The Gear Talk


Since my site does not provide any additional information about the photos, such as the description or the information on the camera, lens, etc., I thought it would be ok to say just a few words on the gear I have used so far.  All the photos on this page were taken with my Canon EOS 650D I purchased about two years ago, which actually marked my entrance into the world of amateur photography. Being at the lower end of the Canon’s DSLR line-up, the camera is not perfect, but it gets the job done, provided that the lighting conditions are not really bad, at least if you take portrait photography for the most part, as I do. In fact, I have seen some amazing portrait photographers using what is called the Rebel Series Canons (i.e. three-digit series). One of my absolute favourites is a Russian photographer Ivan Kopchenov (http://ivankopchenov.ru/, you can also look him up on Flickr, 500px, Facebook), who uses exactly the same gear as I. Obviously some things that I am still unable to do properly are the result of my learning processes rather than the poor performance of my camera. Still, I have also used a full frame camera, Canon EOS 6D to be exact, and loved it, and as soon as I save some money I intend to make the upgrade. I also fool around with film cameras. I own a cheap plastic Canon EOS 1000. It has no manual exposure option, which is a bit odd for a SRL camera, but it is lightweight and thus easy to carry around in a bag pack. And it was cheap, so I have little worries about it. The camera on the photo above the post is a vintage Ukrainian rangefinder FED 3, I inherited from my late grandfather. I still need to fix it in order to make it fully functional so I have not used it yet. I hope I will soon be able to publish some photo’s I got on film.

As for the lenses, I have used three so far. The portraits are shot mainly with a Canon 50mm 1.8 II, the famous Nifty-Fifty. It is a plastic but reasonably sharp and fast lens, and the focal length suits portrait photography well. I like what it does with close-up shots, not the fan when subjects are three or more meters away, because then the focus is not reliably accurate. The other lens I always carry with me is the Canon 24mm 2.8 STM pancake lens, which I use for street photography, cityscapes and details. It performs well for the price I paid. With these two in my smaller bag there is no room for the kit lens, Canon 18-55 IS II, which I rarely use, anyway. The next on my purchase list are the Canon 85mm 1.8 USM or the very similar Canon 100mm 2.0 USM, as I am in a need for a better, more reliable, portrait lens.

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