I figured it would be a good idea to share with you the equipment I am currently using.

Firstly, the main camera body that I use is the Canon EOS 400D Digital SLR. The model itself was first released in October 2006 and continued to be produced until October 2008. While it is at the entry level of Canon’s DSLR line-up, it is still considered a quality piece of equipment for the serious amateur photographer.

I also bought myself a traditional Film SLR the Canon EOS 30V I just love the Black and White images that can be achieved with an SLR and some really nice B&W film. And with the majority of the industry shifting to digital photography, there are some bargains to be had in film based gear.

My lens line-up now consists of Canons EF 50mm F1.8 or ‘Nifty Fifty’
This lens is perfect for portraits and indoor shooting due to it’s ability to maximise the amount of ambient light it can ‘capture’. And for $100 new, it’s the type of lens that every photographer will carry in the bag, although there are higher quality versions available, this is a great ‘bang for your buck’ purchase.

My main ‘walkaround’ lens is the EF28-135mm F3.5-5.6 While it’s not up to the optical quality of canon’s professional ‘L’ series glass, it is still a higher quality lens than those ‘kit’ lenses, usually bundled with the entry-level SLR’s.
For my purposes it has a nice zoom range without being overly cumbersome, it has good optical characteristics and is reasonably priced.

Recently I purchased the Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC wide angle zoom lens. This type of lens is a landscape photographers ‘must have’ as it gives and extremely wide andgle of view to capture every last metre of that breathtaking sunrise. It is also a great companion for those who need to capture a wide view in confined spaces, such as interior shots of buildings and large groups of people, indoors or out.

And lastly come the acccessories, Flash and Tripod.
built-in flashes are very low powered and can help produce terrible, flat or ‘blown-out’ images, so an additional, external flash is a great tool for many photographers. I acquired the Canon EOS Speedlite 430EXII and it was a sound investment indeed. I actually used it shootimg my first wedding on the weekend just passed (17/1/09). It helped me overcome problems with shadows across the faces of my subjects when shooting their portraits, and also helping to make the subjects stand out from the background.

The tripod i use is the Manfrotto 055XB it’s a very sturdy, high quality tripod which is essential for taking sharp landscapes or lighting reflections where exposure times can even be as long as a minute or two.

I hope this has helped you see what kind of equipment is needed by many photographers to help take the high quality images that you see hanging on the walls of galleries, printed in your local newspapers or capturing those beautiful portraits on your wedding day.
While it can be said that no amount of equipment can replace a photographers skill, having the right combination of top-end gear can certainly improve the clarity and quality of the final results.

If you would like any technical information or advice regarding your future purchase of photographic equipment, I am happy to assist with my opinion/ experiences and help you find information so you can make an informed decision on what would suit your needs.
Just send me an e-mail to brooksrl@telstra.com


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