It goes to show that its not the “tools” we possess but the knowledge we have in using them that produces our photos. Yes, sometimes, its a “lucky shot”, but most times, its the setting up of the shot that produces some spectacular images…yes, the camera helps, but….
We both shoot exclusively with Canon bodies and although we use Canon kit lenses, we are big fans of Tamron lenses to expand our capabilities. Our gear is not “professional level”, but as close to it as we could come and still stay affordable..and this list is by NO means fully inclusive…and you may notice some duplication/redundancy in lenses, but that’s because some of the more general ones, we both want to be able to use to shoot at the same time.. We highly recommend B&H Photo out of NYC for equipment-great customer service, great turn around order to delivery, great place for both new & used, and great at answer even the most basic questions. They never appear to be in it “just for the sale”, and even though they supply some major equipment to various news outlets, etc., never come across that just because you’re buying basic consumer gear, that your order is any less important.
Mark tends to have a better grasp of the ‘technicalities’ of settings than I do, whereas I tend to be a little more ‘creative’ with layouts, angles, etc. one thing we do NOT do, unless necessary to “tweak” a shot is do any kind of post-processing. We use various photo software to add things like watermarks, maybe clean up, crop, or similar, some stuff , but we don’t tend to engage in applying filters and the like that change the colors we saw when taking the shot. So, pretty much what you see is what we shot. While I agree that some software tweaks can enhance an image at times, it just doesn’t ring true to us.
We currently are running on 3 bodies, all Canon. A Canon 80D, Canon SL1, and a Canon T6s, plus our phones and a GoPro for more incidental shots.
We vary on lenses that we buy and use but both tend to stick with Canon lenses or Tamron lenses. Several are “kit” lenses, but we’ve also expanded our collection to some others that round out our capabilities:
We’ve recently started our foray into night sky and astrophotography, so in order to allow for longer exposures, without the sky’s movement creating star lines versus “dots”, we recently acquired a Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer Motorized Mount. It sits on the tripod, and the camera sits on top of it, and if calibrated correctly, will “follow” the movement of the stars across the sky. We’ve just started learning how to use it, and are more than looking forward to getting some really nice shots with it. It’s a bit confusing to set it up, but I have faith we’ll pick it up quickly.
Filters, tripods, wireless remote triggers and other random gear rounds out our bags. We’re not partial to specific brands, but if either of us were to make any kind of recommendation for gear purchasing…MAKE SURE YOUR GLASS IS PROTECTED, above all else. Put a sky or UV filter on it, and keep it on there. It won’t affect your images. You spend hundreds, if not thousands of dollars on lenses–and all it’s going to take is one kicked up rock or something to destroy it. If you’re shooting in a dusty environment, and you then just try to wipe it off, you could scratch the heck out of your lens. The filters are cheap and can protect the actual glass from damage, and if they get damaged, are relatively inexpensive to replace.