For as long as our stay in Slovakia continues, I am using this blog as a record of the sights we have experienced here. I think that I now have the equipment to help me get the right pictures for this blog, and without doubt I have learnt a lot about photography since we came here. A brief look on the internet convinces me that I am still very much an amateur enthusiast, but I am really enjoying the process of learning.
This post is a brief look at the equipment I am currently using in my endeavours!
I use three Canon bodies, two of which are full frame: the 1DX Mark II and the 5DX Mark IV, which have virtually identical controls and similar image quality. I also have a Canon 7D Mark II APSC body. The 1DX Mark II is a lot faster camera than the 5D Mark IV in terms of frames per second, so it is home to my 70-200 f/2.8 Mark II lens for shooting movement – occasionally with the 1.4 Mark III extender for greater distance. The 16-35mm f/2.8 Mark III is my most used lens, great for landscapes and buildings, and extremely sharp from corner to corner. I also have two primes: the 35mm f/1.4 Mark II which is an extraordinary lens capable of exquisite images even in virtual darkness, and the 85mm f/1.2 Mark II which is the ultimate portrait lens, even though I am not sure I have mastered it yet! My latest acquisition is a Canon 100-400mm Mark II which I use on the 7D Mark II usually with the 1.4 extender which gives me an effewctive focal length of almost 900mm!!!
I have a Gitzo carbon tripod and monopod, which are stable in even the most challenging of conditions. For flash I use a Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT, which is probably overkill for someone of my talents, but is an awesome piece of kit.
Starting out I was using B&W filters on my lenses, but I am now a fan of Breakthrough Photography whose ND and polarizing filters are incredibly neutral. My most recent purchase is the Singh-Ray LB ColorCombo which is a polarizer and intensifier combined – this is truly an incredible filter especially on a wide-angle lens.
Finally of course I must mention my favourite piece of equipment – The Leica Q. This tiny camera is built like a battleship and takes extraordinary images in nearly all conditions with its fixed 28mm f/1.7 lens – I really love this camera!!!