wildlife and sports on sunny days. My wife keeps a small Canon point and shoot in her purse for those "grandkid" shots. Dreaming of the new Mark from Canon.
I use a mix of film and digital gear. Nikon D7000, Mamiya RB67, Sinar F2. Each medium has different capabilities, but in the end they're only tools, and I believe a good photographer can create great images with almost anything.
I started with a Nikon D90 and then sold it a little over a year ago and bought a D7000. Most of my pictures you see are shot with the Nikon 17-55mm 2.8 DX lens. I process them in Photoshop CS6 and Nik Colorfx 4 plug-in. Also I shoot in raw instead of Jpeg. The others are shot with a Tamron 70-300mm vc. Yes good glass is very important to get the best resolution and sharpest image but you can get just as many bad pictures as good ones even with good glass if you just click and shoot anything without thinking about composition, lighting, processing, etc. Also to get the best quality image it is best to shoot in raw if your camera has that option. So it is equal parts photographer and equipment that makes a good picture.
I started with Nikon D300 and now upgraded to D700. Almost happy with that. Almost because the lens seem to be for now even more important for me. Would get the original Nikon lens, but not right now, unfortunately, as its pretty big investment. Using Sigma lens and sometimes its not giving a desired result and even frustrating somehow.
We keep telling that much more important the talent and skills of photographer than gear, thats true of course but honestly excellent result and especially technical quality can be provided in general only with excellent gear. Sure its possible to get fantastic result with not expensive camera/lens, but still for the big sizes prints its very critical.. By other words to get a good result with cheap stuff is much more difficult than with professional one.
All latest works are in RAW format and processed LightRoom 4 + Photoshop CS3.
i have a Nikon D5000 and a variety of lens, 18 - 55 lens, 82 mm wide angle, 200 mm zoom, 500 mm, i call my super zoom.
Somehow Santa knows what I like to get for christmas.....what will it be this year, an underwater camera case??? lol
......and of course a good quality tripod for those night shots.......im still learning
I have a Panasonic Lumix G3 with a variety of prime lens. Its a rather mid range camera but it works fine for me and I've been shooting stock photography with it for about year. I like its size and the touch LCD screen. I ditched the kit lens early when my images were rejected for stock due to poor lens quality. Stock is very demanding on quality.
I try to stay in budget and avoid spending big bucks on the top of the line, latest greatest.
Bodies last about 5 years, lens 30. So you really want to consider the lens available and invest in the best.
Hello Ron, I use Nikon D-80 and still learning how to use it! but very happy with it. Before digital I was hooked on Infrared and used Pentax cameras for the most part. BTW I stopped to look at some of your work and really like your Americanapictures and Wild Rider is just that Wild!
I agree toa point Jenny.. When I was shooting Nikon I really didnt care much for the Nikon brand of lenses.. though some were great others left me wanting more from them. since I switched to sony and can use the old minolta lenses I am quite happy... I have started having printing my display work on canvas and I even find that stuff taken with my little pocket camerea sell in that media
Its all Canon here, a 7D and a Mark II. The Canon lenses are awesome but I've had 2 7Ds a Rebel T1i and a Mark II die. When they work they take great shots but if I didn't have a bunch of lenses I'd go to Nikon in a heartbeat.
All of my photos that have already been uploaded were done with a Nikon D80. Last year, I got a Canon Rebel t3i and so far, I am loving it. I've had one problem after another with editing programs, computer (and editin programs getting along with the computer!), learning the newer camera, and my mood, so I haven't uploaded anything for some time. I do love seeing all of the different cameras people are using. I'd like to get a nice P&S, so these threads always catch my interest.
I am currently using the Pentax K5 with a mixture of different lenses of which several are manual lenses. I also have the Pentax KR as a back up camera and a bridge camera I haven't used it two years a Fuji FinePix HS10.
I started with Minolta but in high school they had a canon sponsorship and I switched to canon film, and eventually canon digital. I've considered Nikon a lot but I can't afford to repurchase 9 lenses...I actually only shoot a 60d, I bought the cheapest ok quality I could get away with and threw all my money into glass. I will however be upgrading to mIII in January.
I have Nikon D7000 with Sigma 105mm macro lens, Nikon 10-24mm, Nikon 50mm and Sigma 50-500mm. And I also have a Nikon 18-135, but its a little broke, just needs a simple fix. I edit with Lightroom 3 and Photoshop CS5.
Hey Nigel... that is why I love my a580.. the low light capability is outstanding.. Though I rarely use it.. But good to know it is there.. I will have to look up the Canon line up as I am not even closely familiar with Canon products.. Except the little SX150 I carry in my pocket all the time.