In my Camera Kit,
I love my Camera Kit, its stood by me through thick and thin, worked hard, its durable and consistent, even when I’m not…
It’s not the kit I started with, its evolved over the past 30 odd years and continues to do so as needs arise.
In my own experience and when talking to other professionals I’ve have found that the best camera kits are assembled over time, often years, all however are collated with two main themes, Need Verses Want.
How to Choose your Kit
Choosing your camera kit out of the huge range on offer is difficult, however there are a few things that will make this easier.
- Avoid Kit Narcissism, firstly, “No kit, is the best kit”! there is no such thing as the best camera in the world, there is the best camera for the job and more importantly, the “best camera for you”. like wise the battle between the main manufacturers is largely a private affair between themselves and not something that you need to worry about, having used most cameras and formats there is little difference between the quality of the final image if you choose Nikon, Canon or another brand.
- Lenses, I have one simple rule when choosing a camera system “pick the lens first” if you end up purchasing more than one lens as needs dictate then the cost of the lenses can far out weigh the cost of the body, most lens systems will fit on more than one camera body from that manufacture, this allows you to update the technology in the body as your needs change.
- Use, consider how you intend to use your camera, if you want to record family events then some thing simple, if you want to take an interest in landscape then something with interchangeable lenses will be needed, with this considering the weight of the camera and kit will need to be taken into consideration, if your young and fit great, if your like me, in my 50’s then weight may become a factor, hiking with heavy kit is great at the beginning of the day when you are fresh.
Need V Want
Once you have purchased a camera system (Body & usually a 50mm standard lens), your kit will expand around this as needs arise, a bag or case to protect you camera, cloths to clean it, flash for taking pictures in low light ect.
Know Your Kit, this is possibly the most important step in photography, if you spend time with your camera and learn its quirks, you will find over time that you take better photographs.
Digital Camera & Lenses
Canon 5D MK 2 * (V)
Canon 17 – 40mm 1.4 L USM *
Canon 24 – 70mm 2.8 L *
Sigma 105mm 2.8 DG Macro HSM
Canon 70 – 200mm 1.4 L IS USM *
Canon Angle Finder C *
Canon 580EX11 Speedlite **
Film Camera & Lenses
Bronica GS-1 * (V)
Bronica Lens 150mm f1.4 * (V)
Bronica Lens 100mm f3.5 * (V)
Bronica Lens 50mm f4.5 * (V)
Bronica Automatic Extension Tube G (G-36) ** (V)
Bronica Waist Level Finder * (V)
Bronica Prism Finder * (V)
Bronica Speed Grip ** (V)
Metz 45CL-4 Flash ** (V)
Lee Landscape Polariser *
Lee Big Stopper *
Lee Little Stopper *
Lee ND .9 Soft Grad *
Lee ND .6 Soft Grad *
Lee Filters 77mm Wide Angle Adaptor Ring for the 100mm System
Lee Filters Foundation Kit for the 100mm System
Manfrotto befree (aluminium) *
Manfrotto 141RC Three Way Head (V)
Manfrotto – Vintage tripod no markings. * (V)
Manfrotto 405 Geared Head *
Billingham 445 – Khaki / Tan **
Lowe Pro Protactic 450 **
NorthFace Messanger Bag (V)**
Brompton S Bag**
Brompton 3 Speed Bike *
* = Essential kit I take this with me every time I go out.
** = I pick and choose this kit as and when required.
V = Vintage – No longer available New.