In this video I look at what is in my camera bag. Why I picked what I picked. Why I use what I use and talk to you about what I will be using in the next year photo photography and videography.
Out with the old an in with the new
I have not done one of these camera bag articles for over two years now and looking back on what I owned at the time made me realize that a great deal of things have changed since mt initial entrance into the world of serious photography. My equipment has changed in the sense that I used to have a collection of cameras that basically revolved around the idea that I would use my equipment for both stills and video production. Today my collection has actually seperated the two collections from each other.
My equipment for stills (the fuji X system)
I now work with the Fuji APS-C system for stills and the Canon EOS system for video. I use the X-T2 for my camera body and it is excellent. But all cameras are only as good as their glass. My lens collection is at times excellent and at other OK. They consist of the following lenses:
Fujinon 18-55mm f/2.8-4.0 (A good lens for a kit lens. to me the best kit lens I have had)
Fujinon 56mm f/1.2 (Wow. . .just wow!)
Fujinon 35mm f/2 (The most impressive lens in my kit. For the price, it is a must have lens)
Fujinon 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 (A very good zoom. Surprisingly sharp)
My equipment for video. I stay with the EOS system
My equipment for video is a tad different. I have chosen to stick with the Canon system for a number of reasons. First and foremost is that I have been using the system for so long that it has become second nature for me to use it. Also, Canon has now developed a technology called dual pixel focussing which takes live continuous focus to a whole new level. Although all other manufacturers have great systems, for now, no one touches Canon in the continuous focus realm. I have chosen the Canon EOS 80D as my camera of choice. Even though it is my video camera of choice its stills capabilities match and sometimes surpass the XT2 system. I have purged my EF lens collection and gotten a great deal of EF-S lenses by Canon and Sigma. Here is what I have right now.
Canon 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 (A very good lens for the price)
Canon 16-35mm L f/2.8 (An excellent lens in every respect)
Sigma 50-100 f/1.8 (It is an F/1.8 with a weird focal range biut it seems like it will be my choice portrait and live photography lens)
Canon 100mm Macro f/2.8 (Always needed but never used)
Canon 24mm STM USM f/2.8 pancake fixed focal (Stunning lens for the price)
Special cameras for special applications
because of the fact that I am a YouTuber, I blog and vlog so I therefore need cameras whose configuration can help me film myself without the aid of an assistant or cameraman. This has lead me to com up with a whole bunch of camera selfie stick configurations for this reality. Here are the selfie cameras I own.
The Canon Powershot G7X mark2 (As my light, high quality selfie stick camera)
The Zoom Q4 (As a dash cam)
The SJCam SJ5000 and the GoProHero 4 black (Good for timelapse, wide angle and set and forget shooting)
Fantastic lenses that I have sold because they were EF
I sold the Canon 70-200mmL, the Rokinon 18mm, the sigma 50mm ART f/1.4. although it may seem weird to sell lenses that you believe are spectacular, I just had to make way for stuff that I will use on my APS-C collection. Although I know these lenses could be used on the EF-S system, I just did not like the fact that I was cropping in on the full resolution of that lens. this decision was more financial and less of a quality or workflow choice.
What is next in 2018?
I will probably live with what I have and hope that the Canon mirrorless ful frame lineup will blow me away
Here are the links I promised
Link to the video called. I just don’t care anymore
My XT2 Lens collection
Link to the photoshoot where I used the 16-35mm and the 100mm macro for portraits:
Link to the pros and cons of the G7X mark2
Street photography with the G7X mark2
Link to my Canon wishlist video:
To know what I use, you can also go to my KIT page
My Amazon recommends page
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