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What Gear do you Use? – Pro Photographer Tells All

200611101344The following is a continuation of a series of questions with a Pro Photographer.

I am a Canon nut and always have been (it goes back to my film days when I invested way too much money in Canon lenses).

I shoot with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II as my main camera but have more recently invested in a Canon EOS 5D as a secondary camera (it was a spur of the moment thing and something I get a little grief about from other photographers who think its a little to amateur – however I love it).

Two lenses stay on my cameras almost exclusively (although I have quite a few others). They are the:

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS – while I used to use the 24-70mm f2.8 L lens I upgraded to the 24-105mm option because I wanted the extra focal length and image stabilization. While I miss the f2.8 range I find that the IS more than compensates in most cases and the extra reach that the lens gives me makes it a lot more useful. Plus if I really need the extra aperture I can switch to my other lens.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS – this lens is amazing. I do a candid/photojournalistic style of portrait photography and this gives me the reach to create intimate images without my subjects feeling intruded upon. It also gives a nice narrow depth of field (lots of blurry backgrounds) and is one of the sharpest lenses I own.

The other lens that I’m falling in love with is the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens which is super sharp and amazingly sharp. I prefer having a zoom on my cameras for my more candid style shots but if I have more time on my hand and am going for a more formal/posed shoot the 85mm is great.

Other Gear

  • I use a Speedlight 580 EX Flash
  • I’m not big on filters (I use UV filters but that’s about all)
  • I have a Manfrotto tripod (although it doesn’t really fit with my style of photography so don’t use it a lot)
  • I have a number of camera bags (my wife says I have a worse bag fetish than she does) for different situations but like Crumpler and Lowepro Bags for day to day photography.
  • My computer set up is an Apple PowerMac. I use Apple’s Aperture 1.5 as my photo editor of choice.

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Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse

is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals.

He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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