My current photographic equipment represents a distillation of equipment choices over the last 5 years of shooting digitally. Here is my current camera system, much pared down and more suited to my style of photography, which is probably 25% lanscape shooting and 75% wildlife.
Lenses are where photography and photographic discussions should really concentrate. The lens affects all other aspects of the process from sharpness, field-of-view, and the ability to capture sufficient light. I have slowly collected the best lenses I could afford. These were added one by one over several years, selling some older lenses to help fund upgrades and purchasing new ones when needed. My most recent purchase (although it should have been one of my first) was the 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM, one of the most versatile wildlife lenses I have used. It's nearly as sharp as my 300mm f/4L IS USM and provides an excellent range for capture small to large critters.
Probably the most significant tool for anyone shooting serious landscape or wildlife photography is a good tripod. It doesn't have to be pretty or expensive -- just sturdy and with you at all times. Tripods become increasingly important when shooting with cropped sensor DSLR's (like the 50D) because cropping telephoto images results in increased blur. A 300mm lens suddenly requires the same shutter speed as a 420mm lens on a film or full frame sensor camera. Handholding this lens (especially those without IS is nearly impossible except in extremely bright conditions).
I like camera bags that don't look like camera bags. I am a huge fan of Domke J-series camera bags and just can't recommend them enough. They are made from extremely durable canvas and have a beefy design that can take a lot of punishment. The insides are customizable with a large divided insert that can be moved around to create just the storage space needed. The two end pockets have removable padded inserts (on the two larger bags) that can either be used to store a flash unit, charger, filters, or any other accessory imaginable. I mostly use the smaller Domke J-2 for daytrips and serious shooting. The J-3 is great for a shorter day shoot and the J-1 is big enough to store equipment for a longer outing.
Last Update: October 7, 2010
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