The gear I use is important to me in so much as it is reliable and gets the job done. My primary camera is the Canon 1D MkIV which can give great results but is certainly not a point and shoot camera and needs some understanding of photography and how to use a camera to get the best from it.
I use a selection of Canon lenses, both prime and zoom but also some Sigma lenses are in my bag. I try never to carry any more gear than I can hump around all day without getting exhausted. You can’t take pictures with gear in a bag, so if you don’t need it leave it at home.
I also use Nikon cameras and lenses. Always used to use Nikon in my film days and retained a number of their lenses and eventually picked up a couple of Nikon digital bodies. The D2HS is the main camera that I use with some of their older lenses but it give excellent results.
Good lenses are the most important part of a photographers arsenal, I always try to afford the best but this is not always financially viable. I have a number of “good” lenses that give good pictures but did not cost an arm and a leg.
Fuji X100, and I love using this camera, lightweight but not in terms of picture quality which IMO it oozes. Every bit a professional camera that get’s the job done.
The jpegs straight out of this camera are generally superb, color and sharpness are second to none and the fixed prime lens is sharp and contrasty.
Fuji X Pro1
The Fuji X Pro1, with a selection of great Fuji lenses, has rapidly become my camera of choice when doing street photography. It is light weight and easy to carry. I carry 2 with four lenses (35mm f1.4 , 27mm , 18mm f2 and 18-55 zoom) and could carry them all day without getting aching muscles and neck strain. All in a little Domke bag.
My Favorite Lenses
Canon 24-105 f4 L IS USM.
This is the single most used lens in my Canon arsenal, and gives great results wide open and singularly superb results when stopped down a little, an all round good un .
Canon 70-200 f2.8L Non IS
When I need extra reach this is the lens I turn too. Sometimes with its matched 1.4x converter. The results it gives with and without converter are stunning and I find the need for IS, if used well, is not any advantage, especially with moving subjects, ie sports.
Sigma 12-24 mm f/4.5-5.6 II DG HSM
If I need a really wide angle, and 12 is really wide on a FF camera and even on my 1D MkIV. I tend to use the 12mm end almost exclusively as it is sharp but tends to soften a little at the tele end, but the cost of this lens means that it has paid for itself many times over. This one hotel shoot almost paid for the lens.
Nikon AF-n Nikkor 28-85mm f/3.5-4.5
This is one of the old Nikon lenses I kept when I moved over to Canon and I am certainly glad I did as it works perfectly with my Nikon D2HS giving lovely clean, sharp and contrasty results at a price that beggars belief. It stay permanently fixed to the front of one of my D2HS.
I use this camera lens combination a lot at demonstrations, where things can get heated very quickly and equipment broken and bumped. The D2HS and 28-85 is a cheap and sustainable piece of kit that can take the bumps and keep going.
A camera is just a tool but the quality of the pictures it takes is down to its skillfull use by the man or woman at the helm. Knowing what your camera and lenses will and wont do is essential, using your camera without the need to think will become second nature with the more practice you get. READ YOUR MANUALS.