Our Camera Gear
I've continued to get increasingly interested in photography again (after a
long hiatus since my photography classes in high school and college), I have
been gradually upgrading the camera gear that I use. I think one reason
photography became fun again was that digital photography has made many
capabilities accessible to me that I would otherwise need to dedicate a room
to in our home for a darkroom.
Specifically, in 2001, I started with a Sony DSC-S50 digital camera with
2.1 megapixel resolution. I usually used the full 3X optical zoom capability of the
camera plus a 2X add-on optical zoom lens which gave me a total of 6X optical
zoom. In 2002, virtually all of my pictures were taken with a Fuji FinePix 4900 digital camera with 4
megapixel resolution. I augmented the standard 6X optical zoom with a 2X
add-on camera lens which gave me a total of about 11X optical zoom capability.
In the middle of 2003, I upgraded equipment again as I began
to really get back into more serious photography. Fortunately, digital SLRs
started to tumble in prices and, for fairly good equipment started to
get comparable to their 35mm equivalents. I am now using a Canon EOS 10D Digital SLR
with 6.3 megapixel resolution. This gives me enough resolution and quality
for the kind of photography that I'm currently working on.
The gear that I currently use includes the following
assortment of lenses, filters, tripods, etc. I've included links to two
different websites where these can be purchased; if you click through, you can see more information.
What's next? In a perfect world, I could afford everything on
the list below. I just bought the new
Canon i9900 Photo Printer
to upgrade my print quality; the eight different ink tanks and 2 picoliter droplets
ought to improve the color saturation and the smoothness of the image. And, I have my eyes on Canon's 70-200mm f2.8L lens
because it's said to be one of the best lenses that Canon has ever produced.
Here's what's on my wish list:
For other recommendations on digital cameras, we've published
several of the year-end Editor's Choice lists from various photography and
computer magazines. These are great resources to find that camera or other piece
of gear that you just have to find.