In the past year, I’ve been looking in a lot of people’s camera bags on the www. I found it very useful to help me decide what kind of improvement I needed and what I should be looking for.
Before I am moving to what I own today, I would like to show that not every pricey and sophisticated camera will automatically result with good photos. In 2007, I did a 365-photo-challenge and I had a little point-and-shoot, the Canon Powershot A430. It was great because it fit in any bag, was sturdy and light and in the end also took pretty cool photos. I loved it because it was pretty great for macro shots, on-the-go shots and fun shots. Guess what? It only had 4 Mega Pixel, and it was way sufficient.
Eventually I upgraded to the Canon 450d (also called Rebel XSi in the U.S.) with its kit lens. It was my best friend for 6 years or so. It was a great starter DSLR camera. I took some great travel shots, nature shots and again some goofy photos with friends.
In the end it is always what you make out of it, how much you practice and a little bit of luck to be at the right place, at the right time.
Eventually in 2014, I decided to invest for real, starting with my very first prime lens, a 50mm f/1.4. Suddenly I felt that my photography got to a different level, with its very wide aperture I was able to take shots I wasn’t able to take with my kit lens. The experience of my first self-portrait (not talking about blurry selfies!) was a revelation!
After my friend Shashank came down to the OC for a visit, I was able to try my 50mm on his full frame Canon 5D. Again this was one step closer to what I wanted to be able to do in photography. I loved the smoothness of light in the pictures such as my palm tree photo or the beach picture. So this was it, I felt that a full frame camera would be a great improvement. I wanted to stay with Canon (in case you didn’t sense that yet), so there were different options. The latest being the Canon 5D mark III and the Canon 6D. The 5D mark III had great additional features but I simply couldn’t justify the $1,200 extra in comparison to the 6D. So I decided to go with the latter. I felt pretty guilty to have invested so much in a camera (rarely spend a lot for hobbies, not to say never!). When I got the package, I told to myself “Nat, you can still send the package back, you still can”. But then I thought that I would give it a shot. Or two, or three… and I’ve never looked back. The 6D with my 50mm lens are a match made in heaven to me. A lot of my latest shots where taken with it: Every day shots, creative shots, road trip shots, people shots, drink shots (no not that kind, I mean foodie shots!), nature shots…
Then in early 2015, I added a wide andle zoom lens, the Canon EF17-40 mm, which is a great addition to the 50 mm. I have it on my camera most of the time because it is so versatile. Last but not least, I used my Iphone 5C when I am on the go.
The newest addition to the gear collection has been the 100 mm 2.8 macro lens. It is fabulous for food and nature photography. I’ve been able to shoot a few good portraits from afar.