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.
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.
My most recent addition is the Fuji X Pro 1 with an 18-55 zoom, have not used it yet but if the quality given by the X100 is anything to judge by then it should be great.
Canon 24-105 f4 L IS USM.
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 HSMIf 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.
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.