Photographic Equipment

Photographic Equipment

I will shortly do a review of the photographic equipment that I use, including cameras, lenses, flash, Tripod and studio lighting. To do this review it is better that I list the equipment I use mostly for my photographic outings and shoots.

Cameras: Canon 7D and Canon 5D MK2

Lenses: Canon 70-200 F2.8, Canon 24- 105 F4 and Sigma 100-500 F6.5

Canon 7D with 70-200 Attached

Canon 7D with 70-200 Attached

Battery Grips: Canon BG-E7 (2)

Flash: Canon 580EX2

Tripod: Manfrotto 190XPROB

Monopod: Manfrotto

Camera Bag: Tamrac Expedition 9X

Studio Kit: Elinchrom D Lite It 4 Set

Backdrop: Wex Dual Background

Canon Remote Trigger and Endeloop Rechargable Batteries (8)

SanDisk Extreme 2 CF Cards 16GB (4)

Samsung Galaxy S3 Camera Phone

All of the above is the equipment I have and use on most photo shoots. The canon 7D and 70-200 lens are never parted and the 5D MK2 is always attached to the 24-105 unless in really good weather at football matches and only then will the Sigma lens be attached to either camera, the 7D being first choice.

My studio kit is fairly portable and including the backdrop fits nicely into most sitting rooms in an average house so is ideal for family portraits. A full review will follow in a future article.

Elinchrom D Lite It 4 Kit

Elinchrom D Lite It 4 Kit

Full reviews of most of my kit will feature over the coming weeks. These will not be technical reviews as they can be gotten of good websites, but user type reviews and how I use the cameras and what I think are the good and bad.

My Journey through Photography 2

Starting my Career as a Photographer

Turning 18 and having a proper job allowed me to purchase my first 35mm SLR, a Praktica MTL 5B. A big heavy sturdy camera which still is in complete working order today, nearly 20 years since I first used it. I was now taking photographs every weekend and starting to build up a portfolio and a huge amount of negatives as well as a huge bill in the local chemist for printing. I needed options so I purchased a darkroom kit and started to develop and print a lot of my own black and white films in my bedroom. Turning a bedroom into a darkroom was a challenge but great fun at the time.

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Moving on from the Praktica I purchased a Pentax P30, a superior camera to the Praktica but not as well built or solid as I got only two years out of it before I sold it on and got a second hand Olympus OM10. It was at this time that I started work in the Defence Force, having just turned 20. It would take another 18 months before I managed to get myself a place in the Air Corps Photographic Section, and what followed was 23 years as a Defence Forces photographer, travelling all over Ireland as well as overseas photographing the Defence Forces in action. It was one of the best jobs going and I thoroughly enjoyed most of it. Starting back in the late 1980’s in a darkroom and black and white film, with Nikon F3 cameras to finishing up using Canon 5D Digital cameras and Photoshop.

So here I am today, in my mid 40’s and the proud owner of 2 Canon cameras, a full portable studio set up as well as other photographic bits and pieces. My career to date has seen me work through huge leaps in technology and that’s why as a photographer you are always learning.

In my next article I will cover my career since I left the Defence Forces and how I feel my role as a photographer at events is ever changing and evolving.

Up Coming Articles

Here are a few ideas I have for my articles. These are very very flexible and are only a starting point.

  • Famous Photographers
    • Steve McCurry
    • Ansel Adams
    • Henri Cartier-Bresson
    • Robert Capa
    • John Minihan (Irish)
  • Famous Photographs
    • Afghan Girl
    • 9/11
    • Lunch on Skyscraper
    • John Hinde Postcards of Ireland
    • Michael Collins
  • Equipment Reviews
    • My Cameras (Canon 7D)
    • Camera Bags
    • Tripods
    • Studio Equipment
    • Other
  • My Story
    • Beginnings
    • Development
    • Inspirations
    • Career
    • Future Plans