equanimity imaging — photography


Canon – 3 Lenses Bag – March 15, 2017

During 2016, I made a conscious effort to carry a much lighter bag, several times with only one lens. I know what you are thinking, just get an 18-200mm superzoom, problem solved. Too many compromises, the quality of the image suffer.

Rules and Learnings – January 13, 2017

  1. Know your camera, there is no substitute.

  2. Shoot RAW.

  3. Know your software, there is no substitute there either.

  4. Practice, practice and more practice.

  5. The rule of third is a good rule.

  6. Packing the camera bag: less is more.

  7. Buy good gear first, it is cheaper.

  8. Modern lenses have better optic than classic vintages.

  9. Unless you can afford large and heavy premium zooms, look for prime lenses.

  10. Control the focus point.

  11. If your photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough. — Robert Capa

  12. Participation to Internet Photography Forums is often a waste of time.

  13. Becoming one with the camera is more important than what the specifications suggest. See rule #1.

Film Bag – January 15, 2015

There is a nice site run by Bellamy Hunt, AKA Japancamerahunter. He lives in Tokyo and will source for you cameras and other photographic equipment from Japan. I would definitely trust him before anyone on eBay. You can also find great photography information. If you select In The Bag, you will find camera bags from all around the world.

Looking at the cool bags made me wonder why I was not shooting film anymore. Keeping my film camera bodies and lenses in a cabinet certainly did not help. Now I have a film bag ready to go. I even bought some film rolls. It is minimalistic but then distraction won't get in the way.

Film Kit Sony A7 – Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0 L

Filters – September 10, 2014

Filters were on the must have list with film but not so much with digital. Software can replicate the effect of most except of the polarizer. The polarizer uncanny ability to remove reflections and to darken the sky makes it the filter for the digital photographer.

The UV filter is less obvious. Digital cameras are not affected by the UV light. Still many photographers use them for protecting the lens. I do too but only in "hostile" environment. They make lenses more flare prone. I also observed a slight image degradation when a UV filter is mounted on a lens.

Filters

Here is the filters list accumulated over the years. I only carry the ones that match the lens I take to the shoot.

Filters

My preferred brands are B+W and Rodenstock. It is not so much for the light properties as for the metal mount quality. Like I said, I try to carry the ones that match the lens I take to the shoot.

Film Bag – January 15, 2015

There is a nice site run by Bellamy Hunt, AKA Japancamerahunter. He lives in Tokyo and will source for you cameras and other photographic equipment from Japan. I would definitely trust him before anyone on eBay. You can also find great photography information. If you select In The Bag, you will find camera bags from all around the world.

Looking at all the bags made me wonder why I was not shooting film anymore. Keeping my film camera bodies and lenses in a cabinet certainly did not help. Now I have a film bag ready to go. I even bought some film rolls. It is minimalistic but then distraction won't get in the way.

Film Kit Sony A7 – Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0 L

Camera Bag – May 23, 2014

This is my goto bag. It shows its age but it works.

Goto Kit
Film Kit
  1. Becoming one with the camera is more important than what the specifications suggest. This is how I feel about the Canon 50D. Unlike the 60D and 70D, it is full magnesium alloy, has a multi-controller joystick and not cluttered with video "features". I have yet to find another camera that feels as good in my hand.

  2. The Canon EF 50mm f1.8 is always in the bad. It is light and does not use much space. Quick AF and incredibly sharp considering it cost only $125. Occasionally I will add the Sigma 30mm f1.4 if I expect a crowded environment.

  3. The Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro HSM is an amazingly versatile lense. It performs way above what its cost may suggest. It is not too shabby for closeup either. If I could take only one lens with the 50D, it would the one.

  4. Buying good gear does not have to be expensive. The Canon EF 70-200 f4.0 USM L is smaller, lighter and virtually as good as the f2.8 siblings.

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  5. The rest of the bag consist of Rodenstock CPL and UV filters, Canon BP511 batteries, Canon RS80N3 Remote Switch, CF Memory Cards 4GB / 8 GB, Canon BG-E2 Grip and a hot shoe mount Level.

  6. When packing the photo bag, remember that less is more. The Lowepro Fastpack 250 is roomy for its size with several compartments, even one for a laptop.